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: January 12, 2021
Current Conditions: The Gore is low and a good portion of the river has frozen up. The fish will be in the deeper pools and behind the flowing water. A good drift is imperative. Yarn indicators wont spook the fish. Tread quietly and present softly. The Dry Fly Action is better towards the evening. MIDGE MIDGE MIDGE! Go Tiny and Shiny. Try throwing a Stubby Chubby with a tungsten Zebra Midge behind it. Another good rig is a sz 10-12 Para Wulff to a tung 18 Pheasant tail to a sz 18 foam emerger. While they may on occasion eat the dry, the benefit comes from the soft presentation. Small tippets, good drifts and tiny flies.
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.
NYMPHS: Barrs Emerger BWO 18-22, Two-bit Hooker 18-20, Magic Fly 18-20, Zebra Midges 18-22, Pure Midge Red 18-24, Lint Bug 18-22, PT's 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-20, RS2 18-22, Perdigon 14-16, Rainbow Warrior 16-22
- DRIES: Parachute Adams 18-24, Hackle Stacker BWO 18-22, Sprout midge 20-22, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Renegade 18-22, Para Wulff 12-18. Comparadun BWO 18-22 -
STREAMERS: Thin Mint, Baby Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, Bowlicious Blk - Olv, Prince Aggravator 12-16