Kootenai River Fishing Report – Aug 2nd-Aug 7th, 2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

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Kootenai River Flow: 9,000 Cubic Feet per second, 9 foot visibility, 60 degrees

Yaak River Flow: Minimum Flow (Walk/Wade only)

Fisher River Flow: Minimum Flow (Walk/Wade only)

Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s, Hoppers, Black Flying Ants, Little Olive Stones, Midges, BWO, And Large Carpenter Ants, Yellow Jacket

Effective Patterns

Dry: Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-20, Purple Haze #16-20, Sparkle Dun #14-18, PMD Thorax #14-16, Rusty Spinner #16-18, Tan Stimulator #8 and 10, Griffiths Gnat, small Golden and Olive Stones, Standard Adams, Red Quill, Sunken Black Ants, Grasshoppers, Chubbies. 

Nymph and Streamers: Da Bomb, Beadhead Prince, Pheasant Tail, Stones and Midge Pupa. Black/Olive Conehead Wooly Buggers, Kokanee Killers, Thin Mint Buggers, Stone Bomb

Fishing Report: The beginning of August signals the best of hopper fishing for the Kootenai. With the long hot days that the deep summer brings, bug activity is relegated to mornings and evenings because of triple digit heat when the sun is high. This being said, soft hackle droppers and nymphs work best under the water during the day. Large fish brought in on dries in the morning and evening, one of the prime months of the year to fish the Kootenai!


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