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Eagle River - Muddy Creek - Colorado

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge
February Midges Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge
March Blue Winged Olive Midday 16-20 BWO
April Caddis Midday 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
May Stonefly Morning 6-10 Golden Stonefly
June Pale Morning Dun Afternoon 14-18 Comparadun PMD
July Yellow Sally Afternoon 14-18 Crystal Stimulator
August Trico Morning 20-24 Trico Spinner
September Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 BWO
October Mahogany Dun Afternoon 16-20 Compadun Mahogany
November Midges Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge
December Midges Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Eagle River – Muddy Creek is a river system renowned for its fly fishing spots, with certain locations standing out for their prime fishing opportunities. These include:

  • The Upper Eagle: This stretch of fast-moving water is packed with rainbows and browns, making it perfect for fly fishing. It is easily accessible from the Vail Valley.
  • Edwards to Wolcott: This section of the river contains a mix of public and private land. It’s known for its population of sizeable brown trout.
  • Gypsum Ponds: These casting ponds are located at the Eagle River Preserve in Gypsum. They can provide good fishing year-round.
  • Brush Creek Confluence: The confluence of Brush Creek and Eagle River offers a range of fish species and plentiful insect life.
  • Muddy Creek: An important tributary of Eagle River, it is known for its narrow channels and hiding spots for trout.

Best Access Points

The Eagle River, combined with its tributary Muddy Creek, offers ample opportunities for fly fishing enthusiasts. There are several access points popular among anglers: Public Access Points:
  • Eagle River Park: Located in the town of Eagle, provides easy river access. Ideal for beginners.
  • Chambers Park: Offers multiple fishing spots. Located at the confluence of the Eagle River and Muddy Creek.
Private Access Points: (requires permission)
  1. Sylvan Lake State Park: Located up the Brush Creek tributary, offering trout fishing in serene settings.
  2. Sweetwater Lake Resort: Provides fishing opportunities beyond Muddy Creek’s confluence with the Colorado River.
Access for Mobility-Impaired Anglers:
  • Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area: Handicap-friendly, easy bank access to the river. Fishing platform available.
Please note, always respect fishing regulations and private properties.

Local Fish

  • Rainbow Trout: Rainbow trout are known for their beautiful coloration and their fight when hooked making them a popular target for Eagle River fly fishers.
  • Brook Trout: Native to Muddy Creek, Brook trout can be elusive, providing a fun challenge for experienced anglers.
  • Mountain Whitefish: These fish are common in the Eagle River and are often caught while fly fishing for trout.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Named for the distinctive red coloration on the underside of the jaw, Cutthroat trout are a favorite among local anglers.
  • Brown Trout: While not native, Brown trout have thrived in the Eagle River and can reach substantial sizes.
  • Green Sunfish: Often found in the slower parts of Muddy Creek, Green sunfish offer a nice change of pace for fly fishers.
  • Kokanee Salmon: While not as prevalent, Kokanee salmon can be a real treat for anglers lucky enough to snag one on the Eagle River.
  • Arctic Grayling: A beautiful and unique species to catch, Arctic grayling are a highly prized catch for any fly fisher on Muddy Creek.

About The River

The Eagle River and Muddy Creek are renowned landmarks steeped in history that paint a fascinating picture of the past. The Eagle River is known for its thrilling white-water rapids that attract adventurous rafters from around the globe.

The river’s history travels back to the time of indigenous people who respected its resources. However, by the mid-1880s, the emergence of silver and lead mining brought significant changes to the area. This river also played a crucial role in the settlement and development of nearby towns.

On the other hand, Muddy Creek, gracefully wandering through the picturesque landscapes, is often praised for its tranquil beauty. It has been an important source of sustenance for wildlife and people alike.

  • The early settlers used these water bodies not only for irrigation and transportation but also as critical supply routes during severe winters.
  • Both Eagle River and Muddy Creek have been instrumental in supporting the flourishing eco-system of the region.

Today, they continue to captivate visitors with their natural beauty and historical significance.

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