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Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date:  April 26, 2017

Current Conditions

With the mountains now closed, the creek is calling.  The Gore this time of year offers seclusion and the opportunity to catch fish on dries.  A true pocket water fishery, fish will be in all of the holes.  The Gore also offers excellent sight fishing opportunities. For dry fly fishing use a 7.5 ft 5 x leader with 5x and 6x tippet.  A quiet stealthy approach is best. Midges are still the name of the game here but Caddis and BWOs will be making their presence felt. Try fishing a dry dropper rig with a Para Wulff Adams or small PMX and a zebra midge behind.  When the fish start rising take the Zebra Midge off and put a size 18 Parachute Adams on and catch them up top. Focus your efforts from Vail down to the confluence. With the golf course still close, you can access the strech of the Gore that travels through the course. When nymphing use small and light indicators like the New Zealand Strike Indicator. Small indicators present well and detect the subtlest of hits. Small bugs size 18-24 will produce the best results but when nymphing put a bigger sz 14-16 stonefly or Pats Rubber leg or a prince on as a weight.. Dry Fly Fishing is best in the evening.

Guide Tip:  Use the various pedestrian and road bridges to scout for active fish.

Hatches: Midges, BWOs

Recommended Files

NYMPHS: Rainbow Warrior 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Barr Emerger BWO 18-22, Juju Baetis 18-20, Don King Midge 18-22, Top Secret Midge 18-22, Biot BWO 22, Sparklewing RS2  18-22, Juju Baetis 18-22, Midge Biot BWO and Grey 18-22, Poison Tung 18-20, PT Slim 20-22, Skinny Nelson PT 16-20, Lint Bug 18-22, Flash worm, Micro May Fly (olive) 18-22, Pats Bread Crust 16-18, Buckskin Caddis 16-18

DRIES: Hackle Stacker BWO 18-20, Bat Wing Emerger 18-22, Foam Para Adams 16-18, Renegade 16-18, Sprout BWO 18-22, PMX 16-18

STREAMERS: Jig Thin Mint 16, Baby Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, Baby Sculpzilla Blk 




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.

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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.