The Upper Teton River
The Upper Teton River originates at the head of Teton Valley, Idaho and is spring fed. It’s tributaries are Fox, Dick, Darby, and Teton Creek. In its upper stretches, the Teton is a wide, placid river that meanders through sleepy farm meadows. The drift boats and rafts are left at home when we fish the Teton. This stream is fished from boats aptly named “Teton Boats”, unique to the river. They are 20 foot long boats that have seating for three. A small outboard motor runs its fisherman up and down the river in search of the rising fish. With the boat in the proper position, the guide skillfully directs the anglers into the rising fish below. The Teton is the smallest stream that we guide, but still a river at over 100 feet in width. The water is calm; a classic spring creek.
The native Cutthroat Trout are the most prevalent fish in the Teton. In fact, the Teton has one of the strongest holds of native Cutthroats found in the West. These native fish are among the most beautiful fish in the world. Their vibrant colors and size make them truly magnificent. The Cutts on the Teton average 16 inches but are regularly caught at well over 20 inches. This last season the largest landed was a 23.5” and two years ago, a 26” cutthroat was caught and released.
Rainbows constitute a little less than half of the population of the river. These fish can truly grow to gigantic proportions. The largest in recent memory was a monster of 29 inches in length by 19 inches in girth. As a rule the fish found in the Teton are big. An average day on the Teton would find its fisherman landing no less than one fish over 20 inches. Every day on this stream gives its fisherman a chance at a fish of a lifetime. The Teton River is little more than a fifteen minute drive from Huntsman Springs.
While visiting Huntsman Springs this summer, consider adding a fly fishing float trip on the Upper Teton River to your golfing experience.