Colorado Fly Fishing Report: Eagle River

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Eagle River Winter Fishing Report

Fly Fishing has been great on the Eagle River but expect a slow down over the next few days. We got some much needed snowfall over the weekend now colder temperatures are forecasted to settle in through the week. This is great news for our snowpack but it will effect fishing conditions on the Eagle River.



When our overnight lows are in the single digits a lot of anchor ice is formed which creates slush during the day. Can you still fish? sure but getting your nymphs below the surface can be very challenging. Our advice is to find areas below water treatment plants (Avon, Edwards, Gypsum) and fish these areas. There still might be some slush to contend with but it will be significantly less in these areas. Wait until 11 or 12 to get on the water and hope for the best. Fish will be holding deep in slower water so focus your fishing efforts in these spots.

Red, Black, Cream and Olive Midges have been working well even in slushy conditions. Adding a larger prospecting nymph like a bead head Pheasant Tail is a good way to add weight to your nymph rig. Surprisingly enough a pink squirmy worm has also been getting a lot of attention under the surface. As we creep closer towards the end of the week temps should be back in the high 30s-40s.


We have a couple spots on the Eagle River on our Private Water that stays open and is fishing great. If you wish to fish this water give us a call and we’ll get you out.

970.368.5959 book your winter fly fishing trip today.