Look for a long season coming up on all of our small streams. The number of waters here is almost limitless. From meadow streams such as the upper Blackfoot River, the river in Teton Valley and middle McCoy Creek to riffle and run streams including Big Elk, Robinson, Palisades, Bear and Beaver Creeks, to name a few, the small stream enthusiast in this area is “a kid in a candy shop.” We will keep track of how fishing develops on these because they offer tranquil alternatives to our much visited icon waters.
Currently roads to some of our small streams may be a it “mushy” because of recent rains. Most will dry out in a day or two of sunshine. This could apply to roads in the Island Park area, and further west to roads in the Camas Creek and Little and Big Lost River drainages. The Ashton-Flagg Road is open, but likely soft in places because of recent rains (and snows at higher elevations).
The Blackfoot River and drainage above the reservoir opens to fishing tomorrow, July 1st, as does the Willow Creek drainage and South Fork tribs below Palisades Dam. These late openings are in place to minimize pressure on spawning cutthroat trout.