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Kootenai River Fishing Report – July 1-7, 2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Jun 30, 2018 by Dave Blackburn

Kootenai River Flow: 9,470 Cubic Feet per second, 6 foot visibility, 54 degrees

Yaak River Flow: 496 CFS

Fisher River Flow: 305 CFS

Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s, Little Blue Quills, March Browns, Little Olive Stones, Midges, BWO, Large Carpenter Ants on warmer days. Green and Brown Drakes.

Effective Patterns

Dry: Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, Purple Haze #16-20, Tan Stimulator #8 and 10, Griffiths Gnat, small Golden and Olive Stones, Standard Adams, Red Quill, Sunken Black Ants

Nymph and Streamers: Da Bomb, Beadhead Prince, pheasant tail, stones and midge pupa. Black/Olive Conehead wooly buggers, kokanee killers, Thin Mint Buggers

Fishing Report: River is up to 54 degrees, and flows are down around 10k. Dry Fly action should really turn on this week. Grannom and Tan Caddis are out in full force. PMD’s have been coming off in the mornings on overcast days. BWO and Little Blue Quills, Little Olive Stones, Black Ants. Glacial silt is settling out, and fish are looking up… Summer is upon us! Yaak and other tributaries area at prime flows for wade fishing. We also had a few hopper sightings in the hay fields this week… The season of Hoppertunities is approaching! Happy 4th to all!

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.