Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 7-30-2013

Flows:  14,000

Water Temperatures:  56-59 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  nymphing is still solid throughout the day and dry fly fishing is best early and late although with much cooler daytime temps dry fly fishing has been good all day.

Hatches:  pmd’s, caddis, midge, terrestrials (bees, ants, hoppers)

Patterns:  bh prince, bh pheasant tail, bh hare’s ear, parachute Adams, parachute pmd, royal wulff, royal trude, stimulator, chubby, purple haze, green goblin, x-caddis, elk hair caddis, cdc pmd emerger, caddis pupa, red taratula

It’s been much cooler during the day with temps in the 80’s instead of the tripple digits and the fish and anglers are clearly enjoying the difference. 

Nymphing is still moving fish throughout the day and generally responsible for bigger fish as well.  Not much has changed in that area.  Stick with faster water and boulder gardens and 3-8 feet of depth.  Run a big bug with a small dropper and a couple BB split shot as well.  Set the indicator about 5-6 feet above the split shot and let it roll.  You’ll hit some whiteys as well and keep the rod bent but the trout are down there too.

Dry fly fishing has been pretty good during the last couple days as well.  Early mornings and evenings are still best bets for consistent action but with cooler temps and even some clouds, the fish are happier and have been looking up throughout the day in faster currents, drop-offs, and along banks with depths of 3-5 feet. 

Expect partly cloudy conditions, daytime temps in the 80’s, and even possible t-storms as well for the next few days. 

Just a nice handful...
Just a nice handful…