Clouds-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 12-7-2018

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Discharge from Libby Dam: 

Scheduled flow changes through December 14th are as follows:  Releases will be decreased down to 10 kcfs over the weekend:

Date                                      Time MST            Change                 Flows

Thursday, 12/6                 22-23                     decrease             25 kcfs to 20 kcfs

Friday, 12/7                        00-01                     decrease             20 kcfs to 15 kcfs

Saturday, 12/8                   00-04                     decrease             15 kcfs to 10 kcfs

Sunday, 12/9                      22-23                     increase               10 kcfs to 15 kcfs

 

Load shaping will occur during the week:

Date                                      Time MST            Change                 Flows

Monday, 12/10                  0100                       increase               15 kcfs to 21 kcfs

0600                       increase               21 kcfs to 25 kcfs

22-23                     decrease             25 kcfs to 21 kcfs

Tuesday, 12/11                  0600                       increase               21 kcfs to 25 kcfs

22-23                     decrease             25 kcfs to 21 kcfs

Wednesday, 12/12          0600                       increase               21 kcfs to 25 kcfs

22-23                     decrease             25 kcfs to 21 kcfs

Thursday, 12/13                0600                       increase               21 kcfs to 25 kcfs

22-23                     decrease             25 kcfs to 20 kcfs

Friday, 12/13                      22-23                     decrease             20 kcfs to 15 kcfs

In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: approximately  3000 cfs

Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 44 degrees

Water Clarity:  The Kootenai River is gin clear this time of year.

Best time of day:  This time of year afternoons are best.

Hatches: midge, baetis,

Patterns: parachute Adams, purple parachute Adams, zebra midge, green goblin, olive emerger, Pat’s rubber legged stonefly, pt soft hackle, bead head pt, bh copper john, red bh copper john, big bunny streamers and deceivers in red, pink and white, and white circus peanut

It’s winter here in Kootenai Country.  Water temperatures are dropping into the middle forties and  flows are fluctuating during the week.  What does this mean?  It means conditions are best on the weekends.  Additionally, it means you may not catch many trout, but the size may make up for the lack of numbers.

Dry fly action is basically not in play therefore nymphing and streamer techniques work best.

Trout become more lethargic as water temperatures drop.  They will not move as aggressively or as far in order to feed.  Trout also move into slower currents and pools and cover in order to save energy.  Look for trout in off current areas, slower runs, in boulder gardens and around other cover within deep water.

It’s important to get your flies down this time of year as well since trout will not necessarily be suspended in the water column.  They will be snug to the bottom or hiding behind boulders during the winter months in order to save energy.  Put your flies in their face in order to increase chances of success.

A warm front will be entering the area by the weekend.  Expect a some partly sunny conditions for the early part of the week and then a chance of snow daily by Wednesday.  Daytime temperatures will be in the 30s by mid-week.

Nothing but net for this Kootenai River rainbow.