Kootenai River Fishing Report – July 8 – 15, 2019 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

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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: 177 cfs

Yaak River Flow: 313 cfs

Thompson River: 281 cfs

Fishing Report: The River has stabilized at 7k, and most of the glacial silt has settled out. Water temps have risen to 57°, and coincidentally, fish have started to feed regularly throughout the day. Bright, sunny days have been closing out with some major Caddis and PMD hatches in the evenings. We’re also  bringing some fish to the surface during the middle of the day on some bigger attractor patterns, Caddis Flies, and Ants.

If fish don’t seem to be looking up, try some deep nymphing under an indicator or swing some wet flies in the riffles.

Hoppers are starting to come into play, so get those hopper-droppers rigged up and go hit your favorite grassy banks.

Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s, Chironomids, Crane Flies, BWO’s, various Stones increasing in the Troy reaches.

Effective Patterns

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

We have guides available, 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!)

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