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Kootenai River Report Sept 2-9 : GoFlyfishMontana

Posted on Sep 02, 2017 by Dave Blackburn

Discharge from Libby Dam: 9000 kcfs, 18 feet visibility

Hatches:  PMD’s, Tan Caddis, Little Blue quills, Tiny winged Ants, Mahogany Duns, Blue Wing Olives, Hoppers, Ants and Craneflies

Effective Patterns: All Caddis patterns, Purple Haze, Standard Adams, PMD’s, Olive Parachute Adams, Chubby Chernobyl: all colors, Dave’s Hopper, Sunken Ant Droppers, Peacock Soft Hackles

Guide Report: We are continuing to have good dry fly fishing with good hopper/dropper success during the heat of the day. Our weather has been extremely hot and dry with several new forest fires in the area. We are raising 30-50 fish per fisherman on guided full day floats. Some large fish taken on streamers.

 

 

 



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.