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Fly Fishing on Gore Creek with Vail Valley Anglers in Vail, CO

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Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date: February 22, 2018

Current Conditions:   Snow is forecasted for most of the day. Colder nights and mornings have caused much of this small creek has frozen over however if you can find the open water, you will find the fish. Be careful on the ice shelves. Seek out areas of the river where warmer water comes in (ie. water treatment facilities or small feeder creeks). The trout are stacked up and are finding refuge in the deeper runs and holes in the river. 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. Use a small midge or baetis nymph (size 20-22) below a New Zealand Strike Indicator or very small Airlock. Target spots in front and behind boulders and rocks in the creek.  If nymphing is not working, try throwing small sculpin streamer patterns or wooly buggers to entice the angry, aggressive brown trout. Please practice catch and release to assure we have larger fish in the future! 

Guide Tip: Use small light strike indictors this time of year and change your depth before changing your flies. 

Hatches: Baetis, Midges, and San Juan Worms

Recommended Files:
NYMPHS: Barr Emerger BWO 18-20, Flashback PT 18-20, Soft hackle PT 16-18, RS2 20-22, Magic Fly 20-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Top Secret Midge 20-22, Poison Tung Blue 18-20, Tung Magic Fly 18-22, San Juan Worm

DRIES: Foam Parachute Adams 18-22, Parawulff 18-22, Hackle Stacker 20-22, BWO Sprout 18-20, Griffth Gnat 18-20

STREAMERS: 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.

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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.