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
  • #18-22 Cluster Midge
  • #14-16 Guides Choice Hares Ear

Report Date: January 12, 2020

The colder temps along with the snowfall mean our focus on the Gore has shifted from dry dropper rigs to primarily nymphing. One thing to keep in mind is that with the river being very low and ultra calm and clear, the fish, even though lethargic, are aware and easily spooked. Sometimes even the smallest indicators can create such a splash that they end up causing more harm than good. Its times like these that call for the use of a dry fly as your indicator. Look for deeper runs where fish can hold more comfortably and when we say deep, we are talking about water thats maybe 2-3 feet deep. 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 good selections since 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 mid-day on a warmer day.   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 so swing by our shop. We are located inside the coolest building in all of the Eagle River Valley. As you enter the town of Minturn we are the very first building on the left, right before the bridge over the Eagle River.

Gore Creek Access Points

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