Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 8-14-2019
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Discharge from Libby Dam: 7,000
In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 9,200 cfs
Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 58 degrees
Water Clarity: Clear and in good shape
Hatches: midge, caddis, pmds, crane flies, hoppers and ants
Patterns: parachute Adams, Orvis purple parachute Adams, zebra midge, olive emerger, chubbies, parachute hoppers, ants, 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.
Caddis and pmd hatches are pulsing each day and dry fly action is pretty consistent. Cloud cover will surely make dry fly action better and early mornings and evenings will offer better action as well. Look for fish in slick pools, flatwater, and off current areas since faster water is easier to fish this time of year. Attractor patterns like Wullfs and parachutes are best bets for top water action if you’re prospecting.
Pmd spinner falls are now in play in the mornings over long riffles. Some are rusty colored and some are pale yellow. For the most a size 16 parachute pmd or rusty spinner will work. The water is now gin clear so it’s time to lengthen the leader a bit especially if you’re fishing the glassy pools and runs. A ten foot 5x leader is the ticket when fishing small dries.
Hoppers and terrestrials in definitely in play. Fish big bugs with droppers in fast walking speed currents, tailouts, and riffles and run a #16 beadhead pheasant tail as a dropper and you’ll have success. The Kootenai River is gin clear now so you’ll have to wait until fish actually have the fly in their mouth. Don’t jump the gun.
Indicator nymphing is most productive during the mid-day 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 and if there are any caddis popping you’ll find fish in the riffles as well.
This time of year streamers can bring some really big fish to the net since as well. 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. 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:
It seems we’re now in full summer mode weather with high pressure and sunshine expected for the foreseeable future. For now expect lots of blue sky and daytime temperatures in the 80s.
Boston Red Sox News: I hate to say this but the Sox are struggling with pitching this season. We’ve had moments and games where it looked like things were going to turn around but inconsistent outings make it difficult to maintain any significant gains. Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price are giving it their best shots every game. But the only consistency offered has been by Eduardo Rodriquez. Our bats are red hot and offense led by Andrew Benitendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogarts, Christian Vasquez, and JD Martinez has been putting men on base. Unfortunately we’ve been stranding them while opponents gain runs. There’s plenty of baseball left and we’ll hope for the best as the summer deepens.