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Kootenai River Report – May 23-30, 2015 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on May 04, 2015 by Dave Blackburn

River Flow – 26,500 CFS Temp 42 degrees, 10-foot visibility, Water temps warming up. STURGEON AUGMENTATION FLOWS FOR 7 DAYS, maximum powerhouse water discolored, heavy flows

Hatches: Big Carpenter Ants already showing! Chironomids, Little Blue Quills, Silver Stripe Caddis, Blue-wing Olives,  Western March Brown beginning to show. Some good dry fly activity happening in the afternoons.

Effective Patterns: Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, Tan Stimulator, beadhead prince, olive and brown wooly buggers, cone-head sculpin, Purple Prince, Da-Bomb, blue-quill emergers

Guide and Fish Report: Go fish one of the area lakes, river is set for maximum flow next 7 days. It will be back fishing soon after they lower the water.


Fishing and Guide Report: 20150503_151805 20150503_154114


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.