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Flows from Libby Dam: Flows from Libby Dam will be decreasing from 8,000cfs to 4000cfs through Oct. 1. Flows will remain at 4000cfs through October.
water temperature at Libby Dam: 56 degrees
hatches: midge, caddis, pmds, nocturnal stoneflies,
patterns: zebra midge, parachute Adams, yellow haze, parachute pmd, Rosenbauer's rabbit foot emerger, KPPT, water walker, purple haze, purple chubby, red chubby, bugmeister, x-caddis, caddis pupa, Bloom's caddis, tan sparkle dun, purple chubby, 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 the fall. That said, there is a change happening as I write. Flows from LIbby Dam will be decreasing from 8000cfs to 4000cfs by Oct. 1 as we end the summer discharge schedule. What does this mean? For the most part fishing might be spotty for the next several days until the river settles at 4000cfs on Friday. During decreases in discharge like this trout are a bit put off since they have to adjust to different currents and habitat and move up or down the river as they seek new lies. Hatches will likely be spotty for few days as well for the same reasons.
I'm guessing by Sunday Oct. 2 trout will have acclimated to their new surroundings and blue winged olive hatches will start to pop again as well.
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 to this end.
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 are hanging in there in a bid for the wild card slot in the AL East. At the moment we're one game behind the Evil Empire (Yankees) but there are five or six games left during the regular MLB season so we can still get it done without having to play the single game wild card playoff. Fingers crossed. It's crunch time and there's nothing like playoff baseball. There's nothing finer in my world than a great day on the water or in the woods chasing grouse then coming home to a Boston Red Sox game at night. Wish me luck!
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