Fall Foliage-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 10-13-2018

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.  Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information 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: 4000cfs

In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: approximately  3800 cfs

Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 55 degrees

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

Best time of day: Conditions on the Kootenai River are terrific all day.

Hatches: midge, baetis,

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 definitely fall here in Kootenai River country.  The cottonwoods and western larch are lit up and the foliage is nothing short of fantastic right now.  Mornings are crisp with temps in the high 20’s and low 30s and daytime temps are in the 50s.  Perfect conditions to be on the water.

Dry fly fishing is still pretty good and this has certainly been one of the most consistent seasons we’ve had here on the Kootenai in some years.  Longer leaders and small flies like #16 purple haze will get things started in the morning.  As soon as the sun hits the water and temps start warming up, think about switching to #12 chubbies with droppers.

Nymphing has been red hot in certain areas of fast water and cover.  But none of us have really felt the need to fish an indicator unless your prefer to nymph.  Streamer action has been heating up and providing some big fun.  Keep in mind pulling a streamer on the Kootenai this time of year is not always about numbers.  But big fish are on the prowl and you never know until you try.

The entire river is in good shape.  Above Kootenai Falls in the Libby sections numbers of fish have been pretty good on a daily basis.  Bread and butter rainbows will fall in the 11″-14″ range.  Below the Kootenai Falls in the Troy stretches you can expect fewer trout but average size fish in the 13″-15″ range.

The weather is going to hold out for the foreseeable future.  Expect partly sunny days with temps in the 50-60s with relatively calm conditions.  We’re talking perfect fall fishing conditions!

Now for baseball news: the Boston Red Sox will be meeting the Houston Astros in the ALDS Championship.  The Boston Red Sox have had one of the best seasons in many years.  We’re thrilled to have made it to the ALDS Championship and now it’s really game time.  Mookie Betts is in the running for MVP and Rick Porcello may have a shot at the CY Young award again.  Here at LOC world headquarters we’re wearing our Boston Red Sox hats.

Western larch in full color here in Kootenai Country.