This time of year the Eagle River can turn on fire and stay that way for several weeks. The warmer day time temps are giving us a little more flow and larger midges an BWO’s are starting to become the common fare. The warmer temps is bringing dirty water to the lower section. Alkali creek is starting to pump some mud into the river below Wolcott so if you plan on fishing down low you better do so in the A.M. The streamer fishing should start to pick up as the water temps begin to rise but until then the nymph fishing has been pretty easy and the dry fly fishing can be great during the right time of day.
The fish in the Eagle River can be extremely finicky and the big slow risers are a difficult bunch to fool unless you use the following flies. After conducting extensive research over the past few years we have found that the bigger trout on the Eagle River are only eating Gluten Free Flies. Although these flies are much more expensive and are only available at natural fly shops these GF flies are sure to trick the big heath conscious trout in the Eagle River. If you cannot find these flies at a local fly shop a standard size 20 Adams will work well too.
The crowds will start to get thicker as we march on into spring but until ski hills close there is not reason to be on the water before noon. Sleep in, do some work then sneak out for an afternoon session. Do the bobber thing until the Blue Wings come off around 1pm then try those GF creations for the slow risers.