The eagle river is dropping fast but the fishing is still spectacular. This is definitely a time of year where thermometers are a must as the water temps are rishing fast by mid day. If one expects to get a sold day of fishing, you will need to be on the water by 5:30 or 6 am. A good tactic would be to fish the lower eagle in the morning and as temperatures increase throughout the day work your way up stream towards the town of Avon and even into Minturn. The Upper Eagle as well as the smaller creeks have been producing very well on the dry fly. Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Caddis and Baetis are all in play.
The Eagle has been on fire as of late. Flows at Avon are holding at 338 cfs and water clarity has been crystal clear. All in all a perfect recipe for bug activity in the mornings and evenings. Speaking of evenings, getting out late and fishing until will be your best bet with temps still rising in the mid day. Anglers will be well served focusing on the faster moving water and riffles. Bug activity has been consisting of yellow sally nymphs, all sizes and colors of caddis but black, grey and olive have been consistent producers. Pmd’s are starting to show and should kick into gear within the next week or two , be sure to have a soft hackle pheasant tail with you as its just a matter of time. That magic time of year on The Eagle is a little early this year and we are in full swing catching fish on every thing from dries, nymphs, streamers and swung wets.
The river is fishing well and sitting at 1160 cfs and we are past peak runoff, which is unseasonably early for runoff peak. With temps hovering around the low to mid 50’s, bug activity is mainly consisting of Caddis, Blue winged olive’s, and midges. Expect Yellow Sallies and PMD’s to show up in large numbers soon. Other flies that have been working include worm imitations, pats rubber legs among other stone fly patterns. Basic suggestive patterns such as pheasant tails, hares ears, copper johns, and prince nymphs have been holding their own in the rotation as well. When the caddis are coming off working some sort of emerger or pupae can also be very effective. All sections of the Eagle have been fishing well. Remember, run-off has not subsided yet, wade safely, use a wading staff and belt, and don’t go in over your belly button!
Fishing has remained consistently good above Alkali Creek and Mill Creek in Edwards. It’s a gamble downstream but streamers and worm patterns normally rewards the bold ones who venture to the dirty water. There are lot’s of bugs coming off now so the diet is starting to spread out. Sorry crew, no more midge/bwo combos and guaranteed success! Though those are still catching fish, mix it in with little black stoneflies, caddis larva and pupa. Pat’s Rubber Legs and 20 Inchers have made great lead flies, as have any version of larger (12-16) Euro nymphs. The spawn has started so please please please STAY OFF THE REDDS and watch where you walk!