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: Current discharge from Libby Dam is 7,000cfs.
water temperature at Libby Dam: 56 degrees
hatches: midge, caddis, pmds, nocturnal stoneflies,
patterns: zebra midge, parachute Adams, yellow haze, parachute pmd, Rosenbauer's rabbit foot emerger, KPPT, water walker, 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 7,000cfs and will remain steady until Labor Day. We have no fishing restrictions.
There is some smoke in the area due to local forest fires but so far it has not been too bad or thick enough to ruin an experience on the river. In fact, it's kind of like gauzy cloud cover and has actually been helping the dry fly fishing conditions. We always prefer to look at the silver lining here at Linehan Outfitting.
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 and again later in afternoons and evenings.
Dry fly action is pretty darn good considering the sunshine and warm days. Dry/dropper rigs will carry the day with no problems. Think traditional hopper patterns and chubbies and even bigger foam bugs through heavier water. Look for pulses of pmds later in the afternoon and caddis activity over faster water and down shady banks in the mornings and later afternoons.
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 7000cfs 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.
Expect sunny days with temperatures in the low 90s to continue. 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 open and in good shape. Wading conditions are good under these flows especially between the Kootenai Falls and Bighorn Terrace boat ramp. Nymphing in this stretch and through China Rapids section has been very productive lately.
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