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
It's wicked cold right now here in Kootenai River country. This morning the thermometer read -14 degrees. Needless to say you're likely better off sitting in front of the vice tying flies this week rather than fishing.
But, let's say you want to fish the Kootenai at the moment. What should you consider?
It's mid-winter and insect activity is minimal. Keep in mind trout metabolisms slow down considerably this time of year. They are looking for an easy meal that slides by their face. And concentrate on pools, areas of cover, and off currents since trout will seek slower waters in order to save energy.
Nymphing has been bringing a few fish to hand on the Kootenai River lately. It's important to get your flies down, fish them slowly, and expect super soft takes. If you're indicator speed changes be sure to strike. Hits will not be aggressive.
Streamer action in long runs and toward the pool tailouts have been productive. It's not about numbers this time of year but if you get the fly down, and keep it there, you may find success. Dead drifting streamers is smart. No need to jerk and strip and fish streamers aggressively right now. It's more important to keep flies in front of fish, offer a broad profile, and let them inhale them instead of having to chase them.
Expect daytime temperatures in the single digits for the forseeable future. A massive cold front is hanging over much of the northern US. Be careful if you're out there on the water! A slip under these conditions could spell serious trouble.
Give a call anytime here at Linehan Outfitting world headquarters in lovely Yaak, Montana if you need more information on the Kootenai River or anything fly fishing related. 406-295-4872.