Fishing report: Homestake Creek |

Fishing report: Homestake Creek

Gore Creek FlyFisherman
Special to The Vail TrailThe best approach to fishing Homestake Creek right now is to fish an attractor dry with a small beaded nymph trailed behind such as the Royal Wulff, pictured above.

About 15 minutes south of Minturn on Highway 24 lies one of the most beautiful high alpine fisheries in this area, Homestake Creek.

Due to spring runoff, Homestake Creek is an exceptional alternative for those who do not wish to battle the difficult fishing conditions throughout the rest of the Eagle Valley. Homestake Creek takes on the characteristics of a tailwater with consistent levels of flow and water clarity. Once at Homestake, you will encounter a small meandering stream that gently tumbles and cascades through numerous oxbow bends and marshlands. Here you can expect to fish numerous rainbows and browns, typically averaging between 6 and 12 inches long; what they lack in size they make up for in tenacity. Homestake Creek not only overflows with fish, but also with other wildlife. You can often encounter beavers, foxes, mule deer, elk and the occasional moose.

When it comes to fly selection, do not worry too much on matching the hatch. The best approach is to fish an attractor dry with a small beaded nymph trailed behind. Some patterns to try are: Royal Wulff, Royal Stimulator, ParaWulff Adams, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Peacock BLM’s, Tung Prince and Copper Johns. The key to success at Homestake is to be extremely stealthy when wading. If you can get into the right position to cast your fly without spooking the fish, you will certainly see more positive results.

Homestake Creek is accessed by U.S. Forest Service Road 703. The road is located approximately two miles south of the rather large Red Cliff Bridge. Homestake Road parallels the creek for nearly 10 miles, offering wading fisherman many different locations to fish.

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