Eagle River Fishing Report

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UPDATED: February 15th.  2017

Better than normal conditions for this time of year!

Overall conditions: Almost EPIC!

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.

2/15/2017  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.  Nymphing Egg and size 20-24 Midge patterns in the slower deeper runs are producing very well. We are beginning to see some Blue Winged Olive activty as well, which is early this year due to the warmer temperatures.  Best conditions are mid-morning until late afternoon.  The perfect Après Ski activity!

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! 

Get the Free Map App the river maps are only $9.99 each.

Click on the maps below to view expandable web maps

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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
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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 Report Date

2/15/2017

Eagle River Flow
  • Avon 50 CFS behind the shop.
  • Wolcott  100 CFS
  • Gypsum  170 CFS

 

Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

38 Degrees @ Wolcott late day.

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

7 of 10 Above Wolcott
8 of 10  Below Wolcott

 

Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

Above average daytime temperatures this whole month has made for amazing conditions on the Eagle.  The  river is completely ice free from Avon to Dotsero!!  Fishing from mid morning on has been great.  It’s still mostly Nymphing with Egg’s, Midges and small attractor nymphs (#16-22).  We are starting to see some Blue Winged Olive activity now too. But still concentrate on nymphing right now.   Trout are holding in the deeper slower runs and are stacked up.  Please take care to not tread on the spawning Redds.

Hot Flies on the Eagle River

 

DRIES: Aduld midge (#20-24) Griffiths Gnats(#20-22) Roys Special Emergers(#2-22)Giffith’s Gnat(#18-22)

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) Chartuese, Peach eggs (#12-18)Poison Purple Tungsten(#18-22)

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