Eagle River Report

Fishing Report

UPDATED: 6/26/24

River Flow: Flows at Gypsum are around 1,640CFS River Graph

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.


Current Conditions:

RIVER FLOW(Cubic Feet Per Second)

1640 cfs at Gypsum 

WATER TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)

40’s - 50’s

WATER CLARITY:

Clarity below Milk Creek in Walcott is worsening. 1 foot of clarity near gypsum. 

CURRENT FOOD SOURCES:

  | Baetis | Worms | Midge emerges /adults | small fish, leeches, etc. | Stoneflies



Flies to Try

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Nymphs:

   Squirmy Worm | Radiation Baetis 16-20 | TDJ Golden Stone size 12-16 | Pat's Rubber Legs  olive/brown, or coffee size 10-12 | RS2 Dun 20-22 | olive Hare's Ear size 10-14 | Darth Baetis size 18-22 grey | JuJu Sallie size 18-20 | Sparkle Wing RS2 olive or grey size 20-22  | UV Midge Black or brown 18-22 | Two Bit Hooker Black #16 |  

Dries:

 Parachute Adams size 16-22 | Matthew's Sparkle Dun BWO size 18-22 | size 20-22 CDC Morgan's Midge | Solitude Midge olive or black size 18-24

Streamers:

  Galloup’s Dungeon white or black | Articulated Yummy | Silk Kitty white | 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:  

We are seeing an early low elevation melt on the eagle. Flows are a little high for the wade angler, and they should be careful when on the water. That being said fishing can be good on foot, look for fish to be holding in slower water and at the tail end of runs. However, clarity might be the issue ( especially below milk creek) as run off is changing the water from day to day. As of yesterday, we saw about 2 foot of visibility in gypsum. Water was in the low 40s to start the day. As water warmed up into mid day we saw increasingly better fishing with heavy nymph rigs, small caddies and bwo’s were coming off after noon. Olive pats rubber legs, tan worms, and bigger caddis nymphs all brought fish to net.  Fish were mostly found in slower water and in tailouts. Look for easy places for the fish to hangout with a depth. If the water is oof color, get above Walcott to find better clarity. 

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