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Flows from Libby Dam: Current discharge from Libby Dam is 9,000cfs.
water temperature at Libby Dam: 48 degrees
hatches: midge, caddis, pmds, green drakes
patterns: zebra midge, parachute Adams, yellow haze, parachute pmd, Rosenbauer's rabbit foot emerger, KPPT, purple haze, purple chubby, red chubby, bugmeister, x-caddis, caddis pupa, Bloom's caddis, tan 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 recently received news that unless things change dramatically and the Corps of Engineers or Kootenai Tribe need to make a sudden adjustment, flow will remain at 9000cfs until around Labor Day. 9000cfs is a sweet spot and one of our favorite summer flows.
Let's see...pmds and caddis are hatching daily and we're now also seeing spinners and spent caddis in certain runs and riffles primarily in the mornings. 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 the heat we're having to endure. Dry/dropper rigs will carry the day with no problems. Nymphng 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.
Bright, sunny, and hot days are not necessarily what you would consider good streamer conditions. That said, we've been pleasantly surprised and believe it or not the streamer bite has been exciting to say the least lately. With flows at 9000cfs we're pretty much just using floating lines and concentrating on 2-4 feet of fast water and boulder gardens. Some days are better than others but streamers have been sticking a few bigger fish.
It doesn't look like we're going to cool down much to speak of anytime soon. Expect hot, sunny 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 currently lead the American League East and are 2.5 games up on the second place Tampa Bay Rays. 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. We're eagerly awaiting the return of Chris Sale who has been throwing consistently again in hopes of getting back on the mound for the second half of the season. 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!
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