Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 8-6-2013

Flows:  14,000cfs

Water Temperatures:  58-60 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  nymphing is still moving fish throughout the day and dry fly action has been pretty consistent as well what with cooler daytime temps and cloud cover.

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

Patterns: bh prince, bh pheasant tail, nitro caddis, caddis emerger, supa pupa, parachute Adams, parachute hopper, royal wulff, royal trude, elk hair caddis, Bloom’s caddis, Chubbys, hoppers

Cooler weather and partly cloudy days have made for some much better dry fly action during the day.  It’s still not lights out with big bugs but you have to give them a try.  The time is right and hopper/dropper rigs are moving fish along grassy banks with good current and good depth.  Royal wulffs, trudes, humpys, and small stimulators are all good searching patterns and have been moving fish as well.  Caddis are still very active popping in certain riffles throughout the day and swarming and bouncing during the evening.  Wulff/caddis dropper is a good bet.

Nymphing has been moving some bigger fish especially in deeper water, drop offs, and choppy, fast currents.  Stick with a big lead fly and a #16 bead head hare’s ear, pheasant tail, or green goblin dropper.

Tim and guest Pat M. with a nice Kootenai rainbow.
Tim and guest Pat M. with a nice Kootenai rainbow.