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: 12,000 cfs

In-Flow To Lake Koocanusa:  7000 cfs

Water temperature at Libby Dam: 57 degrees

Hatches: midge, pmds, caddis, green drakes

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, hoppers, ants, elk hair caddis, Bloom's caddis, perdigons, Uke's Pressure Drop

The Kootenai River is in excellent shape and fishing well.  Linehan Outfitting guests are bending rods and smiling and we could not be happier with the water conditions so far this season.

Water temps are now high 50's and in that perfect zone.  It's all about dry fly fishing now, folks.  And that's what we love most.  Pmds and caddis, and a few greed drakes are hatching daily and on some stretches and depending on time of day fish are responding, looking up, and providing many targets.  Fish are now also responding to big bugs like hoppers and other terrestrials like beetles and increasingly ants.

All sections of the Kootenai River are fishing well.

Nymphing is still super solid if you really want to put up some numbers and go that route.  Since fish are now actively feeding most of the day short leashing is best bet.  Two tungsten perdigons three to four feet from a baby bobber and you'll be good in the fast water all day.  And make sure one of the bugs is a caddis of some sort especially riffles.

 fStreamer fishing is also productive this time of year.  95 degrees and sunny is not necessarily associated with good streamer conditions but lately the streamer action has been pretty darn good.  It's certainly day to day but earlier this week I had an all time great day fishing streamers.  It sure surprised me and it sure was fun.

In Boston Red Sox news the bum need to start stepping things up.  Like, really stepping things up.  We've been plagued by injuries.  Starting pitching staff is almost non existent at this point although Pivetta has been holding his own throughout the season.  Bats have been inconsistent but JD Martinez has been anchoring the bats as well as Devers adn Boegarts.  There's a lot of baseball left and we never give up!  Wild Card opportunity still in play.  Go Sox!!!

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