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River Pickin’ at River Bend

Posted on Apr 08, 2017 by Dave Blackburn

May 28 – June 4, 2017

This year starting the last Sunday in May we are continuing the tradition of Pasture Pickin’ at our location on the river hence the new name. Pasture Pickin has been going on for over 20 years and was located at Snyder Field 6 miles up Pipe Creek road. Dale and Dorothy Berg the organizers of the event asked me to take it on. River Pickin’ will be the same gathering of County, Bluegrass and Old Time music lovers and Pickers from throughout the Northwest. It will take place once every year beginning the last Sunday in May for one week. It is always very a great way to relax and de-stress listening and playing music with back drop of the Kootenai River. The last Saturday evening will show case some of the local area bands at the Rapids. We are looking forward to seeing everyone. The River Bend restaurant will be open throughout the week for meals.

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.