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|Linehan Outfitting Company|
Water flow: 25,000
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 46 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: afternoon
Best stretch: All stretches are open and in great shape.
Best access point: All Corps, FS, and public access points and boat ramps are in good shape from Libby Dam to the Yaak.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Fish species: rainbow, westlope cutthroat, bull trout, mountain whitefish
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: June 1 - October 31)
Nearest airport: Missoula, MT, Kalispell, MT, or Spokane, WA
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
Linehan Outfitting Company and the Kootenai River are located in the far Northwest corner of Montana. The Kootenai River runs through the towns of Libby and Troy before heading into Idaho where it turns north and flows back into Canada. This is not typical big sky country. Instead this is a place where the Pacific rainforest ecosystem crashes into the spine of the northern rockies. It's a place still off ...
the beaten path and a place where you can stand in a riffle at dark and have the whole place to yourself. The Kootenai is a big tailwater fishery and below Libby Dam we have about thirty miles of fishable water. Rainbows averaging 12"-16" on dry flies are pretty much the name of the game here throughout the season as well as the possibility of a huge bull trout if you feel like throwing bugs bunny all day. The Kootenai is big and broad and most efficiently fished from a drift boat in classic float/wade style and access to mid-stream islands and riffles provides easy wading in prime locations.
What with big flows this time of year it's all about nymphing if you feel like giving it a shot. Get it down and scratch the bottom. It's early winter so dry fly action in generaly is slowing down.
Discharge from Libby Dam will remain at 25,000kcfs through Friday. Expect cold days with temps in the single digits. Think about tying flies and sitting by the woodstove instead of being on the water.