Turning off the asphalt and onto the private dirt road, the mood of our little group changed. Up until that point, the morning was similar to most days that I have been fortunate enough to spend on a guided fishing trip. My group assembled at Grand Fishing Adventures in Teton Village. We discussed flies, the water we would be fishing and we headed out. This morning was different, however. We didn’t have a boat in tow, which is unique to many guided trips in Jackson Hole. The difference was the fact that we were headed to a different stretch of water than everyone else. Perhaps only other anglers can fully appreciate this, but our destination was a small creek on a private ranch only minutes from Teton Village. We knew we were in for a special morning, what we didn’t know was whether the fish would be waiting for us.
The dirt road we were on wound its way along Lake Creek before straightening out into a quintessentially Western thoroughfare. To our left was an old barn and cabin, presumably used by one of the original homesteaders. To our right was a large cattle pasture. The tall grass and cattle seemed to stretch for miles and were bordered by the rugged mountains that denote the western edge of Jackson Hole. In front of us, running through this nearly unspoiled landscape, was our destination and those of us laying eyes upon it for the first time stood in awe. Fish Creek is a bucolic stream that flows out of Teton Village, WY. In addition to being a picturesque piece of water set amongst one of the best mountain views on earth, it is an exceptional fishery boasting trophy size Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat Trout, Jackson Hole’s native fish.
As we parked the vehicle and took our first look at the creek we knew that we were in for a treat. The small, gin clear creek looked to be the perfect habitat for fish. Our guide was just as excited as the rest of us as we assembled our rods and gathered our gear. Stories of fish with names like Bubba filled the air and added to the anticipation which felt akin to the moments before the start of a race. With our game plan finalized, we headed out for a short walk along the creek through the willows and the tall grass. It was difficult not to stop and cast a fly into some of the pristine water as we passed, but our guide assured us we would fish all of it on our way back down stream. Arriving at the first stretch of water we were to fish, the anticipation grew. What would the first cast produce?
As the guide explained where the fish typically hold and feed, one of our crew cast the first line and the day had officially begun. As is generally the case, the first cast did not produce a fish, nor did the second, but soon we were on the fish and they did not disappoint. As with many fisheries, the trout on Fish Creek have a unique style in which they take or eat a fly. They seemed to casually emerge from the depths and expertly eat the fly without disturbing much of the water often times chasing the fly downstream before eating it. In the moment, this artful dance appeared to happen in slow-motion. But once we set the hook, it was showtime – multiple runs with line spinning and fish rising out of the water several times. We found several good sized fish that morning and while Bubba may have eluded us we, were very happy with the fishing.
As we broke down our gear and loaded everything back into the vehicle, we knew how lucky we were for the experience that morning. To be one of 3 people fishing on such a pristine piece of water was a treat that doesn’t happen that often. The good news is that Grand Fishing Adventures offers this trip all season long and they rarely have to turn people away. With that thought in our minds, we made our way back to the shop vowing to take another trip to Fish Creek as soon as we were able. If you are interested in taking a guided trip on Fish Creek. Call Grand Fishing Adventures at 307-734-9684