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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kootenai River River Report 2/28/2014

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Kootenai River Bull Trout - Sorry for the blur.
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Kootenai can offer GREAT fly fishing!
And NO combat fishing.
Kootenai River float tomorrow. Going with IDFFA member Kevin FP from Oklahoma. Much rain yesterday and last night. River is probably up a little. Current Discharge, 17,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of  06-28-2014 @ 08:00 MDT. This is 3,000 cfs-4,000 cfs below summer low flows and represents dam outflow above Libby. It is however a very steady flow. Remember this is a long tail water river and we'll be fishing about 45-50 miles below the Libby, MT dam.

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GREAT wade fishing opportunities.

The main lateral tributaries are Fisher Creek just below the Libby dam, Lake Creek at Troy and the Yaak River 6 miles east of the Idaho/Montana state line. These will contribute to Kootenai River flows, but should be short lived and minimal tomorrow. Current river gage height in feet is 22.03 on 06-28-2014 @ 08:00 MDT. This is well below flood stage of 27.5 feet.

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There are some critters.
Based on USGS river information, we are at 65% flow at Leonia (where we will be) so if the water is not too cloudy from recent rains and runoff the fishing should be good. Ironically, on this date two years prior the Kootenai River levels WELL above flood stage. I can remember the water being so high on the southern bank, the casino gamblers in Bonners Ferry almost needed waders. Here's my call for flies tomorrow. Large streamers, San Juan worms, large golden stones and if we are really lucky maybe a BWO hatch if it warms a little and the sun comes out. Wish us luck.

Hard takes, tight lines, sore shoulders and huge trout to you all forever. LIFE IS SHORT, GO IDAHO FLY FISHING.


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Tags:  Flathead River System - Montana
     Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana
Western Fly Hatches
     Montana Grand Slam
          Montana Trifecta

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