Kootenai River

Tip of the week 

Presently the Kootenai is in great shape and interestingly enough we are now experiencing some of the warmest water temps of the season at 55 degrees coming out of Libby Dam.

Dry fly action has been pretty good. Sporadic hatches of pmds, caddis and blue winged olives are making fish look up. Size 14 parachute Adams with a cdc caddis emerger or elk hair dropper has been solid.

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 as well. 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 

Expect party cloudy to sunny skies with temps in the 70's through the week. Beautiful fall days here on the Kootenai!

Must Have Flies 
Schroeder's Hi-Vis Hopper tan 10 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail standard 14,16 Buy from Orvis.com
Elk Wing Caddis tan 14 Buy from Orvis.com
Quasimodo Pheasant Tail standard 16 Buy from Orvis.com
Adams Parachute Dry Fly standard 14 Buy from Orvis.com
Rosenbauer's CDC Rabbits Foot Emerger yellow 16 Buy from Orvis.com
Linehan Outfitting

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