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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:

The following outflow changes are scheduled for Saturday, December 23:

-Outflows will decrease from 20.0 kcfs to 16.0 kcfs over two hourly changes beginning at 2200 MST.

Outflows will remain steady at 16.0 kcfs Sunday-Tuesday, December 24-26.

The following outflow changes are scheduled for Wednesday, December 27:

-Outflows will decrease from 16.0 kcfs to 15.0 kcfs at 2300 MST.

The following outflow changes are scheduled for Thursday, December 28:

-Outflows will decrease from 15.0 kcfs to 10.0 kcfs over five hourly changes beginning at 1900 MST.

Outflows will remain steady at 10.0 kcfs Friday, December 29.

The following outflow changes are scheduled for Saturday, December 30:

-Outflows will decrease from 10.0 kcfs to 6.5 kcfs over six hourly changes beginning at 0000 MST.

The following outflow changes are scheduled for Sunday, December 31:

-Outflows will decrease from 6.5 kcfs to 5.0 kcfs over three hourly changes beginning at 0000 MST.

The following outflow changes are scheduled for Monday, January 1:

-Outflows will decrease from 5.0 kcfs to 4.0 kcfs over two hourly changes beginning at 0000 MST.

In-flows from Lake Koocanusa:  approximately  2200 cfs

Water temperature at Libby Dam: 47 degrees

Hatches: midge, baetis,

patterns:  zebra midge, parachute Adams, big junk like dungeons, circus peanuts in white, red and black.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

Well, it's early winter now here on the Kootenai River. It's actually been kind of mild for the entire month and at the moment we could use some snow.

This time of year you can expect fluctuations in flows from Libby Dam.  Best to give the Libby Dam recording a call for details.  406-293-3421.  User friendly flows are under 15,000 cfs. Not much in the way of dry fly action here in the winter but nymphing and streamer rods are rigged and ready for action.  Big fish are on the prowl and looking for a big meal.  Depth Charge sinking tips are perfectly good and stick with soft runs three to ten feet deep.  The streamer bite has been a day by day thing.  Cloud cover will help.  Don't expect numbers and if you get a couple or a few you've done well.

Keep in mind this time of year trout will be holding in softer water, off current areas, deep pools and runs, and especially around cover.  Fish nymphs and streamers slowly.  Get them down and keep them near the bottom.  Trout will not move as far or as aggressively to feed during the winter and when water temperatures are cold.

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