As Denver Fly Fishers we are used to spending a little time on the road and some gas money to reach our favorite Colorado Fly Fishing destinations. With so many great rivers and creeks in the state just picking a good fishing spot can be a daunting task. This weekend our interest is turned towards Colorado’s Eagle River. No, the Eagle may not be as famous as the Gunnison or Rio Grande and most of us just drive right on by as we make our way to the Roaring Fork or Frying Pan. But the Eagle may be one of the most underrated rivers in the state. Just a few hours away from Denver and Boulder the Eagle offers the angler World Class fly fishing close to home. There are some absolutely gigantic browns and rainbows swimming around in the riffles of the Eagle River. A recent Colorado Division of Wildlife electrofishing survey recorded several brown and rainbows in excess of twenty five inches!
Streamer fishing is a favorite technique of local guides and outfitters and stripping big bunny style flies through the deepest holes of the Eagle can yield some awfully big results! The Eagle is also known for outstanding dry fly fishing with year round hatches of midges, mayflies, caddis and stones. Big brown trout only add to the fun and mystique of this great river. The Eagle grants the fisherman lots of public access just off Colorado’s I-70. Do a little searching on a map or stop by a local fly shop to learn about the ample public fishing opportunities on the Eagle.
With a great flow of 200 CFS at Gypsum the Eagle looks to be a great option for the upcoming weekend. For the most up to date stream flows, fly patterns and dishing conditions check out our Eagle River Fly Fishing Report.
Downtown Brown…Stay Fishy my Friends…