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 are 4000 cfs and will like remain steady through end of month.

water temperature at Libby Dam: 50 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 Kootenai River is generally still in great shape and will continue to fish well through late fall.  That said, there is a change happening as I write.  It's now late fall and daytime temps are cooler and so is the water.  What does that mean.  It means there's no rush to get on the water much before 10:00 am.  And for that matter, best fishing is now between the hours of noon and 6:00 pm.

With lower flows nymphing and streamer fishing action can pick up nicely.  Lower flows allow us to penetrate deeper up and down the river and bigger fish are often ready to start bulking up this time of year and are now more readily accessible in a manner of speaking.

Dry/dropper action will always carry the day during October.  Think small purple chubby with a bead head pheasant tail or some version of a perdigon or baetis emerger will work to this end.  Look for good hatches of baetis each afternoon and rising fish in pools and slower runs.  It's late in the season, the water is gin clear and flows are low.  That means long, drag free drifts with 5x or even 6x.  Dry fly action has been steady and there are some nice thick fish to be had for those of you willing to fish this time of year.

Look for fish in cover and deeper runs with walking speed currents this time of year.  Boulder gardens will often hold larger rainbows especially in the upper river.  All sections of the Kootenai River are currently in great shape and we're looking forward to more terrific fishing during October.

The Boston Red Sox had a heck of run and there's nothing like October baseball.  Unfortunately we lost the Pennant to the Astros who got fired up in the end.  Can't wait until spring training!

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