Kootenai River

Tip of the week 

Nymphs and streamers are best bet this time of year. Water temps are chilly so bug activity is late in the afternoon for the most part. Look for sporadic hatches of midge, baetis, and March browns. Work cover like boulder gardens, drop-off buckets, deep slots, and tailouts in 3-6 feet of water.

Seven-day forecast 

Recent rains have caused Kootenai tributaries to rise causing the river to take on a bit of color. But, that's a good thing. Visibility is fine and about 36 inches making things very fish-able. Get out the worms and big stonefly patterns. Expect another week of dark days and precipitation mostly in the form of rain. It's not predicted to be heavy so conditions should hold up.

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