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Kootenai River Fishing Report – July 26th-July 31st, 2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Jul 26, 2018 by Dave Blackburn

Kootenai River Flow: 9,000 Cubic Feet per second, 8 foot visibility, 60 degrees

Yaak River Flow: 173 CFS

Fisher River Flow: 136 CFS

Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s, Hoppers, Black Flying Ants, Little Olive Stones, Midges, BWO, And Large Carpenter Ants

Effective Patterns

Dry: Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-20, Purple Haze #16-20, Sparkle Dun #14-18, PMD Thorax #14-16, Rusty Spinner #16-18, Tan Stimulator #8 and 10, Griffiths Gnat, small Golden and Olive Stones, Standard Adams, Red Quill, Sunken Black Ants, Grasshoppers, Chubbies. 

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 60 degrees, and flows are down around 9k, with excellent visibility. Fish have moved in to the riffles, and they seem to be fully aware that now is the time to put on some pounds. There have been some THICK clouds of Caddis in the evening, as well as some great PMD action in the late morning and late evenings. Grasshoppers are in full swing and working well, and we’ve been seeing a fair amount of flying black ants on the surface. Finding some good fish with streamers and nymphs during the hot part of the day. 

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.