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Vail Valley fishing report

Miles Comeau
Vail, CO Colorado
Rod Egizii with a Eagle River rainbow trout.
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Being that winter is still at bay, there is no excuse to get out and fish.

It is only a matter of time before the snow hits the ground and the rivers ice up. So while the sun is shining and the weather is sweet you need to get out there and fish?

On Gore Creek the flow is 24 cubic feet per second (CFS) with temperatures ranging between 39-47 degrees. Conditions are perfect for spawning brooke and brown trout. You can expect to see blue-winged olives and midges from here on out.



Most terrestrials have been killed off by the heavier frosts due to the higher elevation of the Gore. Small emerging patters such as Barr’s Emerger, WD40s and 50s, RS2s, Micro mays along with worms and egg patterns will work well to catch fish on the Gore.

The Eagle River is flowing at 75 CFS with water temperatures varying between 43-50 degrees. This is still a little warm for full on spawning, but with cooler weather on the way water temperatures will drop and the brown trout will become more active.



From Eagle-Vail down valley browns will be spawning and on the upper Eagle from Minturn to Red Cliff and Camp Hale brook trout and browns will be spawning.

Fish will be working their way out of the main body of the Eagle into any tributary that feeds into it with enough holding water and gravel bars to lay eggs. Effective patterns are small emerging mayflies and midge patterns. Streamers are evoking big browns to chase but sealing the deal with a firm bite will come with cooler water temperatures when the fish are more aggressive.

The Colorado River near Kremling is flowing at 940 CFS with water temperatures between 49-52 degrees. Browns are chasing the streamer and taking with moderate success. But fishing small pheasant tails, emerging BWOs and dredging dark-colored stonefly nymphs are producing better results.



Wait a couple of weeks for water temps to drop and the fishing to pick up on the Colorado. Temps will take a while to drop due to the volume of water moving through the river. The smaller the water way the quicker temperatures will reflect the air temps.

As water temperatures on the Roaring Fork float around the low-50s-mid-40s and flows are at 489 CFS fishing remains constant and productive. If you like catching white fish and throwing the egg this is your river. Trout fishing is good and will pick up as the weather cools off.

For advice and hot flies contact Alpine River Outfitters. Or just stop by to share a few lies.

Miles Comeau is guide for Alpine River Outfitters in Edwards. He can be reached at 970-926-0900.


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