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.
Sorry for the extended delay in an updated report. The crew and I were on the Missouri River in Craig for most of May and two weeks of June and communication was limited. We're home now, the Kootenai is in excellent shape and fishing very well at the moment.
Flows from Libby Dam: Current discharge from Libby Dam is 9,000cfs.
water temperature at Libby Dam: 48 degrees
hatches: midge, early caddis, stoneflies, pmds, green drakes
patterns: zebra midge, parachute Adams, yellow haze, parachute pmd, Rosenbauer's rabbit foot emerger, KPPT, purple haze, bugmeister, olive sparkle dun, purple chubby, bh prince, soft SJ worm, bh pheasant tail, bh rubber legged stonefly, big streamers in white, pink and olive, circus peanut, black conehead buggers
Right now the Kootenai River is in great shape and flows are 9000cfs. We're expecting another drop to around 7000cfs for steady summer flows sometime during the first week of July. What does that mean? It means the Kootenai River will be in stellar shape for the entire season.
It's game on here. PMD mayflies have started to pop, green drakes are being seen here and there, and caddis hatches are just now getting started as well. Water temperatures are still a bit chilly on the upper Kootenai River above Kootenai Falls. Hatches are still on the lighter side but it only takes a few bugs to get fish looking up here on the Kootenai River.
Dry fly action is pretty darn good considering it's only the end of June. Dry/dropper rigs will carry the day with no problems. Nymping is very strong and if you want consistent action roll with one BB and four-five feet to an indicator. Stick with faster water and cover and fish are even moving into riffles once a few bugs start showing up.
We're headed for a hot spell. Expect super hot days with temperatures in the high 90s and even triple digits! Get on the water early and enjoy good action until the day really heats up around 3:00 pm.
All access points and boat ramps are clear. Don't forget from Libby Dam downstream to the mouth of the Fisher River is closed this time of year for spawning. Wading conditions are great under low flows especially below between the Kootenai Falls and Bighorn Terrace boat ramp. Nymphing in this stretch and through China Rapids section has been very productive lately.
In other news, the Boston Red Sox are off to a great start and currently in first place! Life is good. The pitching staff has started to come together and the names of Rodriquez, Eovaldi, Perez, and Barnes are starting to become known across MLB. Bats have been making contact and putting runners on base as offensive led by Kike Hernandez, Bogarts, Gonzalez, Martinez, Dalbec, Verdugo,Devers and Verdugo has really stepped up run production. Go Sox!