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With spring showing its unpredictable side and bringing a fresh coat of snow into the upper Vail Valley this past week, hatches have slowed down, the water has cleared up and the flows have dropped.On the Eagle River, mid-day water temps were down into the 40s the past few days and the water has been clear as much of the snowmelt was absorbed into the soil. Below Alkali and Milk Creeks, there’s a slight bit of stain but the river
With a nice day in the forecast, the wife and I decided to make the most of the day before Sunday night football (Go Ravens!) and hit the Eagle River. With 3rd Rifle Season beginning and an early Broncos game, we went out to the river from 12:30 to 4:00pm. Afternoons have been the best we’ve found and our friends at Minturn Anglers recommended it as well. With bigger fish in mind, we decided to fish further west and decided
Warmer days have made for comfortable fishing weather as well as steady Blue Winged Olive activity. The Ladders in Eagle have been my stomping grounds the last few days and the fishing continues to be as good as you can imagine for an Indian Summer. Though the water remains low and cool, the air temperatures make fishing more than pleasant and the fish seem to feel the same. It’s been all about the BWO these past few weeks with a
The lower Eagle River in Gypsum, Colorado continues to fish well despite low water and dropping temperatures. Afternoon fishing from 2pm to dusk (the heat of the day) is highly recommended. Though you will see the occasional fish rising to midges and blue winged olives, your most successful technique for quantity is nymphing. Leading off with a jig fly to get your flies down quick is the way to go. The water is low and clear so it’s also more
About the Beautiful Eagle River in Colorado
The Eagle River is a freestone stream located in the central Rocky Mountains. Though once a ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ secret, the Eagle has become a pinpoint on a lot of Colorado residents’ radars and for good reason; it’s an incredible fishery!
Of the many creeks, streams and rivers located around Vail, the Eagle is consistent, year-round and often very kind to the beginner/intermediate angler as well as the experienced.
The Eagle River spans 60 miles and fishes from top to bottom offering a variety of species and sizes ranging from 2″ to 26″.
Following I-70 for most of it’s length, the Eagle River is accessible and convenient.
The Eagle River is the gem of the Vail Valley.