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Monday, November 23, 2015

Kootenai Mega Moth

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Kootenai in Idaho at "Picnic Island"
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Nice Kootenai Cutbow

There is a rumor that in October and November the Mighty Kootenai gives rise to a mega hatch of mega "moths" which may or may not be a moth. It looks to me to be a very large caddis or a "mega" caddis. Any way you slice it, the waters have cooled significantly and the flow is back to normal early summer levels of after the sturgeon flush.


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Kootenai below Leonia, ID ghost town.
The Kootenai does hold some huge fish but you do have to work for them. There are few places to wade, so most float. There is, just below a river access, a really good wading area of which few fishermen are aware. Put in at the Leonia, ID ramp. It lies right at the ID/Montana state line just north of US Hwy 2 on the Leonia Road, so you do not need a Montana license. I call the wading spot "Picnic Island".  Leonia is an old ghost town with a cool history, but little is left there but an old bridge, Boulder Creek flowing into the Kootenai and a few hard to find tombstones. The ramp is rough and can be closed this time of year, but is open all summer. Check with Rex, who will also provide to you a shuttle, at the Twin Rivers Campground as to ramp status.

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