Fishing Report For: Eagle River
May 24th. 2024

Run-off 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

5/24/2024- Run-off conditions. We are doing float trips on the Eagle!!

The flows came up and now they are down from last weeks high flows. Conditions are very good and Memorial day weekend could be your last chance before warmer weather next week jumpstarts the run off again.

The weather will dictate how and when things will get crazy with the flows. While the river did come up a bunch last week, flows have been dropping and the clarity is very good all the way down to Dotsero. Nymphing is the best option with some trout chasing streamers too. Below Wolcott the water can be off color but very fishable. Eggs, Stoneflies, BWOs and Mother’s Day caddis have been the best patterns right now.

The best fishing is from mid-morning until late afternoon. Nymphing is the best option this time of year due to the quickly changing conditions.  Dead drifting Streamers and Jig leeches are also working great on the Eagle right now! As flows increase trout will start holding in the slower water along the banks as well as behind obstructions in the river. The best bet is to call us at the shop 970-845-8090 for the most up-to-the-minute conditions. 

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, Eggs, Zebra Midges #18-22, Poison Tungstens #18-22,Fly Formerly #12-14, Pardigon Purple, Green #14-18, Jiggy Pheasant Tails #18-20, Barr BWO emerger #16-22, Ju Ju Bee Midges #18-22, 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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