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Kootenai River Fishing Report – Sept 15th – 22nd, 2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Sep 15, 2018 by Wyatt Crismore

Kootenai River Flow: 6,000 Cubic Feet per second, unlimited visibility, 59 degrees

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

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

Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s, Hoppers, Midges, BWO, Large Carpenter Ants, Yellow Jacket, Spruce Moths, 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: The dog days of Summer have passed, and so begins the transition into those crisp days of Autumn. Bug activity will start picking up with the cooler temps and over-cast days in our forecast. Right now, we have tons of midges on the surface all throughout the day, and we’re going to see BWO’s come back in full-force any time now. Towards the end of the month, that big ol’ high-calorie trout treat known as the October Caddis (aka Giant Orange Sedge) will be readily available to our river-dwelling cohorts. These BIG BUGS conjure up some bad fish, so prepare yourself for some maniacal takes on top! This is also prime time for you streamer junkies out there. Bigger fish are on the prowl for a hearty meal as Old Man Winter starts to make his stalk.

 

We have guides available through October, so get yourself on the books and come catch some of these Kootenai River Beauties with us! Also, come in and check out the fly shop for current patterns and all your fly fishing needs (and wants!)