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Kootenai River Report / July 13-16,2017/GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 by Dave Blackburn

River Flow: 9,900 CFS, 8-10 feet of visibility, 54 degrees F.

Inflow from Lake Koocanusa: 19,200 CFS

Hatches: Caddis, Pale Morning Dunn, Blue Winged Olive, Golden Stone, Midges, Flying Ants and Crane Fly.

Effective Patterns: Caddis, Caddis Emerger, Crane Fly, Flesh Fly, Wooly Bugger, Adams, Royal Wulff.

Guide report: 30-40 fish raised on dry flies daily, primarily in the mornings and evenings. Good nymphing and streamer fishing midday. The river continues to clear daily.



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.