Eagle River Fishing Report

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UPDATED: February 5th. 2016

Discounted Winter guide trips are available now!

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. Wild Rainbows and Browns up to 20 plus inches are not uncommon in the Eagle River.

2/5/2016- Local weather is going to be getting warmer over the next week.  the Eagle is fishing well with Egg’s and Midges.  Best fishing is midday right now.


Eagle River Report Date


Eagle River Flow
  • Avon 66 CFS behind the shop.
  • Wolcott 75 CFS
  • Gypsum 110 CFS


Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

34 Degrees @ Wolcott late day.  Best fishing is Mid day on.

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

8 / 10 Above Wolcott
8/10  Below Wolcott


Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

The Conditions on the Eagle are still very good.  Good midge activity and nymphing. Best conditions are from late morning until dark.  Low water and very clear conditions make stealth a must as well as using 6x tippets and a bit of Fluorocarbon for your droppers.  Egg’s and  Midge Larva/emergers are going to be the most productive sub surface flies this time of year.  If you are fishing size 20-24’s then you have to be using 6x.  Plenty of open water if you know where to look.


Winter Shop Hours 9-5 Closed Sundays.

Hot Flies on the Eagle River


DRIES: Morgan’s Adult Midge(#20-24) Griffiths Gnat (#18-22) Sprout Midge(#18-22) Magic Midge (#18-22)

NYMPHS:  BH/ Prince Nymphs (#10-14) Red/Chartreuse Copper Johns(#12-20)Quasimodo Pheasant Tail (16-20) Roys Special Emerger(#18-22) Barrs BWO emerger (#18-22) KF Flash Midges (#18-22) Don King Midges (#20-24)Black/gray RS-2(#18-24) Zebra Midges Black/Red (#18-22)Craven’s JuJu Bee Midges(#18-22)

STREAMERS; Water is a bit cold for streamers, however a small bugger dead drifted below an indicator can be effective.