Eagle River: Dry Dropper August

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Eagle River: Dry Dropper August

The end of August has been hot and dry. Despite the high temps the fly fishing has been good most of the day. The Eagle River has dropped into excellent wading condition allowing anglers to access most of the river by foot. The clarity is also great forcing us to use 6x on occasion. Especially for rising fish. We are still seeing some Caddis coming off sporadically throughout the day but the fish are keyed in on smaller Midges and Baetis imitations above and below the surface. Although the smaller fare seem to be getting the most attention trout will still take a large hopper imitation off the surface. With the lower water and higher temps we are finding the majority of fish in the faster riffles about 2-4 feet deep. For this reason a dry dropper set-up has been a great way to hook fish without staring at a bobber. Rainbow Warriors, Chocolate thunder, RS2’s and more of the like have all been working well under a Chubby Chernobyl. We have been fishing a lot of jig hook patterns which seem to reduce the amount of snags when fishing shallower water. Be sure to cover a run thoroughly before moving on. You will be surprised on where you will find the fish. Some of the fastest water is holding feeding trout. As we move into September expect to see more Blue Wing Olives and October Caddis.

 

Most of the summer crowds have left town and it is a great time to be on the river. The Brown trout will start to get a little more feisty as the days begin getting shorter and the water gets cooler. Once this happens the streamer bite will pick up and you can find big aggressive fish willing to hunt down your fly. Don’t miss fall fly fishing in Colorado. We are taking bookings into October and look forward to fishing with you.