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 River is raging at over 4000 CFS for the time being. Expect off color water and tough fishing. However the chance at hooking into a nice bow or brown is still present. Think large heavy attractor nymphs, worm patterns, and streamers if you are fishing the Eagle at this time.
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