Gore Creek Fly Fisherman now in Lionshead, offering guided trips

 Gore Creek Fly Fisherman

Legendary Waters, Legendary Adventures

Gore Creek Fly Fisherman is pleased to convenient summer locations at Lionshead Village inside Vail Sports-Vail 21, and our main shop in Vail Village. 

They offer half-day and full-day wade and float trips on world-class waters along with our FREE daily casting clinics at 10:30am.   For the latest fishing information or to book a guided trip, contact one of Vail Spa’s concierges.

You can  listen to Gore Creek Fly Fishermen every morning on KZYR or watch them 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 Brook Trout to trophy size Rainbow and Brown Trout. 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 Super flourocarbon tippet. Talk about a rush!

Gore Creek is almost ready for  full on Summer dry fly fishing except for the simple fact that the Spring melt has been holding levels still higher than normal. . Believe it or not, the clarity is pretty good even with the levels we are seeing right now. If you are comfortable with fishing you could stir up a few trout either on the surface with dry flies or down below with the nymph and the emerger. 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.The fish are holding in the calmer water along the banks and behind all big rocks in the middle of the river. They are also holding down deep where the flows are not as powerful as they are on the surface.

All rankings are based on a scale from 1-10 with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.

Clarity: 6

Fishability: 4

Water temp: 41degrees F

CFS: 602

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 are available to you during the Summer months . 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 fishing picks up mid-day. The fish are holding in the calmer water along the banks and behind all big rocks in the middle of the river. They are also holding down deep where the flows are not as powerful as they are on the surface. 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 with the swifter currents and use a big indicator to help you see the strike.

Clarity: 4

Water temp: 40

Fishibility: 5

CFS @ Kremmling: 8770

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 finally ready for some fly fishing fun. The flows are still big, but the clarity is about 3 feet off the bank and that is excellent. We will continue to see levels drop and the fishing will just continue to get better and better. Caddis were all over the banks the past few nights so tie on a big dry fly followed by a smaller dry or go deep with a nymph and tie off an emerger behind that.  We cannot run float trips on the Eagle yet, but when we can it will be real good fishing. Let’s all hope that the infamous hatches that the Eagle is known for will visit us once the levels drop and the water temps rise.

Eagle clarity: 6

Eagle fishibility: 5

Eagle water temp: 42

Eagle CFS: 1830

Vail Golf Club extends special season rates

Vail Golf Club Extends Special Season Rates Through July 21

The Vail Golf Club has extended its special season rates through July 21 offering some of the best rates in the mountains.

Guests can enjoy nine holes for $47 or 18 for $74, including cart; Eagle County residents can play nine holes for $42 or 18 for $69, including cart; and Vail residents can enjoy nine holes for $42 or 18 for $64, including cart.

Those wishing to walk the course can enjoy amazing rates as well. Guests can walk the course and play nine holes for $35 or 18 holes for $55; Eagle County Residents can walk the course and play nine holes for $30 or 18 holes for $50; or, Vail Residents can walk the course and play nine holes for $30 or 18 holes for $45.

The course and driving range are open from 6:30 a.m. to dusk daily (driving ranges closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays). Additionally, until July 21, golfers who book tee times between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. will receive one free small basket of range balls. Beginning July 22, the golf course will operate at peak season rates.

According to Vail Golf Club Superintendent Steve Sarro, the Vail Golf Club is extending the special season rates while the course continues to dry from the wet spring. Sarro says conditions on the course are amazing and it’s playing great, but the Gore Creek continues to flow at record levels making some areas wetter than normal and not ready for peak season rate play. “We are working hard to offer our golfers the best conditions possible given the current water levels of the Gore Creek,” said Sarro. “The Gore (Creek) is running 200 percent above normal making for a high water table along certain areas of the course. That being said, golfers will continue to experience damp conditions on the front nine in some areas until the water level goes down. We won’t operate at peak season rates until the course is in top condition for our golfers.”

Golf lessons continue to be offered daily by appointment and Happy Valley Grill is also open offering its full menu of Rocky Mountain fare at its best. For more information or to book a tee time, click here or call the Vail Golf Club at 970-479-2260. For information on Happy Valley Grill, located within the Vail Golf Club, call 970-479-7321.

Mark Your Calendars: Leagues, Lessons, Events and Clinics

Family Month Continues at the Vail Golf Club 

Family Golf Month continues at the Vail Golf Club with two more events scheduled in July. Events require advanced registration and are scheduled as follows:

  • July 17: Bring Your Child to the Course Day
    Parents and their children will enjoy a clinic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. where Vail Golf Club professionals will work with families on learning short and long game techniques. Cost is $15 for adults and free for children.
  • July 31: Family Golf Day
    Parents and their children can make a tee time from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and play nine holes of golf, including cart, range balls, soda and a hot dog for $50 per parent/child two-some.  

Players Clinic, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Every Other Sunday
Golfers can take advantage of a small class setting and receive instruction on how to shoot lower scores through focus on ball striking, chipping and putting, chipping and pitching, bunker and wedge play and more. Costs are $100 and require 48 hours advanced registration. Class size will be limited to five participants.

Senior Clinics, 11 to Noon, Tuesdays

The Vail Golf Club will once again offer Senior Clinics for those ages 50 and older. These clinics are limited to 10 participants and will be offered every other week. Instruction will include tips on balance and motion, maintaining or adding distance, using the latest technology in clubs and balls, learning scoring shots around the green and more. Happy Valley Grill will offer lunch entrees at 30 percent off to participants following the clinic and the Vail Golf Club pro shop offers 20 percent off of all merchandise to participants the day of the clinic. 

Coors Light Coaching Hour, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Tuesdays

This weekly program is limited to 25 people and includes unlimited range balls, two drink tickets and instruction from the Vail Golf Club professional staff. A perfect opportunity to practice golf prior to the Tuesday night free concerts at the Ford Amphitheater.   

Ladies’ Clinic, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Thursdays

The weekly classes will take place throughout the summer and are limited to 16 women and offer a variety of instruction including short and long game, equipment needs and course management. Costs are $25 per clinic. Happy Valley Grill will offer participants $3 glasses of wine following the clinic.

2-Day Adult Golf Camps: Aug. 27-28

These two-day camps will feature three hours of instruction. Cost is $150 per participant and include instruction on short game, full swing, video analysis and lunch each day.

3-Day Adult Beginner Camps

Cost is $75 per participant and perfect for those who want to learn the game of golf. Camps are scheduled for 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday, July 22-24 and 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 29-31.
Junior Golfer Development Clinics: Ongoing through July 29 (No clinic on July 8)

An opportunity for juniors, ages 12-18, to receive help on their golf game in a fun, group setting. $25 per clinic or $125 for all six.  

The Youth Foundation’s First Tee of Eagle County Junior Golf Program

Join Vail Golf Club staff for this unique junior golf program that teaches children ages six to 17 life lessons through the game of golf. Camps take place throughout the summer and cost is $60 to 85 per child, per session. Camps are filling quickly, click here for details.

Many lesson and clinics require advanced registration. For details, click here or call the Vail Golf Club at 970-479-2260. To book tee times, click here.

Golf Course Review: Eagle Vail Golf Club

Eagle Vail Golf Club


Eagle Vail Golf Club, the local’s favorite

Why not golf where the locals golf?

Not only does Eagle-Vail Golf Club offer some of the most beautiful golf holes with the most dramatic elevation changes in the Valley, but it is also the best value in the area. 

Public Golf Courses in the Vail Valley                    
Course Address Phone
Par Yards Rating/Slope
(From Tips)
Designed By Rate   Twilight
(all you can golf)
18 Holes 9 Holes
Vail Golf Club 1778 Vail Valley Dr. Vail, CO 81657 479-2260 71 6786 71.4 / 132 Ben Krueger Walk: $80
Cart: $99
Walk: $45
Cart: $57
After 3:30p:
Walk: $45
Cart: $57
18: $42
9: $30
Eagle-Vail Golf Club 431 Eagle Dr.            Avon, CO 81620 949-5267 72 6590 71.8 / 131 Devlin /
Von Hagge
Until 12:30p: $98
(includes cart)
NA $55 after 3:30pm $45
Sonnenalp Golf Club 1265 Berry Creek Rd. Edwards, CO 81632 477-5370 72 7074 73.8 / 142 Jay Morrish /
Bob Cupp
Until 1:30p: $150
1:30-3:20p: $125
(includes cart)
NA $80 after 3:30pm $50
Eagle Ranch Golf Club 50 Lime Park Dr.      Eagle, CO 81631 328-2882 72 7530 74.8 / 141 Arnold Palmer Signature Design Walk: $78
Cart: $95
Walk: $50
Cart: $60
After 3:30p:
Walk: $50
Cart: $60
Gypsum Creek Golf Course 520 Cotton Ranch Dr. Gypsum, CO 81637 524-6200 72 6980 72.9 / 130 Pete Dye Weekday: $70
Weekend: $85
(includes cart)
Weekday: $40
Weekend: $45
(includes cart)
NA 18: $40
9: $25


It is for these reasons that year after year, it is the #1 choice for locals in the know when they want to hit the links.  

If you’ve never golfed at high altitudes, let me tell you, you’re missing out!  Not only are the views and topography breathtaking and beautiful but you’ll routinely hit the ball farther than you are used to.  Watch out: your slice will be more pronounced as well!

With some dramatic elevated tee boxes you may even set a new personal record for longest drive.

 If you’re worried about your slice, no problem, just contact Golf Pro Dave Thompson, and he’ll straighten out your drive in no time)! Call him directly at (970) 790-1203 or email him at davethompson@eaglevail.org

If you are vacationing in the Vail Valley, there is no better golf course to experience what I am talking about than Eagle-Vail Golf Club, just 8 miles west of Vail.

–Adam Block

Upcoming Events in the Vail Valley: July 14 to 21

This Friday Bluzilla plays Friday Afternoon Club from 5 to 9pm at Eagles Nest on the top of Vail Mountain. The gondola is free to season pass holders and children four and under. Five to 12-year-olds also ride free when accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket. Lift tickets are $15, including a $10 voucher for the purchase of on-mountain food and beverages at Talon’s Deck Grill and Bistro Fourteen or Adventure Ridge activities. Complimentary shuttles will also be running to Game Creek.

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival continues as well, with the Philadelphia Orchestra visiting. The schedule for the upcoming week is as follows:

Friday, July 15: Dawn of a New Century, Strauss’ Ein Heidenleben and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, 6pm, Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, July 16:  Carmina Burana featuring the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Children’s Chorale

Monday, July 18: Joie de Vivre: The Artistry of a New Generation, Calder Quartet & Mana Saxophone Quartet, 6pm Vail Mountain School

Tuesday, July 19: Soiree II, An Evening with Gabriel Kahane Music for the Ear, Intellect and Soul, 6pm, Home of Jeanne and Jim Gustafson

Wednesday, July 20: Big Music for Little Bands, The Artistry of Gabriel Kahane, 6pm, Vilar Performing Arts Center

Thursday, July 21: Let Music Swell the Breeze: Sounds of America, Mana Saxophone Quartet, 12pm, Vail Interfaith Chapel

The New York Philharmonic arrives next Friday for a week-long stint.

Beaver Creek hosts the XTERRA Mountain Championship with the triathlon on Saturday and the trail run on Sunday. The triathlon includes a one-mile swim, a 15.5-mile mountain bike ride, and a 5.75-mile run beginning at Nottingham Lake. Sunday’s half-marathon and 10K will be a lung-busting out-and-back from Beaver Creek to Bachelor Gulch. Patagonia is offering 30% off retail during the XTERRA weekend. The Coyote Café is offering 15% off entrees as well as drink specials on PBR during the showing of “180 South,” the documentary about adventurer Jeff Johnson and his recount of Patagonia founders’ 1968 excursion through Argentina.

Festival-goers head to Green Mountain Reservoir for Gish’s Getaway Music and Arts Festival this Friday through Sunday. Admission is only $10, but limited to the first 150 people who show. State Bridge hosts Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Yamn, and Ultraviolet Hippopotamus on Saturday at 1pm. Admission is $15 in advance, $18 day of the show.

DJ Epidemix and DJ Koncept play Sandbar at 9pm Friday; DJ Sonic plays the same time at Samana.

Beaver Creek Rodeo starts June 30, continues every Thursday!

The Beaver Creek Rodeo kicks off today, the first installment of a summer-long Thursday night series.

Events include bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding and burro racing. Kids-only events include mutton bustin’ and the calf scramble.

There’s plenty of pre-rodeo fun for the kids, too, from face painting to pony rides. Those interested in competing in the rodeo need to get there at 5pm, just before the show begins.

Location: The Beaver Creek Rodeo is in Avon behind Chapel Square at Traer Creek. A continuous, free shuttle runs from 5 to 9pm from the Covered Bridge in Beaver Creek Village to the rodeo. Free parking is also available across the street from the rodeo grounds.

Dates: June 30, July 7, 14 and 21; August 4, 11 and 18

Prices: Chidren 12 and under are free, Youth (13-17) $10, Adults (18-64) $17, Seniors (ages 65+) $12. VIP Seating is $22.

 Visit BeaverCreek.com or call (970) 754-4636 for more information.

Coming to Vail Spa for a wedding?

It’s that time of year again, when the wildflowers are in bloom, blue skies are aplenty and the wedding bells are ringing. 

For all of you attending or hosting a wedding this season, here are some “do not miss” things to do while you enjoy your wedding week in Vail.

Visit the great restaurants that Vail has to offer, especially the ones with the great decks and views like Mezzuluna and Vail Chophouse for some great view, food and drinks. 

Talons Deck is open everyday of the week during the height of summer and allows you and your guests to mingle and enjoy the amazing views of Mount of the Holy Cross.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon (or whole day) at one of the world renown spas in Lionshead Village and Vail Village.  Many of the locations have great outdoor pools in which to lounge and enjoy the beautiful weather of the Vail Valley. 

For a great nightlife, plan an outing with the wedding party and friends at local favorites, Garfinkel’s and The Club, or the tourist favorite, The Red Lion.

One thing to keep in mind is that altitude adjustment that most of your guests will face. 

A great welcome gift for your out-of-towners is a simple gift bag containing bottled water, sunscreen, some easy carrying snacks and a “what to do” list while you are here.  Your concierge is a great resource to help you put together all of this information.


Lori Harding is a Vail Spa concierge and the president of her own wedding planning company LCH Events. If you require wedding planning services, you can contact her via her website.

Charter Sports offering Vail Pass Bike Tours, Dual Suspension Bike Rentals and Gondola Lift Tickets

Located just across the street, the Charter Sports has provided Vail Spa guests with discounted ski/snowboard and bike rentals for a number of years.

For the summer, they are offering 4-hour full suspension bike rentals and a bike haul lift ticket up the gondola for $55.

Recently our concierge staff also had the pleasure of doing a bike tour on Vail Pass with Charter Sports.

Vail Pass (10,617 feet) is a destination for cyclists across the nation. The Teva Mountain games hosts a half marathon and a road bike time trail up it. This year, Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will also incorporate our storied mountain pass.

Hardcore cyclists aside, just because you can’t climb thousands of feet in elevation on a carbon-frame road bike, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all Vail Pass has to offer!

For about $50 you can rent a bike from Charter and get shuttled to the top of the pass.

Trips leave at 10am, noon and 2pm (if there’s overflow). You can request return transporation at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. (Pick up can take 5 to 10 minutes longer). Or, you can brave the route home to the Charter Sports bike shop.

Please reserve in advance through the Charter Sports link above or call 888-295-9797. Bring a jacket or rain gear!

There aren’t enough superlatives to explain how incredibly fun this trip is! So, we’ve just posted photos of our trip. Cheers!

Vail Pass Bike Trip Map

 Stay tuned for more information about summer activities!