Early Fall-Kootenai River Fishing Report 9-8-2018

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have guides available and we’re the local source for all things surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: Flows from Libby Dam is currently 6000 cfs and will remain steady through the entire month.

In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: approximately 4,800 cfs

Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 58 degrees

Water Clarity:  It’s gin clear this time of year.

Best time of day: Conditions are terrific all day at the moment.  Trout are happy and feeding morning, noon and night.

Hatches: midge, baetis, caddis, crane flies, hoppers and ants

Patterns: parachute Adams, purple parachute Adams, pmd spinner, parachute pheasant tail, midge cluster, green meanie midge, elk hair caddis, caddis emerger, pmd dries, pmd emerger, Bloom’s caddis, purple chubby, red chubby, hoppers, royal Wulff, 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 olive.

It’s beginning to feel a bit like fall and mornings are now chilly enough to warrant wearing a vest for the first couple hours on the water.  Shorts and flip flops have given way to long pants and wading boots on some days but it’s basically still late summer and the weather has been terrific.

The Kootenai is still in terrific shape and dry fly fishing has been pretty consistent.  Trout are still looking for big bugs on some days although they seem to be getting wise to the foam at this point.  Hopper/dropper rigs are still a best bet especially if you’re rolling the miles and covering water.  Baetis and midge hatches have been providing some fun sniping opportunities in the mornings and evenings as well.  It’s time for 5x tippet, ten foot leaders, and accurate, drag free presentations.

Nymphing has been picking up considerably the last few days.  Here at LOC we’re pretty happy to fish dry flies as long as possible but big fish are starting to show up in certain runs and with depth and current and getting down to them will increase odds of netting one.

Streamer action has been super good on some days even with high sunshine.  Big fish are on the prowl as daytime temps are now cooler.  They smell fall coming and are always looking to beef up this time of year.  Sink tips will help.  Look for big fish in cover and deep blue runs and tailouts with depth of 5-10 feet of water.

The Boston Red Sox are red hot and the magic number for a playoff birth is now only 3 games!  This is one of the best seasons we’ve had in many years and the fall will be exciting!  David Price and Rick Porcello are now leading the pitching charge but Chris Sale is expected back soon.  Mookie Betts, Andrew Benitendi are swatting the leather off the ball and the Sox are firing on all cylinders.  Go Red Sox!

Gary and David R. from Dave Leonhard’s Streamside Anglers getting it done with LOC guide Lucas Jones.