Tim Linehan on Montana's Kootenai River

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: 13,000 cfs

In-Flow To Lake Koocanusa:  32,000 cfs

Water temperature at Libby Dam: 52 degrees

Hatches: midge, pmds, caddis, green drakes

patterns:  zebra midge, parachute Adams, parachute pmd, Rosenbauer's olive rabbit foot emerger, purple haze, purple chubby, red chubby, olive sparkle dun,bh prince, soft SJ worm, bh pheasant tail, bh rubber legged stonefly, big streamers in white, pink and olive, circus peanut, black conehead buggers

The Kootenai River is in excellent shape and fishing well.  The season is here and we're off to roaring start.  Linehan Outfitting guests are bending rods and smiling and we could not be happier with the water conditions so far this season.

Water temps are hitting the middle 50s and dry fly fishing is getting better and more consistent.  Pmds and caddis, and a few greed drakes are hatching daily and on some stretches and depending on time of day fish are responding, looking up, and providing many targets.

Consistent dry fly action during the day is still spotty.  Water temps need to warm up a bit more before we really see fish looking up all the time.  Evenings are best for dry fly action right now and or if there's any cloud cover at all you'll see pretty good surface action.

Nymphing is still super solid if you really want to put up some numbers and go that route.  Five feet to the indicator with a BB and two bead heads will get the job done.  Make sure one of the bugs is a caddis of some sort especially in faster water and riffles.

 fStreamer fishing is also productive this time of year.  Keep in mind they will not necessarily want to move too fast or too far to get a meal.  Get your streamers down and fish them slowly and erratically.  Nothing like a wounded minnow to get a big rainbow interested in at least a sniff.  Stick with banks and boulder gardens and places where bigger fish can ambush prey.

In Boston Red Sox news the bum need to start stepping things up.  It's now the All Star break and we're 2.0 behind the Rays and Jays in third place.  It looks like nobody will catch the Yankees at this point with a 13 game lead but you never know.  Sox continue to struggle with pitching and we were super excited to have Chris Sale back in the line-up for a couple games until he broke his finger.  Pitching injuries have been the main reason for inconsistent performance.  That said, the team is solid and bats are putting men on bases.  There's a lot of baseball left and we never give up! Go Sox!!!

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