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: 11,000cfs. 

Hatches: midge, pmds, caddis

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, xcaddis, parchute adams, parachute pmd, missing link pmd, royal wulff, bh prince, pmd frenchie, caddis pupas, purple haze, bronze haze, Bloom's caddis.

The Kootenai River is in great shape and the season of now in full swing.  Discharge from Libby Dam was recently increased to 11,000cfs.  This flow is the sweet spot.  There's good current along most banks, riffles are expanded with more water, drop offs and buckets are just the right size, and it's good for floating and it also offers perfectly good wading opportunities as well. 

Nymphing is super solid out there right now.  Fish are now starting to occupy summer runs.  Look for fish in seams, cover, riffles, tailouts and runs with good walking speed current.  Indicator should be set approximately four-five feet from top fly.  Depending on water depth, you may want to add a split shot but tungsten perdigons have been doing just as well and getting down just fine.

Dry fly action is has been good especially in the afternoon and evenings.  If pmds and caddis are popping, fish should be looking up.  Purple haze or an X-caddis will do the trick for the most part.  Look for rising fish, give them a good drift, and they should eat.  Also, chubbies and droppers have been effective in specific water types.

Right now, big fish are on the prowl and looking for a big meal.  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.

The Boston Red Sox are off to a pretty solid start and holding their own at just above .500 as I write.  This team has talent and are fun to watch.  Since May 19 the Sox have the best win-loss record of any ALS team!  At the moment pitchers are holding their own and lately the bats have been terrific.  Go Sox!

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