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Kootenai River Fishing Report – May 18-25,2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Dave Blackburn

Kootenai River Flow: 17,000 Cubic Feet per second, 6 foot visibility, 46 degrees, Heavy Glacial Tint

Fisher River Flow: 1800 CFS

Hatches: Little Blue Quills, March Browns, Little Olive Stones, Midges, BWO, Some Grannom Caddis starting, Large Carpenter Ants and warmer days.

Effective Patterns

Dry: Parachute Adams, Purple Haze #16-20, Tan Stimulator #8 and 10, Griffiths Gnat, small Golden and Olive Stones, Standard Adams, Red Quill, Sunken Black Ants

Nymph and Streamers: Beadhead Prince, pheasant tail, stones and midge pupa. Black/Olive Conehead wooly buggers, kokanee killers

Fishing Report: We are starting Sturgeon Flow augmentation. With increased flows from Libby Dam, Fisher River Discharge has been minimized. River Temps are warming there, we are seeing increased surface feeding from 2-5pm. Don’t forget to hang a submerged ant off your favorite dry. Recently raised 25 fish on a half day float in selected areas. The slower runs are seeing the most surface activity.



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.