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Gore Creek River Report
Running through the Vail Valley, Gore Creeks Gold Medal waters present an intimate small stream setting for anglers to stalk everything from high mountain Brook Trout to trophy size Rainbow and Brown Trout and even the beautiful Cutthroat. Gore Creek offers anglers a plethora of year-round opportunities from mind-blowing blanket Caddis fly hatches when the fish will eat anything, to the ultra-technical aspects of sight fishing nymphs without indicators using 7x flourocarbon tippets.
Water Flows: 27 cfs
Fishing Quality: Good
Water Clarity: Clear
Gore Creek has receded to low flow levels for creek fishing. Wading the Gore is one of the better options for Eagle Valley, due to easy access and lower currents. Fish will be more prevalent in riffles and center stream currents. Still keep an eye out for slow pockets and fish close to the bank as the fish have been pushed out from the middle in order to beat the current. Continue using our standard 4x,5x,and 6x fluorocarbon tippets. Take note that the runoff has flushed a lot of debris into the river creating fly snags below the surface, this is another reason for higher strength tippets. Break out your 0-2 weight creekin’ rods! Stealth is key for success with flows this low. Recomended sizes for all flys, #18-#22s. #24’s-#26’s
Hot Flies:: Hares Ears, RS2s, Zebra Midges, Parachute Adams, Trailing Shuck Midge, Soft Hackle, Copper Johns, PMDs
Nymphs: – 20 Inchers, Pats Rubberlegs, Princes, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, Barrs BWO Emerger, Zebra Midge, Brassies, Juju Baetis
Tips: As water levels rise as does the current. Please use caution wading when were at higher water, rocks on the riverbed are moved by current and can create a more unstable wade. As our water levels go down so should your tippet, 4x and 5x and 6x are back in play. Make sure to use additional split shot to help your flies to sink into the feeding zone faster in higher current. Flows are up to date, but for further information please refer to:
Visit USGS for the latest river report.
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. The only thing that rivals the beauty of these canyons is the trout you will encounter on your journey down this river!
Water Flows: 1,080 c.f.s.
Fishing Quality: Good
Water Clarity: Clear
Floating is your best bet on this large river that flows just to the north of the Vail area. Indicator fishing with large nymphs seems to be providing the best action. Hoppers are in play! Hoppers provide a more natural appearance as an indicator, as well as giving fish a larger portion option on the fly buffet line. Recommend running a hopper double dropper set up. Natural Hoppers, Charlie Boy hoppers, and Chubby Chernobyls, sizes 8-16. Big hoppers stay more afloat with weighted jigs, tungsten bead heads, and multiple trailing nymphs. Use large Pats Rubber legs to help imitate the Salmon Fly nymph. We are big fans of fishing streamers on the upper sections when in chase of larger trout. Midges, PMDs, and BWO are making more of a mid-morning to afternoon appearance and are likely to be catching fish on the surface when the time is right. Take advantage of opportunities you might have in riffle sections and fish the transitions into the slower water below them.
Hot Flies: Keep your rigs basic. Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Guides Choice Hares Ears and, Girdle Bugs(rubber legs) have all been a great choice to have on your line in any combination while trailing small midge emergers. When nymphing use any of the following for great results. Barrs emergers, WD40’s, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, Brassies, JuJu Baetis midges, and BWO’s, BLM’s, and PMDs. Streamers in Black, Olive and brown have done their fair share of producing great browns right now. They may be a little short on the take sometimes so a fly with a stinger hook can help out with that.
Tips: Floating is the best way to experience the Colorado River. Nymphing the faster runs and casting dry flies in the slower eddies has been the best plan of attack. If wading is your only option fish the riffles and along the banks behind submerged rocks. Be aware that the Colorado is flowing at medium flows for majority of the rio; and higher flows in narrower sections of the river. In the coming weeks we expect it to slowly recede further and clarity to be impeccable. Visit USGS for the latest river report.
Eagle River Report
The Eagle River is a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 60.5 miles long, in west central Colorado in the United States. It rises in southeastern Eagle County, at the continental divide, and flows northwest past Gilman, Minturn, and Avon. It’s a locals favorite and can yield fish as small as 6 inches to some of the trophy 24” Browns, and some very large +20”Rainbows too.
Water Flows: 80 c.f.s.
Fishing Quality: Great
Water Clarity: Clear
The Eagle River is the Gem of the Vail Valley. While not the easiest to wade, if you can handle some slick rocks you will be rewarded with some beautiful fish. Summer has been blessing us with some very beautiful days, and has brought our annual runoff back down to average levels for this point of the season. With the high water levels and swift moving current, be sure to look for flatter and slower sections of the water or areas with large pools where fish will hold during high current. Use larger beadhead flies and use additional split shot to get your flies deeper and quicker. Trail flashier BWO and PMD emergers or RS2’S. Streamers can be highly productive, blacks olives and browns are all great color choices. Hoppers are a great option as opposed to indicator nymphing rigs. Running a hopper single, or double dropper program will give fish a wider pallet of fish food, and produce a greater chance for results.
Best dries: Hoppers, Pheasant Tails, and smaller broad hatches of BWOs, Midges, and small black Stoneflys have been working. Also, Quill hatches, Sparkle Dunn BWO’s, Yellow Sally’s. and PMDs. Sizes #18-#22’s
◦ Best dries:Baetis Dries, BWO Comparaduns, Stimulators and Quill hatches, Sparkle Dunn BWOs, Yellow Sallys. Sizes #18-#22’s , as well as Midges in grey and black and in smaller sizes seem to do well when there is surface activity.
Nymphs: Pats Rubberlegs, Zebra Midges, Barrs emergers, WD40’s, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, Brassies, JuJuBee midges, and BWO’s, BLM’s, and Prince Nymphs, RS2s Tips: The Eagle River is a very slick river. Be sure of your foot steps and use a wading staff if needed. Remember that our water levels rise though out the day and can change from one day to the next. Also if you’re not swinging your nymphs at the end of their drift you're probably missing 3-5 additional fish per day, and keep those flies small!
Tips: Pats Rubberlegs, Zebra Midges, Barrs emergers, WD40’s, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, Brassies, JuJuBee midges, and BWO’s, BLM’s, and Prince Nymphs, RS2s Tips: The Eagle River is a very slick river. Be sure of your foot steps and use a wading staff if needed. Remember that our water levels rise though out the day and can change from one day to the next. Also if you’re not swinging your nymphs at the end of their drift you're probably missing 3-5 additional fish per day, and keep those flies small!
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