Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 7-13-2013

Flows:  23,700cfs

Water Temperatures:  53-55 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  Nymphing is pretty consistent throughout the day and dry fly action is best during afternoons and evenings.

Hatches:   pmd’s, caddis, green drakes

Patterns:  Pat’s stonefly, bh hare’s ear, bh prince, bh pheasant tail, sj worm, caddis pupa, crackback pmd, bubble back pmd, Bloom’s caddis, parachute pmd, pmd sparkle dun, x-caddis, royal wulff, parachute Adams, peacock caddis

Flows are still high but the Kootenai is very fishable.  Water clarity is perfect, pmds and caddis are popping, and daytime temps have been in the low 80’s.  Expect more of the same through early next week.

Nymphing is still pretty much the name of the game.  Look for fish right next to submerged grass and let it roll down the banks.  They are starting to spread out and are less concentrated in buckets and soft water.  It’s a big river so you just have to stick with the program.  Set the indicator about six feet from the first fly and two Gremlin BB’s seem to be the right weight.  If you lay up in a deeper run, don’t be afraid to add weight and fish deeper.

Dry fly action has been picking up in the last couple days.  If you make the commitment, you will be rewarded.  Be accurate and keep your bug right on the edge of the submerged grass.  Royal wullf/goddard caddis is a great combination at the moment.  Pmd’s are popping in riffles and off the edge of submerged islands around 4:00 pm and in certain locations fish are stacking up and looking up and making for some solid raz-ma-taz, bingo action.

Expect consistent partly sunny, relatively calm days for the early part of the week.  Oh yeah…did I mention a few green drakes were seen today?  Think size 10 royal wulff.

Local tributaries and small streams are in excellent shape and fishing well.  Attractor patterns are best bets and don’t be afraid to stick it out until right before dark for some great dry fly action.  Get out the small rods and get your feet wet.

Linehan Outfitting Company guest Gerry B. with a bread and butter Kootenai rainbow.
Linehan Outfitting Company guest Gerry B. with a bread and butter Kootenai rainbow.