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: Novemeber 12, 2018
Current Conditions: It's getting cold out and river is starting to freeze in some spots. The cold temperatures have helped the low flows, however the river is not going to be completely good to go until after the winter. If you are heading out to the river, be sure to dress in layers and bring your rain jacket. The fishing has been pretty good in the earlier hours of the day. We have been seeing Midge and BWOs that the trout are taking off the surface. If you’re not seeing fish rising, tying a smaller parachute adams on should get the job done. Nymphing with stoneflies, midges, eggs, worms and baetis has been productive throughout the day. Also, streamer fishing is picking up some of the larger fish in the river. .
Hatches:Midges, Tricos, BWOs, and October Caddis
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, Parachute Adams 18-22
STREAMERS:Thin Mint, Motor Oil, Sparkle Minnow, Sculpzilla, Autumn Splendor, Baby Gongas