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RIver Report July 21-30

Posted on Jul 07, 2014 by Dave Blackburn

River Flow –  13,000 cfs , 10-15 ft visibility, River Temp – 52 degrees

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

Effective Patterns : Small 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: 192 raised fish on a 15 mile hopper float yesterday! (not that many boated)

Fishing outlook – River is dropping to its summer flows and is warming up, fish metabolism is increasing stimulating more activity, both on the surface and underneath. River is just above mid-range flow, some wading spots are open, wade with caution; avoid island points with unstable gravels in deeper faster runs. Have fun out there. Drift fishing very productive at this level. Hoppers starting to fish!


starting to fish well. P1010581

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.