Kootenai River Flow: 7,000 Cubic Feet per second, 10-12 foot visibility, 57 degrees. Libby Dam outflow is expected to remain at 7 kcfs through August.
Fisher River Flow: 120 cfs
Yaak River Flow: 192 cfs
Thompson River: 219 cfs
Fishing Report: Hoppers, PMD’s, and Caddis… Oh my! We’ve been seeing some great PMD hatches in the mornings and evenings. Caddis activity is still hot and heavy in the evenings, as well. We are amidst the Dog Days of Summer, but we’re still bringing fish up the the top during the mid-day heat with hoppers and attractor patterns. Keep in mind, with the bright sunny skies and gin-clear water, a good presentation is crucial to bring fish to the net. If you find that the fish seem to be giving you the snub, consider lengthening your leader to 12 feet and make sure you’re getting a good, drag-free presentation.
Food for Thought: I once asked an old-timer at the ramp, “What’s working today?” His reply to me, “a good drift.”
Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s, Chironomids, Crane Flies, BWO’s, various Stones increasing in the Troy reaches.
Dry: Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-20, Purple Haze #16-20, Cubby Chernobyl #10-14, Kootenai Crane #10-14, Flying Ant #10-14, Tan Stimulator #8 and 10, Griffiths Gnat, small Golden and Olive Stones, Standard Adams, Red Quill,
Nymph and Streamers: Da Bomb, Beadhead Prince, Pheasant Tail, Stones and Midge Pupa, Soft Hackles. Black/Olive Conehead Wooly Buggers, Kokanee Killers, Thin Mint Buggers, Stone Bomb