This Kootenai River Montana fishing report is being brought to you by Linehan Outfitting. We'll do our best to provide current conditions, weather, hatches, patterns, and flows to our local waters and even during specific times of the season others waters around the state.
flows from Libby Dam: Current discharge from Libby Dam is 4000cfs. During the winter months it's possible to experience fluctuations in flows. Call Libby Dam 406-293-3421 for daily discharge schedule.
In-flows to Lake Koocanusa: 3300cfs
water temperature: 41 degrees
patterns: zebra midge, bh prince, SJ worm, bh pheasant tail, rubber legged stonefly, big streamers in white, pink and olive, circus peanut, black conehead buggers
Kootenai River fishing conditions will be good for the forseeable future. Low flows will allow wading and access will be good on all stretches of the river.
Nymphing has been pretty good. Big rubber legs with small soft worm patterns are moving fish especially around cover. The China Rapids stretch always offers good wading and access this time of year. And the boulder gardens and chutes will always be holding trout. Put your indicator 4-5 from the first fly and concentrate on the softer side of the current, low in the runs, and deeper part of the pool.
Low flows also make for outstanding streamer conditions. That's not to say you're going to slay a bunch of trout. But it does mean that a vast majority of the water column is penetrable. And getting the fly down under these conditions is much easier and much more effective.
If you're fishing from a boat, consider dropping the hook at the top or halfway down a pool. That could mean anchoring in 5-6 feet of water. Be careful. Make sure you're still anchoring in the softer side of the current. This way you can launch a shooting head with a streamer across the current and really cover the best and deepest part of the run. Let the fly swing. Fish it slowly and let it dead drift. Most importantly, get it down and keep it in the zone for as long as possible.
Expect chilly daytime temps in the high 20s-low 30s. It's warming up a bit and looks like the bitter cold snap has passed. This week may even offer some brighter skies and partly sunny afternoons which will be the best time on the water.
Call us anytime here at Linehan Outfitting world headquarters in lovely Yaak, Montana if you need more information. 406-295-4872