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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kootenai - No Hoot Owl

Kootenai Below Libby Dam
 Just enjoyed a day on the upper Kootenai below the dam with my kid brother. Water out west is still low and quite warm. So, the trick is finding cold water so the trout want die when caught and landed. The water temp there was about 55 degrees and flow about 9,000 cfs. Perfect for trout fishing. Ambient temp was about 75 degrees and we wet waded in comfort.

Bow on a "Black Crawler"
At the suggestion of Dave Blackburn from Kootenai Angler fly shop, we began with dries about 10 am. Floated the stretch from just below the dam down to the Osprey Landing. There are great ramps at both. The float was a perfect 4 1/2 hours but it was quite windy. After a few on dries, swapped to a golden stonefly and black crawler and just slayed them. Fished them down about 9 feet. Both flies were weighted. Since my brother rarely gets to fly fish, and particularly not in the West since he lives in SC, thought trying nymphs might work and they did and he really enjoyed the catch. Unfortunately, since we did decide to nymph, there was an occasional whitefish thrown in.

PS-Dave Blackburn at the Kootenai Angler, has a really nice set up with fly shop, restaurant and cabin accommodations. He also has a quality guide service as well. And by the way a shuttle service. He is located just below the dam and so are his cabins. I have stayed in them and they are nice, clean and very comfortable. I would definitely recommend. While there enjoy great food at their restaurant located adjacent to his full service fly shop and sit and listen to him and his buddies play bluegrass. Dave's phone is 800.322.9339 and email is

Hard takes and tight fly lines to all.

Tags:  Grande Ronde River - Idaho
Kelly Creek, ID
     Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana
     Missouri River - Montana
     Moyie River - Idaho

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