The Eagle River is our home river and flows right behind our shop in Edwards. It is an excellent freestone river with prolific hatches. It flows from high above Camp Hale south of Redcliff to its confluence with the Colorado River in Dotsero. It is most famous for the prolific Caddis hatches that come off in the spring and early summer. The Eagle is noted for its excellent dry fly fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout. The float fishing season is fantastic but short and runs from April-July in most years. The Eagle can wade fished year round and there is excellent public access to the river below Wolcott and above Edwards.
Vail Valley Anglers fishes the Eagle River near Vail, Avon, Edwards, Eagle, and Gypsum Colorado. The fishing on the Eagle is good every month of the year. We provide Guided Fishing Trips Daily throughout the winter. Let us show you some tips for catching fish by hiring a guide for the day. During late spring and through July float fishing is the best way to access the Eagle River. The rest of the year the Eagle is at ideal levels for wade fishing. Take a guided trip and see what an amazing fishery we have in our back yard.
Reporter: Brett Elkman
Report Date: November 30, 2022
Current Conditions: COLD TEMPS are in the forcast for the next few days. Ice is forming and almost completely across some sections. Think about delaying your trip to fish the warmer parts of the day and look for the areas that get the most sun. Best bet is nymph rigs with midges and BWO patterns. Dont be afraid to put a perdigon or some tung beaded patterns like a Pheasant Tail or Prince Nymph as a lead bug for some weight. ATTENTION FISHERMAN:
ACCESS CLOSURES: None
KEEP EM WET: Please follow the Keep Em Wet philosophy and keep the fish wet. If you must take a photo, leave the fish in the water.
Hatches: Midges, BWO's, Winter Stoneflies
Recommended Flies:NYMPHS:Red/Olive/Black 14-20, Pheasant Tails 14-20, 2 Bit Hooker 16-20, Juju Baetis 16-22, RS2 18-24, Rainbow Warrior 16-22, Barr Emerger BWO 18-22, Nitro Caddis 14-18, ZWing Caddis 14-18, BH Bubble Back Emerger PMD 16-18, Black Juju Baetis
DRIES: Para Adams 18-24, Garcias May 16-22, Pink Hackle Stacker PMD 14-18, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Griffiths Gnat 18-22, Comparadun BWO 16-20, Mimic Sedge 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Stimi 8-16, Patriot 14-20,
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