The Eagle is a beautiful river (especially in the fall) that many locals are proud to call their "home water." The wild trout are colorful and strong, averaging 15", with many in the 18-21" range. For many years the Eagle has been overshadowed by the Colorado, Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers. As a result, one is often fly fishing alone here; a goal of many fly fishers.
If there's a "meat and potatoes" kind of trout stream in Colorado, it's the Eagle, and for many reasons. Much of the 70-plus mile river is open to public fishing. One can wade the Eagle during much of its prime season. It contains all the classic types of challenging fly fishing water. The hatches are many, varied, and predictable. And Eagle River trout, while not terribly selective, are not pushovers.
The medium-sized, freestone stream averages 45 to 50 feet across with flows between 275 to 350 c.f.s. Runoff typically begins mid-May, with the river becoming wadable again by mid- to late July.
Floating the Eagle is quite popular during a special period after runoff when the water clears. This is usually from early June to until the river drops so low it can't be floated. BE CAREFUL: The Eagle is a rocky, technical river with a number of tight, class IV rapids during high water periods. Hire a knowledgeable outfitter if you plan to float. Plus, there is lots of private water, so watch for signs.
The Eagle River begins high in the Rocky Mountains around Tennessee Pass at over 10,000 feet, and is difficult to fish until the town of Minturn at around 8,000 feet. A little further down, it begins to parallel I-70, and follows the interstate until it reaches Dotsero, where it flows into the mighty Colorado before roaring through scenic Glenwood Canyon.
Contains: Rainbows and Browns.
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