Eagle River Fishing Report


Stepahie W- Kelly Bobye on the Eagle July 12thCraig Archibald July15th. 2016 Eagle River with Dan Houck

UPDATED: July 24th. 2016

Amazing fishing conditions right now!

The Caddis are STILL HERE!!!!

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.

7/24/16- The Eagle float season is quickly coming to a close.  The Tan Caddis hatch is still going strong from mid-morning on.  The afternoon Pale Morning Dun hatch has been very good as well.  There are also a lot of Yellow Sally Stoneflies out right now.  Water conditions have been very favorable, but please watch the afternoon water temps. The afternoon Monsoons have been great for the water temps which are staying at a comfortable range for both trout and bugs. There have been some huge fish caught on the lower river below Wolcott. Seriously huge FISH!


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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.

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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 400 CFS behind the shop.
  • Wolcott  450 CFS
  • Gypsum  508 CFS


Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

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

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

10 of 10 Above Wolcott
11 of 10  Below Wolcott


Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

It’s totally awesome out there right now!  The float season is coming to an end in the next day or so if we don’t get rain.  Tan Caddis, Pale Morning Duns and Yellow Sally’s are evrywhere. Great fishing morning ’til dark. GO DRY OR GO HOME!

Hot Flies on the Eagle River


DRIES: Light Cahil(#14-16) Patriot(#14-18)Royal Wulff(#18-22)Peacock caddis(#14-16)Tan Elk Hair Caddis (#14-16) Peacaock,Royal,Yellow PMX(#12-18)Swisher’s Stimi’s(#12-16)Yellow Sponge Bob(#14-16)Bullett Head Golden Stones(#10-14)Rollling Stone Golden Stones(#10-14)

NYMPHS: Biot Golden Stones(#10-14) red/Pearl/Black Rainbow Warriors(#18-22) BH/ Prince Nymphs (#10-14) Red/Chartreuse Copper Johns(#12-20)Quasimodo Pheasant Tail (16-20) Formerly’s(#12-18)BH Pheasant Tails(#14-20)Translucent Caddis Pupa(#14-16)Graphic Caddis Pupa tan(#14-16)BH Soft hacle PT’s (#14-18)

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