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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