Eagle River Fly Fishing Report: May 10th 2018

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Eagle River Fly Fishing Report May 10th

The Eagle River has gotten big and if you are looking to make the drive up here to wade this amazing freestone river, you might want to change your plans. Earlier in the week we were floating the Eagle River and the fishing was consistent but with the recent warmer weather our flows went from a juicy 500-600 CFS to a heavy fast moving 1100 CFS. I would expect the flows to jump again tonight as we are hitting 70+ degrees today with bright sun. The Eagle River is fishable from a boat but the river very fast and in some areas the softer seams are in the Willow covered banks. Although the flows are up the clarity on the Eagle River is not bad, especially in the afternoon. That being said if you are planing on doing a float try putting on around 11 – 12pm. You will have lower and clearer water during these times. Caddis have started to pop in Wolcott, CO but we are not seeing fish on the surface. The streamer bite has been hot and cold with fish keying in on Yellow, Black & White Streamer Patterns. Our best streamer bites have been in faster riffles and pocket water close to the banks. In the slower moving water we have been running dry dropper and picking up a few fish on; Caddis Larva, Princes, Soft Hackle Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails.

 

The Rainbow Trout at the I-70 bridge were still on there beds as of Tuesday so be a good steward and allow them to spawn in peace. If you are floating, the Climbing Rock boat ramp is now open so you do not have to drag your vessel through the bushes to HWY 6. Stay safe out there.