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.
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 Guided 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.
Reporter: Emily Dmohowski
Report Date: February 26, 2021
Current Conditions: The Gore is fishing well for this time of year. Put your focus into Vail Village area or below. Using a large dry and small midge/soft hackle pheasant tail variations will be the ticket. If you hook set on a skier, you are back casting too much. Spend some time perfecting that roll cast. Temperature swings over the next few days are going to dictate when your should head out to fish. The colder overnight temps, delay fishing into late morning, early afternoon.
KEEP EM WET: We tend to associate keeping fish wet with warm temps and that is good, however, the same goes for Keeping Em Wet in the freezing winter temps too. Trout are susceptible frostbite and their gills can freeze. With winter here, remember to try to keep the fish wet, continue to limit photos and leave the fish in the water.
NYMPHS: Barrs Emerger BWO 18-22, Two-bit Hooker 18-20, Magic Fly 18-20, Zebra Midges 18-22, Poison Tung 18-20, Lint Bug 18-22, PT's 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-20, RS2 18-22, Perdigon 14-16
- DRIES: Parachute Adams 20-24, Hackle Stacker BWO 18-22, Sprout midge 20-22, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Renegade 20-22 -
STREAMERS: Thin Mint, Baby Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, Baby natural and olive Sculpzilla