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Reporter: Ray Kyle
Report Date: July 21, 2017

Current Conditions

The Eagle River's float season is coming to an end soon.  The river is beginning to see those optimal wading flows. Guides are taking advantage of the small window to float the upper and lower Eagle, and its been on fire. The Lower Eagle should be floatable for a couple more weeks. We are seeing Caddis, PMD and Yellow Sally hatches on a regular basis. Nymphing in the morning and dries from early afternoon on. The lower Eagle below Wolcott into Eagle and Gypsum has had good clarity and consitant bug hatches.  Keep the fish in mind too and use barbless hooks and "keep em wet".

Guide Tip: Dry dropper or double dry is the name of the game! Summer is here!!!

Hatches:  Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Pale Morning Duns

Recommended Flies

NYMPHS:  Iron Sally 14-16, Green Psycho Prince 14-18, Rubber Leg Hares Ear 14-16, BWO Flashback Barr's Emerger 16-18, Pat's Bread Crust 14-16, Electric Caddis 16-18, Caddis Pupa 14-16, Prince Nymph 14-18, Twenty Bomb 10-12, Span Juan Worm Pink or Red

DRIES: Para Adams 16-20, Mini Hot Garcia 16-18, Foam Parachute 16-18, Mahogany Parachute Ext. Body 18-22, Irresistible Adams 16-18, Renegade 16-20, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Clacka Caddis 16-18, X2 Caddis 16-18, PMX Royal 14-16, Yellow Stimulator 14-16.

STREAMERS:Thin Mint, Motor Oil, Sparkle Minnow, Sculpzilla, Autumn Splendor, Baby Gongas




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.  

Select the updated graph for a larger version. River Levels


Other Information
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.