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Reporter: Brody Henderson

Report Date:  July 18, 2016

Current Conditions
The fly fishing on Gore Creek is excellent this week. The water is crystal clear and caddis are hatching. Look for trout willing to eat a dry dropper rig in bankside pockets. Dry dropper fishing and covering water will produce good numbers.Try the lower portion of Gore Creek for a shot at the Colorado trout Grand Slam. All four species of trout can be caught in a single day on Gore Creek, The lower part of Gore Creek is designated a Gold Medal fishery and is home to some larger trout than anglers commonly catch on a small stream.

Guide Tip:  Suspend your favorite beadhead nymph below a bushy attractor dry fly and hang on!

Hatches: PMDs, Caddis

Recommended Files
Dries: Stimulators, Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis
Nymphs: Chartreuse Copper John, 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.