Eagle River Fishing Report

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UPDATED: April 20th. 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.  Winter wade fishing on the Eagle can be very good.  The conditions are usually much milder as you head downriver towards the towns of Eagle and Gypsum, the fish are bigger down there too!

Currently the Eagle River is fishing better then it ever has for this time of year.  The River from Avon to Gypsum is completely ice free and the bite is on!  Best fishing is from late morning to dark.  Although we are in a snow cycle right now the Eagle down valley from town of Eagle to Dotsero is fishing great!

Fly Fishing Outfitters is pleased to Offer new private Eagle River fishing on the Strawberry Fields Ranch beginning this month 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 270 CFS behind the shop
  • Wolcott 320 CFS
  • Gypsum 410 CFS
Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

44.0 Degrees @ Wolcott Mid day at Wolcott.  Water conditions are very clear to Wolcott.  Some off color conditions below Wolcott.

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

9 / 10

Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

A mid winter warm spell has graced us with EXCELLENT conditions on the Eagle River. Best fishing is from Avon(behind the shop) to Dotsero.  Stop by the shop and we can point you to good accesses that are ice free.  Water conditions are low and very clear so a stealthy approach is key along with lighter (5X,6X) leaders and tippets.  Nymphing Eggs, Midges, Blue Wings and San Juan worms is the best program. There some mid to late day grey and black Midge’s hatching so an adult midge such as a Griffiths gnat are good to have on hand. We are experiencing early spring hatches of Blue Winged Olives.  Stoneflies are molting as well so have some bigger stuff too.  Our guide staff is the most experienced in the area since we are the original year around guide service since 1992.  We can provide anglers of all levels a great  day on the water.  Like most locals we ski/ride the mornings and fish the afternoons!!!!

Shop hours are 9-6 Mon-Sat. 10-3 Sundays

Hot Flies on the Eagle River

STREAMERS; Buggers(Black, Olive) , Tequilly’s….Water temps are a bit too low for productive streamer fishing right now on the Eagle

DRIES: Griffiths Gnat (#18-24)  Morgans Adult Midge (#20-22) Roy’s special (#20-22) Trailing shuck Midge(#20-22) Hi-vis Midge (#20-24) Parachute Adams (#20-22)

NYMPHS:   JR’s Emerger (#20-22) Black beauty (#20-24)Biot Black Midge Emerger(#20-22)M&M Midge Black (#20-22) Dorsey’s Top Secret(#20-24)Eggs (#12-18)Prince Nymphs (#18-20) Black Copper Johns(#18-20) Disco Midge red or green (#18-22) Zebra Midge red,grey or black (#20-22) Craven’s JU JU Bee Midge (#20-24)  Craven’s JU JU Beatis(#18-22) RS-2 grey or black(#18-24)Pat’s Rubber legs Black/Brown (#8-10) 20 Inchers (8-12)  Formerlies!!