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River Report August 4-10, 2014

Posted on Aug 05, 2014 by Dave Blackburn

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River Flow –  9,000 cfs , 10-15 ft visibility, River Temp – 56 degrees

Hatches –  Wow its hopper time already, Caddis and PMD’s late in afternoon, some Green Drakes in select areas.

Effective Patterns : All Hopper Patterns, #18,20 parachute adams, royal wulff, split-wing purple haze, Kootenai caddis, griffiths gnat. #14, 16 prince nymph da-bomb, #4,6 cone-head black/olive buggers, small olive stimulators, green drake, Royal Wulff

Guide Report: Day long dry fly conditions with lots of terrestrial patterns, an average of 50 fish raised per person/day

Fishing outlook – River is set to be at 9000 CFS through September, this is below a mid-range flow lots of wading areas open, but be careful out there, avoid wading at island points where gravels can be unstable.








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.