Eagle River Fly Fishing Report: July 2020

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Eagle River Rainbow Trout – Wolcott Colorado

Eagle River Brown Trout – Gypsum, CO

Dry Fly Fishing at its finest

The Fly Fishing Eagle River has been so much fun it is tough to drive anywhere else. Current flows are 354 in Avon, allowing the skilled rower and a light passenger to still navigate the Edwards to Wolcott Stretch. Double Dry Flies from top to bottom have given us some exciting days on the Eagle River. Our fingers are crossed that we continue to receive afternoon showers to keep the Eagle River cool and flowing at an average rate. Smaller Caddis and PMD’s have been finding fish exactly where you think they are, however Trout in the slower slicks and pools have been picky and feeding on smaller emergers and Tricos, especially early in the morning. Our got to dry flies for the Upper Eagle River have been, X-Caddis, Royal Wulff, Black/ Cinnamon Ant, PMD’s, Amy’s Ant and Yellow Stimis. Nymphing…couldn’t tell ya what’s working, we have been throwing dries.

The fly fishing on the lower Eagle River near Gypsum has been great, but Crowded. It has been mostly a nymphing game but we are getting some Trout to come to the surface for Hoppers. Water temps have been getting HOT so be sure to fish early and get off the river by lunch time. Smaller nymphs and emergers are finding a lot of fish in the faster riffles. The slower pools have been less productive. Hot flies, Caddis Larvae, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, PT’s, Chocolate Thunder, Midges. The streamer fishing on the lower stretches of the Eagle River can be excellent, Black, Olive and Natural colored streamer flies are our go to. Find the pocket water and let them rip. Have fun out there and keep an eye on water temps.

Dry Fly Fishing at its finest

The Fly Fishing Eagle River has been so much fun it is tough to drive anywhere else. Current flows are 354 in Avon, allowing the skilled rower and a light passenger to still navigate the Edwards to Wolcott Stretch. Double Dry Flies from top to bottom have given us some exciting days on the Eagle River. Our fingers are crossed that we continue to receive afternoon showers to keep the Eagle River cool and flowing at an average rate. Smaller Caddis and PMD’s have been finding fish exactly where you think they are, however Trout in the slower slicks and pools have been picky and feeding on smaller emergers and Tricos, especially early in the morning. Our got to dry flies for the Upper Eagle River have been, X-Caddis, Royal Wulff, Black/ Cinnamon Ant, PMD’s, Amy’s Ant and Yellow Stimis. Nymphing…couldn’t tell ya what’s working, we have been throwing dries.

Eagle River Rainbow Trout – Wolcott Colorado

The fly fishing on the lower Eagle River near Gypsum has been great, but Crowded. It has been mostly a nymphing game but we are getting some Trout to come to the surface for Hoppers. Water temps have been getting HOT so be sure to fish early and get off the river by lunch time. Smaller nymphs and emergers are finding a lot of fish in the faster riffles. The slower pools have been less productive. Hot flies, Caddis Larvae, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, PT’s, Chocolate Thunder, Midges. The streamer fishing on the lower stretches of the Eagle River can be excellent, Black, Olive and Natural colored streamer flies are our go to. Find the pocket water and let them rip. Have fun out there and keep an eye on water temps.

Eagle River Brown Trout – Gypsum, CO