Running through the town of Vail, Gore Creek is a small freestone trout stream whose lower section has earned the Gold Medal distinction. The lower section begins at Red Sandstone Creek and continues into the Eagle River. It can fish extremely well and is easily accessed by foot.


  • #16-20 Rainbow Warrior
  • #14-18 Dirty Bird
  • #18-22 Barr’s Emerger BWO
  • #18-22 Sparke Wing RS-2
  • #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
  • #14-16 Guides Choice Hares Ear

Report Date: Oct 28h, 2019

The Vail Valley got its first taste of winter weather this week!  The colder temps along with the snowfall mean our focus on the Gore has shifted from dry dropper rigs to primarily nymphing.  The Gore is running low and clear, which means you should look for deeper runs where fish can hold more comfortably. This also means small flies and light leaders are going to be your best bet.  Tandem nymph rigs made up of midges and baetis are a solid choice right now. Most of the bug activity we have been seeing consists of small midges and blue winged olives, and you may see some fish taking them of the surface in the slower water.  If you do see this your best bet to match the hatch is with a small renegade, griffith’s gnat, or parachute adams. Throwing small bugger streamers can be a great way to cover water this time of year, and also a good way to find some fired up browns!  Fall also means that the brown trout are gearing up for their annual spawn, so please watch out for spawning redds and don’t fish to actively spawning fish. Feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call for more detailed information.

Gore Creek Access Points

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