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Hi Everyone.

I'm a bit new to fishing in general, I've had a few sparse outings over the past several years but all on borrowed equipment and I really didn't catch anything. I just moved to a new place that's about 2 blocks from the eagle river and after an afternoon spent fishing with a friend(who also doesn't know much) I decided that I really liked it. It's my understanding that fly fishing is probably the best route to go, however, I don't know many people that do that, if any, and also the equipment is very expensive. While I learn more about fly fishing does anyone have suggestions as to fishing with a regular rod/reel that I've picked up from the local thrift shop? TBO I'm not even sure where to begin and don't even know if you can fish that way in a river since I only see guys out there fly fishing. Thanks.
 

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I really don't know much about the Eagle River, to be honest. I do know a little about catching trout though. I would suggest the use of small Mepps or Panther Martin lures for river fishing on spin gear. Another option would be to use a bubble and fly on your spin gear.

I do not know the regs on the Eagle River, but I'm sure you can use spin gear there.

Good luck to you!
 

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Only one place I know of in the state that is fly only and that is above Almont on the East river. The Eagle fishes fine with spin gear or flies or worms.
 

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Fly fishing doesn't have to be expensive to start...There are quite a few really cheap combo's that you buy to see if its something you really enjoy.

Just like playing guitar.... I guess you could go out and buy a Les Paul for your first guitar and drop 1500 bucks, but you'd be better off with a pawn shop squier for 40 bucks to see if its something you enjoy.

Pic up some rapala's and some good line and I'm sure you'll put a bend in your pawn shop rod and reel combo.
 

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Start where you want to be!!!!!!
If fly fishing is catching your eye then pick up a fly rod. If you do, nothing beats a micro-caddis ( in general on the Eagle, in summertime ) plus it's a dry fly so it should be more fun.for you. The Vail Valley is full of fly fisherman, that being said it should not be to hard to find a new friend with some skills. Next their are many local shops, these folks will give you tons of info for your business in return
Streamers (bait fish/leach imitations ) also can kill it in the Eagle. IF you chose to start fly fishing learn the streamer. You can not fish them wrong, but you will learn to use them better
 

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I somehow managed to get 'approval' for some gear. Does anyone have suggestions for a fly fishing setup in the lower end of the market? I have around 300 to spend at the moment.
 

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Go to Cabela's.com and check out their combo's. Great values as a starter set. Their Stowaway 6 is now on sale at a friendly price, but even their cheaper combos will get you started just fine.
 

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Dont buy anything from Walmart unless its lures, hooks, or line. Stay away from all of there reels and rods.

If i were you i would go to a local sports store like dicks sporting goods or sportsauthority and buy a shimano sedona reel. Pair this with a nice 6 foot rod that you like...make sure the rod isnt too stiff or too noodly for you. I usually just buy a medium power fast action rod.

Oh yea, the sedona has a lifetime warranty and if i were you i would buy a rod that has a life time warranty as well. That way you got a setup for life.

I chose the sedona cause it was reasonably priced, its smooth, and has a lot of features the high end shimanos have.

For line i would buy 2-4 pound test line. Trout can see line pretty well so use the smallest diameter line possible without breaking off.

Some lures that have always worked for me are: 1/8oz kastmasters, 1/8oz super dupers, and panther martins.
 

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I really don't know much about the Eagle River, to be honest. I do know a little about catching trout though. I would suggest the use of small Mepps or Panther Martin lures for river fishing on spin gear. Another option would be to use a bubble and fly on your spin gear.

I do not know the regs on the Eagle River, but I'm sure you can use spin gear there.

Good luck to you!
Stick with some various colors and sizes of Panther Martin spinners (good selection at Sports Authority in Avon or West Vail) and you will catch plenty of fish on the Eagle. Brighter colors (yellow) for dirty water, and more natural colors (black, olive) this time of year when the water is clear. You will eventually find some colors that you like. 3/8 ounce size is good all around. Cast cross current or even up stream and accross. Pause your reteive every now and then. You will get lots of takes on the stall. The Eagle is a great river to learn how to fly fish on. It is stacked with fish and if you can learn how to read water on the Eagle, you will have it made everywhere else you go. I was born and rasided in the valley, so let me know if you need any other info. There is probably a two year learing curve for fly fishing, but over time you get the hang of it and learn certain flies that work well different times of year. You gotta meet some people who have boats too. That opens up a whole new book. Have fun and good luck!
 

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theo9805 said:
+1 on the rapalas (or other small jerkbaits). i don't even really use spinners anymore - my jerks outfish them everytime it seems
+2 small jerkbaits are my go to as well. Don't count out the effectiveness of a Fly and Bubble also.

as far as Fly set-ups, TFO rods are a very affordable way to get in it.

I lived in the Eagle-Gypsum area for a couple of years. If in that area use the Gypsum Ponds for some practice (lots of little panfish). Also Sylvan lake State Park is another great place to catch some stockers (rapala CD1 Rainbow trout).
 

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fly fishermen catch a lot but i wouldnt say its always "the best way to go." im not trying to steer you away from it but i want you to know you have the option of doing perfectly well with a spin rod and reel if you cant afford the fly gear at the moment. my friends bda2 and usfl do well on the arkansas river using a kastmaster or one of our own lures we make (spoon style). theres been days on the lake when we are catching more than the fly fishermen and days when they're out-fishing us. To each his own, but dont think you have to be a fly fisherman to fit in :) good luck with whatever route you go. pm me or any other member on here if you have any questions. most people on this forum are pretty helpful.
 

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Learn to fly fish. I agree with the TFO thing...very affordable. A flyfisherman will always catch more fish on the Eagle than a spin fisherman will.
 
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