Linehan Outfitting boat and a nice rainbow trout

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

Hatches: midge, baetis,

patterns:  zebra midge, parachute Adams, big junk like dungeons, circus peanuts in white, red and black, bh soft hackle pheasant tail, Pat's rubber legged stonefly, bh purple duracell perdigon, Uke's brown bug perdigon

We're presently enjoying partly sunny skis and daytime temps in the 50s but that's about to end.  By mid-week we're headed back into rain/snow mix and daytime temps in the 30s-40s.  It's all good.  We want the moisture and hopefully precipitation will be all snow in the high country.

The Kootenai River is in great shape.  Low flows offer great drift fishing and walk/wade access as well.  It's clear and very fishable.  We've had some boats on the water and anglers are finding a few fish.  Water temps are still chilly so it's not about numbers but it's always fun.

Most boat ramps are pretty clean and free of snow at this point.  Be careful and check before you back down since depending on time of day there is a chance for ice buildup which could make the situation sketchy.  Best to have a two rope in order to avoid backing down under tricky conditions.

Yesterday we did see a few fish on top popping midge.  Dry fly action is still very random at the moment.  Regardless, good to see a few fish on top.

Get those nymphing and streamer rods rigged and ready for action for the next couple weeks and until water temps start to warm up just a bit.  At the moment dry fly action is pretty minimal but it will not be long before olives, midge and March browns start to pop and fish become more active.  When will that happen?  Honestly, insect activity is still a few weeks out and we generally see hatches starting around the middle of March. 

Right now, big fish are on the prowl and looking for a big meal.  With low flows the entire water column is penetrable.  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.

The Boston Red Sox are putting some wins in the column from spring training.  It's always fun to see young guys from the Worcester, MA Triple A and Portland, ME Double A minor league teams getting some big league at bats.  At this point the Sox roster is starting to shape up with infield returns Devers, Story, and Casas.  Look out for Casas!  If he can build and pickup where he left off last year he'll be a real factor both offensively and defensively.  Opening day about a week away.  Go Sox!

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