Eagle River Fishing Report

RAYjOSIE WITH BIG eAGLE rIVER bOWJason Newll and ClientCaroline kurio 2-14-2015 Eagle River Cuttbow with Bill Sutila

UPDATED: August 26th. 2015

Still great fishing

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 it’s first 30 miles the river slows and widens as it flows through the towns of Avon and Edwards. The upper Eagle is famous for it’s 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.

Great wade fishing conditions right now on the Eagle.  The float season was a great one but has now come to an end.  The Caddis hatch is still going but has become more of an afternoon affair.  Pale Morning Duns ans Yellow sallies are still coming off.  Red Quills , Blue Winged Olives and terrestrials are also  getting the bite on.

Fly Fishing Outfitters is pleased to Offer new private Eagle River fishing on the Strawberry Fields Ranch beginning this Summer  please let us know if you are interested in fishing this nearly 2 miles of secluded River.

We have the new Eagle River Maps available for download now!  GPS, interactive, public and private access and floating information as well….

From any mobile devise just email to: ffo@mtxp.net and follow instructions on auto reply.

Eagle River Report Date


Eagle River Flow
  • Avon 97 CFS behind the shop.
  • Wolcott 130 CFS
  • Gypsum 160 CFS


Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

55-65.0 Degrees @ Wolcott late day.  That’s a great Caddis Temperature!!

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

9 / 10 Above Wolcott
8/10  Below Wolcott


Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

The Conditions on the Eagle are still very good.  The best dry fly opportunities are going to be in the evenings for the Caddis, PMD’s and Yellow Sallies or when the clouds bring off the Blue Winged Olive hatches.  The river levels have been dropping steadily over the last several days making for much easier wading conditions then what we had last week.  Fishing the faster water that carries more oxygen will produce very well.  Although not known as a Hopper River due to its bank side riparian habitat the Eagle will fish very well with Ant, Beatles and other terrestrials.


Shop hours are 7-6 Mon-Sat. 7-4 Sundays

Hot Flies on the Eagle River


DRIES: PMX’s Royal, Peacock (#12-16), Swisher Specked PMX Royal (#10-12) Stimulators Royal (#12-16), Olive Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18) Olive Sponge Bob’s (#14-16) X-2 Caddis olive (#14-16) Swishers Speckled Yellow Royal PMX(#12-14)Tan Foam Chewy Toy(#8-12)Patriot(#14-16)Adams Para Wulff(#24-18)Royal Wulff (#14-18)H&L Variants (#16-18) Renegades(#16-18)

NYMPHS:  BH/ Prince Nymphs (#10-14) Red/Chartreuse Copper Johns(#12-20)Quasimodo Pheasant Tail (12-16) Graphic Caddis (#14-16), Biot Golden Stone (#10-16)Black/gray RS-2(#18-24) Barr Emerger PMD/BWO(#16-20)Zebra Midges Black/Red (#18-22) Barr PMD/BWO Emergers(#16-20)

STREAMERS; Buggers(Black, Olive) , Tequilly’s, SlumpBusters, Bread and Butter Buggers …