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Kootenai River Fishing Report – June 22-28, 2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by Dave Blackburn

Kootenai River Flow: 13,000 Cubic Feet per second, 6 foot visibility, 54 degrees

Yaak River Flow: 843 CFS

Fisher River Flow: 464 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 on some of the tribs.

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: Beadhead Prince, pheasant tail, stones and midge pupa. Black/Olive Conehead wooly buggers, kokanee killers

Fishing Report: River is up to 54 degrees, Grannom and Tan Caddis are coming off strong in the evenings, some PMD action starting. 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 are fishing well!

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.