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.


  • #18-20 Zebra Midge Black
  • #16-20 Purple Rainbow Warrior
  • #14-16 Purple Haze
  • #12-14 Stimulator Yellow
  • #14 Chubby Chernobyl Black/Purple
  • #14-16 Corn Fed Caddis

Report Date: July 30th, 2020

Gore Creek saw a good increase in flows from the rain this past week, but is back to low and clear conditions.  Flows are great for easy wading, and the rain has helped water temps stay cool, which makes Gore Creek a great option right now. 

The clarity and low flows mean that the fishing on Gore Creek can be a little technical.  Make sure to use a stealthy approach with a drag-free drift and lighten up your tippet if you aren’t having success.

The fish have moved into the faster water and riffles to feed, so focus your efforts on these areas. My favorite way to fish Gore Creek this time of year is definitely to cover a lot of water, with a few casts in each pocket, rather than trying to pick apart the bigger holes and runs.  

The main hatch right now is Caddis, with some PMDs and Tricos hatching as well.  Fishing a Stimulator, small terrestrial, or some other attractor dry with a small bead head dropper should still do the trick in the pocket water. In the slower, calmer sections where fish can be a bit more spooky and selective, lighten up your tippet and go with a smaller dry fly like a Parachute Adams with a small emerger behind it.

Gore Creek is a good option right now to escape the higher water temps on other local rivers for now, but the water temperatures are will start to get high on Gore Creek too, so please carry a thermometer and handle the fish as little as possible.  Feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call for more information!

Gore Creek Access Points

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