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.
The Eagle did become very high, and off color with last weeks high temperatures. However, it seems the flows are already on the downswing, and the water clarity is getting better. Golden Stoneflies, Baetis, Caddis, and midges remain the most productive aquatic insects to imitate at the moment. Streamers, eggs, and worm patterns will also be good flies to try at this time.
The Eagle has been top notch this spring! Fish have been eating size 8-12 Pat's Rubberlegs (black, brown/black, tan/brown), The 20 Incher size 10-14, Zebra Midges, size 18-22, gray Sparkle Wing RS-2’s size 18-22, red JuJu Baetis size 18-22, eggs, worms, and streamers.
However, keep in mind that the Eagle has been seeing heavy fishing pressure for the last two months, so it has slowed down somewhat. Also, beware of poor water clarity below the town of Walcott during high temperature days through out spring run-off, or after heavy precipitation.
Need an Eagle River map?