Eagle River Fish Report

Eagle River Fly Fishing Report for April 21st 2014 .

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The Eagle River is one of the last true large freestone rivers in Colorado.  The Eagle runs right through the heart of the Vail Valley.  Starting it's 77 mile journey high above the valley floor near Tennessee pass and dropping 2,400 vertical feet in it's first 30 miles the river slows and widens as it flows through the towns of Avon and Edwards.  The upper Eagle is famous for it's great Brown Trout habitat and faster water/ pocket fishing, this area is overlooked by many anglers but offers some great wade fishing using big dry flies and streamers.  As the Eagle cuts it's way west towards the Colorado River from Edwards, Float and wade fishing for a mix of larger Browns and Rainbows is some of the best fishing in Colorado.  The lower Eagle is more heavily fished but offers good public access.  Fish up to 20 plus inches are not uncommon in the Eagle River. Fishing conditions on the Eagle are EXCELLENT the river is ice free from Avon to Dotsero (about 40 miles!).  If you are looking to get out on your own stop in the shop and we can point you in the right direction with the right bugs.  The perfect half day guided wade trip this time of year. Please respect the spawning Rainbows!

Eagle River Report Date:

                        4/21/2014

Eagle River Flow:

  • Avon 587  CFS  behind the shop
  • Wolcott 695 CFS 
  • Gypsum 842 CFS

Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp:

            48.5 Degrees @ Wolcott Mid day at Wolcott

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10):

                         4 of 10

Eagle River Fly Fishing Report:

Early run-off conditions have begun.  variable fishing conditions right now. Midges, Eggs and Stone fly nymphs are also on the menue right now. Best time to fish right now during mid day. Water temperatures are getting in to the mid 40's in the afternoons!  Early Caddis are on the horizon as well as floating season on the Eagle.  Fish are holding in the deeper slower runs, so a drag free drift and lighter tippets are a must.  We have a great selection of the right flies to make your day more productive.  Much warmer weather is in the forecast for the next week so water conditions will remain ideal.

 Hot Flies on the Eagle River:

DRIES:  Para. Adams (#16-22) Royal Wulff (#16-20)  Renegade (#18-22) Grffith's Gnat (#18-22) Morgans Adult midge (#20-22) Sprout Midge Blk (#18-22) Extended Body Blue Winged Olive (#18-20)  CDC Blue Winged Comparadun (#18-22) Purple Parachute (#18-22)

NYMPHS:  Copper John red / chart. (#18-20)   BH Pheasant Tails(#18-22)  JU JU Bee midges in blue, red and black (#18-22) Fly Formerly (#16-18)  Rainbow Warrior Pearl/ Blk (#18-22) Zebra Midge red/black (#20-22)  Barr BWO  Emerger (#18-22) RS-2 gray or black (#20-22) JR's Emerger (#20-22) Black beauty (#20-24)Biot Black Midge Emerger(#20-22)M&M Midge Black (#20-22) Dorsey's Top Secret(#20-24)Eggs (#12-18)Prince Nymphs (#14-18) Black Copper Johns(#14-18)

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