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Eagle River Fishing Information
Upper Forks - near Leadville, CO
The upper forks of the Eagle provide some smaller water and excellent fishing. While the lower produces larger fish, the forks can give some nice solitude. The south fork is much steeper in gradient and more difficult to access despite following the road towards Leadville. The East Fork is hike in or drive in accessible with a moderate 4wd medium clearance vehicle. Most SUV’s handle the road just fine. The river is small but cover it fully when you fish as trout hang out in some odd places given the river size. It’s a fun place to explore for a day and on the way up from either direction you can fish other rivers along the way. From 24 heading north out of minturn, you can fish homestake creek, and the upper section of the eagle. From 24 south from leadville, you can fish the upper arkansas, tennessee creek and more. Lots of water to explore up in this area and a worthwhile place to spend a day or even a weekend camping.
If you are feeling extra adventurous, there are many hikes to lakes around the area and hikes like resolution creek are a fun place to explore as well. Solid selections of dries and nymphs will take most fish as well as a few smaller, lighter streamers. Fish with caution as fish can be spooky. Give as much room as possible while avoiding the stream side vegetation waiting to take your flies. Wildlife is also plentiful up in the area so keep an eye out for moose, bear, cougars, deer and elk.
These pics are from late April, snow can be a deterrent for most, but I caught a bunch of trout up there despite the cold. The roads aren’t open to here until later in May or June, but you can hike in without much issue along the roads if you’d like.
Fish: Many Medium-Sized Fish
Best Techniques: Dries & Nymphs
Best Seasons: Spring - Fall
River Type: Medium Freestone
Fish Types: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout
Dog Friendly: Yes
Located in the Colorado River Basin near Leadville, CO
Fishable Seasons & Current Weather
The best seasons to fish this river are Spring - Fall. See the current weather reports for the next 5-6 days listed below for the nearest city.
wind: 18mph NW
H 12 • L 11
Weather from OpenWeatherMap
Knowing what flies to use is only have the battle. You have to know when the insects are active on the water and when it's likely the trout are feeding on them. Refer to our hatch charts below to understand when the insect categories and some of the possible hatches on the river.
Midges hatch year round, but their importance is from September through winter into April. During the warmer months, the trout often focus on larger insects as they are more active on the water like mayflies, caddis and stoneflies.
Aside from Blue wing olives, mayflies are active most commonly from May to August in Colorado. There are many different mayfly hatches found on most rivers and the most common are listed below.
Blue Wing Olive: September throut winter to April
Pale Morning Dun: June to Mid September
Colors: White, Yellow
Sizes: #14 - #20
Caddis hatch starting early in May and continue to the end of October.
Colors: Olive, Green, Yellow, Tan, Orange, Brown and Black.
Sizes: #10 - #20
We have some great stonefly hatches in Colorado and while not all rivers carry all species of salmonflies, you can often fish stonefly adult patterns with confidence from May to September. Start off in bigger sizes and get smaller till September hits (size 8 - 16)
Golden Stone: June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #8 - #14
Yellow Sally Stonefly: Mid June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #12 - #18
Terrestrials don't hatch since they are out of the water, but they can have importance starting in Mid April and ending in September.
These are the the top flies we sell for this river. Use the hatch chart above to know what flies you will want to have in your fly box during your adventure on the river and then select the flies here 30 days before your trip to get them at a great price. All of our flies are hand tied to each order to ensure quality and to keep our prices low for you.
Click on a fly below to select a size and color for purchase.
If you need an easier solution than selecting each fly and size, try out our top fly assortments for this river that will put all the flies you need in a single order for this river. We've already selected the flies we use in our fly box for this river including the sizes and colors and put them in these assortments so you can fish with the confidence that you have the right flies in your box.
Click on any of the pictures to see what flies, colors and sizes we recommend in each assortment.
Use these epic resources to get ready for your adventure. Whether you're planning your trip, learning your insects, improving your fishing with expert tips or getting detailed resources from the USGS streamflows or DoW, we got you covered to help you find the river and find the success you want.