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Vail Valley Anglers

Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date: November 18, 2017

Current Conditions: Cooler weather has come back to the valley!  Cold nights and mornings have kept the water temperatures down, which is perfect for the trout. The browns and whitefish are in full spawn now. BWOs are back 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. Eggs are working as a great attractor as well. On cloudy days, try throwing streamers to bring out the Big Boys.  Use cleats or felt soles and a wading staff to help your chances of not slipping in the river. Keep the fish in mind too and use barbless hooks and "keep em wet". Keep an eye out for spawning beds and avoid casting to spawning fish. Don't Tread on the Redds!

Guide Tip: Fish small baetis or midge flies in size 20-22

Hatches: BWOs, Golden Stones, Eggs

Recommended Flies: NYMPHS:  RS2 20-22, Magic Fly 20-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Green Psycho Prince 14-18, Flashback Pheasant Tails 18-20, BWO Flashback Barr's Emerger 16-18, Prince Nymph 14-18, Micro Eggs

DRIES: Parachute Adams 20-24, Foam Parachute 16-18, Mahogany Parachute Ext. Body 18-22, Hackle Stacker BWO 20-22, Renegade 16-20, Chubbys 12-14, PMX 14-16

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.