Terrestrials-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 9-5-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have guides available and we’re the local source for all things surrounding the Kootenai River.  Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: the Present discharge from Libby Dam is 6000cfs

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 5,900 cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 59 degrees

Water Clarity: summer time clear

Best Time of day:  Conditions are good throughout the entire day

Hatches:  hoppers, caddis, pmd mayflies, crane flies, midge

Patterns: pmd adults, pmd spinners, elk hair caddis, caddis emerger, ascending caddis, supa pupa, royal wulff, parachute Adams, purple haze, yellow haze, chubby, bubble back nymph, quasi moto nymph, rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator, chubbies, hoppers, ants

It’s a bit smoky up here in Kootenai country at the moment.  There are a couple fires in the immediate area but the Kootenai is still in great shape and fishing pretty well.  The upshot of smoke and haze is faux cloud cover and happier fish.  All boat ramps and river access sites up and down the river are still open and no restrictions to that end are in place at the moment.

Caddis and pmd activity is definitely about over.  They are still around and caddis are still bouncing in certain riffles and runs up and down the river and fish are still apt to grab a small Goddard from time to time during the late afternoon or evening.  Attractors like royal Wulffs are likely bets in 2-3 feet of quick current as well as bigger parachute Adams.

Hoppers and droppers and terrestrial patterns are totally in play now.  Over the last week big bugs have been the ticket.  Foam will work, but in glassy, slick water keep in mind natural materials are often better here on the Kootenai River.  Think Schroeder’s parachute hopper, bugmeisters, even stimulators and fish them with at least a 10 foot leader.  5x will help.  But often times big bugs will spin 5x tippets so you’ll have to play that as it comes.  Some days it seems bread and butter Kootenai River rainbows are looking up all day and eager for a big meal.  Other days not so much.  And interestingly enough, droppers aren’t really moving that many fish.  Most of the LOC guides are running two dry flies for that matter and small hoppers or chubbies with a caddis pattern or emerger are moving fish.

There are gobs of 10″ rainbows in the system this year which has made for great dry fly action regardless.  If it’s calm, 4 weights have been best tool for the job on most days this season for dry fly fishing.  If you’re looking to move consistently bigger fish in the 12″-14″ range or maybe better, stick with a big bug, roll longer, and cover water.

Nymphing is moving some bigger fish but they’re deep and holding in tailouts and around cover.  Don’t expect trout the be in riffles much during the day and especially since bug activity has decreased.  Look for fish in deep, blue water and in depths of 5-10 feet.  Two BB split shot will help and be aggressive on moving indicator up and down depending on depth.  Trout are moving a great deal this time of year and under these conditions.  Specifically they’ll head for faster water to feed and then fall way back into blue water to the pools and tailouts to hold.  Get bugs down, fish every inch of the river, enjoy catching whitefish, and you will find some thicker rainbows too.

Again, the smoke has made for dark days and streamer action has picked up a bit and will only get better as the fall deepens.  Think 250 grain sinking heads and big, really big white streamers.  We have had some success early and late which is best bet for pulling junk anyway.

Expect daytime temps to remain in the low 90s but with smoke and shorter days it just doesn’t feel that hot.  There is a chance of t-storms and or showers on middle of the week.  Mornings are refreshingly cool and shadows are sliding across the river earlier in the evenings.

In other news, the BOSTON RED SOX are holding on to first place in the American League East and just keep winning in the late innings.  Young blood and rookies are have made a huge and exciting impact on the team lately and even though there’s lots of baseball left the Sox are playing well.

LOC guest Sue U. with a dandy Kootenai rainbow trout.

 

 


Cool Days-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 8-21-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have guides available and we’re the local source for all things surrounding the Kootenai River.  Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: the Present discharge from Libby Dam is 9000cfs

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 5,900 cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 59 degrees

Water Clarity: summer time clear

Best Time of day:  Conditions are good throughout the entire day

Hatches:  hoppers, caddis, pmd mayflies, crane flies, midge

Patterns: pmd adults, pmd spinners, elk hair caddis, caddis emerger, ascending caddis, supa pupa, royal wulff, parachute Adams, purple haze, yellow haze, chubby, bubble back nymph, quasi moto nymph, rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator, chubbies, hoppers, ants

Hallelujah!  Finally daytime temperatures are more normal and the oppressive heat is gone.  We’re even getting high cirrus cloud cover some days and conditions here on the Kootenai could not be better at the moment.It’s not smoky up here but we are getting a bit of haze from fires to north and south of us.  Presently we don’t have any local forest fires and we’re clicking along day to day here at Linehan Outfitting Company.  The haze has created faux cloud cover making for much better fishing conditions and breaking up bright sunshine.

Dry fly action has been pretty steady the last few days.  Pmd spinner falls are still sputtering along in various places up and down the river around 10:00 am.  If you happen to be in the right place at the right time, get out the 6x and give them a good drift.  Some days they’re happy to eat a purple haze.  Other days they’re snooty and you better have a down wing, low riding pattern.  The good news is that they’re on top, you can see them, and target rich environments should continue for a few more mornings.  If you get lucky and happen to be in riffle, the success will be better.  In glassy, mirrored water like up near the Libby Dam, you better have your best game on because with high sunshine the fish will be a bit more spooky.

Caddis activity is definitely starting to slow down.  They are still around and still bouncing in certain riffles and runs up and down the river but for the most part the caddis action has been late in the evening, right before last light, and mostly about a happy hour scenario.  Goddards, x-caddis, and Bloom’s caddis are all good patterns that will still move fish.

Hoppers and droppers and terrestrial patterns are totally in play now.  Over the last week big bugs have been the ticket.  Foam will work, but in glassy, slick water keep in mind natural materials are often better here on the Kootenai River.  Think Schroeder’s parachute hopper, bugmeisters, even stimulators and fish them with at least a 10 foot leader.  5x will help.  But often times big bugs will spin 5x tippets so you’ll have to play that as it comes.  Some days it seems bread and butter Kootenai River rainbows are looking up all day and eager for a big meal.  Other days not so much.  And interestingly enough, droppers aren’t really moving that many fish.  Most of the LOC guides are running two dry flies for that matter and small hoppers or chubbies with a caddis pattern or emerger are moving fish.

There are gobs of 10″ rainbows in the system this year which has made for great dry fly action regardless.  If it’s calm, 4 weights have been best tool for the job on most days this season for dry fly fishing.  If you’re looking to move consistently bigger fish in the 12″-14″ range or maybe better, stick with a big bug, roll longer, and cover water.

Nymphing has been solid throughout the day.  We’ve found ourselves fishing dry flies in the morning and then scratching away during the afternoon with nymphs.  Don’t expect trout the be in riffles during heat of afternoon under sunshine and hot temperatures.  Look for fish in deep, blue water and in depths of 5-10 feet.  Two BB split shot will help and be aggressive on moving indicator up and down depending on depth.  Trout are moving a great deal this time of year and under these conditions.  Specifically they’ll head for faster water to feed and then fall way back into blue water to the pools and tailouts to hold.  Get bugs down, fish every inch of the river, enjoy catching whitefish, and you will find some thicker rainbows too.

Bright, sunny days aren’t necessarily the best streamer weather but if you’re inclined, think 250 grain sinking heads and big, really big white streamers.  We have had some success early and late which is best bet for pulling junk anyway.

Expect daytime temps to remain in the low 80s and there is a chance of t-storms and or showers on middle of the week.  Bring it on!  possible thunder storms as well.  Mornings are refreshingly cool and shadows are sliding across the river earlier in the evenings.

In other news, the BOSTON RED SOX are holding on to first place in the American League East and just keep winning in the late innings.  Young blood and rookies are have made a huge and exciting impact on the team lately and even though there’s lots of baseball left the Sox are playing well.

Pano shot of Kootenai River under clear skies.

 


Hoppers-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 8-11-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have guides available and we’re the local source for all things surrounding the Kootenai River.  Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: the Present discharge from Libby Dam is 9000cfs

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 7,400 cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 64 degrees

Water Clarity: summer time clear

Best Time of day:  Conditions are good throughout the entire day

Hatches: caddis, pmd mayflies, crane flies, midge

Patterns: pmd adults, pmd spinners, elk hair caddis, caddis emerger, ascending caddis, supa pupa, royal wulff, parachute Adams, purple haze, yellow haze, chubby, bubble back nymph, quasi moto nymph, rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator, chubbies, hoppers, ants

At the moment we’re getting a bit of smoke, more like haze, from fires to north and south of us.  But presently we don’t have any local forest fires and we’re clicking along day to day here at Linehan Outfitting Company.  Actually the haze has created faux cloud cover making for much better fishing conditions and breaking up bright sunshine.

Dry fly action has been pretty steady the last few days.  Pmd spinner falls are still sputtering along in various places up and down the river around 10:00 am.  If you happen to be in the right place at the right time, get out the 6x and give them a good drift.  Some days they’re happy to eat a purple haze.  Other days they’re snooty and you better have a down wing, low riding pattern.  The good news is that they’re on top, you can see them, and target rich environments should continue for a few more mornings.  If you get lucky and happen to be in riffle, the success will be better.  In glassy, mirrored water like up near the Libby Dam, you better have your best game on because with high sunshine the fish will be a bit more spooky.

Caddis activity has been pretty good lately as well.  During the day there are times and water types where you might find adults emerging and popping and you many even have some nice trout crashing around during high sunshine and during the heat of the day.  For the most part the caddis action has been late in the evening, right before last light, and mostly about a happy hour scenario.  Goddards, x-caddis, and Bloom’s caddis are all good patterns that will move fish.

Hoppers and droppers are also very much in play now.  Big bug action has not necessarily been red hot every day.  Some days it seems bread and butter Kootenai River rainbows are looking up all day and eager for a big meal.  Other days not so much.  And interestingly enough, droppers aren’t really moving that many fish.  Most of the LOC guides are running two dry flies for that matter and small hoppers or chubbies with a caddis pattern or emerger are moving fish.

There are gobs of 10″ rainbows in the system this year which has made for great dry fly action regardless.  If it’s calm, 4 weights have been best tool for the job on most days this season for dry fly fishing.  If you’re looking to move consistently bigger fish in the 12″-14″ range or maybe better, stick with a big bug, roll longer, and cover water.

Nymphing has been solid throughout the day.  We’ve found ourselves fishing dry flies in the morning and then scratching away during the afternoon with nymphs.  Don’t expect trout the be in riffles during heat of afternoon under sunshine and hot temperatures.  Look for fish in deep, blue water and in depths of 5-10 feet.  Two BB split shot will help and be aggressive on moving indicator up and down depending on depth.  Trout are moving a great deal this time of year and under these conditions.  Specifically they’ll head for faster water to feed and then fall way back into blue water to the pools and tailouts to hold.  Get bugs down, fish every inch of the river, enjoy catching whitefish, and you will find some thicker rainbows too.

Bright, sunny days aren’t necessarily the best streamer weather but if you’re inclined, think 250 grain sinking heads and big, really big white streamers.  We have had some success early and late which is best bet for pulling junk anyway.

Expect weekend daytime temps to hover around 93 degrees with possible thunder storms as well.  By Monday a much welcome cooler air flow will enter the area and daytime temps will finally normalize and be in the 80s through the remainder of the week.  Let’s hope they stay that way for the rest of the month.

In other news, the BOSTON RED SOX are in first place again and keeping the American League East race very exciting.  I have a feeling we’ll be watching the Red Sox here in Kootenai River country late into October.  But we’ll see.  LET’S GO RED SOX!

Orvis Greenville fishing manager Mark White snipes a Kootenai River rainbow.

 

 


Cold Water-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 8-2-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have guides available and we’re the local source for all things surrounding the Kootenai River.  Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: the Present discharge from Libby Dam is 9000cfs

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 9,600cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 60 degrees

Water Clarity: summer time clear

Best Time of day:  Dry fly action is best early and late.  Nymphing is solid all day.

Hatches: caddis, pmd mayflies, crane flies, midge

Patterns: pmd adults, pmd spinners, elk hair caddis, caddis emerger, ascending caddis, supa pupa, royal wulff, parachute Adams, purple haze, yellow haze, chubby, bubble back nymph, quasi moto nymph, rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator, chubbies, hoppers, ants

It’s hot out there each day but we have plenty of cold water here on the Kootenai River and for the most part the Kootenai River is in good shape.  At the moment we’re getting a bit of smoke, more like haze, from fires to north and south of us.  But presently we don’t have any local forest fires and we’re clicking along day to day here at Linehan Outfitting Company.

Dry fly action has been pretty good for at least a few hours each day.  Pmd spinner falls are happening in various places up and down the river around 10:00 am.  If you happen to be in the right place at the right time, get out the 6x and give them a good drift.  Some days they’re happy to eat a purple haze.  Other days they’re snooty and you better have a down wing, low riding pattern.  The good news is that they’re on top, you can see them, and target rich environments should continue for a few more mornings.  If you get lucky and happen to be in riffle, the success will be better.  In glassy, mirrored water like up near the Libby Dam, you better have your best game on because with high sunshine the fish will be a bit more spooky.

Caddis activity has been pretty good lately as well.  During the day there are times and water types where you might find adults emerging and popping and you many even have some nice trout crashing around during high sunshine and during the heat of the day.  For the most part the caddis action has been late in the evening, right before last light, and mostly about a happy hour scenario.  Goddards, x-caddis, and Bloom’s caddis are all good patterns that will move fish.

Hoppers and droppers are also very much in play now.  Big bug action has not necessarily been red hot every day.  Some days it seems bread and butter Kootenai River rainbows are looking up all day and eager for a big meal.  Other days not so much.  And interestingly enough, droppers aren’t really moving that many fish.  Most of the LOC guides are running two dry flies for that matter and small hoppers or chubbies with a caddis pattern or emerger are moving fish.

Nymphing has been solid throughout the day.  We’ve found ourselves fishing dry flies in the morning and then scratching away during the afternoon with nymphs.  Don’t expect trout the be in riffles during heat of afternoon under sunshine and hot temperatures.  Look for fish in deep, blue water and in depths of 5-10 feet.  Two BB split shot will help and be aggressive on moving indicator up and down depending on depth.  Trout are moving a great deal this time of year and under these conditions.  Specifically they’ll head for faster water to feed and then fall way back into blue water to the pools and tailouts to hold.  Get bugs down, fish every inch of the river, enjoy catching whitefish, and you will find some thicker rainbows too.

95 and sunny isn’t necessarily the best streamer weather but if you’re inclined, think 250 grain sinking heads and big, really big white streamers.  We have had some success early and late which is best bet for pulling junk anyway.

In other news, the BOSTON RED SOX are in first place again and keeping the American League East race very exciting.  I have a feeling we’ll be watching the Red Sox here in Kootenai River country late into October.  But we’ll see.  LET’S GO RED SOX!

Orvis Pittsburg’s Sam Presutti with a bread and butta Kootenai River rainbow

 


Cutthroat Trout-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 7-19-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have guides available and we’re the local source for all things surrounding the Kootenai River.  Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: the Present discharge from Libby Dam is 9000cfs

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 13,400 cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 59 degrees

Best Time of day: mornings and evenings

Hatches: caddis, pmd mayflies, crane flies, midge

Patterns: elk hair caddis, caddis emerger, ascending caddis, supa pupa, royal wulff, parachute Adams, purple haze, yellow haze, chubby, bubble back nymph, quasi moto nymph, rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator

We’re hitting our stride here on the Kootenai River and water conditions could not be better.  Kootenai River flows are currently at 9000 cfs and the Kootenai River is in great  shape.  Water clarity is good and there’s still a hint of glacial milk color to the River which we actually like.  Soon enough the Kootenai River will become gin clear so it’s nice for now to enjoy early season water conditions.

Caddis have become very active the last few days largely due to warm, sunny days.  Pmds are popping as well later in the afternoon as well and dry fly action is solid especially early and late.  During hatches dry fly action has been good.  Light pmd spinner falls are happening in various riffles up and down the river in the morning between 9:00-10:00 am.  And adults are sporadically coming off during late afternoons as well.  If you see fish rising, think pmd or caddis for the most part.

Nymphing has been steady throughout the day and trout are starting to settle into summer runs.  The Kootenai River is still coming into shape so some runs are full of fish and others are the Miller Lite runs.  They taste great but are less filling.  That’s to say you think and know they should be full of fish but actually aren’t, yet.  Fear not.  In the coming days boulder gardens, riffles, and runs will fill in with hungry trout.  The times they are a changin.
All stretches of the Kootenai River are in good shape.

Streamer action has been a bit slow but that’s to be expected under such sunny skies.  However, if you stay with it, you may just be rewarded.  We’ve had some anglers giving it a shot from time to time and have indeed found some bigger fish.  Get out the 250 grain, get the fly down, and white has been the color for the most part.

It’s all coming together nicely here and conditions and fishing are heating up daily.  Literally.  Expect high sunshine and daytime temperatures in the high 80s and 90s for the next seven to ten days.

And speaking of hot, the Boston Red Sox are currently on fire and leading the American League East in first place!  Young guns are smoking and pitching has been super solid.

Give us a call if you need any Kootenai River information or if you want to get on the water with us anytime.  800-596-0034.  www.fishmontana.com

LOC guest David W. with a great native westslope cutthroat.

Dry Fly Fishing-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 7-4-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have guides available and we’re the local source for all things surrounding the Kootenai River.  Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: the Present discharge from Libby Dam is 11,000cfs.

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 27,000 cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 52 degrees

Best Time of day: afternoon

Hatches: caddis, pmd mayflies, crane flies, midge

Patterns: elk hair caddis, caddis emerger, ascending caddis, supa pupa, royal wulff, parachute Adams, purple haze, yellow haze, chubby, bubble back nymph, quasi moto nymph, rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator

Happy 4th of July.  We’re hitting our stride here on the Kootenai River and water conditions could not be better.  Kootenai River flows are currently at 11,000 cfs and the River is in great  shape.  Water clarity is good and there’s still a hint of glacial milk color to the River which we actually like.  Soon enough the Kootenai River will become fin clear so it’s nice for now to enjoy early season water conditions.

Action has been getting better by the day but it’s still early and water temperatures are chilly but warming by the day.  If you’re wet wading expect an ice cream headache for the first few minutes as you acclimate to early season conditions.

Caddis have become very active the last few days largely due to warm, sunny days.  Pmds are popping as well later in the afternoon as well and dry fly action is picking up.  Top water action is not on fire yet but getting better by the day.  We really need water temperatures to enter the high 50s and low 60s in order to get trout metabolisms in gear.  They’re eating, but just not focused on seriously looking up yet.  When will they decide to eat on top?  Any day.  Stay tuned and stay dry.

Nymphing has been steady throughout the day and trout are starting to settle into summer runs.  The Kootenai River is still coming into shape so some runs are full of fish and others are the Miller Lite runs.  They taste great but are less filling.  That’s to say you think and know they should be full of fish but actually aren’t, yet.  Fear not.  In the coming days boulder gardens, riffles, and runs will fill in with hungry trout.  The times they are a changin.

All stretches of the Kootenai River are in good shape.  Keep in mind the farther you go downstream, the warmer the water temperatures will be which may mean more active fish.

It’s all coming together nicely here and conditions and fishing are heating up daily.  Literally.  Expect high sunshine and daytime temperatures in the high 90s fo the next seven to ten days.  Yup.  Going to be hot.  And that’s not necessarily bad since we’re looking for help to raise water temperatures.

And speaking of hot, the Boston Red Sox are currently on fire and leading the American League East in first place!  Young guns are smoking and pitching has been super solid.  Heading into the All Star break this is as good as it gets for Sox Nation.

Give us a call if you need any Kootenai River information or if you want to get on the water with us anytime.  800-596-0034.  www.fishmontana.com

Awesome shot by LOC guide Sam S. releasing a Kootenai River rainbow.

 

 

 

 

 


Caddis Flies-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 6-15-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have fly fishing guides available so give a call anytime if you have any questions surrounding The Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: Libby Dam outflows will be decreased from 20 kcfs to 17 kcfs at 2300 MDT Thursday, June 15.  Flows will be further decreased to 15 kcfs at 2300 MDT Sunday, June 18. This operation continues the descending limb of the Sturgeon Pulse.

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 42,000cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 50 degrees

Best Time of day: afternoon

Hatches: caddis

Patterns: elk hair caddis, caddis emerger, ascending caddis, supa pupa, royal wulff, parachute Adams, purple haze, yellow haze, chubby, bubble back nymph, quasi moto nymph, rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator

The Kootenai River is shaping up nicely and will be in great condition and fishing well in just a few short days.  Flows are headed south and by Sunday will be 15,00o cfs which is perfect.  Water temperature is  now 50 degrees and that means caddis will start to pop with more frequency as well.  It’s still a bit early for pmds but it’s time to officially say, LET THE DRY FLY FISHING BEGIN!

With lower flows and warming water temps fish and bugs will both be more inclined to become active during all times of the day.  For the immediate future, look for fish next to islands and in softer currents until the weekend and until flows come down again.  If you see bugs hatching in a riffle, you may indeed find rising fish.  But for the most part trout are in transition right now.  Flows are still slightly high so fish will not necessarily be in riffles to any degree just yet.

Dry fly fishing is picking up and if you stick with it, and roll down soft banks and tight to grassy island edges, you will likely pull a few fish.  Think attractor patter with caddis dropper or pheasant tail about three feet below.

Nymphing is currently good.  Again, look for fish in softer current and especially at drop-offs around islands and in channels.  Structure will hold fish as well so keep in mind boulder gardens submerged woody debris as good target areas.

This time of year the streamer bite can be great.  Get out the big sticks like 7 weights and be sure to roll with a at least a depth charge sinking tip line.  Get down deep and let patterns swing.  Big fish have just come off a long winter/spring and are hungry.  Think 4-6 feet of walking speed current or way down deep at the bottom of tailouts in pools and longer runs.

Expect cool, cloudy days and nights with chance of showers or rain through Saturday and daytime temps in the low 50s.  By Sunday partly sunny days and warmer temps will prevail and with flows being reduced next week the Kootenai River will be in great shape.  Give us a call if you want to get on the water.  800-596-0034.

Kootenai rainbow trout

 


Dry fly fishing-Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 6-6-2017

This Missouri River Montana Fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting (www.fishmontana.com) and provides current Missouri River fishing conditions. This report will be updated frequently or as conditions change. The LOC crew spends May and June on the Missouri River and we currently have availability. Give a call and let’s go fishing.

Flows from Holter Dam: current discharge from Holter Dam are fluctuating between 830o-8900 cfs

Water Temperature: 58 degrees

Best time of day: River is fishing pretty well throughout the entire day

Hatches: Pmds and caddis

Patterns: zebra midge, tailwater sow, hot bead sow, Ray Charles sow, gold lightening bug, San Juan worm, steel worm, bubble back pmd, pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, Bloom’s caddis, crystal caddis, ascending caddis, zoo cougar, circus peanut, split case pmd, yellow haze, pmd hackle stacker, parachute pmd, pmd emerger

We’ve all been waiting for dry fly fishing and finally it seems the fish are starting to look up here on the Missouri River.  Water temps are starting to consistently hang around the high 50s and pmds and caddis are finally starting to pop in earnest.  Dry fly fishing is improving by the day and fish seem increasingly eager to feed on top.  Look for hatches of pmds in tailouts and faster currents but keep in mind fish are usually set up to eat a bit down stream in slightly softer water to take advantage of an easy meal and cripples.  At the moment fish are not necessarily snooty and will eat several versions of pmd and caddis patterns.  But it’s still all about the drift.  At this point their not pattern shy but be sure to show them nothing but fly.  Drag on the fly or a poor presentation will only get you the middle fin.

Nymphing is still solid up and down the river.  You can run short, about 5 feet to a couple bead heads and stick with banks and faster current in 3-5 feet of water or you can run deep with a couple BB split shot in 6-8 feet of water as well.  Just kind of depends on your preference.  Fish are definitely spreading out and can be found in all water types and seem to be moving each day as well.  Keep in mind what works one day may not actually be the ticket the next.  This is a transition period and trout are seeking more traditional summer runs and faster current.

It looks like we have a couple more nice days in the forecast and then expect much cooler temps and unfortunately wind.  A cool front is entering the area on Saturday and daytime temps will hover around the middle 50s.  We’ve been enjoying daytime temps in the 70s and very little wind.  It’s actually going to be hot for the next couple days and then we’ll see a big change later in the week.  What does this mean for dry fly fishing?    Stay tuned or we’ll see you on the water.

LOC guest Tom U. with a dry fly eating Missouri River brown dog.

Sturgeon Flows-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 5-28-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have fly fishing guides available so give a call anytime if you have any questions surrounding The Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: 26,900cfs

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 42,000cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 49 degrees

Best Time of day: afternoon

Hatches: midge, baetis, March brown mayfly

Patterns: rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator

The Kootenai River is actually in pretty good shape at the moment.   The second pulse of Sturgeon flows have started but for now the river is perfectly fish-able at 18,000cfs.  That’s still a bit on the high side and so wading is not really much of a option.  Float fishing is the way to go right now and will be for a while until runoff has abated a bit.

Water temps have risen nicely what with some sunshine and 49 degrees is good enough to stimulate some activity in the way of feeding fish.  With sunshine and warmer days tributaries will kick color into the main stem but water conditions should remain pretty good from here on.

Nymphing is the way to go if you’re interested in best bet.  Fish are likely still busy spawning so numbers may seem scarce for now.  But rig up with 2 BB split shot and ser your indicator about 6-7 feet from first fly.  Look for fish in softer runs and tail outs for now as they’re likely not in fast water and are still in late winter/spring habitat.

streamers are also a good bet and on cloudy days the note has been decent.  Roll with at least a sink tip since it’s important to cut through the top layer of current and get down in the zone.  Look for fish in cover and boulder gardens.

Expect a nice week of weather with partly sunny skies and fair days.  Water temps will continue to rise and caddis should start popping a bit in the near future which may provide some dry fly opportunities.

Spring Kootenai River Westslope Cutthroat

 

 


Rain-Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 5-19-2017

Missouri River rainbow trout

This Missouri River Montana Fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting (www.fishmontana.com) and provides current Missouri River fishing conditions. This report will be updated frequently or as conditions change. The LOC crew spends May and June on the Missouri River and we currently have availability. Give a call and let’s go fishing.

Flows from Holter Dam: 10,500 cfs

Water Temperature: 52 degrees

Best time of day: River is fishing pretty well throughout the entire day

Hatches: midge, baetis, caddis

Patterns: zebra midge, tailwater sow, hot bead sow, Ray Charles sow, gold lightening bug, San Juan worm, steel worm, green machine, pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, Bloom’s caddis, crystal caddis, ascending caddis, zoo cougar, circus peanut

It’s been an interesting couple of days here on the Missori River. Flows from Holter Dam have increased approximately 2000 cfs in the last four days.  Normally we’d expect the fishing to slow down under this situation but for the most part the song remains the the same.

Two days ago a winter storm brought over 2 inches of rain to the area.  Tributaries blew up and Prickly Pear Creek and the Dearborn River both tripled in size  and are presently still pouring color into the the river.

For now, the only fish able water is from Holter Dam to the Dearborn River.  The upper River is off color at the moment but has been improving quickly.  Below the Dearborn River and in the canyonwater conditions are marginal.  The Dearborn is dropping quickly but it will be a couple more days before the lower river/canyon is fish able.

Today we had several boats running deep nymphing rigs with wire worms and sow bugs. Reports were good with rigs set 7 feet from the first fly with one B split shot. Most fish were caught in 6-8 feet of water and most were still on the sow bug.

Streamer action has been pretty good and one boat had substantial streamer action over the last couple days. Cloud cover always helps when you’re throwing junk and several big were netted with big smiles and high fives. If you’re throwing streamers you have to put in the time.

Dry fly action is pretty much non-existent at the moment. Blue winged olives are hatching each day but with higher flows rising fish are pretty scarce. If you poke around in the channels and really look hard you might get lucky and see a nose or two. But don’t expect much in the way of surface activity.

Today was a great weather day.  It was 65, partly sunny, and there was no wind.  The good news.  Expect more of the same for the next week.  And keep in mind water clarity is improving daily as well.  By early next week the entire River will be in good shape again.

Stay tuned for more reports and give a call if you’re headed this way to join us or want to arrange a trip.