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.
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Reporter: Ray Kyle
Report Date: January 14, 2019
Current Conditions:Happy New Year from VVA!! Sections of Gore Creek stay open year-round from Vail Village West and is a fairly over-looked option for winter fly fishing. Blue Wing Olives (BWOs) patterns are working great as a single dry fly setup. Nymphing with small midges and basic attractors like hare's ears and prince nymphs under a SMALL indicator can be effective. If this is not working, try throwing black or natural colored sculpin streamer patterns or wooly buggers to entice the angry, aggressive takes. Please practice catch and release to assure we have larger fish in the future!
Guide Tip:Use a small strike indicator to reduce the splash when placing your cast.
Hatches:Mostly midges with the occasional BWO.
NYMPHS: Barr Emerger BWO 16-18, Flashback PT 16-18, Soft hackle PT 16-18, RS2 16-18, Magic Fly 18-20, Zebra Midge(red, black) 16-18, Top Secret Midge 18-20, Poison Tung Blue 18-20, Tung Magic Fly 16-18
- DRIES: Parachute Adams 18-22, Found Link 16-18 , Hackle Stacker 18-22, Adams 18-24, Griffith Gnat 18-20 -
STREAMERS: Thin Mint, Baby Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, Baby Sculpzilla