Vail’s Gore Creek Flyfisherman River Report

Vail Valley flyfishing report – July 2, 2011
Legendary Waters, Legendary Adventures

Gore Creek Fly Fisherman is pleased to offer 5 convenient summer locations – Beaver Creek Village inside Beaver Creek Sports, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, The Westin Riverfront, Lionshead Village inside Vail Sports-Vail 21, and our main shop in Vail Village.  We offer half-day and full-day wade and float trips on world-class waters along with our FREE daily casting clinics at 10:30am.  And please remember that we pay 15% commission for trip referrals.  For the latest fishing information or to book a guided trip, you may reach us at 970-476-3296 or visit .  You can  listen to us every morning on KZYR or watch us weekly on TV8; you can also text the word FISHING to 75309 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Gore Creek River Report:

Running through the Vail Valley, Gore Creek presents an intimate small stream setting for anglers to stalk everything from high mountain brookies to trophy size rainbow and brown trout. The “Gore” offers the angler a wealth of year-round challenges. From excellent hatches when the fish will eat anything to the technical aspects of sight fishing nymphs without indicators will surely excite each and every angler!

Gore Creek is 100% accessible and there is not a soul on the river so you will have it all to yourself all day every day. Fish with smaller bugs in sizes 18-24. For sub-surface flies run your set up with any smaller midge imitations behind any general attractor nymphs like Princes and Pheasant Tails. Lots of bigger stones are on the crawl so don’t be afraid of tying on a bigger lead fly in a size 14-16. Runoff has reared its ugly face and we are seeing a dramatic spike in levels and a dramatic drop in clarity and fishability. Be careful!

Clarity: 3 (on scale of 1-10)

fishability: 3

temps:   30 degrees F

cfs:   1120

Colorado River Report:

The Upper Colorado below Gore Canyon meanders through the spectacular Canyon Country offering not only outstanding fishing, but also an unforgettable setting. From the early spring Blue Winged Olive hatches, to epic late spring salmonfly hatches that give way to an abundance of caddis and summer mayflies, the broad runs of this river produce some incredible fishing.  Float fishing provides the best opportunities to cover water and experience all the beauty that this mighty river has to offer!  The only thing that rivals the beauty of these canyons are the trout you will encounter on your journey down this river!

Incredible scenery and excellent fishing during the warmer . Good activity below the surface with stone patterns such as girdle bugs and 20 inchers. The Prince and Pheasant Tail are always good options along with the stripping of the streamer.  Fish are healthy and happy, but with the colder water temps, the fish are lethargic and need to be hook fed. Runoff has reared its ugly face and we are seeing a dramatic spike in levels and a dramatic drop in clarity and fishability. Be careful!

Clarity: 2

temp:  40 degrees F

Fishability: 2

cfs @ Kremmling: 9360 CFS

Eagle River Report:

The Eagle River brings together a wealth of opportunities from early-season float fishing to year-round wade fishing. From winter nymphing with sz 22 midge patterns to blizzard like caddis hatches in early summer and then the epic emergence of Green Drakes (sz 10’s & 12’s!) mid-summer, there is always a trout to chase no matter what time of year.

Possibly one of the best trout rivers in the country, the Eagle is still fishing so good. No people to bother them, but still hungry and eager to eat, that’s what the fish are all about right now. The fish are exactly where you would expect to find them and also in places that you would never expect. 90% of the activity is sub-surface so get out your nymph and emerger boxes and have at it with a double trouble set up leading with the larger nymph and trailing with the smaller emerger. Be sure to add weight accordingly and don’t hesitate to use a nice, bit strike indicator to see the take. The take will be ever so subtle so set the hook on the slighted indicator movement, it could be a trout feeding. Runoff has reared its ugly face and we are seeing a dramatic spike in levels and a dramatic drop in clarity and fishability. Be careful!

Clarity: 2

Fishability: 3

Temp:  38 degrees F

cfs: 4140 CFS
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