Fly Fishing Idaho, Lesser Recognized River Bitch Creek

Not solely are the rivers in Idaho spectacular fly fishing, however there are additionally an ample quantity of creeks that ship up stunning native trout. Bitch creek is a kind of lesser recognized creeks that’s spectacular.

Idaho Fly Fishing in Bitch Creek Who is aware of how Bitch Creek obtained its title, however us Frenziers have our principle. There are 2 entry factors to fish on Bitch Creek that I’ll elaborate on additional, however the one entry level that we often fish may be very steep and fairly a hike to get down. Worse than the hike down, is the ridiculous hike out. Now we have all the time said, that after you get down you might be good, however it’s a Bitch to get out. Therefore the title Bitch Creek.

The Creek

The River begins as two separate forks that finally be part of simply earlier than the Idaho border in Wyoming. North Bitch Creek begins simply north of Moose Mountain. South Bitch Creek begins simply north of Dry Ridge Mountain each peaks within the Grand Teton Nationwide Park in Wyoming. The 2 creeks meander out of the mountains and finally meet about 5 miles due east from the Idaho/Wyoming border forming Bitch Creek. Simply earlier than it crosses into Idaho the Jackpine Creek additionally dumps into Bitch Creek. As soon as in Idaho, it’s used because the border separating Fremont County and Teton County. It runs by means of spectacular canyon settings earlier than it will definitely dumps into the Teton River northwest of Driggs, Idaho. Bitch creek is itself solely about 15 miles lengthy. The north and south forks add a further 8 – 10 miles, however the prime fishing waters is simply about 12 – 15 miles.

Location Bitch Creek is situated in Southeast Idaho originating north of the attractive Tetons. It passes by means of part of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness earlier than coming into Idaho and persevering with its journey by means of the Caribou Targhee Nationwide Forest. Evidently it does not lack magnificence.

As I beforehand talked about, there are two foremost entry factors. Probably the most distinguished is situated on Freeway 32 simply north of the booming metropolis of Felt Idaho. Freeway 32 is a connector freeway from Ashton, Idaho to Tetonia Idaho. To get there you’re taking Hwy 33 out of Rexburg, Idaho in direction of Driggs and simply earlier than Tetonia Idaho take Hwy 32 north. North of Felt Idaho Hwy 32 crosses Bitch Creek. There’s a pull off the place you possibly can park and hike right down to the creek both upstream or downstream. I personally have by no means fished upstream. The second entry level is a favourite of the frenzy group and a spot that has delivered up a number of the largest cutthroat trout I’ve ever caught. To get right here take Hwy 32 out of Ashton Idaho in direction of Tetonia and you’ll move a small city referred to as Drummond Idaho (Well-known for the Drummond Bar). Simply previous Drummond about 2 miles you will notice a dust street to the south referred to as 4350 E. It’s recognizable by the 2 fence buildings that adorn each side of the street. It should appear that you’re coming into a farmers yard due to the farmhouses and sheds you’ll move, however proceed on and the dust street begins to get extra slender finally ending on the fringe of a steep canyon. Trying down the canyon is huge distinction from the big grain fields that you just move as you get right here. As soon as right here, you will notice over the canyon two converging water programs that move into one. That is the place Bitch Creek dumps into the Teton River. Despite the fact that I’ve been to this spot many instances I nonetheless appear to get misplaced each different time. It’s a tough spot to search out, however as soon as discovered is a number of the finest small creek fishing you’ll ever discover. As a aspect word, please respect the landowners/farmers properties by staying on the dust roads that permit us fisherman entry to those stunning spots.

Fishing

Fishing Bitch Creek is in contrast to every other fishery I have been to. The entry is troublesome and the hike to the creek is even worse, however all this provides to the sensation that you’re the one one inside miles of those fish that decision it house. And chances are high you can be alone, by no means seeing one other individual’s face the entire day.

I first skilled this Creek about 12 years in the past when Marc Crapo took me there. Since then, I’ve tried to go each summer time and I’ve constantly pulled 17 – 18 inch Cutts from this little creek. Once I arrive on the confluence of the Teton and Bitch, I all the time transfer upstream the Bitch. The creek has nice swimming pools and runs round each nook. When you do not drive your self to cease, you could possibly end up by no means leaving due to the ‘simply across the subsequent nook’ syndrome that this creek creates.

The most effective time to fish is after spring runoff from mid June on. Yetter, Gene Simmons, and I discovered the laborious method on Frenzy 1 again in 2002. I’ve largely fished sub floor with stone fly nymphs primarily the well-known Bitch Creek nymph. Requirements resembling pheasant tails, hares ears, and prince nymphs all the time work properly. Hopper patterns have additionally confirmed very productive.

In case you are searching for the proper place to catch large Cutts with just about no stress then Bitch Creek is your house.