Not solely are the rivers in Idaho spectacular fly fishing, however there are additionally an considerable 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 identify, however us Frenziers have our concept. There are 2 entry factors to fish on Bitch Creek that I’ll elaborate on additional, however the one entry level that we normally fish could be very steep and fairly a hike to get down. Worse than the hike down, is the ridiculous hike out. We have all the time said, that when you get down you might be good, however it’s a Bitch to get out. Hence the identify Bitch 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 National Park in Wyoming. The two creeks meander out of the mountains and finally meet about 5 miles due east from the Idaho/Wyoming border forming Bitch Creek. Just earlier than it crosses into Idaho the Jackpine Creek additionally dumps into Bitch Creek. Once in Idaho, it’s used because the border separating Fremont County and Teton County. It runs via 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 just about 12 – 15 miles.
Location Bitch Creek is situated in Southeast Idaho originating north of the attractive Tetons. It passes via part of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness earlier than coming into Idaho and persevering with its journey via the Caribou Targhee National Forest. Needless to say it would not lack magnificence.
As I beforehand talked about, there are two most important entry factors. The most outstanding is situated on Highway 32 simply north of the booming metropolis of Felt Idaho. Highway 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 is a pull off the place you may park and hike all the way 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 among 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 move a small city known as Drummond Idaho (Famous for the Drummond Bar). Just previous Drummond about 2 miles you will notice a dust street to the south known as 4350 E. It is recognizable by the 2 fence buildings that adorn either side of the street. It will appear that you’re coming into a farmers yard due to the farmhouses and sheds you’ll move, however proceed on and the grime street begins to get extra slender finally ending on the fringe of a steep canyon. Looking down the canyon is huge distinction from the massive grain fields that you just move as you get right here. Once right here, you will notice over the canyon two converging water methods that stream into one. This is the place Bitch Creek dumps into the Teton River. Even although I’ve been to this spot many occasions I nonetheless appear to get misplaced each different time. It is a difficult spot to search out, however as soon as discovered is among the finest small creek fishing you’ll ever discover. As a aspect be aware, please respect the landowners/farmers properties by staying on the grime roads that permit us fisherman entry to those stunning spots.
Fishing Bitch Creek is not like another fishery I’ve been to. The entry is tough 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 dwelling. And likelihood is you can be alone, by no means seeing one other particular person’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 season and I’ve constantly pulled 17 – 18 inch Cutts from this little creek. When 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. If you do not drive your self to cease, you possibly can end up by no means leaving due to the ‘simply across the subsequent nook’ syndrome that this creek creates.
The finest time to fish is after spring runoff from mid June on. Yetter, Gene Simmons, and I came upon the arduous approach on Frenzy 1 again in 2002. I’ve largely fished sub floor with stone fly nymphs primarily the well-known Bitch Creek nymph. Standards comparable to pheasant tails, hares ears, and prince nymphs all the time work properly. Hopper patterns have additionally confirmed very productive.
If you might be searching for the right place to catch huge Cutts with just about no stress then Bitch Creek is your house.