Running through the town of Vail, Gore Creek is a small freestone trout stream whose lower section has earned 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.
Report Date: January 14th, 2021
GWe have seen some cold temps, and Gore Creek remains low and clear. Longer and lighter leaders are a must on Gore Creek this time of year, as is a stealthy approach. Winter tactics are the name of the game, as cold temps and icy conditions have become the norm. Most of the open water will be found between Lionshead and West Vail, and focusing on the warmest part of the day is your best chance for success. Browns and Brook trout in Gore Creek are done spawning, but please still avoid walking on redds or casting to spawning fish.
The cooler water temps will cause the fish to congregate in the deeper runs and holes, so it is best to start concentrating your efforts on these areas. Smaller Midges are going to be the most prevalent hatch on Gore Creek right now, with size 18-24 nymphs being the most productive. Using a yarn indicator or dry/dropper setup will help to avoid spooking fish in these technical conditions. When the creek is low like this, sight fishing is definitely a possibility, and any spot with open water, enough depth, and break from the current is likely to hold fish. While dry fly fishing has been less consistent with the colder weather, you still may see some surface activity during warmer parts of the day. Small Midge patterns will be your best bet when this happens.
The streamer fishing on Gore Creek has been less consistent with water temps dropping. Deep and slow is the name of the game, and dead drifting small streamers under an indicator can even be a good idea during the colder months.
Please be ethical out there and minimize your fish handling and avoid walking on redds. Stop by the shop or give us a call for more information!
Gore Creek Access Points