Kootenai Tributary/Small Stream Fishing Report 7-6-2014
Run-off is officially over here in Kootenai country and tributaries, small streams, and creeks are very fishable. Depending on where you go, some streams and creeks are still difficult to fish since you can’t quite cross as necessary. Be careful wading. Most are down and very wade-able at this point and access from the water line is great. Look for fish in buckets, runs, and bigger pools. Hatches include golden stoneflies, green drakes, pmds, and caddis. Patterns like stimulators, royal wulffs, tarantulas, Freddies, Bloom’s caddis, elk hair caddis, chubbies, and hellboys are all good bets. Dry/dropper is the best way to go but if you feel like finding the biggest fish in the run, throw a big bugger and see what happens.
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