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Teton Valley Lodge Overview
Northeastern Idaho & BIG TROUT on Dry Flies
Teton Valley Lodge does 95% of their guided fishing on the Henry’s Fork, the South Fork, and the Teton Rivers. Most of their fishing is done on float trips down dozens of different stretches of these three amazing fisheries for all species including rainbows, browns, cutthroat, and the occasional brook trout. From the giant salmon fly hatch in late May, to their ‘cast and blast’ program starting in September, the angling venues offered at the Teton Valley Lodge have consistently produced excellent fishing reports since we started doing business with them in 2006. We have been very impressed. These guys simply find big trout and love their dry flies!
Teton Valley LodgeGo
Old School Establishment & Come Ready to Fish Hard
Opened in 1919, Teton Valley Lodge is perhaps the oldest family run Rocky Mountain fly fishing lodge in existence. Located on the banks of the Teton River near Driggs, Idaho, TVL is only thirty five miles over the majestic Teton Range from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The ownership of Teton Valley Lodge makes the claim of having the best guides in the business, and offering some of the greatest and most consistent dry fly fishing out west. Although non-angling guests are welcome, Teton Valley Lodge is a very fishing intensive operation, and is best suited for the most hard-core anglers looking for long days on the water in search of big trout.
Comfortable & Historic Lodging
TVL’s historical buildings are spread out over their large property with excellent views of the Tetons. This spread out nature of each cabin ensures privacy for all guests and are tastefully decorated with traditional log cabin décor. Each cabin also has its own rooming configurations including one, two, and three bedroom options to accommodate different group sizes and dynamics. The facilities at the lodge set up well for hosting corporate retreats for large groups as well.
Teton Valley Lodge Description
Opened in 1919, Teton Valley Lodge is perhaps the oldest family run fly fishing lodge in existence. Matt and Brian Berry are the fourth generation of Berry’s to handle the reins of the entire TVL operation. From taking the bookings, to organizing the staff, to spending a minimum of four days a week on the water guiding… these guys wear all the hats and simply work their tails off all summer delivering awesome experiences for their guests. We began working with the Berry’s in 2006, and have been blown away by their inventive approaches to fishing some of the Western US’s most tried and true rivers. Located on the banks of the Teton River near Driggs, Idaho, TVL is only thirty five miles over the majestic Teton range from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Teton Valley Lodge is a one of a kind facility with an enormous amount of history fishing and guiding this epic corner of Idaho. It is an first and foremost, an efficient lodge that really knows how to fish their clients hard. Unless you specify it, there is no such thing as the “9:00 – 4:00” day on the water with TVL. Their guides are trained and expected to fish their guests hard when the fishing is good, and most often guests do not return to the lodge till 8:00 or 9:00PM. The ownership of TVL hangs their hat on having the best guides in the business, and offering some of the greatest and most consistent dry fly fishing out West. If you are looking for an intensive trout trip out west with some of the best guides in the business, TVL is something to strongly consider.
Teton Valley Lodge does 95% of their guided fishing on the Henry’s Fork, the South Fork, and the Teton Rivers. From the giant salmon fly hatch in late May, to their ‘cast and blast’ program starting in September, the diversity if the TVL operation and the rivers they fish has consistently produced excellent fishing reports from our guests since we started doing business with them in 2006. We have been very impressed. These guys simply find big trout and love their dry flies!
They fish the different sections throughout the sixty miles on the South Fork from the Palisades dam down to the confluence of the Henry’s Fork, and have five different floats they rotate depending upon conditions. This is BIG brown trout country with consistent dry fly fishing all season long. From early season salmon flies and PMD hatches to the grasshoppers in August, the South Fork of the Snake produces some of the biggest trout each summer. Like most of the rivers fished with Teton Valley Lodge, there is not much wading opportunity on the South Fork, as it is a large river usually running an average of 10,000 cfs. However, the South Fork does have a number of braided sections and a different character to each float. All and all, the South Fork is one of the most reliable fisheries all season and a must for any guest at TVL.
The Henry’s Fork has completely rebounded from the recent drought stricken years. According to the Berry’s, the 2007-2009 seasons yielded the best fishing seen on the Henry’s Fork in over fifteen years. The Henry’s Fork is really three rivers in one. From the higher spring creek sections with finicky trout to the canyon sections, or the wide rifflely lower river, the Henry’s Fork offers a little of something for everyone. It is a very consistent dry fly fishery starting with the Salmon flies in late May / early June, and is an unbelievable rainbow, cutthroat, and ‘cutbow’ river. The Henry’s Fork is to big Rainbows what the South Fork is for big browns…
The lodge is located on the banks of the versatile Teton River. From the upper stretches to a fabled trip down the wild Teton Narrows, TVL has been fishing this amazing river for ninety years. The trout population in the Teton is about half and half rainbows and cutthroats, as well as the occasional brook trout. Native cutthroats that average around sixteen inches and monster rainbows that average over 20 inches (including a 29 inch fish landed in 2008) are what make the river so special. Extremely prolific mayfly hatches overwhelm the river all season long except when hopper season takes over in August. Similar to the South Fork and the Henry’s Fork, the Teton is an epic dry fly river, and one of the most consistent quality fishing venues in the West.
Fishing with TVL is predominantly a float fishing affair, and if you are strictly partial to wade fishing, this is a destination that is probably not for you. If you are interested in seeing miles and miles of different water and country utilizing the comfort and flexibility of a fiberglass drift boat, cataraft, or self bailing inflatable, you will love fishing with Teton Valley Lodge.
The lodge facilities are situated on the bank of the Teton River with wonderful views of the Teton Mountain range visible from every room. Although the historic original buildings on the property are close to one hundred years old, the lodge’s riverside accommodations are constantly getting updated to ensure all guests are comfortable. With capacity of thirty guests with a full house, guests at the lodge stay in one of over a dozen individual cabins located on various sites throughout the property. The spread out nature of each cabin ensures privacy for all guests and are tastefully decorated with traditional log cabin décor. Each cabin also has its own rooming configurations including one, two, and three bedroom options to accommodate different group sizes and dynamics.
Beverages including bottled water, soft drinks and beer are provided and included in the trip cost. Wine is sold at the lodge by the glass, however the lodge does not provide hard liquor. Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring their own libations if desired.
Guests fly into either Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which are serviced by various major carriers. Jackson Hole is thirty-five miles to the east of the lodge, while Idaho Falls is seventy miles to the east. The majority of our guests travel commercially to Jackson Hole and rent a car or have the lodge provide ground transportation ($150 roundtrip per couple). Nearby Driggs, Idaho has a reliable airport that will accommodate most private aircraft (7000’ strip).
Guests at Teton Valley Lodge travel to Idaho Falls via Salt Lake City with Delta Airlines, or preferably into Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From Jackson or Idaho Falls, guests progress to the lodge with a rental vehicle or the lodge can provide round-trip ground transportation upon request.
Depart for fishing on the Henry’s Fork, South Fork of the Snake, or Teton River after breakfast. Anglers are usually on the water by 9:00AM and don’t return to the lodge until 7:30 – 8:00PM. Dinner is traditionally served at 9:00PM.
Following breakfast, and depending on what time your flight departs, guests return to the airport in Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls.
When to Go
Teton Valley Lodge is open from the last week of May through the last week in October. Depending on river conditions and spring snowpack, there is really no “best” time to visit TVL. The early season in late May and early June is a blast for anglers looking to experience the giant salmon fly hatches, while mid-summer sees prolific PMD, golden stone, green drake, and a myriad of other mayfly and caddis hatches offering great dry-fly fishing in most years. August and early September are traditionally months to experience great terrestrial fishing with grasshoppers, ants, and other highly visible dries. It is always best to inquire about the projected water conditions for any given season; however TVL has enough diverse fishing opportunity to accommodate anglers all season long.
Opening Day: May 20
The lodge will be open for full service fishing with lodging and meals starting May 20. We will however be available for guide service anytime after January 1.
Salmon flies out all over the Henry’s Fork with dry fly action hot and heavy. Most stretches will be fishing great with Huge Fish hitting the surface. This will last into late June.
Small dries mix with the salmon flies to make fishing even better. The flat water on the Henry’s Fork will be fantastic coupled with the salmon flies in the fast water making for the best of both worlds.
The South Fork salmon flies start to hatch on the lower river. The Narrows starts to fish well with salmon flies on the upper and lower sections. The Upper Teton hatches begin with green drakes and PMDs. The Henry’s Fork is still fishing great; the lower river drake hatches begin, the canyon sections fish well with golden stones and nymphs and the upper waters, including Railroad Ranch, have every kind of mayfly hatching.
Salmon fly hatch takes over on the South Fork. The riffles are full of fish eating small mayflies and several boats catch fish in the numbers of 70 to 100. The Narrows also are filled with adult golden stones. The entire Teton fishes well on these large dries. Wade trips are great this time of year. The Henry’s Fork still fishes well, mostly in the canyon section with large dries and droppers as well as the flat water, for huge rainbows.
Hopper city. The South Fork and Narrows are filled with large hoppers. The infamous chernobyl ant along with other hopper and large attractor patterns are fished to produce large numbers and large fish. The Narrows are very accessible to wading. The canyon sections of the Henry’s Fork turn out 50 to 100 fish days regularly as well as great ant hatches on the flat water. Upper Teton fishing like it should, big bows and big cutts on anything from small dries to big hoppers.
Grouse season begins. Cast and Blast for Ruffed Grouse in the foothills around the lodge. The Teton River produces huge fish on small dries. The Henry’s Fork still produces high numbers of fish with large fish caught in the flat water. Hoppers are still thick on the South Fork and Narrows. September/October big fish contest begins with many large browns caught on streamers.
Cast and Blast for ducks and grouse followed by an afternoon of fishing. Some of the best fishing of the year is to be had during this beautiful month of outdoor sporting.
Big browns are out and moving on the South Fork. Blue-winged Olive Mayfly hatches are blanketing the South Fork on warmer days. The Henry’s Fork still produces large rainbows.
(Based on Shared Room / Guide)
3 Nights / 2 Days………………………$1465
4 Nights / 3 Days………………………$2080
5 Nights / 4 Days………………………$2695
6 Nights / 5 Days………………………$3310
(Based on Single Room / Private Guide)
3 Nights / 2 Days………………………$2630
4 Nights / 3 Days………………………$3740
5 Nights / 4 Days………………………$4850
6 Nights / 5 Days………………………$5960
Accommodations at Teton Valley Lodge as specified; Daily Guided Fishing as specified; Three meals daily; Flies, leaders, terminal tackle, soft drinks and beer
What's Not Included
Airfare to Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls, Idaho; 8% Idaho State taxes; Wine by the Glass; Fishing licenses; Guide and Staff Gratuities; Round-trip ground transportation from Jackson Hole or Idaho Falls ($165 roundtrip per couple); Rod / Reel Rentals ($30 per day), Items of a personal nature & Individual travel expenses
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents. Teton Valley Lodge’s policy follows: Teton Valley Lodge requires a non-refundable $500 per boat / day deposit is required to secure all reservations. Final balance is due 30 days prior to departure. Cancellations made outside of thirty days can be rescheduled to another available date during the season. Within thirty days of departure, all funds are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund, and responsibility clauses.
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Teton Valley Lodge is definitely a fishing exclusive destination. However, many of our angling guests will drop the non-angling spouse or companion in Jackson Hole (35 miles) and head to the lodge for a few days of fishing.
FALL BIRD HUNTING 'CAST & BLAST' OPTIONS
Starting in September, TVL offers some excellent upland Grouse hunting to be combined with guided fishing. Ask for Details