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Vail Valley Anglers

Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date: November 18, 2017

Current Conditions:  With not much snow on the mountains, fishing is a great option! The Gore is your best chance in the area to catch a Grand Slam (Brown, Rainbow, Brook, and Cutthroat) in one day, on one creek. Dry dropper is the best way to approach this small creek. Use a small midge or baetis nymph (size 20-22) below a PMX or small Chubby. Target spots in front and behind boulders and rocks in the creek.  If nymphing or dry flies are not working, try throwing small sculpin streamer patterns or wooly buggers to entice the angry aggressive brown trout. Practice catch and release and keep the fish wet. Browns and brookies are starting to spawn...Don't Tread on the Redds!

Guide Tip: Throw streamers and make 3-4 strips, cast again, then move on.

Hatches: BWOs, Stoneflies, Midges and Eggs

Recommended Files:

NYMPHS: Barr Emerger BWO 16-18, Flashback PT 14-16, Skinny Nelson PT 16-18, Soft hackle PT 14-18, Pats Bread Crust 16-18, Hare's Ear 14-16, RS2 20-22, Magic Fly 20-22

DRIES: Foam Para Adams 16-18, PMX 14-16, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Clacka Caddis 14-16, Parawulff 10-18, Patriot 14-16

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



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.