Eagle River Winter Fishing Report: January 2018

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Jett showing off an Eagle River Rainbow Trout

Andrew spent the afternoon finding colored up Rainbow Trout in pocket water.

Eagle River Winter Fishing Report: January 2018

Happy New Year. We have been on the water everyday this year and the fly fishing on the Eagle River is rock solid right now. In fact yesterday we were catching trout on dry flies. It was crazy.

 

Midges are the main item on the menu right now but we are also presenting small BWO Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Eggs and Caddis which are also getting attention. The majority of fish are in the slower deeper pools and pockets so be sure to focus the majority of time in these areas. We are also finding a few fish in shallower riffles so be sure to run a few drifts through water that is about 2 -3 feet deep. Olive, Cream, Black, Red & Purples colored midge imitations are the most productive fly patterns. Midge hatches have been sporadically coming off in the afternoon between 1 and 3pm. if you see a few fish poking their noses out try and lighten up your rig. Often times you will be fishing too deep during the midge hatch. In the right areas you will see enough fish rising to make the switch to dry flies but it is often short lived.

 

90% of our Private Water on the Eagle River is open and all of our trips have been doing great on these sections. We have been getting on the water around 10:30-11am and fishing until the sun creeps below the mountains. Fishing has been good right out of the gate and staying consistent throughout the afternoon.

 

Our weather is what has allowed us such incredible winter fishing and while we are enjoying the fly fishing opportunities we need the snow more than ever. We are currently under a winter weather advisory (YAY) with cooler temps following the snow. We are taking reservations for guided fly fishing trips as well as our spring fly fishing schools & classes. Give us a call to book a trip and last minute fishing reports. 970-368-5959.

Last fish of the day ate a dry fly.

Happy New Year. We have been on the water everyday this year and the fly fishing on the Eagle River is rock solid right now. In fact yesterday we were catching trout on dry flies. It was crazy.
Jett showing off an Eagle River Rainbow Trout
Andrew spent the afternoon finding colored up Rainbow Trout in pocket water.
Midges are the main item on the menu right now but we are also presenting small BWO Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Eggs, Caddis and Worms which are also getting attention. The majority of fish are in the slower deeper pools and pockets so be sure to focus the majority of time in these areas. We are also finding a few fish in shallower riffles so be sure to run a few drifts through water that is about 2 -3 feet deep. Olive, Cream, Black, Red & Purples colored midge imitations are the most productive fly patterns. Midge hatches have been sporadically coming off in the afternoon between 1 and 3pm. if you see a few fish poking their noses out try and lighten up your rig. Often times you will be fishing too deep during the midge hatch. In the right areas you will see enough fish rising to make the switch to dry flies but it is often short lived. 90% of our Private Water on the Eagle River is open and all of our trips have been doing great on these sections. We have been getting on the water around 10:30-11am and fishing until the sun creeps below the mountains. Fishing has been good right out of the gate and staying consistent throughout the afternoon.
Last fish of the day ate a dry fly.
Our weather is what has allowed us such incredible winter fishing and while we are enjoying the fly fishing opportunities we need the snow more than ever. We are currently under a winter weather advisory (YAY) with cooler temps following the snow. We are taking reservations for guided fly fishing trips as well as our spring fly fishing schools & classes. Give us a call to book a trip and last minute fishing reports. 970-368-5959.