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Vail Valley Anglers
Fly Fishing with Vail Valley Anglers in Vail, Colorado.
Wade Fly Fishing Gore Creek with Vail Valley Anglers from Vail, Colorado.
Reporter: Brody Henderson
Report Date: August 2,  2015

Current Conditions
Gore Creek is dropping and clear and is at a great level for wade fishing. Nymphs and streamers fished in slower pockets and deep runs will well. Attractor dry flies like royal wulffs with small dropper nymphs are also producing. The upper Gore near East Vail is good for easier wading while some larger trout will be found on the lower stream near Lionshead and near Donovan Park. Now is the time to pursue a Grand Slam on Gore Creek! 

Guide Tip: The last hour before sunset is the best time to catch larger trout on dry flies on Gore Creek

Recommended Files
Dries: Foam Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, House and Lot
Nymphs: Guide's Choice, Prince, Red Copper John, Twenty Incher, Barr Emerger, Flashback Pheasant Tail
Streamers: Brown, Black and Olive Conehead Bite-Me 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: Caddis, PMDs, Drakes

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.