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: Ray Kyle
Report Date: July 17, 2018
Current Conditions: The situation on the Eagle is not getting any better. Unless we get into a good monsoon cycle or have some heavy showers, expect these conditions to hold or get worse throughout the rest of summer. The current water conditions are causing the water temperatures to rise too high to fish in the afternoon. Any temperature above 68 degrees can and will kill trout, especially if they are stressed (ie, hooked and fought). Carry and use a river thermometer. Please limit your fishing to the morning and be off the water by noon to ensure our trout populations stay healthy and alive. On a lighter note, fishing has been great in those early hours of the day. We have been seeing great caddisfly, yellow sally, and PMD hatches that the trout are eagerly taking off the surface. Dry fly fishing is in its prime. A double dry rig can be extremely effective this time of year. If you’re not seeing fish rising, a dry dropper rig is a great approach.
Hatches:Caddis, Yellow Sallies, PMDs
NYMPHS:Guides Choice Hare’s Ear 14-16, Nitro Pupa 14-16, Z Wing Caddis 14-16, Iron Sally 16-18, Tungsten Yellow Sally 14-16, Silvermans BH Epoxy Sally 14-16, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16-18
DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis 14-16, Front End Loader 14-16, Foam Caddis Tan/Black 14-16, Clacka Caddis 14-16, PMX 12-16, Stimulator 12-16, Chubby Chernobyl 10-12, Patriot 14-16
STREAMERS:Thin Mint, Motor Oil, Sparkle Minnow, Sculpzilla, Autumn Splendor, Baby Gongas