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: approximately 8300 cfs

In-Flow To Lake Koocanusa:  approximately 4400 cfs

Water temperature at Libby Dam: 61 degrees

Hatches: midge, pmds, caddis, hoppers, ants, beetles, fall caddis, baetis

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, hoppers, ants, elk hair caddis, Bloom's caddis, perdigons, Uke's Pressure Drop, water walkers, hoppers, hard bodied ants, para-ants

The Kootenai River is still in excellent shape and fishing well.  It's been an incredible water year up here and we're thrilled with the flows the Corps of Engineers has provided this season. 

Linehan Outfitting guests are bending rods and smiling and we could not be happier with the water conditions so far this season.  Flows from Libby Dam are still in that perfect 8000cfs range for now but that may change as September rolls along.  Inflow to Lake Koocanusa is dropping rapidly.

Water temps are still perfect and the Kootenai is as clear as gin.  All sections of the river are in great shape.

Local fires are all but out and there is no more smoke.  As I write we're getting some much welcomed showers.  Today anglers may see the first pulse of baetis but the hatch may be short lived since it appears we're headed right back into partly sunny skies and daytime temps in the 70's.  It's been an extraordinary fall and there's not end in sight yet.

Dry fly fishing is still as good as it gets most days though action has gotten spotty since fish are definitely on the move this time of year.  Fish are still looking for hoppers  and a hopper/dropper will carry the day with no problems. Some days fish are still eager to rise to the dry but with gin clear water there are days when they're a bit cautious so a dropper has played well also.  As the season deepens think smaller sizes especially if fishing foam in the 14-12 range and don't forget that real materials are still good too.  Never leave home without a parachute hopper this time of year.  Tailouts and soft foam lines in the middle of the river have been surprisingly productive.

Nymphing is still super solid if you really want to put up some numbers and go that route.  Short leashing and Czech nymphing (three to four feet to first fly) in fast runs and riffles will provide fast action in the right places.  Two tungsten perdigons three to four feet from a baby bobber and you'll be good in the fast water all day. 

 fStreamer fishing is also productive this time of year.  It's certainly day to day but earlier this week I had an all time great day fishing streamers in spite of bright sunshine.  It sure surprised me and it sure was fun.

In Boston Red Sox news suffice it to say it's been a frustrating season.  There are about twelve games left and our beloved Sox are out of contention for the playoffs.  Plagued by injuries for most of the season we just couldn't make it happen.  All we can hope for now is that management signs Xander Bogaerts and he remains in Boston.  For now, we're thrilled to hear they signed Kike Hernandez again.

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