Birch Creek remains the star of the show here, but most small streams will not open to fishing until the general season opener late this month. On Birch Creek the PM BWO emergence during low light afternoons brings action. So do small nymphs. McTucker Creek is also open to fishing with some suckers still spawning. Try some of the soft egg patterns downstream of the suckers.
Want to find some fly-fishing action without concerns on how big the fish are? Birch Creek is the answer for you. The Birch Creek family area open year round above Lone Pine is in great shape with clear water just slightly high with snow gone from the surroundings. On ovecast days with breezy or less conditions, the BWOs emerge in the afternoon making for action galore. Rainbows & brookies are the fare, and a fourteen incher is a bragging fish. But there is a great degree of solitude, wild fish, and safe wading conditions requiring only hip boots. If the BWO’s are not active, small bead head nymphs presented with a “Leisenring Lift” at the end of the drift is sure to bring a respose. Bring that light weight rod with a floating line.
Most of these are at the end of the season. The lower Teton River, the lower Fall River, The Portneuf River along old Highway 30, Birch Creek near Kaufmann Campground and the family area remain accessible. Midges will provide dry fly fishing on all of these, so bring life cycle patterns. Streamers in small sizes, bead head nymphs, and soft hackle patterns should also be in your fly boxes. Remember that most of these close on November 30th. Check IDF&G fishing regulations.
The season is over on many of these streams as their waters drop and cool. For some, road conditions make access not possible. The lower Teton River, the lower Fall River and parts of the Blackfoot River above the reservoir remain fishable. Midge & BWO life cycle patterns, small streamers and woolly bugger types and bead head nymphs are the best fly choices.
Many of these waters will close the end of November. Some will not be accessible soon because roads will not be maintained as winter moves in. Some that should be accessible through November include lower Teton River, lower Fall River, Birch Creek, and the middle and lower parts of the Portneuf River. Consult with us with respect to fishing conditions and access for these.