Rainbow Trout being released

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: 4000 cfs

Water temperature at Libby Dam: 42 degrees

Hatches: midge, baetis

patterns:  zebra midge, parachute Adams,  soft SJ worm, bh pheasant tail, bh rubber legged stonefly, big streamers in white, pink and olive, circus peanut, black conehead buggers, perdigons, Uke's Pressure Drop,

Early winter drawdown of Lake Koocanusa has been completed.  That means discharge from Libby Dam will be stable through at least the end of February.  That also means conditions are perfectly good for some winter fishing.  Low flows means the entire river is wade-able, access is great, and float fishing is good too.

There are always a few midge hatching especially up below the Libby Dam.  But don't expect much in the way of dry fly action.  Stick with nymphing and streamers.  And did I mention streamers?  This time of year big fish are on the prowl and looking for a big, easy meal.  Get out the sink tips and start swinging the big stuff.  Keep it low and slow and keep in mind fish don't want to move very far or very fast when the water is cold.

In other news, the Kootenai River basin has seen excellent snowpack so far this winter.  Snow came early and it come big.  We are currently sitting at approximately 90% snowpack (water equivalency) which is pretty good since there's a lot of winter left.  This means we're already expecting good water conditions for the fishing season.

I also wanted to extend an invitation to all you reading this to join us for a spring trip.  Late March/April can offer great fishing here on the Kootenai River and then when runoff begins and the Kootenai River gets too big to fish, the Linehan Outfitting crew heads over the Missouri River for May and early June. 

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