Fly Fishing Idaho, Lesser Known 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 lovely native trout. Bitch creek is a type of lesser recognized creeks that’s spectacular.

Idaho Fly Fishing in Bitch Creek Who is aware of how Bitch Creek acquired its identify, 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 could be very steep and fairly a hike to get down. Worse than the hike down, is the ridiculous hike out. We’ve all the time said, that when you get down you’re good, however it’s a Bitch to get out. Therefore the identify Bitch Creek.

The Creek

The River begins as two separate forks that ultimately be a 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 ultimately 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 way 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 eight – 10 miles, however the prime fishing waters is just about 12 – 15 miles.

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

As I beforehand talked about, there are two most important entry factors. Probably the most outstanding 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 the 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 the direction of Tetonia and you’ll cross a small city referred to as Drummond Idaho (Well-known for the Drummond Bar). Simply previous Drummond about 2 miles you will notice a mud 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 is going to appear that you’re getting into a farmers yard due to the farmhouses and sheds you’ll cross, however proceed on and the dust street begins to get extra slender ultimately ending on the fringe of a steep canyon. Wanting down the canyon is huge distinction from the massive grain fields that you simply cross as you get right here. As soon as right here, you will notice over the canyon two converging water techniques that movement into one. That is the place Bitch Creek dumps into the Teton River. Although I’ve been to this spot many occasions I nonetheless appear to get misplaced each different time. It’s a tough spot to seek out, however as soon as discovered is a few of the greatest small creek fishing you’ll ever discover. As a aspect notice, please respect the landowners/farmers properties by staying on the dust roads that permit us fisherman entry to those lovely spots.


Fishing Bitch Creek is in contrast to some 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 residence. And likelihood is you may 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 persistently 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. In the event you do not drive your self to cease, you can end up by no means leaving due to the ‘simply across the subsequent nook’ syndrome that this creek creates.

One of the best time to fish is after spring runoff from mid June on. Yetter, Gene Simmons, and I came upon the exhausting method on Frenzy 1 again in 2002. I’ve principally fished sub floor with stone fly nymphs primarily the well-known Bitch Creek nymph. Requirements akin to pheasant tails, hares ears, and prince nymphs all the time work nicely. Hopper patterns have additionally confirmed very productive.

In case you are on the lookout for the right place to catch massive Cutts with nearly no strain then Bitch Creek is your home.

Source by Aaron Peterson