Eagle River Fishing Report

UPDATED: October 24th., 2014

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. Spring fishing conditions can change quickly up here so best to call the shop for updates 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. It’s full on Caddis Fly season on the Eagle right now. Flows are perfect for wading or floating. There are also a lot of Pale Morning Duns and Yellow Sally Stone flies to you on your toes. Call now and get a float trip while their still happening. The white water rafting season is over on the Eagle so it’s just us!

Eagle River Report Date


Eagle River Flow
  • Avon 180 CFS behind the shop
  • Wolcott 240 CFS
  • Gypsum 370 CFS
Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

52.0 Degrees @ Wolcott Mid day at Wolcott

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

9 / 10

Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

great fishing on the Eagle.  best times to fish are from late morning to dusk (sleep in).  the smaller stuff is working best.  Midges and Blue Wings.  Guides have reported seeing quite a few OCTOBER CADDIS larva below Wolcott.  This could be a good year for the big guys to emerge!  Some smaller dark colored Caddis as well depending on which section of river you are on.   With water temps in the low to mid 50’s at mid day look for more Blue winged Olives in the afternoons, even on sunny day’s.  The float season maybe over but the wade fishing has been outstanding!  The river is in great shape from the top of Tennessee pass to the confluence at Dotsero. Stop in the shop for some coffee to go with the Patriots and renegades you’ll be needing out there.

Shop hours are 9-6 Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays

Hot Flies on the Eagle River

STREAMERS; Buggers(Black, Olive) , Tequilly’s….

DRIES: PMX’s ( Yellow, Royal, Peacock) Stimulators (Yellow, Tan, Peacock) Royal Wulff’s(#16-20), Para Wulff’s (#18-22), Elk Hair Caddis, olive or Peacock Parachute Adams(#16-20)Extended Body BWO’s (#16-20)CDC Comparadun BWO’s (#18-22) and Renegades (#18-22).

NYMPHS: Copper John red / chart. (#14-20) BH Pheasant Tails(#16-20) JU JU Bee midges in blue, red and black (#18-22) Fly Formerly (#16-18) Pats Rubber Legs (#6-8) Epoxy back Golden Stones (#10-16) Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail (#14-18) Barr BWO Emerger (#18-22) Hares Ears (#12-16)  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)