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Vail Valley Anglers
Fly Fishing on the Eagle River with Vail Valley Anglers in Vail, CO

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Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date: February 22,  2018

Current Conditions:  Snow is in the forecast for most of the day throughout the Vail Valley with temperatures in the 20s. Parts of the Eagle are frozen over or have large ice shelves. Excerise caution when walking out on the ice. You can find open spots near the water treatment plants due to the warm water leaving the plants. The fish have started to pod up in some of the deeper holes and runs. Very small BWOs can be found hatching on cloudy days. Nymphing with small stoneflies (size 10-12) and very small midge or baetis patterns (size 20-22) in tandem has been a great set up lately.  On cloudy days, try throwing streamers to bring out the Big Boys.  Keep the fish in mind too and use barbless hooks and "keep em wet". 

Guide Tip: Fish small baetis or midge flies in size 20-22 behind a stonefly or san juan worm.

Hatches: Baetis, Stoneflies and Midges

Recommended Flies:
NYMPHS:  Midge Bomb 18-20, RS2 20-22, Magic Fly 20-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Green Psycho Prince 16-18, Flashback Pheasant Tails 18-20, BWO Flashback Barr's Emerger 18-20, Prince Nymph 16-20, Rainbow Warriors 18-22

DRIES: Parachute Adams 20-24, Mahogany Parachute Ext. Body 18-22, Hackle Stacker BWO 20-22, Renegade 16-20

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.