Eagle River Fishing Report

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UPDATED: October 30th. 2015

Our Favorite Time of Year!!

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 Blue Winged Olive and Midge fishing is very good right now.   Streamers and Eggs are also productive this time of year.  The conditions are fantastic, the water is very clear and low so a stealthy approach is key and 6x tippets are best.

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 92CFS behind the shop.
  • Wolcott 120 CFS
  • Gypsum 215 CFS


Eagle River Mid Day Water Temp

42-48.0 Degrees @ Wolcott late day.  That’s a great fishing temperatures for all day action.

Eagle River Current Rating (1-10)

9 / 10 Above Wolcott
9/10  Below Wolcott


Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

The Conditions on the Eagle are still very good.  Best fishing is with Nymphs and streamers.  Blue Winged Olives and Midges are also very good starting now.  Low water and very clear conditions make stealth a must as well as using 6x tippets and a bit of Fluorocarbon for your droppers.  Small BWO and Midge emergers are going to be the most productive sub surface flies this time of year.  If you are fishing size 20-24’s then you have to be using 6x.


New early Fall Shop hours are 9-5 Mon-Sat. Closed  Sundays

Hot Flies on the Eagle River


DRIES: Parachute Adams(#18-22) Adams Para Wulff (#18-22) Royal Wulss (#16-20) Parachute BWO’s (#18-22) Griffiths Gnat (#18-22) Sprout Midge(#18-22) Magic Midge (#18-22) Black or Peacock Caddis(#16-18)

NYMPHS:  BH/ Prince Nymphs (#10-14) Red/Chartreuse Copper Johns(#12-20)Quasimodo Pheasant Tail (16-20) Roys Special Emerger(#18-22) Barrs BWO emerger (#18-22) Micro Mayfly BWO(#18-20)Black/gray RS-2(#18-24) Zebra Midges Black/Red (#18-22)

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