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Kootenai River Report | July 13-21, 2016

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 by Cory Luoma

River Flow: 7,000 cfs 8-14 foot visibility 55 degrees

Inflow from Lake Koocanusa : 12,000 cfs

Hatches: Pale Morning Duns, Tan Caddis, Little Blue Quills, Blue Wing Olives, Hoppers and Ants working into the mix.

Effective Patterns: X-Caddis, Adams, Parachute Adams, Royal Wulff, Red Quill, Purple Haze, Beadhead Prince, Copper johns, Wooly Buggers, Da-Bomb, Small Stonefly nymphs, Olive Stimulators, all small hopper patterns

Guide report: Kootenai is down to its summer flat flow of 7,000 cfs. All stretches are fishing well. Guide boats are raising anywhere from 20-50 fish on half days on dries. Prior to hatch activity, streamer and nymph fishing is productive along with large dries/droppers. Have fun out there and wade safe, island points and gravels are unstable from the high flows of spring. There are great caddis hatches, with ovipositing in the evenings. Cooler weather is improving fishing conditions, with less emphasis towards a big evening, happy hour hatch.