Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing On Gore Creek In Colorado
Gore Creek is beautiful, small trout stream that is a
tributary of the Eagle River. It is approximately eighteen
miles long. It drains an area of the Rocky Mountains at
the south end of the Gore Range and flows through the
Vail Valley. Fly fishing Gore creek is the ideal small
stream fishing experience.
The creek rises along the crest of the Gore Range in
the White River National Forest, approximately 4 miles
north of Vail Pass. From there it descends west through
a narrow gorge where Black Gore Creek joins it. From
there Gore Creek runs alongside U.S. Highway 6 and
I-70. It flows right through Vail joining the Eagle River
approximately 3 miles from Vail.
The Gold Medal section starts at the confluence of Red
Sandstone Creek and continues downstream to the
Eagle River. Gore Creek is an idea small trout stream
that is easy to wade. It is narrow in places and lined
fairly solid with trees and bushes. There are parking
areas for access to the stream.
The Gore Creek campground is located along Gore
Creek in near the boundary of the Eagle's Nest
Wilderness. This is the closest campground to Vail.
Gore Creek has a population of rainbows, brook and
brown trout. There are some native cutthroat in its
Gore Creek Fly Fishing Guide:
Fly fishing Gore Creek can be a little challenging at
times. The trout are wild, stream-born fish that can
become selective at times but presented a fly that
matches what is hatching or about to hatch will usually
fool them. It offers just enough challenge to make it an
idea small stream fishery for most avid anglers.
Ideally, you want to make short, upstream cast that give
a drag free drift. This applies to both dry flies and
nymphs. Conflicting currents can make it difficult if you
have a lot of fly line on the water. Short cast helps
prevent this. Some of the creek consist of pocket water
but there more pools, runs and riffles than anything.
You must stay hidden from the trout. This isn't easy
especially when the water level is low. Dressing to match
the background give you an advantage. Wading slowly
and carefully helps. High sticking is often an effective
method of presenting nymphs.
There isn't a lot of bank access to Gore Creek. Most of
the fishing is done wading upstream. You want to try to
avoid fishing behind someone that recently fished the
creek. It is narrow enough that wading upstream will
spook most of the trout. The key is to fish ahead,
covering the likely lies before the trout see you.
Often you will hear the traffic of nearby roads and I-70
but usually it is subdued with the sound of the creek. In
some places you will be wading in site of multi-million
dollar homes but usually most of the outside world is
blocked from you view by the bushes and trees along
Gore Creek is a freestone stream and subject to
changes in the flows that only Mother Nature provides.
Like the Eagle River downstream, it can be low, with
clear shallow water that is difficult to fish in areas, or
raging with high water impossible to fish. It all depending
on the amount melting snow and rainfall. Different flows
require different fishing techniques and strategies.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 - 12 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Gore Creek Hatches and Trout Flies:
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods
at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike
the generic fly shop trout flies, we have
specific imitations of all the insects in Gore
Creek and in all stages of life that are
applicable to fishing. If you want to fish
better, more realistic trout flies, have a
much higher degree of success, give us a
call. We not only will help you with
selections, you will learn why, after trying
Perfect Flies, 92% of the thousands of our
customers will use nothing else.
Gore Creek's first and most important hatch
is the Blue-winged Olive. They hatch
starting in April and last to the middle of
May. These are bi-brooded insects that
hatch again from the middle of August
There are a few Green Drakes but it is
usually a short and sweet hatch. They start
about the middle of June and continue into
July. Dark Red Quills start hatching about
the same time.
There are plenty of PMDs, or Pale Morning
Duns. These mayflies are found start
hatching in July and last on into the first
week or two of August. They are an
important hatch during the prime season.
Golden Stoneflies hatch from about the
middle of June through July. These are
fairly plentiful but more plentiful are the
Yellow Sallies, or Little Yellow Stoneflies.
They start hatching about the first of June
and last on into August.
One of the most abundant caddisfly species
are the Brachycentrus species. These
caddisflies start hatching in late April and
last until about to the first week of May. This
is called the Mother's Day hatch.
From June to September you will find the
Spotted Sedges. They are the most
plentiful species of caddisflies in Gore
You will find some Little Short-horned
Sedges that hatch in late May and early
June along with Green Caddisflies, or
Green Sedges, as most anglers call them.
The larvae of these caddisflies are called
Green Rock Worms. Imitations of them are
very effective year-round.
There are a few other species of
caddisflies present on the river, but none
that hatch in large quantities.
Terrestrial insects become important
during the summer months from about the
middle of June through September.
Imitations of grasshopper, ants and
beetles are effective.
Gore Creek has a lot of sculpin, some
minnows and baitfish. Streamers are very
effective when the brown trout start to
spawn in the fall. They also work anytime
the creel is a little off color from rain as
well as early in the morning and late in the
If you haven't already done so, be sure to
try our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. They are
the most realistic and effective flies you
can purchase. We have specific imitations
available for everything that hatches in
every stage of life that is applicable.
A year-round season allows you the
opportunity for fly fishing Gore Creek any
day of the year.
Although you can fish during the winter,
fishing is generally tough and limited.
Springtime is probably the best time to fish
Gore Creek because of the hatches.
Except for the runoff, which occurs from
mid June to Mid July, the fishing is
Fall provides great opportunities to
catch some large spawning brown trout.
It may be the best all around time to fish
Gore Creek Fly Fishing Report -
01/30/14 Customer ordering Blue-winged
olive flies reported he caught some nice
trout during the warmer weather this past
week. Size 18 BWO nymphs were working
well for him.
03/12/14 A customer ordering flies for Gore
Creek reporting the water is still in the low
thirties and that he has not seen anyone
fishing. It shouldn't be long before things
make a big swing.
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04/15/14 We did not receive any reports
from anyone fishing Gore this past month.
The water is still fairly cold and currently
high. Let us have your reports.
05/06/14 Added a link to the USGS stream
data above Red Sandstone Creek near Veil.
Currently the stream is flowing high. No
reports from anyone fishing.
Gore Creek Fishing Report
Updated December 09, 2016
(Archive at Bottom Of Page)
06/24/14 A customer reported the stream to
be in excellent condition. He is catching
plenty of trout on our Pale Morning Dun
imitations and late afternoon egg laying
activity of the Spotted Sedges.
07/20/14 Customers reporting excellent
fishing conditions this past week. Several
hatches occurring and plenty of trout being
07/25/14 More good fishing reports came in
last week. Now is the time to fish Gore
Creek. Plenty of PMDs and caddis hatches
08/15/14 We have received several good
fishing reports from customers this past week
or two, Conditions have been very good and
lots of trout have been caught.
08/29/14 Two more good fishing reports
came in for Gore Creek from customers
using our PMDs and Little Yellow Stoneflies.
Terrestrials are also working.
10/17/14 One good report from the past
week from a customer catching several trout
on our Brown Sculpin streamer.
10/24/14 Another good report from a local
customer. He is catching several trout a day
on our streamers and Blue-winged olives.
11/07/14 We have had a couple of good
reports during the past two weeks but
water levels have been a problem at times.
Good weather is in the forecast.
12/04/14 Two local regular customers are
catching trout every time the weather is
decent and it has been fairly good the past
three weeks at times. They are using mostly
BWO nymphs and the sculpin linked above.
12/12/14 Much warmer weather should this
coming week. Let us hear from you.
12/26/14 Very cold weather in the forecast.
Keeping the guides clear will be the problem.
01/13/15 There is snow forecast for today but
ending for a few days. It will remain cold but
trout can be caught by those willing to make
an effort. Midges would be your best shot.
01/30/15 There not much to report from the
past two weeks. Give us a call or send us
and email and let us help you plan your next
Gore Creek fly fishing trip.
02/06/15 Still no report from anyone fishing
but the weather forecast for the coming
week is almost too good to believe. You
better get it while the "gettin's good".
02/13/15 It has been very warm, warm
enough to melt snow and keep the water
temperature in the thirties.
02/20/15 Still no reports from anyone
fishing but conditions remain fairly good
for wintertime fishing.
03/06/15 No reports but much better
weather and good stream conditions is
forecast for this coming week.
03/20/15 Two good reports from anglers
fishing week before last but none the past
03/27/15 Stream levels are still high
and the water off color.
04/10/15 Stream levels are better but
still high. Little Black caddis will start
hatching very soon.
04/24/15 Lots of little black Caddis
hatching and customers reporting
they are catching trout.
05/22/15 The creek is running very
high and dingy.
06/05/15 Still high and cold in runoff
07/03/15 The creek has cleared up mostly
but still high. It can be fished in the high
elevations but its mostly streamer fishing.
07/10/15 Not much change but it has
dropped and cleared some.
07/17/15 Clear and at a good level. Two
good reports of fish caught the last two
08/07/15 Good reports are coming in
every few days from out customers.
Terrestrials are working great along with
PMDs and caddis.
08/14/15 Gore Creek is often overlooked
because Veil is know for snow skiing. Don't
pass up an opportunity to fish this beauty.
98/21/15 Two good reports from this fine littl
stream. Still having some good hatches.
Dark Red Quills, are starting to hatch.
08/28/15 Use a little stealth, make good
presentations and use Perfect Flies and you
will catch lots of trout on the Eagle right now.
09/04/15 The weather is getting cooler and
the PMDs are going to be replaced with
09/11/15 Two good reports from customers
fishing this past week. Good conditions still
09/18/15 Beautiful weather and good stream
levels continue. So does the "catching".
09/25/15 Good conditions continue, with
good stream levels and weather. There are
several insects hatching and terrestrials are
still working good.
10/02/15 The stream is getting a little low
but is in great shape. Just use a little
stealth. October Caddis are hatching.
10/09/15 This little stream is in great shape
with good wadable stream levels, good
hatches taking place and few anglers to
witness the good fishing.
10/16/15 Great conditions exist right now,
both good weather and stream levels. There
is some rain on the way, so watch he levels.
10/23/15 October Caddis are hatching and
bringing trout to the surface to eat the egg
laying females. Fish the pupa during the hatch.
10/30/15 Good stream levels that should
remain good for the next week, hatching
blue-winged olives and October caddis. What
more could you ask for?
11/06/15 A chance of snow today but good,
low stream levels and blue-winged olive
hatches. Yes, they hatch during a snow.
11/13/15 One good report from a local
customer came in this past week. He
restocked on Midges. Creams are working
11/20/15 The snow got all the skiers excited
but not the anglers. No reports. Clear for the
next week. The water is about 40 degrees.
11/27/15 The water temperature is around
forty and trout are still eating. The snow
should end Monday and you can catch trout.
12/04/15 Excellent conditions for this time of
the year. Good stream levels and great
weather ahead for the coming week.
12/11/15 Make sure you add Winter Stonefly
nymphs and adults to your fly list. They have
begin to hatch. Good stream levels exist.
The stream levels are in good
shape running at a normal level.
The water ranges from the mid to
upper thirties. Midges and Winter
stoneflies are the only insects
hatching. The Brown sculpin
should catch the larger trout.
12/18/15 Most everyone in Gore Creek
Country is there for skiing. You will most likely
not see another angler but don't let that mean
you can't catch trout. The water is in the mid
forties and there is some ice around the banks
and that makes it tough. Fish midge larva and
pupa in the slow water in holes in the bottom
and slow water pockets and you can catch
12/25/15 The water has got much colder and
there is a winter storm warning in effect through
today. The good news is the snow ends
tomorrow and it will be clear for a few day. It is
going to be cold and the water temperature will
range from about 35 to 38 degrees. This
means the "catching" will be slow but possible.
01/01/15 The creek is flowing clear and cold
but should be in better condition than it was
this past week. Fish the deeper pools with little
Winter stonefly nymphs and cream midge larva
and pupa flies.
01/08/16 The snow should end on Sunday and
it will be clear skies for the next four days. Fish
the deepest part of the streams - holes in the
bottom on the pools. Midges and winter
stonefly nymphs are the flies you need. The
water is only 36 degrees, so it will be slow.
01/15/16 The weather is going to be about the
same as last week, cold with lots of snow. The
highs isn't exceeding freezing any day and the
water is just above freezing. We hate
recommending this, but you would be much
better off to fish a nearby tailwater.
01/22/16 The snow is finally clearing out with
the exception of maybe one day this coming
week. The cold water isn't changing any. I'm
sorry, but we cannot recommend fishing this
lovely little creek right now.
01/29/16 A winter storm warning for tomorrow
and snow for the next week. The water is 35
degrees or lower. We don't recommend fishing
at this time.
02/05/15 The weather is going to be a little
warmer with snow ending today for the next
week. Warmer is only up to about freezing, so
it will have little effect on the water
temperature. It is just barely above freezing
and not really worth fishing right now.
02/12/16 The weather is going to be much
warmer and feel nice for those fishing, but it
will be melting snow and keeping the water
cool and up some. It will also probably stain
the water but that won't be a big problem. Fish
the White Belly sculpin if that happens.
02/19/16 The weather is going to be a little
warm for the middle of February with highs in
the high thirties. There is some ice around the
banks and no snow forecast until next Monday
and Tuesday. Midges should produce some
Gore Creek trout.
02/26/16 The weather will be warm enough this
weekend to melt some more snow and stain the
water some. The stream level is in good shape
and the water temperature about 37 degrees.
Midges and winter stoneflies are the best fly
03/04/16 The weather is going to be clear for a
few days and the stream clearing and dropping
some more. Blue-winged olives (size 20) and
midges, creams mostly, should hatch,
especially on cloudy days.
03/11/16 The warm weather has melted some
snow along the banks and is keeping the water
cold and stained in places, but otherwise,
conditions are very good. Little BWOs and
midges are hatching.
03/18/16 Good stream levels exist and the water
is clear. It is still cold but a little warmer than it
has been. Blue-winged olives and cream Midges
are hatching good. Little precipitation is
expected this coming week.
03/25/16 The creek is in good shape for wading
and clear but cold. It won't be long before little
Black Caddis and March Browns start hatching
but for now, it is mostly midges and little BWOs.
04/01/16 The creek is in good shape, with low
water that makes it easy to wade but requires
more stealth. Midges and BWO are still the
main insects to imitate.
04/08/15 The stream level is up a little and the
water stained from melting snow and rain.
Streamers, like our Brown Sculpin, should work
good. There is a lot of rain to come this next
week, so expect higher levels and dingy water
04/15/16 The creek is high and stained now,
and it will only get worse. There is snow in the
forecast for the next five days. It will be about a
week before there is much opportunity on Gore
04/22/16 The stream is flowing near normal and
for some reason the USGS gauge stopped
working. Little Black Caddis and March Browns
should begin to hatch very soon. Melting snow
is keeping the water cool.
04/28/16 A few Little Black Caddis and lots of
March Browns are hatching but this may slow
down again due to cooler weather ahead. Stream
levels are okay with slightly stained water.
05/06/16 The creek is high and stained and
likely to stay that way for the most part of next
week. There is snow in the forecast every day
for the next week, but warm, wet snow that
mostly will melt.
05/13/16 The stream levels are back down and
the water mostly clear. Little Black Caddis,
BWOs, The water is about 50 degrees and it
won't be long before we get a long list of other
05/20/16 The stream is in the runoff stage, high
and dirty. It will probably get higher. You can fish
it from the bank is some places with streamers.
05/27/16 The cooler weather has slowed down
the runoff but it sure isn't over. The creek is
still high and stained badly with little to no fly
fishing opportunity. Keep checking back with
us for updates.
06/03/16 The creek is flowing at 588 cfs at 7.84
ft. which is very high and not worth fishing. The
water is also highly stained.
06/10/16 06/10/16 The stream is at 1260 cfs at
9.29 ft., or extremely high and turbid. The runoff
is at full stream and you can forget fishing the
creek this coming week for sure.
06/17/16 The flows are still very high and the
water dingy - 809 cfs, at 8.40 feet. There is little
to no fly fishing opportunity for the stream for a
few more days. Some other streams in the area
are dropping fast, so it may not be as long as it
06/24/16 The flows are down to 546 cfs at 7.46
ft, which is a good bit lower than last week, but
still high. The good news is it is falling fast and
the high water should last much longer. There
are plenty of hatching insects and you can fish
it from the banks.
07/01/17 The stream level is still on the high
side, but the stream can be fished in many
places. You may even wade some of it safely.
There are lots of insects hatching. Our
customers reported catching some trout the last
couple of days on Sculpin streamers and
07/08/16 The creek is flowing at 195 cfs, which
is still a little high but safe to wade in places.
There are still a lot of hatches taking place.
Our customers reported catching some good
numbers of trout this past week and it should
be even better this week.
07/15/16 The stream levels are finally in good
shape and you can wade about anywhere. The
Pale Morning Dun hatches are plentiful,
bringing a lot of trout to the surface. There are
two caddis species hatching and the Little
Yellow stoneflies are going full steam ahead.
07/22/16 Excellent conditions exist, including
good stream levels, easy wading and lots of
insect hatches taking place. It is as good as it
gets. The late afternoon egg laying caddis and
little yellow stoneflies are providing the best
opportunity to catch trout.
07/29/16 The river is a little low and you need
to use stealth and stay hidden from the trout.
Dress to match the background. Tricos have
started hatching. PMDs, little Yellow stones
and two species of caddis are also hatching.
08/04/16 The stream levels are up and in
good shape flowing about a normal level.
There are Pale Morning duns, two species of
caddis and little Yellow stoneflies hatching.
08/12/16 The stream is at a normal level for
this time of the year, 46 cfs at 5.13 feet high.
Hatches are still taking place - lots of little
Yellow stoneflies, Tricos, little BWOs, Pale
Morning duns, Spotted sedges, and green
sedges. Terrestrials are also beginning to
08/19/16 The stream is flowing a little low but
near normal for this time of the season.
There is rain in the forecast and the levels
are likely to rise some. Wading is easy but so
is spooking the trout. Stay low and hidden.
Fish the riffles and runs. Terrestrials are
working good -ants, beetles and hoppers.
08/26/16 The stream level is rising as I write
this and currently just a little above normal.
This will help the overall situation. Tricos and
Spotted sedge caddisflies are the main
hatches taking place at this time. Two good
reports came in from customers this past
week but low water levels didn't make it easy.
09/02/16 The stream is up a little right now for
a change. The water is still wadable and
already falling, so this is a good thing. There
are more Blue-winged olives starting to hatch
thanks to the cooler weather. There are still
lots of caddisflies. Streamers, like our brown
Sculpin should work mornings.
09/09/16 The river is flowing at a normal level
for this time of the season and wading is easy
and safe about anywhere. Dry fly fishing has
been excellent and should continue. There are
lots of caddisflies with Tricos, BWOs, and
Mahogany duns hatching as well.
09/23/16 The flows and levels back down
below normal. This does make wading easy
and if you are careful and stay hidden from
the trout, yu can catch them. Stay low, dress
like the background and make longer
presentations. October caddis are hatching.
09/30/16 The stream is flowing at 19 cfs at 4.57
feet, which is low. Stealth is required but the
water temperature is down and the trout are
active. Lots of Blue-winged olives, Mahogany
duns and October caddis are hatching.
10/07/16 The stream is a little low but you can
still catch plenty of fish if you can stay hidden
from the trout. The water temperature is down
and the fish active. Mahogany duns and
Blue-winged olives are hatching as well as
10/14/16 stream level is just a little below normal
making easy wading. Stay hidden, use Perfect
flies (the trout can see the fly well under low,
clear water conditions).
10/28/16 The creek is in great shape with lots
of Blue-winged olives and Western Ginger
Quills hatching. The stream levels are fine and
the weather forecast for the coming week a
good one. Now is a great time to fish the creek.
11/04/16 The stream level is just a little below
normal which allows for easy wading. Our
customers caught some nice trout the first part
of this week. There is a good forecast with lots
of Blue-winged olives hatching and a good
time to fish Gore.
11/11/16 The stream level is still low but that's
not all bad. That makes it easy to wade and
fish water otherwise difficult to reach. Our
customers continue to catch good numbers of
trout. Blue-winged olives and cream midges
11/18/16 The stream levels are in good shape
allowing easy wading. The water is a little
cooler but still in good shape with Blue-winged
olive and midges hatching. Avoid fishing the
early cold mornings.
11/25/16 The stream levels are running at a
normal level and the water clear. Fish in the
late mornings and early afternoons. The
Brown sculpin streamer is getting the larger
trout for our customers. The cloud cover is
helping intensify the BWO and Midge hatches.
12/02/16 Stream levels continue to be in good
shape. The water temperature is about forty
degrees at the warmest. We recommend
Cream midges, fished with the larva and pupa
imitations in tandem. You can fish this under a