Flat Creek winds its way through the National Elk Refuge just north of the town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Flat Creek is an excellent fishery and will challenge you to take your trout stalking game to the next level. Flat Creek is home to some of the largest Snake River Cutthroat Trout in the Jackson Valley. These Cutthroat are very spooky and are always on the lookout for anglers. There is very little above water cover in the way of trees or shrubs to hide these trout in this slow moving water. Undercut banks in the bends of the oxbows are where you will find these elusive fish.When fly fishing Flat Creek, it is important to take a step back and really think about how you are going to fish a specific section, and also what your are going to put on the end of your line. Grey Drakes (size 12-14), PMD’s (size 14-16), Mahogany Duns (size 16) all make for a tasty treat for the trout of Flat Creek. Try your favorite cripple pattern of these mayflies, although it seems that I often come back to a Rusty Spinner. We are almost at the end of the terrestrial season here in Jackson Hole, but ants or beetles are still on the menu on warm sunny afternoons.
Get out and fish Flat Creek because in about a month and a half thousands of elk will be making their winter homes along the river’s bend. Even though Flat Creek is close to town it is still a fulfilling natural experience to get out there and stroll through its tall grass. The slow moving water is crystal clear and full of fish. During sundown the National Elk Refuge offers a great view of the sun setting on the Sleeping Indian!
Our guides have been fly fishing Flat Creek in the afternoons after their guided trips, and have all the details of where the fish are and what they are eating!