Fishing Report For: Eagle River
November 3rd. 2023

Fall Fishing Conditions

The Eagle River is one of the last true large freestone rivers in Colorado. The Eagle runs right through the heart of the Vail Valley. Starting it’s 77-mile journey high above the valley floor near Tennessee pass and dropping 2,400 vertical feet in its first 30 miles the river slows and widens as it flows through the towns of Avon and Edwards.

The upper Eagle is famous for its great Brown Trout habitat and faster water/ pocket fishing, this area is overlooked by many anglers but offers some great wade fishing using big dry flies and streamers.

As the Eagle cuts, it’s way west towards the Colorado River from Edwards, float and wade fishing for a mix of larger Browns and Rainbows is some of the best fishing in Colorado in early to late July. The lower Eagle is more heavily fished but offers good public access. Wild Rainbows and Browns up to 20 plus inches are not uncommon in the Eagle Rive

11/3/2023Still Awesome fishing! 

Early winter has hit the Vail valley, but we are looking at some fantastic weather over the next couple weeks. We did get some snow last week, so the flows did come up a bit and the water temps did dip. Mid-day temperature will be in the mid to upper 50s in the lower valley. Best fishing is from mid-morning until dark. There have been great Blue Winged Olive (BWO) hatches as well as Midges. The best fishing has been from Edwards to Dotsero. Nymphing and Dry/droppers are working well depending on the time of day and where you are fishing. Streamers are also working great on the Eagle right now! Black, Olive and brown Wooly Buggers and Slump Busters are your best choices for streamers on the Eagle. The Brown trout are in full spawning mode, so please respect the Redds. 

If you are a DIY kind of angler, then our knowledgeable and friendly guide staff can steer you in the right direction with the right flies… The Avanza Map App is a great resource as well.

 Our Orvis endorsed guide staff is the most experienced when it comes to guiding the Eagle river drainage. Our reservations are booking up so get of the couch and let’s go fishing! Call us! (970) 845-8090

 Recommended Patterns:

Nymphs: Jig leech #12-16, Fly Formerly #12-14, Pardigon Purple, Green #14-18, Jiggy Pheasant Tails #12-14, #18-22, Barr BWO emerger #16-22, Ju Ju Beatis #16-22 Squirmy’s #12. Pine Squirrel leeches #10-12, Black/Purple Quill Jigs #12-18

Dries: Parachute Adams #14-18, Triple Double #16-18, I Can see it Midge #20-22, Parachute BWO #18-22, Adams/Purple Para Wulff #16-20

Streamers: Buggers Olive, White, Black #18-12, Sculpin patterns Olive, Black #8-12, Slump Busters



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