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Reporter: Brody Henderson

Report Date:  May 11, 2015

Current Conditions
The water is rising on the Gore but this can be a great time of year to hit the Gore before  spring runoff flows become too high for productive fishing. We're seeing some hatching midges and BWOs and some fish are rising later in the day to dry flies. Small streamers are also turning a lot of fish. The Gore is a great place to try to catch brookies and cutthroats as well as the more common browns and rainbows. When fishing be very stealthy this time of year as the fish can be very spooky due to the low flows and pressure from other anglers. Bring your two or three weight, cast softly and try to sigt fish to individual trout. Smaller egg and midge patterns fished while nymphing has been productive in the deeper pools, use small black/olive/gray midge patterns as well as smaller bead head attractors. Focus on the mile or so below Lionshead during the middle of the day for the best winter fishing

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

Hatches: Midges, BWOs

Recommended Files
Dries: Foam Parachute Adams #18-24, Griffiths Gnat #18-22
Nymphs: Micro eggs and worms, Rainbow Warrior #18-22, Frenchie #16-18, Tung Skinny Nelson #16-18, RS2s #18-22
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.