ASHTON — I first read about Robinson Creek in a Yellowstone National
Park guidebook that detailed the many fishing destinations inside the
The author explained that Robinson Creek contained smallish trout in
pretty sparse numbers and that getting to it inside the park was such a
headache that it probably wasn’t worth the hike.
If I were more protective, I might offer the same advice here about
the stream’s Idaho reach, just to keep people from visiting the creek
and plucking plump, wild trout from its swift, clear water. But, as
fishing opportunities in more accessible areas continue to dwindle, the
devoted fly fisher is forced to do some exploring, and if you possess an
adventuresome spirit, you’ll heed the advice in this article and pay visit to this remote, rich stream.
Robinson Creek flows off a plateau in
Yellowstone’s southwest corner into Idaho.
Journal photo by Chris Hunt
Robinson Creek is a unique body of water, and while it’s possible to
access the stream with little effort, it’s most productive reaches
require some work to get to — and that’s the way it should be, in my
opinion. Great rewards come after a hellish hike into a canyon
Flowing off a plateau in Yellowstone’s southwest corner, Robinson
Creek enters Idaho with a good head of steam and, regardless of what the
author of the Yellowstone guidebook suggests, a healthy population of
wild trout. It’s a unique stream in that persistent anglers can latch on
to four species of trout — cutthroat, rainbow, brown and brook - and
native mountain whitefish while fishing its waters.
And, again in contrast to what the Yellowstone guidebook
suggests, some of those fish can reach surprising lengths — the first
time I ventured into the depths of Robinson Creek Canyon, I hooked a
16-inch brown on a gaudy Orange Humpy. On a later excursion to the
stream, I landed a 15-inch brookie.
Robinson Creek is a picturesque mountain stream, adorned with swift
runs, good cover for fish, large boulders that slow the current and
waste-deep plungepools that harbor hungry trout that always seem to be