Hoppers Love The Heat: Eagle River

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 When this fish ate a hopper off the surface our Jaws Dropped.

Hoppers Love The Heat: Eagle River

The fly fishing on the Eagle River has been outstanding. Water levels are very low due to lack of rain but our cooler nights are keeping water temps chilly until early afternoon. Dry dropper has been an excellent technique for fishing faster shallow riffles. My go to set up has been Chubby Chernobyl with a grey RS2 and Black Rainbow Warrior dropped off the bend. While the majority of fish have been keying in on the droppers we are still getting them to eat the Hopper.


Fish are starting to rise around 11 am and are keyed in on small BWO’s. Shallow slicks are a good place to find fish sipping on small dries. The crowds have died down opening up some of the public access on the Eagle River. Red Canyon has been a fun spot to fish with a lot of fast oxygenated water holding plenty big trout. If you are not getting much action on the above mentioned set-up try lengthening your dropper depth and switching out the RS2 for a Chocolate Thunder.


For those of you who would like to fish on our Vail Rod & Gun Club lease we are now offering 2 for 1 rod fees. This is a significant savings and gets you on the best private water on the Eagle River. We strategically rest this water to ensure excellent fly fishing on all beats. Last week one of our guests, Noah, got the Eagle River slam on our private water. He successfully landed a Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat Trout all on dry flies. It was a great day. Best times to be on the Eagle River have been between 9am and 2 pm. Fishing should remain on fire until the colder weather starts to creep in. Then it will just be good… 🙂 Give us a call and book your fall fly fishing trip on the Eagle River. 970-368-5959. See you on the water.