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Kootenai River Report – Sept 18-25, 2015 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Jul 01, 2015 by Dave Blackburn

River Flow -6,000 CFS , 16-foot visibility, Water temp 55 degrees.

Hatches: Still fishing hoppers, along with heavy PMD and Tan Caddis in late afternoon and a great happy hour at dusk, sporadic BWO in selected areas, tiny ants also showing some days, some earlier PMD’s showing on the upper river in the mornings on cooler days. Some of the best streamer fishing seen this season has taken place in the last week.

Patterns: All medium sized hoppers, Purple Haze, Tan Stimulator, beadhead prince, olive and brown wooly buggers, cone-head sculpin, Purple Prince, Da-Bomb, blue-quill emerges, Red Quill

Guide and Fish Report: We are seeing the best streamer fishing of the season. We are landing the largest rainbows in Montana on Streamers. We landed 4 Rainbows 10 pounds and bigger with the largest a 20 pounder that was 32 inches long.P1040702 As many of the rivers in Montana are on hoot-owl hours, with impending closures looming the Kootenai continues to be immune to the plight of the freestone streams in the state. With selective withdrawal provided by Libby Dam water temps coming out of Libby Dam remain to be in the 50’s insuring high productivity of the fishery. Fish are looking up and rising with enthusiasm to well placed  and presented dries. Last week our doubles record was shattered with 23 doubles to the boat all on dries. We specialize in dry fly fishing and really don’t need to look at bobbers when there are rising fish to be had. 


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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.