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Reporter: Brody Henderson

Report Date:  August 28, 2016

Current Conditions
The fly fishing on Gore Creek is good butn requires stealth on the angler's part to fool the wary trout in the low, clear water on Gore Creek. Hatches consist mostly of midges and small mayflies. Wade very slowly and try to cast to fish you've sighted before they spook. The deeper pockets and holes are where the trout are concentrated. Faster water should be covered with a dry fly and small dropper nymph while deeper pools should be nymphed. The Gore offers the area's best opportunity at a four species trout Grand Slam.

Guide Tip:  Low water on the Gore provides an outstanding sight fishing opportunity for patient anglers.

Hatches: Midges, BWOs, Caddis

Recommended Files
Dries: Parachute Adams, Stimulators, Royal Wulff, Ants, Beetles
Nymphs: JuJu Baetis, WD-50, Sawyers PT, Rainbow Warrior #18-22, Frenchie #16-18, Tung Skinny Nelson #16-18,
Streamers: Thin Mint #6-8, Conehead bugger olv/blk #6-10, Vanilla bugger #6-10



Gore Creek flows from high in the Gore Range to the east of Vail.  It originates at Gore Lake and flows to the confluence with the Eagle River at Dowd Junction just to the West of Vail.  This is a small freestone stream with excellent sight fishing. Fishing is best from the golf course in East Vail down to the Gold Medal stretch in West Vail and the confluence with the Eagle River.  However, fish can be caught along the entire length all the way up to the lake.  There are some beautiful fishing areas along the upper river as you approach the lake above the "Grave Site" turn off.  Gore Creek offers fly fishermen a legitimate shot at landing a Grand Slam of brookies, cutthroat, rainbows and brown trout and some surprisingly large fish reside in this fine trout stream.

Select the updated graph for a larger version. River Levels


Other Information
The fishing on Gore Creek is good every month of the year. Winter provides some of the best fishing of the year and a few powder runs on Vail Mountain followed by a couple hours of sight fishing is a popular activity. An angler on Gore Creek has the chance to land all four species of trout found in Colorado. We provide Guide Fishing Trips,even throughout the winter. Let us show you some tips to catching the trout that inhabit Gore Creek by hiring a guide for the day.