Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Hatches and Trout Flies for the Eagle River, Colorado
The Eagle Rivers first important hatch of the year is the Blue-winged Olives. They hatch
starting in April and last to the middle of May. These are bi-brooded insects that hatch
again from the middle of August through September.
The Green Drakes and Red Quills start hatching around the middle of June and last
through the month of July. There are also some PMDs, or Pale Morning Duns. These
mayflies are found in the moderate sections of the river. They start hatching in July and
last on into the first week or two of August.
Golden Stoneflies hatch from about the middle of June through July. Yellow Sallies, or
Little Yellow Stoneflies, start hatching about the first of June and last on into August.
One of the most abundant caddisfly species are the Brachycentrus species. These
caddisflies start hatching in late April and last until about to the first week of May. From
June to September you will find the Spotted Sedges. They are the most plentiful species of
caddisflies on the river. There will also be a hatch of Little Sister Caddisflies during July.
You will find some Little Short-horned Sedges that hatch in late May and early June. There
are also some Green Caddisflies, or Green Sedges, as some anglers call them. The larvae
of these caddisflies are called Green Rock Worms. Imitations of them are very effective
year-round. There are a few other species of caddisflies present on the river, but none
that hatch in large quantities.
Terrestrial insects become important during the summer months from about the middle of
June through September. Imitations of grasshopper, ants and beetles are effective.
The Eagle River has a lot of sculpin, some minnows and baitfish. Streamers are very
effective when the brown trout start to spawn in the fall. They also work anytime the river is
a little off color from rain as well as early in the morning and late in the afternoons.
If you haven't already done so, be sure to try our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. They are the
most realistic and effective flies you can purchase. We have imitations available for
everything that hatches in the Eagle River as well as all of the generic trout flies.
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