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Vail Valley Anglers
Fly Fishing with Vail Valley Anglers in Vail, Colorado.
Fly Fishing Catch from Gore Creek with Vail Valley Anglers from Vail, Colorado.
Reporter: Brody Henderson
Report Date: September 13, 2014

Current Conditions
Gore Creek is in prime shape and is fishing very well. The upper Gore in East Vail is ideal for stalking trout and dry dropper rigs are producing. The Lower Gore near Donovan Park is best fished with a a nymph rig and small attractor beadhead flies with excellent evening dry fly action.  Insect hatches are sparse and consist mainly of BWOs and midges. This is a great fishery for area wade fishermen with plenty of public access and a strong popuation of wild trout and is one the few places where anglers can land the coveted Grand Slam-four species of trout in one day! Some larger brwons are already moving into lower Gore Creek out of the Eagle River.

Recommended Files
Dries: Renegades, Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis, 
Nymphs: Rainbow Warrior, Two Bit Hooker,  Rubberleg Hare's Ear, Red Copper John
Streamers: Black and Olive Conehead buggers #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

Hatches: Midges, BWOs, Caddis

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.