Eagle River Fishing Report- Vail,CO


UPDATED: May 11th.  2017

Fantastic conditions we love Spring Fly-fishing

Overall conditions: Very Good! Pre-Runoff Conditions

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.

5/11/2017  We are Floating the Eagle River!!! The Eagle river is in very good shape for this time of year and the fishing conditions have been great.  A ton of open water means a lot of good access.  Nyphing Egg, Stone flies, Midges and Blue Winged olive emergers is good all day.  Good afternoon Dry fly action on Blue Winged Olives and some Mother’s Day Caddis, when conditions are right. it’s what we live for this time of year. Best conditions are mid-morning until late afternoon. Good streamer action too.  Water has started to come up, but still good stuff.

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

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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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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 767 CFS behind the shop.
  • Wolcott  950 CFS
  • Gypsum  965 CFS


Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

48 Degrees @ Wolcott late day.

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

7 of 10 Above Wolcott
6 of 10  Below Wolcott


Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

It’s FLOAT SEASON!  Fishing from mid morning on has been great.   Nymphing in the am with Egg’s, BWO and small attractor nymphs (#16-22) in the mornings.  Afternoon Dry fly action on  Blue Winged Olives now.  The Eagle is a tremendous spring Trout river.  Please take care to not tread on the spawning Redds.

Hot Flies on the Eagle River


DRIES: Adult midge (#20-24) Griffiths Gnats(#20-22) Roy’s Special Emergers(#2-22) Griffith’s Gnat(#18-22) Parachute Adams(#18-22) Foam Body Parachute Adams (#18-22) Extended Body BWO (#18-22) Adams/Purple Para Wulff (18-20)

NYMPHS: Prince’s (#16-20) red/Pearl/Black Rainbow Warriors(#18-22) Grey/Black RS-2(#18-22)Zebra Midges (#18-22) Black Beauties(#18-22)Flash Bang Midges(#18-22) Craven’s JuJu Bee Midges(#20-24) Disco Midge (#18-22) Chartreuse, Peach eggs (#12-18)Poison Purple Tungsten(#18-22)

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