The Eagle River is a freestone tributary to the Colorado River, containing similar aquatic life. Its headwaters lie high in the White River National Forest, along Highway 24. These upper stretches are best for pocket water fishing with dry flies, and small nymphs. The majority of the public access for the Eagle is found along I-70 between the towns of Minturn, and Gypsum. A river map showing public access areas can be useful when fishing the Eagle due to a high number of short public stretches divided by private land. Despite its close proximity to I-70, the Eagle remains a top notch fishery, boasting beautiful views, and trophy sized rainbows.
River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second):
flows are around 675 where Milk Creek flows in and its on its way down
Water Temperature (Degrees F):
Clarity has improved greatly. Even below Milk Creek, clarity is 3-5 feet.
Current Food Sources:
| golden stonefly nymphs | caddis larva | Baetis nymphs | midge larva/ emergers/adults | eggs | small fish, leeches, etc. |
Flies to Try:
Guides Choice Dozen $24.99
TDJ Golden Stone size 12-16 | Pat's Rubber Legs olive/brown, or coffee size 10-12 | olive Hare's Ear size 10-14 | Darth Baetis size 18-22 grey | Tungsten Sunkist Baetis size 18-20 | Sparkle Wing RS2 olive or grey size 20-22 | UV Midge Black or brown 18-22 |
| Elk Hair Caddis size 12-18, olive, brown, or black | Parachute Adams size 16-22 | Parachute Adams size 12-22 | Matthew's Sparkle Dun BWO size 18-22 | size 20-22 CDC Morgan's Midge | Solitude Midge olive or black size 18-24
Galloup’s Dungeon white or black | Baby Gonga (olive, black, rainbow trout, and brown trout colors) | Thin Mint size 4-8 | Articulated Goldie | Wooly Buggers (olive, black, white) | Pine Squirrel Leeches (black, purple, red) | slump busters in white
guide tip of the week:
Flows on the Eagle have peaked and are on their way down. Clarity is 3+ feet and as long as you can find the soft water it should fish well. Caddis, PMDS and Yellow Sallies have all been showing themselves. Fish have been found at the heads of riffles as well as in some of the deeper pools. If you hook a fish dont move on until the spot has been thoroughly fished! Trout often stack up in prime holding water, which is fewer and farther between during high flows. You should be able to find more and more fishable water as flows continue to drop.
Winter is settling in, but we are not scared to do some fishing...
Stop in the shop and ask about winter fishing techniques if you need to touch up on your cold weather angling skills, you'll be surprised how productive the winter months can be...
Was this brown trout eating Baetis or eggs? Guess it doesn't matter when you fish the Sunkist Baetis...
Larger caddis larva where also on the menu. You cant find this pattern in any shop, but you can buy all the nessacery materials in our Fly Tying Section.
A solid afternoon midge hatch saw trout like this taking a grey Sparkle Wing RS2 in size 22...
Late Summer/Early Fall 2020
Trout have been feeding agressivley as these little guys(Tricos) have been hatching in strong numbers on most mornings...
and if enough Tricos are eaten, trout start to look like this...
Early September 2020
Once again, our guide Matt Campanella gets his clients into some nice looking trout....
Guide Matt Campanella showing off an Eagle River brown and rainbow trout from a recent day off. Flows on the Eagle are great for wade fisherman, dont miss out!
A good day on the river doesn't always mean you have to catch a million fish. Michael Heffez got out with our seasond guide Adam Morgan for a day of walk and wading on the Eagle recently. He described it as a tough day of fishing, but found it to be very rewarding hooking into a few solid trout using new techniques he was learning from Adam. A monster Rainbow Trout he hooked eluded the net, but this "torpedo" of a brown trout found its way into Michael's hands. We'll see ya next time!
Thanks to our guide Matt Campanella, for the stepping out of his back door in Edwards, and capturing this quick water conditions video for us!
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