Homestake Creek

Homestake Creek is one of the main tributaries into the Eagle River. Homestake is the closest tailwater to our Minturn location and is very accessible to even the most inexperienced angler. It is full of brook, brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout.

Homestake Creek

River Details

Water Type





Vail Valley

Trout Species:

Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout


Homestake Creek starts to fish well mid to late spring and can be amazing all the way through fall. This is a really fun stream for new anglers learning to cast a dry fly for the first time, or a seasoned pro looking for big numbers in a single day. The fish in Homestake don’t get too big, but what they lack in size they make up for in quantity and willingness to eat. As these fish are not too picky with what they eat, they can still spook easily. Try to be stealthy and throw a single dry fly or a dry dropper setup and you should have a really fun day. There are not a ton of bugs hatching regularly on the creek, but a Parachute Adams, Griffiths Gnat, Elk Hair Caddis, or small terrestrial will do the trick on the surface. If you want to throw a dropper on a small Zebra Midge, Rainbow Warrior, Darth Baetis, Frenchie, Perdigon or attractor pattern should be perfect.

River Background

Homestake creek is a small creek near Minturn, CO. Homestake reservoir makes Homestake Creek a tailwater fishery, but it fishes like a freestone. It freezes over in the winter making it a best to fish from late spring to late fall.

It’s a great place to fish or camp if you’re in the Vail area and want to get off the beaten path.

River Access

There is public access to Homestake creek off of hwy 24 headed South toward Leadville. You can take Homestake Road up the creek and there are places to park and access the creek most of the way up the 10 mile road.

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