Discharge from Libby Dam is 17000cfs it’s raining here in Kootenai country. A significant moist air mass has settled over the area bringing showers to downpours depending on your location. Heavy rain in the mountains will indeed spike tributaries and bring a little color the Kootenai near the mouths of creeks. But all in the river is still very fishable. Wading is minimal. Stick with big prince nymphs, small wire worms, brown rubber leg nymphs and add another splitshot to be sure you get the flies down. Dry fly action is possible and with daytime temps entering the low 50′s, blue winged olives and some March browns might show up in slower runs and softer water.
Discharge from Libby Dam is presently 17000cfs with no changes scheduled for the rest of the day. It’s gray and calm again and looks like we’ll be getting more precipitation. Rain in the valleys and snow up high. Daytime temp should bump over 40 degrees making this a perfect day for blue winged olives. With flows over 15000cfs it’s pretty much a drift boat gig. Look for bugs and noses in slower runs and the tailouts of big pools. Big prince nymphs and worms are still moving fish as river picks up a bit of color near tributaries.
Kootenai River rainbow
Discharge from Libby Dam is presently 17000cfs. Winds are light and it looks like another gray, rainy day here in Kootenai River country. Flows have been increased to accomodate for potential heavy rains over the next 72 hours. For now, the river is best fished from a drift boat. Daytime temps are consistently in the 40′s so midge are popping and March browns should be in the mix very soon as well. Tributaries are starting to push a bit of color into the river in specific areas but clarity is still fine. Might be time to get out the wire worm.
Linehan Outfitting Co/Spring fishing
The mighty MO is still fishing pretty well for this time of year. Flows are around 5200, river is clear, and weather is fair. The breeze is up which might put a damper on the dry fly action but nymphing is consistently bringing fish to the net and as always, pulling streamers will move some hounds. Midge continue to hatch in good numbers and blue winged olives are likely right around the corner.
Linehan Outfitting Co./Missouri River
The lower river down by St. Regis is still in very fishable shape. Present flows are around 5800, up slightly from yesterday due to showers and some sunshine upstream. Today could be a bit brighter with calm winds. Nymphing is still best bet and the dynamic duo featuring a big prince followed by a big worm is providing consistent action. Midge are making a move here and there and from time to time you can find a nose to cast to. All in all not a bad day to give it a shot.
Linehan Outfitting Co./Clark Fork rainbow
Flows have increased again this morning and will remain at 17000cfs throughout the day. Wading options are now limited and best bet is to fish from a boat so you can access islands and softwater areas where fish are likely to be holding. Blue winged olives and a smattering of March browns will still be popping here and there so a bit of dry fly action is still possible. Streamers and nymphs will continue to move bigger fish on the prowl. Today’s weather might be a bit brighter as we’re kind of in between two small fronts. But don’t be surprised if it turns gray and we get some showers.
Holy Bull Trout Batman!
Flows are hovering around 5600cfs and water temp is about 40 degrees and the clarity is plenty good at the moment. Nymphing is still pretty much the best bet with big prince and worms always moving fish this time of year. Midge are popping from time to time and will bring a few noses to surface but March browns, skwalas and amoletus brown drakes are still a couple weeks away. But all in all the river is very fishable and the spring season is upon us!
Linehan Outfitting Co/Clark Fork river rainbow
Linehan Outfitting Co/Missouri River spring fling
Flows from Holter Dam are hovering around 5200cfs which is just about right for this time of year. Cloud cover, light winds, and clear water have midge hatching like crazy and rising fish can be found if you poke around. Water temp is still a bit chilly at 38 degrees but should start ooching up as the days get warmer. All in all the river is fishing pretty well for end of March.
Discharge from Libby Dam is currently 15,000cfs. Flows have been increased and will likely stay in the mid-range for a while to accomodate warmer weather and lots of rain and snow in the high country. The Corps is having to move a bit of water lately what with the wet weather pattern we seem to be stuck with for a while. But wading is still good up and down the river and blue winged olives and a smattering of March browns are starting to pop! Dry fly action is possible! Presently it’s calm and gray and showers are likely.
Kootenai River dry fly take!
Nymphing and streamers are still good bets since water temp is around 40degrees. Bounce some big prince nymphs along the bottom and see what happens. Keep in mind the closure from Libby Dam to the mouth of the Fisher River.
Missouri River rainbow
Current discharge from Holter Dam on the Missouri River is approximately 5000cfs. It’s been a relatively mild winter in Craig and word on the water is that Missouri has been fishing pretty well throughout the winter. LOC is gearing up for the annual spring season and has availability from mid-May through mid-June. All indications are that this will be a much more normal run-off season and that means the early season could be epic and might even feature some outstanding dry fly action as well. Stay tuned for more updated reports from LOC.