Eagle River Report


Water Level Near Avon: 1600cfs

Rating: 6/10

Short Report: Spring Runoff is officially here. The Eagle is high, fast, and muddy. Don't let Runoff scare you away. Fish still have to eat! Pink San Juan worms are still getting some love, but Caddis Pupa are producing the most fish. The fish have returned to their "high-water holes", so fish close to the bank, behind rocks, in whirl-pools, and find the slowest water available. Trout are also gorging on Red and Green Midge Larvae, so don't be scared to throw a size #20 midge pattern in the mix. Also, don't be scared to dead-drift some streamers!

Stomach Sample:

Red/Green Midge Larvae

Imitations: Red/Green thread or zebra midge larvae pattern.


Water Level near Avon: 740cfs

Rating: 7/10

Short Report: The water is high but the clarity has improved due to recent cool temps. Fish are eating annelids (worms), so don't forget your san juan worms. Big stoneflies are still on the menu but fish are keying in on black midge pupa and red midge larvae on clear water days. Small green Brachycentrus pupa are also starting to show up in stomachs and some adults are hatching in the afternoons. Fish are starting to congregate by the banks avoiding the fast runs as well as behind rocks, in eddies, and any other current breaks. 

Stomach Sample:

Black midge pupa, red midge larvae, green Brachycentrus caddis pupa.

Imitations:  Black zebra midge, red thread midge, green hare's ear.

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