Tim Linehan on Montana's Kootenai River

This Kootenai River Montana fishing report is being brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Linehan Outfitting.  This report will be updated weekly to provide current conditions, weather, hatches, patterns, and flows to our local waters and across the state.

Flows from Libby Dam:  Flows from Libby Dam will continue to fluctuate in the 20,000-27,000 cfs range for the foreseeable future.

water temperature at Libby Dam: 42 degrees

hatches:  midge, baetis

patterns:  zebra midge, parachute Adams, parachute pmd, Rosenbauer's olive rabbit foot emerger, purple haze, purple chubby, red chubby, olive sparkle dun,bh prince, soft SJ worm, bh pheasant tail, bh rubber legged stonefly, big streamers in white, pink and olive, circus peanut, black conehead buggers

The mighty Kootenai River is big and wide and pretty much unfishable right now.  This time of year it's normal for the flows from Libby Dam to be maximized for power production.  Depending on weather, flows may drop during the winter.  Keep in mind flows around 15,000 or lower offers good fishing conditions this time of year.  Anything over 15,000cfs is really just not worth the effort.

Stay tuned for more information especially when flows start to level out and or drop significantly.  When might that be?  Generally speaking we can expect to see lower flows as we approach March.

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