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Fall has arrived on the Kootenai: Dry Fly Heaven with October caddis

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 by Dave Blackburn

River Flow: 4000 cfs

Water Temp: 58 degrees

Visibility: 20-25 feet

The long indian summer of Montana is finally over, cooler weather has arrived with all of its grandeur. October Caddis have been sighted and Little Blue Quills along with Blue-wing olives make up the menu. Remnant PMD’s and Tan Caddis are also showing their last full measure of the season. Day-long dry fly fishing starting around 10am till dusk most fall days. Look for extended hatch time on overcast days. Voracious surface feeding combined with spectacular fall colors make this a great time to be on the water.



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.