Eagle River Fishing Report July 12th 2019

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Fly Fishing Report: Eagle River July 12

The flows on the Eagle River read 1940 CFS this morning and while that number is way above average, the river has incredible clarity. The Fly Fishing has been great but a lot of areas are difficult to access due to the abnormally high flows. Nymph fishing has been the best technique to find holding trout and while we are seeing some smaller PMD’s and Caddis flying around the dry fly fishing is not quite there yet. Once we get more consistent water temperatures the dry fly fishing should be incredible and by our forecast it shouldn’t be more than a week away. Until then look for trout in the slowest water you can find, there is not a lot of it. Good fly patterns to be presenting are PMD nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Pats Rubber Leg, Pink Squirmy, Yellow Sally Nymph and Bubble Caddis. If you are floating try throwing streamers on the go, Black, Olive and Natural colors have been turning fish tight to the river edge. Be prepared to lose some gear, there is a lot of debris floating through the water column so use a little beefier tippet to save your flies.


The lower Eagle River is fishing well and there are quite a few guided trips headed that direction. That being said, there is a lot of water moving between Gypsum and Dotsero with only so many spots to fish. Floating this section is a great option but again nymphing is going to be your best shot at finding trout. Our float trips have been going hole to hole allowing anglers the opportunity to fish the slowest possible water. Expect great fishing on the Eagle River as we move further into summer. If you have any questions or would like to book a trip please reach out. 970-368-5959