How To Improve Back Cast From A Drift Boat

I was fishing with a guest the other day and immediately noticed the gentleman was not properly loading his rod on his back cast. Sure, there was a light breeze. But that really wasn’t the problem. “Wait a bit longer before you start your forward stroke,” I told him immediately. He made a couple more casts that were marginally better but it was clear to me that his timing was good. “Make another cast for me.” I told him. This time I wanted to see exactly where he started his back cast. Sure enough, he was starting his back cast with the rod halfway through the stroke and not giving it enough of a chance to load properly. We all make the same mistake. When fishing from a drift boat it’s common to stand with the rod parallel to the water. I’m guessing it’s simply that we’re elevated above the water and we mistakenly assume the rod is ready for a back cast. Keep in mind it’s important to start a back cast with the rod pointed down. If you start a back ...

Kootenai River Fishing Report 8-2-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam:  Flows from Libby Dam will remain at 9,500cfs through the middle of September. In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 10,900 cfs Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 59 degrees Water Clarity:  Water clarity is terrific.  The river is not gin clear this time of year and we actually like it this way. Hatches: midge, caddis, pmds Patterns: parachute Adams, purple chubby, red chubby, parachute pmd, rusty spinner, spent caddis, elk hair caddis, ...

Kootenai River Fishing Report 7-25-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam:  Flows from Libby Dam will remain at 10,000cfs through the middle of September. In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 15,400 cfs Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 55 degrees Water Clarity:  Water clarity is terrific.  The river is not gin clear this time of year and we actually like it this way. Hatches: midge, caddis, pmds Patterns: zebra midge, midge pupa, parachute Adams, purple chubby, parachute pmd, elk hair caddis, caddis pupa, ...

Kootenai River Fishing Report 7-13-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam: Libby Dam outflows decreased to 20 kcfs on July 11th, at 04:49 MDT. - Libby Dam outflows will decrease from 20 kcfs to 18 kcfs on Wednesday, July 15th at 23:00 MDT. - Libby Dam outflows will decrease from 18 kcfs to 16 kcfs on Thursday, July 16th at 23:00 MDT. - Libby Dam outflows will decrease from 16 kcfs to 14 kcfs on Friday, July 17th over two hours beginning at 22:00 MDT. - Libby Dam outflows will decrease from 14 kcfs to 12 kcfs on Saturday, July 18th over two hours beginning ...

Kootenai River Fishing Report 6-23-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam: - There will be daily reductions in outflow, down to 20 kcfs, for a few hours each day this week. - Outflows from Libby Dam are expected to average 25 kcfs through the end of June, then ramp down to 10 kcfs in early-mid July. Libby Dam is conducting a set of maintenance activities this week that require reducing outflows to 20 kcfs each day. Once work is completed each day outflows will return to approximately 25 kcfs in the afternoon and overnight. The intended length of the ...

Kootenai River Fishing Report 6-17-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam:  Flows are currently 26,000 cfs and may increase due to runoff. In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 42,000 cfs Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 48 degrees Water Clarity: You may see some color downstream from tributaries but for the most part water clarity is perfectly good. Hatches: midge, baetis, March browns, caddis, stoneflies Patterns: zebra midge, midge pupa, parachute Adams, bullet head skwala, rasta skwala, purple chubby, ...