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: June 24, 2022
Current Conditions: The Eagle is getting better daily. It is clear. Nymphing and Streamers are still your best option right now on the upper part of the Eagle but the dry fly fishing is getting better by the day. The warmer the water gets the more the bugs will hatch and they are more prevelent from Eagle Down right now. PMD's and Sallies and Caddis. Try a Tung Hares ear down to a Nitro Caddis or Z wing Caddis. Small Pheasant Tails are working too along with Baetis patterns. The streamer Bite has been good be sure to hit the bank and strip all the way to the boat. ATTENTION: Bugs are popin From Eagle Down where the water is warmer
SPAWNING ALERT: The Spawn should be done but if you see a few late spawners do you best to avoid them.
ACCESS CLOSURES: Community Boat Ramp is now open.
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, Caddis, PMD's, Sallies
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,
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, Foam Sallie 14-18
STREAMERS:Thin Mint, Sculpzilla, Mini Dungeons, Peanut Envy, Bowlicious Olv - Blk