The Eagle River is a freestone river, starting up by Leadville and working its way down to Dotsero where it merges with the might Colorado river.  This river is full of trout from beginning to end and offers a great chance at a lot of variety.  From the headwaters, you can catch brook and cutthroat in plenty, and as the river moves downstream and gets bigger, so do the fish as you begin to see browns and rainbows show up in bigger numbers and dominate the river.  Beginner to expert anglers can find success on this river with a little effort and patience.  A great place for beginners due to the amount of fish and their willingness to eat a fly.  Dry fly fishing, streamer fishing and nymph fishing all work great on this river and it can usually be fished year round.  Best to fish it from early April through November.  When the snow starts to fall, the fishing gets slower and less productive.  When the flows bump up, you can float the section below Edwards down to Dotsero. White water experience is highly recommended or using a local guide since I’m sure you’d rather fish than row.

The Eagle is an excellent day trip though it requires some extra driving and can be tough since you pass over half a dozen streams along I-70 to get here.  Enjoy the ample public access this river has and explore the water to find some excellent fish and memories.