Northwest Montana Small Stream Fishing Report 6-20-2014

Small streams here in the northwest corner of Montana are starting to shape up quickly.  Kootenai tributaries are dropping now that low and mid elevation snowpack has melted.  Water temps are rising into the high 40’s and low 50’s and bugs should start hatching this week.  Kootenai River tributaries are still just a bit high but are also very fishable at the moment.

Hatches of golden stones and salmon flies are showing up on some streams.  Dry fly fishing is improving day by day and will pop in the this week as daytime are expected to be in the low 70’s with partly sunny skies.

Stick with big attractor patterns like stimulators, royal wullfs, tarantulas, hellboys and other foam floaters.

Cleveland Orvis Fishing Manager Jimmy Lampros with a Kootenai tributary rainbow trout.
Cleveland Orvis Fishing Manager Jimmy Lampros with a Kootenai tributary rainbow trout.