Kootenai River Report | June 15-23, 2016

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River Flow: 7,000 cfs 8-12 foot visibility 52 degrees

Inflow from Lake Koocanusa : 25,000 cfs

Hatches: Grannom Caddis, Little Blue Quills, Blue Wing Olives, Little Olive Stone, some flights of Carpenter Ants, assorted stoneflies coming into Kootenai from Fisher River. Some PMD’s and small hoppers starting to show

Effective Patterns: X-Caddis, Adams, Parachute Adams, Royal Wulff, Red Quill, Purple Haze, Beadhead Prince, Copper johns, Wooly Buggers, Da-Bomb, Small Stonefly nymphs, Olive Stimulators, all small hopper patterns

Guide report: Kootenai is down to its summer flat flow of 7,000 cfs. All stretches are fishing well. Guide boats are raising anywhere from 20-50 fish on half days on dries. Prior to hatch activity, streamer and nymph fishing is productive along with large dries/droppers. Have fun out there and wade safe, island points and gravels are unstable from the high flows of spring. There are great caddis hatches, ovipositing in the evenings.

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