Hyde Pro Staff

Industry Professionals Dedicated To Hyde

Dave Blackburn

Libby, MT


Dave Blackburn, who has lived on the banks of the Kootenai since 1981, established Kootenai Angler as the area’s first flyfishing guide service and fly shop.

Dave is a director on both the Montana Council of Trout Unlimited and Fishing Outfitters association of Montana. He is an FFF certified casting instructor and a contract fly tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is a past officer of the Kootenai Flyfishers and a current board member of the Kootenai Valley Trout Club. Dave also teaches fly tying and flyfishing at Flathead Community College. His photos and articles have appeared in Flyfisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, and The Flyfisher magazines.

Dave has also appeared in numerous books by John, Holt, Greg Thomas and Charlie Meck as a Kootenai River authority and conservation advocate. He is a seminar speaker at FFF conclaves and various fly fishing expos. He chaired the Upper Kootenai River Preservation Society in the early 80s, which was instrumental in defeating the Jennings Rapids Dam Project. He also developed an innovative casting brace for fly casting instruction. He is married and has three children.

“I have rowed every boat in the business in the last 22 years, nothing rows or tracks like a Hyde. Lots of gimmicks out there trying to copy the rowability of a Hyde. They can’t duplicate the “built in chine” that is the reason for the great performance. Try dropping the oars in the middle of a run on one of the other boats and try to change flies without having the boat do the whirlygig thing! No other boat in the business tracks like a Hyde.”Dave Blackburn