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Small Streams

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Small Streams, August 15th, 2020

Boundary Creek

Thanks to grasshoppers it does not matter where you go from the Teton River to smaller streams such as Little Warm River dry fly fishing will be good. To supplement the effectiveness of hopper patterns these days, be sure to have caddis life cycle, traditional attractor, ant, and beetle patterns.   In a few streams small PMDs are still around, and tricos will be soon showing up.  Kokanee are beginning to show in lower Big Elk Creek and western green drakes (flavs) should show up in significant numbers any day now.


Small Streams, August 8th, 2020


Medicine Lodge

We cannot promote these enough. Almost any small stream in the area will produce now until dropping to base level and cold weather arrives. In some of these, fish will move downstream where overhead cover ( Beaver, Jackknife, Robinson Creeks) may be more abundant. Others with a good inflow from springs, tributaries, or lakes (Bear, Bitch, Big Elk, Palisades Creeks, Warm River) fish will hold their location until cold weather arrives. On all these terrestrial insects, especially grass hopper patterns and caddis life cycle patterns will be effective for weeks to come unless a major mayfly emergence (western green drake, trico) happens.  In these warm dog days wading wet on the Teton River from some of its access locations in the valley can be comfortable and rewarding (candidate fly: grasshopper patterns). The Rainey access is a good candidate for doing so. Get in touch with us for fishing condition details on any small stream.


Small Streams, July 18th, 2020

Warm River Spg.

You cannot go wrong on just about any small stream. The Teton River in the basin and its tribs have shaped up, for example. PMDs, (spinners and duns), isoperla stoneflies, and PM caddis activity are providing action with terrestrial insects yet to peak. Recreationists are present making early and late in the day the best time to fish with fewer interruptions. Expect to see increased use of the river by fly-fishers and floating recreationists for the reason given on other pages of this report.  Because of this growing use, it may be time to seek the smaller streams in the area. They are too numerous to relate here, so get in touch with us because we keep track of their quality and can pass such info on to you.


Small Streams, July 11th, 2020


Bitch Creek

Almost every small stream now offers good fishing. The number of these is almost beyond counting. From the Sinks Drainages (Big Lost River above Mackay Reservoir, Beaver, Birch, Camas, Little Lost, Medicine Lodge, Sawmill Creeks) on east to Palisades Reservoir and Salt River Drainages ( Big Elk, Bear, Crow, Jackknife, McCoy, Stump, SF of Tincup, Tincup, Creeks), all have something to offer the small stream enthusiast. Get in touch with us with questions on what to use, when to visit, etc., on any of these or others that are of interest to you.


Small Streams, June 30th, 2020

Medicine Lodge

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.


Small Streams, June 27th, 2020

Almost any small stream offers good fishing now excepting the lower Blackfoot River with irrigation water ( 850 cfs at the Shelley gauge) and the Teton River with decreasing west slope run-off. Most small waters are a great places to try traditional attractor patterns, dry and wet. The renegade, a native Idaho fly fished dry or wet, will catch fish anywhere, and if you fish in northwest Wyoming, a humpy is recommended by any native fly-fisher. Call it a goofus bug if you fish it in Montana!


Small Streams, June 23rd, 2020

Nearly all small streams are in good fishing shape. Exceptions include the Teton River drainage, but run-off into these streams is beginning to drop while the lower Blackfoot River is running high with irrigation water. Flow at the Shelly gauge is around 850 cfs.  South Fork tributaries below Palisades Dam will open to fishing on July 1st.


Small Streams, June 9th, 2020

Birch Crk

Forget about the Teton River drainage upstream in the canyon and in the valley because of flooding proportion run-off.   Just glances from U. S. Highway 20 at the adjacent flooded pastures and the snow remaining on the Teton Range west slope should be convincing enough to stay away for now.  Irrigation water continues coming down the lower Blackfoot River and will continue to do so in varying amounts throughout the summer.  Successful fishing there will be reduced to using streamer and woolly bugger patterns on sink-tip lines.  The drainage above the reservoir does not open to fishing until July 1st.  Palisades Reservoir tributaries are rounding into good fishing shape with presenting wet flies being the best approach. Sinks drainage streams including Birch and Beaver Creeks and Little Lost River are in fishing condition with wet flies and small woolly bugger types bringing success.  Salt River tributaries flowing east out of Idaho (Crow, Jackknife, Stump and Tincup Creeks) are in run-off modes.