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Fly Fishing On The Teton River In Idaho
There are two Teton Rivers - one in Montana and
another in Idaho. The one in Central Montana is formed
in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the one in Idaho is
formed in the Teton Mountains. Fly fishing the Teton
River in Idaho is a real treat and here's why.
The Teton River is a tributary of the North Fork of the
Snake River and flows into the Snake near St. Anthony,
Idaho. It drains an area of the Teton Mountains and
flows westward through the Teton Basin for a total
length of about 75 miles. Once the river leaves the
mountains, it enters the flat country of Idaho potatoes
where is has carved its way to the Snake River.
Most of the river flows through private property. It can be
accessed at a few bridges and it can be fished from a
boat, provided the water levels are acceptable. Some
areas of the river offers white water rafting, so it is not all
calm water. Most anglers use a pontoon type water craft
as opposed to the traditional drift boat, although some
sections can be fished from a wooden drift boat. It
strictly depends on the section of the river.
In its uppermost parts the Teton is a meadow stream.
Some of the water comes from numerous springs along
its route. Most of the water flows through private
property in this section, so the bank fishing and wading
is limited. There are several boat ramps along the rivers
course. There are several campgrounds in the area.
The small towns of Driggs, Tetonia and Victor are
located in the area of the Teton River.
When the river flows from the upper valley, not far below
Harrop's Bridge, it enters a canyon that is very
inaccessible. This section consist of white water that can
be difficult to negotiate. I won't get into the details of the
history of it, but the area at the end of this canyon was
once the site of a lake formed by a earth made dam. It
broke in 1976 and eleven people lost their life as a
The fish are mostly cutthroats and rainbows. Cutbows,
or hybrids, are also present along with some brook trout
in its upper reaches. The larger fish are in the canyon
section of the river. Because of the changes in the flows
of the river, from a meadow stream to a canyon stretch,
the river has a wide variety of aquatic insects. The
springs along the way also contribute to this diversity. In
short, the Teton River has a lot of different species of
mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies that include most
species that are found in this area of the western United
I will list some of the most important ones. Mayflies such
as different species of Blue-winged olives hatch in the
early and late seasons. Pale Morning duns are probably
the second most important mayfly. There are Yellow
Quills, Ginger Quills, Pink Ladies, Green Drakes, Small
Western Green Drakes, Brown Drakes and Tricos. Most
caddisflies are species of Spotted Sedges, Green
Sedges, Black Dancers, Little Black caddis,
Short-horned sedges, and October Caddis. Stoneflies
included the big Salmonflies, Golden Stoneflies and
Little Yellow Stoneflies.
There are plenty of terrestrial insects including ants,
beetles and grass hoppers. Sculpins are the most
important fish food for the trout.
If it were not for the Henry's Fork and the South Fork of
the Snake River being in the same general area of
Idaho, the Teton River would be a much more popular
fly fishing destination than it is. It is a beautiful river. With
the Tetons in the background, it would be difficult to
imagine anything else. Our one day of fishing this river
from the banks, produced several nice fish. I would
expect that drifting the river would produce even
more and be the best way to fish it.
Seasons follow the general Idaho fishing season.
Spring would be okay, but only before and after the
The Summer would be best for fly fishing the Teton
River in its headwaters.
Early Fall would present good opportunities.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Teton River Fly Fishing Report
05/01/16 The season is closed. Give us a call or shoot us an email and let us help you plan
your next Teton River Fly fishing trip. We have taken samples of the aquatic insects and other
foods from this river several times using professional entomology equipment and don't guess
at what food is there and we don't go by trail and error (what Joe Blow caught fish on
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07/16/17 Fishing Report
(see bottom of this page)
05/24/16 The season opens this Memorial day weekend.
06/30/16 The runoff is about over and the stream levels way down and mostly clear water.
Lots of hatches are starting up including the big stoneflies and many others. Send us an email
for a list of hatches and flies to imitate them. firstname.lastname@example.org
07/14/16 The river is in very good shape with good stream levels and a large number of
hatches taking place. We had two good reports this past week from customers fishing the
Teton. There are few anglers fishing, another big advantage.
08/11/16 Two good reports came in this past week. The levels are a little low but otherwise, in
good shape. There are still a lot of hatches taking place in the middle and upper sections of
the river. Bitch Creek tributary is also in good shape and producing some good catches.
08/18/16 The stream level is still low and you have to use stealth and stay hidden from the
trout but those that do, are catching plenty of trout. Hatches vary depending on the section
of the river being fished, or more specifically, the elevation.
08/25/16 We received two good reports for customers. There are still some good hatches in
the middle and upper sections. Terrestrial insect imitations are also working good.
09/15/16 The water is low and clear. Stay hidden and use longer presentations. Mahogany
duns, spotted sedges, little yellow stoneflies, Tricos on the lower end, Blue-winged olives and
soon to be October Caddis. Give us a call or email and let us help you.
10/06/16 The stream level is normal and in good shape. There are a lot of fish being caught
by our customers. Several insects are still hatching but they vary from section to section.
10/20/16 The stream levels and weather forecast are both excellent. It is a very good time to
fish the Teton. This won't last forever. Mahogany duns, BWOs, Western Ginger Quill and
October Caddis are hatching.
11/03/16 The season closed the first of November.
12/22/16 We didn't hear form you. Prime time will be here before you know it. Happy Holidays.
01/19/17 An entry to get the new year started. Let us help you plan that next trip. Send us an
email. Address just above.
02/23/16 Shoot us an email and let us help you plan that next Teton River fly fishing trip.
03/23/17 The river is flowing at 625 cfs at 2.36 ft. Normal at this time is around 300 cfs. It is
falling out but will take a few more days. Check back with us to plan that next trip.
05/18/17 The flows are at 857 cfs at 2.69 ft, or too high to high to fish with heavy stained
06/08/17 The stream levels are still far too high from runoff, flowing at 1810 cfs, at 4.5 feet. It
is hopefully, nearing its peak and will be dropping soon to offer some fly fishing opportunity.
06/15/17 The flows are down to 1370 cfs at 3.64, or high but dropping and getting into better
06/29/17 Flows are at 1820 cfs at 4.27 ft. or very high from runoff. All you can do is wait.
07/16/17 The flows are at 1150 cfs at 3.30 ft, which is high but okay to fish. It isn't safe to wade
in most places at this level. There are lots of hatches taking place. Little Yellow and Golden
stoneflies, Green drakes, PMDs, Spotted and green sedge caddis and others.