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Kootenai River Fishing Report – Aug 2nd-Aug 7th, 2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Aug 02, 2018 by Dave Blackburn

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

Yaak River Flow: Minimum Flow (Walk/Wade only)

Fisher River Flow: Minimum Flow (Walk/Wade only)

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

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, Stone Bomb

Fishing Report: The beginning of August signals the best of hopper fishing for the Kootenai. With the long hot days that the deep summer brings, bug activity is relegated to mornings and evenings because of triple digit heat when the sun is high. This being said, soft hackle droppers and nymphs work best under the water during the day. Large fish brought in on dries in the morning and evening, one of the prime months of the year to fish the Kootenai!


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.