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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: November 16,  2015

Current Conditions
This is a great time of year to hit the Gore as the flows are low and the fish are easy target. 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 baetis and midge patterns fish on the surface have been working well. Nymphing has been productive in the deeper pools, use small black/olive/gray midge patterns as well as smaller bead head attractors. The area above the confluence with the Eagle is cranking out some nice fish as big browns look to move uo the Gore to their upstream spawning areas! 

Guide Tip: This time of year use smaller tippet sizes like 6x and use flurocarbon when fishing below the surface

Hatches: Midges, BWOs

Recommended Files
Dries: Royal PMX #14-18, Foam Parachute Adams #16-20, Amys Ant olive/red #14, Griffiths Gnat #18-22
Nymphs: 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.