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Monday, June 5, 2017

Kootenai River, MT Ramps

The 3 equidistant ramps on the Upper Koot, MT -- Each a full day float.
The mighty Kootenai is an overlook stretch of GREAT trout tail water in Montana. It is rarely fished due to its difficult access. Airports are Spokane, WA and Kalispell, MT and Missoula, MT. Kalispell is probably the closest at 2 hours with the others being about 3 hours.

September and October tend to be the best month as the days shorten and water cools and flows decrease. After about mid-September there is said to be an "October moth" hatch which I believe to be a giant caddis or large "Aquatic Moth". Nymphing on the bottom produces about 50/50 whitefish.

Catches range from large Bulls below the dam (which you cannot keep in the USA) to gigantic Bows just about everywhere. Throw in some nice Browns and many 12"-14" fish and days can be quite memorable. My personal best on the Kootenai was a 24" Bull just below the Kootenai dam. A buddy caught a 24" rainbow that day as well. That was the first weekend in October 2006.

The Idaho Fly Fishers Association has a trip going September 13-15, 2017 with 14 participants. There is still time to join us. Simply go to the Idaho Fly Fishers Trip Page (or email me) and make your reservations today. We make NO profit. It is simply fun for all laced with cigars, Jack Daniels, good food, tall tales, poker and terrible jokes.

Hot takes and tight lines to all. The Idaho / Montana fly fishing season is upon us--FINALLY!


Tags:  Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana
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     Kootenai River - No Hoot Owl
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     Moyie River - Idaho
     Moyie River Rainbow

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