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: 23,800 cfs

In-Flow To Lake Koocanusa:  28,900 cfs

Water temperature at Libby Dam: 44 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 about as big as it can get right now.  Libby Dam is running at almost full powerhouse capacity and runoff has officially started.  The river will be big through at least the middle of June.

Clarity is good and in a manner of speaking the river is fishable all things considered.  It's exclusively a float fishery under these conditions.  We would not advice wading under such heavy flows.

Dry fly fishing is really not in play right now.

Nymphing can be good during high water since fish will concentrate in soft areas,  back eddies, and long banks.  Look for fish in walking speed currents and not in riffles or heavy water.  Cover will also be important under these conditions.  Set indicators about six or seven feet from the first fly and make sure you get down.  We like at least a BB split shot depending on where you're fishing.

Streamer fishing is also productive this time of year especially since bigger fish will be hungry after laying low for a couple months during the dead of winter.  Keep in mind they will not necessarily want to move too fast or too far to get a meal.  Get your streamers down and fish them slowly and erratically.  Nothing like a wounded minnow to get a big rainbow interested in at least a sniff.  Stick with banks and boulder gardens and places where bigger fish can ambush prey.

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