Kootenai River

Tip of the week 

Dry fly action is getting tough mostly due to gin clear water and spooky late season conditions. That said, fish are looking up and this time of year often surprise us by hammering big bugs from time to time. Otherwise, stay small, and think olives and don't go too far from a small parachute Adams. Conditions are a bit more forgiving if you can find rising fish in faster water.

Nymphing has been a bit off lately likely due to gin clear water. That's not to say it's been a dud but for some reason fish are just not grabby on standard indicator rigs.

Streamer action has been pretty solid. But don't expect numbers. It's an all or nothing day and all about a big fish or two if you get real lucky.

Seven-day forecast 

Flows from Libby dam will vary between 9,000 and 16,000 cfs. This time of year expect daily fluctuations in flow due to power production. It looks like a front is rolling into the area Tuesday and bringing some snow through Wednesday. Then a cold, clear, high pressure will cover the area with daytime temps in the teens.

Must Have Flies 
Sparkle Dun olive 18 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail standard 14,16 Buy from Orvis.com
Royal Wulff standard 14 Buy from Orvis.com
Quasimodo Pheasant Tail standard 16 Buy from Orvis.com
Adams Parachute Dry Fly standard 14,15,18,2 Buy from Orvis.com
Rosenbauer's CDC Rabbits Foot Emerger yellow 16 Buy from Orvis.com
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