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: June 16, 2021
Current Conditions: The Gore is finally on the way down. With the warm weather please carry a thermometer and check the temps. Look for the fish to be behind the eddies or along the banks but they are starting to spread out. Nymphing is still the most consistent method, but we are starting to see some fish looking to the surface. Try a Hopper Dropper set up, a good drift is imperative. Try a Chubby Cherobyl with a sz 14 Perdigon to an 18 Zebra Midge or Pheasant Tail. Any place you can get a solid natural drift if even for a second should hold fish.
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, Poison Tung 18-20, 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 16-20, Hackle Stacker BWO 18-22, Sprout midge 20-22, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Renegade 18-22, Para Wulff 12-18 -
STREAMERS: Thin Mint, Baby Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, Baby natural and olive Sculpzilla