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River Report: June 5-12, 2014

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 by Dave Blackburn

River Flow –  26,400 cfs , 6-12 ft visibility, River Temp – 42 degrees

Hatches –  Midges, Little Blue Quills, Silver Stripe Caddis, little olive stone, Blue-wing Olives, March Brown

Effective Patterns : #18,20 parachute adams, split-wing purple haze, griffiths gnat. #14, 16 prince nymph da-bomb, #4,6 cone-head black/olive buggers, small olive stimulators.

Guide Report: 25 fish on dries taken last Thursday on the Kootenai, 2nd sturgeon pulse flow started, tributaries are shaping up.

Fishing outlook – River is warming and at the 1st tier of Sturgeon flows. No wading areas open.  Good insect activity, dries in the afternoons. Even though river is high, it is very clear, fishing well.




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.