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Kootenai River Report – Oct 1-8, 2015 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Oct 01, 2015 by Dave Blackburn

Inflow into Lake Koocanusa –  6400 cvs

River Flow -5,000 CFS , 20-foot visibility, Water temp 55 degrees. River scheduled to drop to minimum 4,000 for the rest of October on the 2nd.

Hatches: Moving into the fall hatches, starting to see October Caddis and Aquatic Moths, small tan caddis, some BWO’s, still seeing some hoppers, small ants, and pmd’s.

Patterns: All medium sized hoppers, Purple Haze, Tan Stimulator, beadhead prince, olive and brown wooly buggers, cone-head sculpin, Purple Prince, Da-Bomb, blue-quill emerges, Red Quill, Orange stimulator, small adams.

Guide and Fish Report: We are seeing the best streamer fishing of the season. We are landing the largest rainbows in Montana on Streamers. We landed 4 Rainbows 10 pounds and bigger with the largest a 20 pounder that was 32 inches long.P1040702  Fish are looking up and rising with enthusiasm to well placed  and presented dries. We specialize in dry fly fishing and really don’t need to look at bobbers when there are rising fish to be had. 

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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.