RIVER REPORT

EAGLE RIVER

The Eagle River is a magnificent fishery, that while not well known, is a consistent producer of hard fighting rainbow, brown, and cut-bow trout. The Eagle River begins outside of Camp Hale and terminates in the Colorado River near Dotsero.

RECOMMENDED FLIES

  • #14 Pink Perdigon
  • #16-18 High-Viz PMD
  • #14-16 Tilt Wing Caddis
  • #14-16 Cold War Caddis Jig
  • #6 Pine Squirrel Leech
  • #14-18 Hot Collar Wire Soft Hackle

Report Date: July 2nd, 2020

 

Flows continue to decline on the Eagle, so get the float fishing in while you can.  Flows are still prime for floating, but as they come down the river will become more difficult to navigate by boat.  Wading conditions are continuing to improve.  The upper river is still moving a little fast, but the lower river is in good shape for wade fishing right now!

Fish are definitely starting to spread out into their typical summer feeding lies.  Faster riffles and gravel bars with a good drop off are likely holding spots.  Don’t be afraid to start hitting the pocket water either, as we have definitely been picking up fish in the faster pockets.  

Caddis, PMDs and Yellow Sallies are still going to be the main bugs on the menu right now.  Dry fly fishing has been consistently improving with good PMD/Yellow Sally action during the day, and the caddis action picking up in the evenings.  When fishing caddis dries, giving them skates and twitches can produce some aggressive takes!   Lighter nymph rigs and dry/droppers in the faster riffles have also been extremely productive, so don’t be afraid to switch it up if you are not having any luck with dries.   

With improved clarity and water temps rising, the streamer bite has become a little more inconsistent.  For the best action focus your efforts around dusk or early in the morning, and try smaller streamer patterns. 

Expect to see the 4th of July crowds out this weekend, and make sure to use good river etiquette and social distancing. Stop by the shop or give us a call for more information!

Water Levels

River Levels

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