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

Current Conditions
Gore Creek is low and clear and fishing fairly well below Lionshead and with a warm temps continuing for the next week, conditions should be good on the lower Gore. The upper Gore in East Vail is still low and icy and the fishing is slow. The Middle and Lower Gore near Donovan Park is fishing better and best fished with a a nymph rig and small attractor beadhead flies.  Insect hatches are picking up and consist mainly of midges. BWO mayflies are also beginning to hatch. Some rising fish are being caught no small well drifted dry flies in the afternoon.

To target Gore Creek's larger trout, try nymphing any deeper holes very thoroughly. Deep water always holds the biggest trout in Gore Creek and as flows are at low levels this is where they'll be found.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! Keep an eye out for spawning rainbows and cutthroats and avoid fishing for them.

Guide Tip: Some large rainbows can be found around Stephens Park

Recommended Files
Dries: Foam Parachute Adams, Hi-Vis Griffiths Gnat, Renegade
Nymphs: Micro Eggs, Black Rainbow Warrior, Two Bit Hooker, Flashback Hare's Ear (Beadless), Red Copper John, Disco Midge, RS-2 Black and Olive, WD-40 all colors, Biot Midges Olive
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: Midges

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.