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River Report: August 5-12

Posted on Aug 05, 2013 by Dave Blackburn

Outflow: 14,000

Water Temperature: 59 degrees

Visibilty: 15 ft

Fish have been rising really well to hoppers throughout the day. Hoppers are here and stay until late September. PMD’s and caddis are also working very well in the evenings from 7-10.  Caddis range from size 12-16.

Fish will rise all through the day on cloudy and overcast days.

On slower days, nymphing is always a great way to catch fish.

Effective Patterns:

Dries: Dave’s hoppers, PMD’s, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wulff, BWO, Stimis, and Green Drakes.

Nymphs: Da bomb, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince Nymph, and Copper Johns.

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About dave

Dave Blackburn started tying flies and fly fishing at the age of 10 and has been fishing and guiding the Kootenai River in Montana for more than 25 years. He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Forest Resource Management with an emphasis on water quality and aquatic ecology. He traveled westward and ended up in Montana on the banks of the Kootenai in 1981 where he now resides with his wife, Tammy. He is on the board of directors of the Kootenai Valley Trout Club. He has been a past director of the the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana and the Montana Council of Trout Unlimited. Dave chaired the Upper Kootenai River Preservation Society, which was instrumental in defeating the Jennings Rapids Dam project. Dave is a FFF-certified casting instructor and a contract tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He teaches fly tying and fly fishing at Flathead Community College. His photos and articles have appeared in Flyfisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, and The Flyfisher magazines.