Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 7-21-2013

Flows:  14,000cfs

Water Temperatures:  56-58 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  Nymphing is good throughout the day and dry fly fishing is best early and late

Hatches:  pmd’s, caddis, green drakes, midge, aquatic moth

Patterns:  Pat’s stonefly, bh prince, bh pheasant tail, bh hare’s ear, caddis pupa, green goblin, pmd sparkle dun, parachute pmd, parachute pheasant tail, parachute Adams, Bloom’s caddis, x-caddis, red butt caddis, supa pupa, purple haze, green drake emerger, cdc green drake dun

Finally flows from Libby Dam have decreased dramatically from over the last several days.  This has been what we’ve been waiting for!  The river is now settling in to 14000cfs and stable flows through end of August.

Immediately the dry fly action increased during the day since fish are now able to readily eat on top.  They are fresh, willing, and eager to take dries so get it while you can.

Look for pmd spinners in the morning and good hatches during late afternoon.  Caddis are still coming off in certain riffles during the day and heavy swarms are still active up and down the river with egg laying and spent adults covering the water in the evening.  Hang in there until dark and you’ll see spectacular numbers of rising fish on caddis.

14,000cfs is a great flow and the Koot is finally lighting up for real!

Here’s a video of a recent caddis swarm.