Eagle River Fly Fishing Report: April 21 2018

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Winged Olive Adult drifting through the Eagle River.

Eagle River Rainbow Trout.

Eagle River Brown Trout.

Eagle River Fishing Report April 2018

The fly fishing on the Eagle River has been incredible and we expect it to stay great until runoff. There are a lot of spawning trout in the river right now so be sure to watch your step. Please do not target spawning fish. The Blue Winged Olive Hatch has been great in the afternoon bringing a lot of fish to the surface. Look for noses in the slower slicks, seams and eddies. Parachute Adams, Sprout BWO, Biot BWO and more of the like are all taking fish off the surface. The streamer bite has been touch and go. Black, Olive and White streamers are moving fish sporadically. Expect the streamer fishing to improve as water levels get a little higher. Larger caddis, pats, worms & pheasant tails have all been good lead flies when nymphing. Trailing smaller flies such as RS2’s, Barr’s Emergers, Chocolate Thunder and Mayhem Midges have been getting attention under and indicator.


We had an excellent time with a group from NY a couple weeks ago. Despite marginal weather we were able to get into some great fish and saw incredible Blue Wing Olive hatches. Eric Lawler was able to snap some amazing images of their three day fly fishing trip and he was kind enough to share them with us. If you have a second pop over to Eric’s site to see the rest of his photos as well as some other incredible wildlife photography he has taken.