Teton River Montana Trout
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Fly Fishing The Teton River Montana
There are two Teton Rivers - one in Montana and
another in Idaho. The Teton River in Central Montana is
formed in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Although this
isn't a named, blue-ribbon trout stream, fly fishing the
Teton River in Montana, is a very rewarding experience.

The Teton River is formed by the confluence of
headwater several branches. Eventually they flow
together into what's called the North Fork Teton River
and the South Fork Teton River. Both flow out of the
eastern side of the Rocky Mountains into the high
prairie country of central Montana. The river is almost
200 miles long. It flows into the Marias River just before
it enters the Missouri River.

The best area for fly fishing the Teton River is in the
upper area of it and its branches - North, South, Middle
and West. Most of the river outside of the mountains
flows through private property. This is another river in
Montana that's located in a very isolated area of the
state. It's rarely fished by anyone other than local
anglers. Like many of the other rivers in the huge
section of the state, its popularity is
reduced because of all of the other great trout fishing
that's available in more populated areas of the state as
well as Yellowstone National Park.

LIke most headwaters, the headwaters of the Teton
River does not have many large fish. It has a lot of trout
that are very willing to take a fly. Most of the fish in the
uppermost areas are brook trout and small cutthroats.
Rainbows are present in the main Forks of the river.

Most all of the headwater streams that make up the two
main Forks of the river are not accessible by road. You
must hike or backpack into the mountains to fish them.
The North and South Forks are accessible in some
areas by road. That is the only area of the stream Angie
and I have fished.

The main river, outside of the mountains, flows through
some small canyons and across the high prairie. For the
most part, this main part of the river does not provide
good fishing although trout exist. There are areas that
can be floated but the main river has several
agricultural/cattle diversion areas and some beaver
dams in its upper areas. Fly fishing the Teton River in
this area from a boat can be tricky.

If you ever decide to fish this river, you better be
prepared to camp. If not, you will be driving a very long
way before you find a motel. I can personally vouch for
that. There are many campsites in the area and that
would be the way to fish the area. Our one trip there of
two days of fishing was greatly shortened by the amount
of driving we had to do each of the two mornings we
fished the river along canyon road.  Once you are there,
you should have no problem catching trout. Competition
from other anglers certainly wouldn't be a problem. We
were able to catch a large number of small rainbows and
cutthroat trout for the short amount of time we had to
fish. I can only imagine what it would be like to backpack
in and fish the upper branches of the river. You would
probably be by yourself.

Seasons follow the general Montana fishing season.
Spring would be okay, before and after the runoff.
The Summer would be best for fly fishing the Teton
River's headwaters.
Early Fall would present good opportunities.

Fly Fishing Gear Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Rainbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout

Southwestern Montana

Small to medium

Nearest Towns

3rd Sat of May through Nov 30th.

Good but lots of hiking required

Non-Resident License
State of Montana

National Weather Service Link

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Photo Courtesy Steven Lamb
Photo Courtesy Steven Lamb
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