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Four-Wheel Drive Tours & Tenkara

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 by Dave Blackburn

This year we are adding 4-wheel Drive tours to our guided trips. The tours are designed to offer a guided tour to some of the off-the-beaten-path areas of our area. Since only 10% of Lincoln County is privately owned there are large areas within the Kootenai National Forest that can be accessed by logging roads. These tours are designed to access to small stream fishing and area lakes. The appeal of tenkara is its elegant simplicity. There are also other advantages of using the long tenkara rods when fishing in mountain streams, primarily the lightness of the line and delicate presentation. A long rod allows for precise placement of the fly on small pools and allows for holding the fly in place on the other side of a current. The other main advantage of using the long tenkara rod is precise control for manipulation of the fly. We look forward to introducing folks to the traditional Japanese form of fishing. We also have some very good developing Smallmouth, Largemouth and Northern Pike fisheries available for those who need a break from the Salmonids.



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.