Eagle River Fishing Report- Vail,CO

UPDATED: September 15th. 2017


Overall conditions: Excellent!!

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 its first 30 miles the river slows and widens as it flows through the towns of Avon and Edwards. The upper Eagle is famous for its 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 in early to late July. 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.

9/15/2017- The conditions on the Eagle River are fantastic right now.  The dry fly conditions have been great from mid morning on.  Caddis and PMD’s have given way to BWO’s and Red Quills.  Terrestrials are also working well.  Water levels are low and clear so bring out the 6X and some Fluorocarbon tippet. The water temps are staying cool enough to fish all day.  The lower river from Eagle to Dotsero is still getting into the mid- 60’s.  We love fishing the Eagle this time of year.  There is a ton of public access if you know where to look(bottom of this page)


We are offering our discounted winter guide rates right now so take advantage of our knowledge to make you a better Fly- fisher.

Get the free Avenza PDF Map App on your Mobile Devices.

Get the best, most detailed digital GPS Maps ever created for the Eagle River.  These maps can be purchased and downloaded in to the free Avenza PDF Map App.

To get the free Avenza PDF Map App: Text iphone or android to 57682

Once you have the app installed, open it, click on the maps tab at the bottom of screen, click on the + sign and then From QR Code Reader.  Use the QR Code to scan the code below to purchase and download the Digital GPS Eagle River Maps.

After the maps are installed on your mobile device and when in the maps extent a Blue GPS Dot will appear on the map.  This marks where you are.  You can now interact with the map and the blue GPS Dot will always show your location while on the map.

  • Follow the blue GPS dot to the access points!
  • Drop pins on your favorite spots, take photos and GEO tag your pics to your locations.
  • You can even email or text pictures of your big fish to your friends.
  • Public access is highlighted GREEN. Private in RED.
  • Detailed locations and descriptions of all public access points
  • Boat launch locations, rapid names and float mileages.

GPS means no cell signal needed! 

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Click on the maps below to view expandable web maps

Eagle River Digital GPS Web MapGet these maps on your phone. Scan the QR Codes with the QR Code Reader in the free Avenza PDF Map App
Eagle River Digital GPS Web MapGet these maps on your phone. Scan the QR Codes with the QR Code Reader in the free Avenza PDF Map App







Eagle River Report Date


Eagle River Flow
  • Avon 116 CFS behind the shop.
  • Wolcott  164 CFS
  • Gypsum  176 CFS


Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

66 Degrees @ Wolcott late day.  Perfect water temps for CADDIS!

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

10 of 10 Above Wolcott
10 of 10  Below Wolcott


Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

Excellent early fall conditions for dry fly action.  low clear water = Spooky fish.

Hot Flies on the Eagle River


DRIES: Yellow, Royal, Peacock PMX(#14-16) Parachute Adams (#16-20)  Extended Body BWO (#16-20) Patriot (#12-16) Royal Wulff(#16-22) Adams/Purple Para Wulff (12-16) Swisher’s Foam Tan/Red PMX (#10-14)  Renegade(#14-18) Adams Para Wulff (#16-18)Red/Purple Hippy Stomper(#12-16)

NYMPHS: Prince’s (#16-20) Formerlies (#12-16) Purple/Blue Psycho Princes (#12-18) Red/Black/Chartreuse Copper John (#16-20) Pat’s Rubber legs (#4-8) Epoxy Back Golden Stones (#12-16) Guides choice Hares Ears (#12-18) Barr BWO emerger’s (#16-22) Tung. Soft hackle PT (#16-20)  Tung. Ju Ju Beatis (#18-22) RS-2 Grey & Black (#18-22) Zebra Midges (#18-22)

JIG FLIES: We carry an ever growing selection of jig nymphs.  the weighted flies get down and don’t snag bottom as easily.

STREAMERS; Mostly Black or Olive Buggers. Eagle River fish don’t like big flashy streamers