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: Brett Elkman
Report Date: September 20, 2023
Current Conditions: Gore Creek is getting low but still fishing well. Fish can be found in the riffles and deeper pools but you will have to cover some ground to get between the shallow spots. The dry fly fishing is real good with the later part of the evening being the most reliable. Patterns Rainbow Warriors and Perdigons and even a small Zebra midge or PT are all good options. Depending on how you rig, fish with 2 flies. Hatches of Caddis, Midge's and BWO's are present. Dry Dropper Combos work well on the Gore this time of year. Try a small Chubby to a perdigon. I like at sz 12 Para Wullf to a bigger Zebra midge to a smaller pheasant tail. ATTENTION:
KEEP EM WET: Please follow the Keep Em Wet philosophy and keep the fish wet. If you must take a photo, leave the fish in the water.
Hatches: Midges, Caddis, BWO's
NYMPHS: Worms, Pheasant Tails 16-20 Two-bit Hooker 18-20, Zebra Midges 18-22, Pure Midge Red 18-24, Lint Bug 18-22, Prince Nymph 16-20, RS2 18-22, Perdigon 14-16, Rainbow Warrior 16-22
- DRIES: Parachute Adams 18-24, Sprout midge 20-22, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Renegade 18-22, Para Wulff 12-18. Comparadun BWO 18-22, Chubby Chernobyl 10-16 -
STREAMERS: Thin Mint, Baby Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, Bowlicious Blk - Olv, Prince Aggravator 12-16