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: Ray Kyle
Report Date: September 18, 2018
Current Conditions:The Gore is extremely low for this time of year and should be fished only in the morning. It’s a great idea to get temperature readings throughout the day to make sure the water is below the 68 degree mark. (at 68 degrees the fish become stressed and any added stress will likely kill them). Blue Wing Olives (BWOs) patterns are working great as a single dry fly setup. A larger foam dry fly pattern with a bead head fly as a dropper works great for these shallow waters. 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:Try different attractor dries to see which one is working and stick with it. Bounce around and throw into all the “fishy spots”.
Hatches:BWOs, Caddis, and some small stoneflies
NYMPHS: Barr Emerger BWO 16-18, Flashback PT 16-18, Soft hackle PT 16-18, RS2 16-18, Magic Fly 18-20, Zebra Midge 16-18, Top Secret Midge 18-20, Poison Tung Blue 18-20, Tung Magic Fly 16-18
DRIES: Missing Link Caddis 14-16, PMX 12-14, Parachute Adams 14-16, Found Link 14-16, Hackle Stacker 18-22, Adams 18-24
STREAMERS: Thin Mint, Baby Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, Baby Sculpzilla