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Kootenai River Report – March 12-19, 2016 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 by Dave Blackburn

Inflow into Lake Koocanusa –  3340 cfs

River Flow -10,000 CFS , 10-foot visibility, Water temp 39 degrees. River scheduled to be at 10 to 15 kcfs the next week trying to meet target elevations for Lake Koocanusa.

Hatches: Chironomids and Little Blue Quills in the warmer afternoons. Some Silver Stripe Caddis still showing.

Patterns: Nymphs and Streamers are the main course of action, slow drifts and dead drifts in the deep slower runs. Some dry fly activity in the afternoons. Fish Slow, the fish are semi-dormant with the lowest water temps of the winter.

Guide and Fish Report: We are still seeing some large fish moving to streamers. Slower retrieves and dead drifts are the ticket with the lower water temps of winter setting in.

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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.