Eagle River Fly Fishing Report: February 2020

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Sully enjoying a spring like day on the Eagle River

The Eagle River Has Opened Up

Our recent warm weather in the Vail Valley has opened up a lot more fishing areas on the Eagle River. 100% of our Private Water is now fishable and we are excited to be back guiding on all of these prime fly fishing areas. The Eagle River is still locked up west of Wolcott through Red Canyon but opens up again below the confluence of Brush Creek. Nymphing has been the go to method during our guided trips but we are seeing a few fish rise occasionally. Expect the dry fly activity to get better as we move closer to March. The best flies have been midges. You certainly do not need to bring the kitchen sink when heading to the river. Size #18 – #20 midge larvae in Cream, Olive, Black and Red have all been working in the slow moving deeper runs. Trout have not found their way into the riffles quite yet. As the water warms up and insect hatches increase you will be able to find trout in the faster riffles.


The forecast has the Vail Valley cooling off over the next few days but warms back up into the weekend. Our calendar is beginning to fill up so if you would like to take advantage of our private water specials now is a good time to book a fly fishing trip. Feel free to call us with for last minute fly fishing reports on the Eagle River.