Eagle River Fishing Report

Grannom caddisMarch Brown on Streamerbryan townsend Jan 2014-5

 

Caroline kurio 2-14-2015 Eagle River Cuttbow with Bill Sutila

UPDATED: April 23rd. 2016

Rating: 9 of 10!! Dry fly Heaven!!

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 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. 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.

4/23/2016-  IT”S GO TIME!!!!  Mid-day water temperatures on the Eagle are getting into the low- mid 50’s in the afternoons.  The spring Blue Winged Olive and big Midges hatches are in full swing.  Rumors of Mother’s day caddis are running rampant! The dry fly fishing has been very good the last few days. Tons of great fishing water on the Eagle, the entire river from Minturn to Dotsero is ice free. The warm weather has got the trout in a feeding frenzy.  Huge midge hatches on the lower river from Eagle to Gypsum.  Stone flies are starting to crawl around as well. Time to fish some of the bigger stuff (#10-14’s) Looks like we are hitting the sweet spot for the foreseeable future. Just about any Nymph that’s enters the water enters a Trout mouth! No kidding it’s BONKERS Out there!

 

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  • Follow the blue GPS dot to the access points!
  • Drop pins on your favorite spots
  • Public access is highlighted GREN. 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! Get the Free Map App the river maps are only $9.99 each.

To get the free map app: Text iphone or android to 576-82

 

To get the Eagle River Map: Text eagle to 576-82

 

 

Eagle River Report Date

4/23/2016

Eagle River Flow
  • Avon 225 CFS behind the shop.
  • Wolcott 291 CFS
  • Gypsum 293 CFS

 

Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

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

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

9 / 10 Above Wolcott
9/10  Below Wolcott

 

Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

The Eagle is fishing VERY GOOD right now.  Ski in the morning and go catching in the afternoon.  Great Blue Winged and Midge hatches are coming off right now. The Mother’s day caddis are starting to make thier Spring apperance! Bigger Stone flies are out and about as well as the Nymphing has been insane! 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 9-6  Sundays 9-4.

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)Para. Adams(#16-22) Purple para Wulffs(#16-18)Extended Blue Winged Olives(#18-22)Parachute BWO(#16-20)royal Wulff(#18-22)Peacock caddis(#14-16)Peacaock PMX(#14-18)

NYMPHS: pat’s Rubber legs(#8-12) Red/green disco Midges(#18-22) red/Pearl/Black Rainbow Warriors(#18-22) 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)Red/Black Zebra midges(#18-22)

STREAMERS; Mostly Black or Olive Buggers. Eagle River fish dont like big flashy streamers