Kootenai River Report April 23, 2015 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

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River Flow – 8,000 CFS Temp 41 degrees, 6-7 foot visibility, Water temps warming up. River will be at this level for several days as CORPS is trying to meet target level for spring inflow.

Hatches: Big Carpenter Ants already showing! Chironomids, Little Blue Quills, Silver Stripe Caddis, Blue-wing Olives,  Western March Brown beginning to show. Some good dry fly activity happening in the afternoons.

Effective Patterns: Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, Tan Stimulator, beadhead prince, olive and brown wooly buggers, cone-head sculpin, Purple Prince, Da-Bomb, blue-quill emergers

Fishing and Guide Report: Had a great half-day saturday with some dry activity.  A client landed the largest rainbow of his life a nice 21 inch rainbow on a #18 pheasant tail. (See Pic)

Fisher River runoff  affecting clarity but also warming up water temps. Water clarity is fishable and continues to improve with the receding Fisher River flows.   River will continue to produce and be fishable depending on rains and runoff. Fisher River is also dumping warmer water with hatching stoneflies into the “home pool”.




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