Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 8-3-2013

Flows:  14,000cfs

Water Temperature:  56-60 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  What with cooler daytime temps, cloud cover, and rain, fishing has been good throughout the day.

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

Patterns:  parachute pmd, parachute Adams, cdc pmd emerger, Bloom’s caddis, x-caddis, elk hair caddis, caddis pupa, caddis supa pupa, nitro caddis emerger, royal wulff, royal trude, hoppers, bh pheasant tail, bh hare’s ear, bh prince nymph, bh caddis pupa, orange bh pheasant tail, white circus peanut streamer

The Kootenai is in great shape at the moment and 14,000cfs is a terrific flow.

Surprisingly it was kind of slow the last few days.  With much needed and welcome rain and cloud cover we thought the dry fly fishing would be epic.  But it was just kind of okay.  The fish seemed a bit shocked by the pressure change and even the nymphing was marginal.  But today was a differnet day.  With the weather system moving out and a partly sunny day the fish were happy again both on top and below.  Dry fly action was good throughtout the day with caddis popping below Libby and great nymphing action above town.

Expect partly sunny days and temps in the 80’s for the foreseeable future.  Great weather and great conditions!  Keep it loose and rig at least two rods.  Try nymphing in 6-8 feet feet of good current and have the dry fly stick ready for the long, smooth runs.

It’s getting very close…hoppers and droppers are soon to be the rig du jeour.

Kootenai bread and butter rainbow
Kootenai bread and butter rainbow