Eagle River Fishing Report

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UPDATED: June 25th. 2015


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.

The eagle is coming into prime time form.  Fish are holding tight to the banks.  Best time is afternoon on right now as the water drops and the temperatures rise. Nymphing in the mornings and dry droppers in the afternoon.  The prolific Eagle River Caddis hatch is coming on any time now.  Float fishing has been very good down river.  wading conditions are getting better every day.  We are fully stocked and ready to rock with over 15000 flies delivered just this week!  If we don’t got you don’t need it!

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.

Eagle River Report Date


Eagle River Flow
  • Avon 1500 CFS behind the shop and dropping fast!
  • Wolcott 2170 CFS Dropping fast!
  • Gypsum 2850 CFS Dropping Fast!

The water levels are dropping quickly and are at the lowest point in the late afternoons.

Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

52.0 Degrees @ Wolcott late day.  Water conditions are very clear to eagle and slightly turbid to Gypsum.

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

6 / 10 Above Wolcott
6/10  Below Wolcott

Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

The Spring run off has started to subside in a big way and the fishing is getting better every day.  we are floating and wading now.  Best action is mid day to dark.  The Caddis hatch is coming any minute now.  Please be careful wading in the faster water and remember the fish are still holding tight to the banks.  Nymphing is going to be the most productive using attractor nymphs and a little extra weight.

Shop hours are 8-6 Mon-Sat. 8-3 Sundays

Hot Flies on the Eagle River

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

DRIES: PMX’s Royal, Peacock (#6-10),Swisher Foam PMX Tan(#8-12) Swisher Specked PMX Royal (#10-12) Stimulators Royal (#12-16)

NYMPHS:  BH/ Prince Nymphs (#10-14) Red/Chartreuse Copper Johns(#12-16)  Pat’s Rubber legs Black/Brown (#8-10) Cheater belly Stones (#6-10) 20 Inchers (8-12)  Skipper Stone Golden (4-6) Guides Choice Hares Ear (#12-16) Quasimodo Pheasant Tail (12-16)