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Kootenai River Report/ August 14th-17th/GoflyfishMontana.com

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 by Dave Blackburn

River Flow: 9,000 CFS, 10-15 feet of visibility, 56 degrees F.

Inflow from Lake Koocanusa: 4,400 CFS

Hatches: Tan Caddis, PMD, BWO, Little Blue Quill and Grasshopper. Midges and Black Caddis closer to Libby Dam

Effective Patterns: Caddis, Caddis Emerger, Wooly bugger, Grasshopper, Tiny ants, crane fly, PMD, BWO.

Guide report: Ample Hoppertunity for anglers, 35 to 50 fish are being raised per angler on guided float trips. The air is clearing of smoke and fishing is continually improving. The temperature is down and the days are temperate and clear.

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.