Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 7-4-2019

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Discharge from Libby Dam: 7,000

In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 14,600 cfs

Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam:  55 degrees

Water Clarity:  Clear and in good shape

Hatches: midge, caddis, pmds, green drakes

Patterns: parachute Adams, Orvis purple parachute Adams, zebra midge, green goblin, olive emerger, elk hair caddis, caddis pupa, Bloom’s parachute caddis, headlight caddis, soft hackle pheasant tail, Pat’s rubber legged stonefly, SJ worms, pt soft hackle, Orvis bead head pt, Orvis bh copper john, red bh copper john, big bunny streamers and deceivers in red, pink and white, and white circus peanut

The Kootenai River is in excellent shape and flows of 7,000 cfs will remain steady throughout the month of July.

Best techniques and tips:
Caddis and pmd hatches are picking up and as a result dry fly action is increasing.  Warmer days and warmer water temperatures are helping and bug activity is on the rise. Look for fish in slick pools, flatwater, and off current areas. Attractor patterns like Wullfs and parachutes are best bets for top water action if you feel like prospecting. Fish an elk hair caddis or soft hackle pupa as a dropper and you should move fish especially in the evenings.

Indicator nymphing is most productive at the moment especially under bright sunshine. Stretches that offer boulder gardens, varied currents and other cover are holding fish. Additionally, look for trout in runs that are 4-6 feet deep with walking speed current.

This time of year streamers can bring some really big fish to the net since they’re on the prowl after a long winter. Be sure to use a heavy sink tip line and make sure you get the fly down. Don’t expect numbers. Throwing a streamer is definitely more about quality and not about quantity. Fish are lethargic when water temperatures are still chilly therefore they will not move very far to feed so don’t expect lots of chases or action. But the reward will be worth the effort.

Above Libby there are some stretches that offer good spring fishing opportunities. There is some great nymphing water between Libby and the Kootenai Falls that offers pocket water on steroids with boulders as big as the bed of a pick-up truck. Fish will tuck in around boulders so seams and cushions above and below the boulders are always good places for fish to hold. You can always jerk a streamer through these soft areas of cover as well.

10 Day Weather Update: 
Expect a mix of sunshine, cloud cover, and possible thunderstorms for the foreseeable future.  It seems this weagther pattern will continue to prevail for a while longer.  Be prepared as some of the thunderstorms have dumped big rain for a few minutes.  The cloud cover has been welcome and has made for some increasingly better dry fly action during the day.

Boston Red Sox News:

The Sox have slipped in the American League East standings and are now 11 games back behind the Yankees and Rays.  Pitching by starters Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, David Price and Eduardo Rodriquez has been inconsistent at best.  But the offense is still firing on all cylinders now and the bats of Andrew Benetendi, Mookie Betts and rookie Michael Chavis are producing runs! It’s long season and I have faith.  Go Sox!

man holding Kootenai River rainbow trout
Former St. Louis Cardinals big league pitcher Bump Williams with a great Kootenai River rainbow.