Kootenai River Fishing Report – June 18-25, 2019 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

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Kootenai River Flow: 20,000 Cubic Feet per second, 8+ foot visibility, 51 degrees. The sturgeon flows are coming to an end, and the river is scheduled to start dropping on the 19th. Flows should be down to 7,000 CFS by the 26th.


Koocanusa Inflow: 20,000 cfs

Fisher River Flow: 361 cfs

Yaak River Flow: 463 cfs

Thompson River: 463 cfs

Hatches: BWO’s, Little Blue Quills, Chironomids, Caddis, Flying Ants, PMD’s, Crane Flies, various Stones increasing in the Troy reaches.

Effective Patterns

Dry: Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-20, Purple Haze #16-20, 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

Fishing Report: Water temps are slowly, but surely, on the rise! We are up to 51 degrees below the dam and the fish are starting to act accordingly. Nymphing and Streamer fishing are still proving to be most productive in the mornings, but be on the lookout for risers any time after lunch. The warmer temps during the late afternoon have been granting us with some excellent BWO hatches.

Don’t snub the whitefish! They are actually in the grayling family and love to take flies and provide early season action, tonic for cabin/spring fever!

Some of our high-mountain lakes have iced out, and are beginning to fish pretty well. Try an Adams, an Ant, or an Elk Hair Caddis on top, or a good ol’ Wooly Bugger if nothing is looking up. Don’t forget bug spray, and BE BEAR AWAR

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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