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Eagle River Fishing Report Archives:
01/03/13 Continued low temperatures hamper the fly fishing opportunities on the
Eagle River. The water has slush ice and is frozen in places. Wait for warmer weather.
01/10/14 No reports of anyone fishing. Water is still very cold with slush ice and
ice in many areas.
01/17/14 Great winter weather for the coming week with no rain or snow in the
01/24/14 No reports of anyone fishing. Most anglers are fishing the nearby
Frying Pan River.
01/31/14 Sorry, but still no reports of fish being caught.
02/07/14 No fly orders for the Eagle and no one reported any fish caught. There
will be plenty of snow this coming week but slightly warmer weather.
02/14/14 Much warmer weather and stream conditions are in the forecast for
the Eagle this coming week.
02/21/14 No reports from anyone fishing. The water did warm up some but cooler,
more winter like weather is in the forecast.
02/28/14 Still no reports from anyone fishing. Other options below dams (tailwaters)
provide anglers a better opportunity.
03/07/14 There is slightly warmer weather forecast but water temps are still very low.
No reports from anyone fishing.
03/14/14 Almost like the name implies, the Eagle River flows from high elevations and
for that reason is slow to warm. We do not have any reports from anyone fishing.
03/21/14 Still no reports from anyone fishing. The weather is reverting back to
the normal wintertime conditions this coming week.
03/27/14 The water warmed up just slightly due to warmer weather but is still very cold.
Conditions are improving.
04/04/14 Suggest you wait a week or so. The water is still very cold.
04/11/14 Conditions are improving. The water is warmer but flowing high at this
04/25/14 The stream is flowing very high and very cold. It won't be long before it will
05/02/14 The stream levels have fell back down and the water should be warming up
with the much warmer air temperatures this next week.
05/09/14 Much higher water levels and colder weather will hamper the fishing
opportunities for this next week.
05/16/14 There has been some very cold weather recently along with high stream
levels. The levels are falling fast and warmer weather is in the forecast, so
conditions should improve.
5/23/14 The stream levels are high again.off color and will probably remain that way
until at least the end of the first week of
06/06/14 The river is still in runoff condition and will probably remain high
and dingy for another week or so.
06/13/14 Stream levels are dropping and the river clearing up. Fishing should pick
back up very soon. No reports from anyone trying lately.
06/20/14 The stream is still blown out. High and off color water will probably last
another week. Stay in touch.
07/04/14 Stream levels have dropped down near normal and conditions greatly
07/18/14 Two customers reported catching some nice trout this past week.
Hatches are taking place and the stream levels are in good shape.
07/25/14 More good fishing reports came in last week. Now is the time to
fish the Eagle. Hatches have slowed down some but terrestrials will become
08/01/14 Water levels have been up some but are falling, otherwise, conditions are
good. Two good reports from anglers buying flies came in this past week. Little
08/15/14 Fishing has been very good when the stream levels are near normal.
Few hatches are taking place but terrestrials are working good.
09/12/14 The Eagle has fished very well for the past couple of week with the
exception of high water for a short time. Terrestrials are working along with
Western Ginger Quills.
09/26/14 The stream is still a little high but falling and cooler. October Caddis
should start hatching any day now.
10/10/14 One good report from a customer came in last week. Stream levels are fine
and the weather is excellent.
10/17/14 Stream levels are just a little high for wading but great for a drift boat.
No reports form the past week.
10/24/14 No reports from last week but conditions remain good.
12/12/14 The USGS guage is frozen at the upper station but based on the
others, is in good shape level wise, just very cold. It is possible to catch trout but
you need midge larva and midge pupa imitations, cream midges, fishing out of
the current in pockets and holes on the bottom.
12/19/14 The Eagle can be trough to fish at this time of the year. Fish the lowest
section with midge larva and pupa, cream and red,or blood midges, and you can
catch some trout.
12/26/14 Much colder weather this coming week will make it tough catch trout. If
you fish, fish the lowest part of the stream.
01/02/15 Very cold this past week but warming up some with decent weather
ahead. Let us hear from you.
01/09/15 It will be much warmer with good stream levels but the water is still going
to be in the high 30's. You can catch trout but it will be slow.
01/16/15 It will continue to be a little warmer than normal but the water is still going
to be cold and the fishing opportunity slow.
01/23/15 It will be much warmer this week but the water will still be pretty cold.
01/30/15 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing. Condition remain
about the same - cold water.
02/06/15 No reports from anyone fishing came in this past week, bu the outlook
for the next several days is for unseasonably warm weather.
02/13/15 It has been unseasonably warm the past few days but the Eagle River
water is still in the high thirty degree range. It is a very cold stream.
02/20/15 We didn't receive any reports this past week from anyone fishing.
03/06/15 No reports but excellent weather this coming week with warmer temps
that should help warm the water some. No rain or snow in the forecast.
03/20/15 High, off color water due to warmer weather melting snow and rain. It
will rake while for it to clear.
03/27/15 The stream level is still high and the water off color.
04/10/15 Still no reports from anyone fishing but water is warming up some,
clearing and dropping. Get ready for the Little Black Caddis hatch.
04/20/15 Lots of little BWOs hatching and a few Little Black Caddis in the lower
river. Customers have caught a few trout.
05/22/15 High and Dirty, runoff time
06/12/15 Still in full runoff mode.
07/03/15 Still high and dirty but getting in much better shape. Runoff should be
over very soon.
07/17/15 Dropping and clearing some but still too high. Can be fished from a drift boat.
08/07/15 The Eagle River is fishing great from its very most upper
headwaters to it lowest section. Lots of aquatic insects are hatching and
terrestrials are working as well.
08/14/15 We received two good reports from happy customers this past week. It is
red hot and producing up to 40 trout per day.
08/28/15 Mahogany duns have started hatching.
09/04/15 The Eagle is in good shape from the meadows to the lowest end of the river.
09/11/15 The conditions for fly fishing Eagle River doesn't get much better. Good
levels and weather. Lots of trout are being caught.
09/18/15 The Eagle is fishing as good as it ever does. Good stream levels, hatches
and great weather.
09/25/15 Fly fishing the Eagle River is great right now. The stream is a little low but
great to wade. Just use a little more stealth than you normally would.
10/03/15 October Caddis have begin to hatch in the headwaters and should
continue downstream for the next month. This can bring about some good fishing.
10/09/15 The Eagle is in good shape from the headwaters to the lower section fo the
river. It can be waded most anywhere and there's no chance of rain for the next week.
October Caddis are hatching.
10/16/15 Great weather and good stream levels exist right now. Wading is
possible just about anywhere. October Caddis are at the peak of the hatch.
10/23/15 Brown trout have are getting colored up and in the pre-spawn stage in the
lower and middle sections of the Eagle. Streamers will fool them.
10/30/15 Great conditions exist right now and should remain for the next five days but
keep in mind, about all there will be to report in the near future will be snow. Now is the
time to enjoy some great fishing conditions on the Eagle.
11/06/15 Good stream levels but the water temperature is dropping. The weather is
much colder and insects are reduced down to Blue-winged olives and midges. The
Brown Sculpin are still working good.
11/13/15 Stream levels are good and should remain that way for the next week.
There is some snow in the forecast. We recommend fishing the middle to lower
sections of the river at this time of the season.
11/20/15 The river is much colder than last week. The snow has ended and the skies will
be clear. Midges will be king this week. Fish the lower end of the river for warmer water.
11/27/15 Snow through Monday, then clearing. Fish the lowest end of the river. Midges is
about the only viable option.
12/04/15 This coming week will be a little warmer with no chance of rain or snow.
Fish the lowest end of the river. Midges are the most important insect.
12/11/15 There's a chance of snow almost everyday but the trout love it. You can catch
them if you don't mind a little snow. We added Winter Stoneflies to the list.
12/25/15 The Eagle is a pure freestone river that flows from a very high elevation. It
is very cold. If you fish it, fish the lowest elevation or section of water. It will be the
warmest but right now, none of it is much over 37 degrees.
01/08/16 The snow ends tomorrow and it will be clear for the next five days. The
water temperature is still very cold in the lowest section, with lots of ice in the middle
and uppermost sections.
01/22/15 The water in the very lowest section of the river is only averaging about
36 degrees at the most. Fishing will be slow but trout can be caught by those
willing to fish midge larva and pupa imitations out of the main current.
01/29/16 The weather was a little warmer last week but that just melted some snow
and kelp the water temperature down about the same. Midges and Winter
stoneflies are the flies you need to use if you give it a try.
02/05/16 Two of the three USGS gauges are not working due to ice but one is and the
levels and flows are good. The problem is just the water temperature. The water we
have been advised of is only 36 degrees. It may warm up a little this week.
02/12/16 The weather is going to be much warmer with in the forties and lows about
freezing. That is going to melt a lot of snow and keep the water cold.
02/19/16 The stream is flowing at a normal level and cold, but warm enough on the
lower end to fish. Midges, winter stoneflies and little BWO nymphs are the flies to use.
02/26/16 This is about the last stream to warm up in the state of Colorado but it is on
the way up. Melting snow and ice in the watershed keeps the water temperature low.
03/04/16 The stream levels are in good shape but the water stained. Midges and
winter stoneflies are the two best options for flies. Fish the pupa and larva in tandem.
03/11/14 Although the Eagle is one of our favorite streams in the Rockies to fish
during the Summer, it is one of the most difficult to fish during the cold weather. We
are have very warm weather, but it mostly just melts snow and keeps the water cold.
03/18/16 The levels are good and the water is just a little warmer but stained in some
sections due to melting snow. Fish the lowest section with blood midges.
03/25/16 In a nutshell, the Eagle is simply too cold to fish with any reasonable
expectation of catching very many trout. The warmest water is only around 37
degrees. Choose another location. It won't be long before March Browns begin to
04/01/16 When it starts getting warm, the Eagle River perks up with gleam and the
trout get real happy. Well, the weather is warm, anyway. Midges are the only thing
you need to worry about imitating.
04/08/16 The stream levels are up above normal and the water slightly stained.
There is more rain on the way and likely higher levels.
04/15/16 The river is high, cold and dirty. Give it five or six days to clear and warm up.
04/22/16 The stream levels are all headed back up with lots of melting snow, more
rain and more snow. The weather is going to be some warmer, so we don't see
04/29/16 When it is warm, the snow melts and keeps the water cold. When it is cold,
the water stays cold. Midges, March Browns and little BWOs like it.
04/06/16 The Eagle is high and dirty and offering little opportunity at this time.
05/06/16 Runoff continues and is likely to be high and stained for the next week.
You will just have to watch the stream levels and plan on catching a lot of trout soon.
05/20/16 The Eagle is in the full runoff stage and not worth fishing. Check the Frying
Pan. It is okay at this time.
Eagle River Colorado - Fly Fishing Report:
05/27/16 Runoff is still running full stream ahead and the Eagle roaring high and
muddy. It will continue to be in this shape for several more days. Keep checking
back with us for updates.
06/03/15 The river is still in full runoff mode with raging high water that is badly
stained. It is going to continue all of the coming week with the warm weather.
06/10/16 The runoff is still in progress and the levels even higher. You will just have to
continue to check back with us. It is likely to be a few more days or longer.
06/17/16 The river has started to fall fast and hopefully, It won't be long before it start
providing some good fly fishing opportunities. There are a lot of hatches starting up..
07/01/16 The stream levels are down a lot but still on the high side. Few places, if
any, can be safely waded. Other than the effects of the rain, the river should
continue to fall and get clearer.
07/08/16 The stream levels are down and just a little high in some sections. There
are a lot of insects hatching, and anglers are reporting some good numbers of trout
caught. There are a lot of stoneflies hatching in the higher elevations.
07/15/16 The stream levels are currently in great shape from the headwaters through
the lowest section. Lots of hatches and two good reports from customers last week.
07/22/16 Excellent is the only way to describe the fly fishing opportunity on the Eagle river.
Stream levels are good in all sections, wading easy and lots of insects are hatching.
07/29/16 The river is in good shape but a little low and warm in the lower end. The
upper and middle sections have some good hatches but vary with the elevation.
08/05/16 The levels are up near normal and the water cooler. The upper sections are
producing a lot of trout in the meadows. The middle has a lot of little Yellow stoneflies.
08/12/16 The river is in very good shape from the headwaters down to the lowest
section of the river. Our customers are sending in some very good reports of fish
being caught. The hatches vary greatly with the elevation but there's still plenty.
08/19/16 I don't think fishing conditions could get any better during August than they
are right now on the Eagle. They are excellent from the highest to the lowest
elevations of the river.
08/26/16 The stream levels are good in all sections of the river. Hatches vary greatly
with the elevation and section of water being fished.
09/02/16 The river is flowing at a normal level in some sections and a little high in
others. There are lots of hatching including BWOs, caddisflies, Tricos and others.
Terrestrial imitations are working good as well.
09/09/16 The river is in great shape from the headwaters to the lowest section. Wading
is easy, trout are being caught by our customers in good numbers.
09/16/16 Great conditions exist with trout being caught from the headwaters to the
lowest section of the river. There are some good hatches underway. Now is a good
time to fish the Eagle.
09/23/16 Lots of October Caddis are showing up. Mahogany duns and larger size
BWOs are also hatching. The river is in good shape in all sections. The cooler
weather has the trout in high gear.
09/30/16 The stream is in good shape from the headwaters to the lowest section.
There are hatches taking place and terrestrials are still working well.
10/07/16 The Eagle is in very good shape in all sections with lots of trout being
caught. We recommend the middle and lower sections but the upper is okay as well.
10/21/16 The river is flowing at a low level but that makes it easy to wade. Anglers are
catching some large brown trout which are in the pre-spawn stage.
10/28/16 The river is in good shape with good stream levels in all sections.
Blue-winged olives and Western Ginger Quills are hatching good.
11/04/16 The stream levels are in good shape. Fish the middle and lower sections.
There are some good Blue-winged olive and Ginger Quill hatches taking place.
11/11/16 The river is in great shape with stream levels just a little below normal.
Blue-winged olives and cream midges are hatching. The weather is beautiful.
11/18/18 The upper section of the river is getting a little too cold. We recommend
the middle and lower sections. Blue-winged olives and midges are hatching good.
11/25/16 The river is in good shape but very cold in the uppermost parts. Cream
and Red (blood) midges fished in tandem is the preferred fly setup. Little BWO
nymphs and Brown Sculpin streamers will also catch trout.
12/02/16 The lower section of the river is the choice location. The middle and upper
sections are getting a little too cold for much opportunity.
12/09/16 The river is in good shape stream level wise,but cold. The water is warmest
in the lower elevations. The middle and upper sections are really too cold to fish.
12/16/16 The water is very cold, just above freezing. The trout are very lethargic and
will be tough to catch. There is slush ice in the water, even in the lower section.
12/23/16 The river is still very cold, barely above freezing with lots of bank and slush
ice in the water. We don't recommend fishing it at this time. Choose a tailwater.
12/30/16 The water temperature in the lowest section of the river is only about 35
degrees with lots of ice on the banks and in the water.
01/06/17 The river is too cold to fish effectively except in the lowest section. There
are some wading opportunity there but mostly drift boat water. Midges are key.
01/13/17 The lower section has water that's around 36 degrees and plenty warm
enough to fish. There's little wading areas but it is low and opening up more than
the normal few sections you can wade.
01/20/17 You would be far better off fishing a nearby tailwater but it you insist, fish the
lowest section using Cream or Red (blood) midges. Winter stonefles are also hatching..
01/27/17 There is a lot of ice in the water, with some even in the lowest section of the
river. You may find some midges in clusters in the slack current.
02/03/17 The flows are about normal for this time of the year but the water is cold.
The weather is going to be a little warmer and some of the ice in the lower river
should melt. Fish midges, creams and reds, and Winter stonefly nymphs.
02/10/17 The stream levels are in good shape and the weather warmer. Much of
the slush ice is melting. There is heavy rain and snow in the forecast through the
weekend. Fish Matuka streamers, black or olive and Cream or Blood midges.
02/17/17 The water is still very cold. The lowest section of the river is the warmest
and less ice in the water. Fish Cream or Red midges. Winter stoneflies are hatching.
02/24/17 We received two good reports this past week from anglers fishing the lower
end of the river. Midges, and sculpin streamers were working good.
03/03/17 Stream conditions are good and there is much less ice in the water as
compared to last week. We received two good reports from the lower section of the
river. Sculpin streamers are working good.
03/10/17 The warm weather is melting lots of snow and ice. The river is in good shape
from about the middle to the lowest section. Midges are still the most important insects
to imitate. Fish Sculpin streamers in the stained water.
03/17/17 The river is very high and very dingy to muddy. This is due to the warm
weather runoff of melting snow and ice. This is likely to continue through this week.
03/24/17 The river is flowing at a relatively high level and wading isn't safe. It is
possible to fish the lower river in a drift boat. Sculpin streamer should work good.
03/31/17 The river is still flowing a little high with cooler weather that should stop the
runoff conditions. Skwala and little Brown stoneflies are hathcing.
04/07/17 The river is flowing high and stained. It should continue to drop and clear
up this coming week. Stoneflies, Midges and little Blue-winged olives are hatching.
04/14/17 All sections of the Eagle River are flowing high and dirty. They are too high to
wade and we think the lower river is too high to fish successfully even from a drift boat.
04/21/17 The stream levels are still high in all sections. There is more rain and snow in
the forecast this coming week. Keep in touch and we will keep you informed.
04/28/17 The stream levels are down and the river in good shape with mostly clear
water. The weather has turned much colder and will slow down the hatches some,
but not for long.
05/05/17 The stream levels are down a little below normal levels for this time of the
year. Lots of insects are hatching and our customers are catching lots of trout.
05/12/17 The river is back up but with clear water mostly. It is a little too high to
wade safely in most places.
05/19/17 The runoff is still underway although the colder weather has slowed it down
some. That only makes it last longer. It should warm back up soon.
05/26/17 The runoff slowed down and the streams are down to decent levels. The
weather is going to be a little warmer and they may come back up, so check them.
06/02/17 The runoff is underway and the water levels high and stained to muddy in
06/09/17 The levels are very high from runoff and the stream isn't fishable.
06/15/17 The river is still far to high to fish successfully. The runoff is underway.
06/23/17 The river is still in runoff and far to high to fish. Check back with us son. It
should begin to drop soon.
06/30/17 The river is is down a lot, with flows at 1260 cfs. at Gypsum. Good wading flow
start at about a 1000 cfs or less. It will be there very soon. Lots of insects are hatching.
07/07/17 The river is in good shape with good levels that can be waded most
places. There are PMDs, Gr. Drakes, Golden and Little yellow stones, 2 caddis,
and more insects hatching.
07/15/17 One of the last streams in the state to clear up is clear and in good shape.
Good stream levels and lots of hatches are taking place.
07/22/17 The river has been low but currently rising some. There is rain in the
forecast almost everyday this coming week. Conditions are very good.
07/28/17 The stream levels are running about normal levels and wading easy most
places. There are good numbers of trout being caught in the middle and upper sections.
08/04/17 Conditions are very good at this time. The river is at a good level and the
water clear. Fish the middle to the higher elevations but it is good anywhere right now.
08/11/17 The river is in good shape in all sections. It is a little high but still easy and
safe to wade most places. Fish the middle and upper elevations for the best resputs.
08/18/17 The Eagle is a great destination right now. Trout are being caught in all
sections and there are only a few anglers doing it. Hatches are plentiful.
08/25/17 We received one good report this past week. Fish the middle to the
upper section. Good hatches are still taking place. Stream levels are a little low.
09/01/17 The river is still in excellent shape and in all sections from the headwaters
to the lowest part of the river. Stream levels are low and wading easy and safe.
There are a good number of insects hatching and terrestrials will also work good.
09/08/17 The conditions remain very good. Trout are being caught in all sections
of the river. There are still some very good hatches taking place.
09/15/17 The river is in good shape with stream levels near normal. Trout are being
caught in all sections of the river from the lowest to the highest elevations.