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Kootenai River Fishing Report – April 7-15, 2017

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 by Dave Blackburn

River Flow: 24,200 cfs 8-12 foot visibility above the Fisher River, 3 feet visibility below the Fisher River.   Fisher Infow 2000 kcfs

Inflow from Lake Koocanusa:  9.2 kcfs

Hatches: Midges and Little Blue Quills, Silver Stripe Caddis

Effective Patterns: Bead-head prince, Wooly Bugger, Adams, Parachute Adams

Guide report: We are not guiding on the river currently with the extreme high flows and cold water temps. River is off -color due to Fisher River Runoff below Libby Dam. We are currently catching fish on Lake Koocanusa and checking out lowland lakes which are just now loosing their ice. Lake fishing should start soon. UPPER RIVER CLOSED TILL JUNE 1


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.