The Eagle is one of Colorado’s longest freestone (no dams) rivers. It’s upper sections are quicker-moving pocket water that gradually gets wider and picks up water as it descends into the Vail Valley, eventually joining the mighty Colorado River. Large round boulders and great trout habitat are features of the lower section. Generally, if the water looks like it should hold fish, it usually does. But like other trout streams, the fish can sometimes get selective about their meals. Anglers will find browns, rainbows, cutbows, and cutthroat mixed throughout the system. At times, fish eagerly rise to the hatch du jour making for some exciting visual takes. Other times, trout will rise to attractor patterns even when no hatch is occurring. This is a special watershed, with beautiful habitat, and well worth exploring.