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Dave Blackburn

Fly Fisher/Guide/Fly Tier

Dave Blackburn started tying flies and fly fishing at the age of 10 when his sixth grade teacher introduced him to the sport. Having grown up in Pennsylvania he was schooled on many of the classic limestone streams of the east.

Dave Blackburn

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Kootenai River- Big, Bold and Beautiful

Dave Blackburn has been fishing and guiding the Kootenai River in Montana for over 25 years. If you want to know how to fish and where to fish on this great western trout river listen in and Dave will share his hard earned secrets.

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 chasing wild trout tales; and gained employment as a wilderness ranger in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming.

In 1981, he ended up in Montana on the banks of the Kootenai where he now resides with his wife, Tammy, and three children. 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.

To learn more about Dave's guide service, lodging and fly shop visit Kootenai Angler.

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