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Kootenai River Fishing Report – Aug 10th – 15th, 2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Aug 10, 2018 by Wyatt Crismore

Kootenai River Flow: 9,000 Cubic Feet per second, 9 foot visibility, 60 degrees

Yaak River Flow: Minimum Flow (Walk/Wade only)

Fisher River Flow: Minimum Flow (Walk/Wade only)

Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s, Hoppers, Black Flying Ants, Little Olive Stones, Midges, BWO, And Large Carpenter Ants, Yellow Jacket, Crane Flies

Effective Patterns

Dry: Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-20, Purple Haze #16-20, Chubbies, Soft Hackles #12-14, Sparkle Dun #14-18, PMD Thorax #14-16, Rusty Spinner #16-18, Tan Stimulator #8 and 10, Griffiths Gnat, small Golden and Olive Stones, Standard Adams, Red Quill, Sunken Black Ants, Grasshoppers,  

Nymph and Streamers: Da Bomb, Beadhead Prince, Pheasant Tail, Stones and Midge Pupa. Black/Olive Conehead Wooly Buggers, Kokanee Killers, Thin Mint Buggers, Stone Bomb

Fishing Report: We’re in to the peak of summer fishing here on the Kootenai, and dry fly fishing has been phenomenal. The majority of bug activity is taking place in the evenings and early mornings, however we have been bringing fish up to the surface all throughout the day on hopper patterns. Focus your efforts on the riffles and along the drop-offs. The river is running gin clear and smoke from the wildfires is minimal down on the water. A customer who has fished with us for the past 20 years had his best day ever earlier this week (raised 80 fish!) We should be looking at some world-class dry fly action through the end of September. Now is time to get out on the Kootenai River!