Eagle River Fly Fishing Report : April 2019

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Healthy Eagle River Rainbow Trout taken on a size 18 Royal Wulff

Eagle River Colorado Fly Fishing Report

The fly fishing on the Eagle River has been exceptional and should remain consistent as water levels begin to rise. The water flows in the Eagle River were just above 200 CFS in Avon this morning and may rise depending on what the weather does. Typically we see the river bottom out around 12 noon and begin to rise in the afternoon through midnight. Spring time flows are a bit of an ebb and flood so be sure to check the graph daily for accurate flows. Once the Eagle River consistently stays above 200 CFS we will start to float the Eagle River from Edwards to Wolcott. This is an incredible 6 mile stretch that is mostly private. We are lucky to lease most of this private water which allows us to anchor in places others can not. We are also fortunate that we have a private boat launch to safely take our rafts out of the river. For these reasons, we seldom see other boats on the Eagle River during our pre run-off float trips.



Blue Winged Olives are starting to hatch in good numbers along with midges and small stones. The dry fly fishing has been excellent from around noon until 3ish. The afternoon wind can be a hindrance but has not put the fish down. Dry dropper has also been very effective in shallower seams and riffles. It has been tough to pick the most productive fly because it seems that everything in the midge/ baeits category has been working. Our suggestion is start with midges (olive, cream, black) and begin to incorporate baetis/ stones (soft hackle PT, Slim Shady, JuJu) as it gets closer to afternoon. We have also been picking up a lot of fish on Jig flies (cream, black, purple). The most productive dry flies have been Renegade, Para Adams, Griffiths Gnat, Roy Palms, Royal Wulff.



It is very very crowded on the public sections above Wolcott, CO. There are also many spawning fish throughout the river so be a good person and leave spawning trout alone. If you see a lot of fish in shallow water with a clean bottom, they are spawning. Watch them but keep your rod on the bank. There are plenty of other fish to catch. If you are looking for more space to fish try the pocket water above Edwards and Avon. These sections are a lot of fun to fish and much less crowded.



Expect the streamer bite to pick up as flows increase. There can be some magical days of streamer fishing on the Eagle River, especially out of a boat. Hit the banks, eddies, pockets and keep it moving. We have a few open days at the beginning of next week so if you are looking for a last minute trip reach out to check availability 970-368-5959.