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Reporter: Ray Kyle
Report Date: May 26, 2017

Current Conditions

Cooler weather with cold nights have keep the Eagle lower and clearer than average for this time of year, however we are starting to see the river rise again due to the warmer daytime temperatures. We are putting boats down the Eagle on a daily basis and have had some nice days of fishing. The Eagle below Wolcott is starting to become stained again due to the feeder creeks pushing silt into the river. The water settles a bit and clears up a little in the Gypsum area. Colder water has set some of the hatches back, blue wing olives are the major hatch that's happening on the Eagle and anglers are also picking up fish using classic midge patterns. With the afternoons warming up, there is a chance of caddis moving around and possibly hatching. If the water is slightly off color or stained, use flies featuring some flash.  Keep the fish in mind too and use barbless hooks and "keep em wet".

Guide Tip: Start the days nymphing and be ready to throw dry flies when the hatches happen

Hatches: BWOs and Caddis

Recommended Flies

NYMPHS:  Black and Pearl Rainbow Warrior 18-22, RS2 Gray/Olive 18-22, Juju Baetis 18-22,  Rubber Leg Hares Ear 18-20, Blue Poison Tung 18-20, Zebra Midge 18-20, BWO Flashback Barr's Emerger 18-20, Pat's Bread Crust 14-16, Electric Caddis 16-18, Caddis Pupa 14-16

DRIES: Hackle Stacker BWO 18-20, Para Adams 16-20, Mini Hot Garcia 16-18, Foam Parachute 16-18, Mahogany Parachute Ext. Body 18-22, Irresistible Adams 18-20, Renegade 16-20, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Clacka Caddis 16-18, X2 Caddis 16-18

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.