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Reporter: Brody Henderson

Report Date:  June 20, 2015

Current Conditions
The water is high and fast but very clear on Gore Creek. Conditions will improve as runoff subsides in a week or so. Try the upper creek near East Vail for the best condtions.

Guide Tip: Pick the pockets with small beadhead or conehead woolly buggers for some fast action!

Hatches: Midges, BWOs, Caddis

Recommended Files
Dries: Stimulators, Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis
Nymphs: Chartreuse Copper John,  Micro eggs and worms, Rainbow Warrior #18-22, Frenchie #16-18, Tung Skinny Nelson #16-18, Prince 12- 16
Streamers: Slumpbuster #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.