Our fishing adventures generally begin around the middle of March and run through Thanksgiving.
We provide all Orvis gear free of charge if necessary, including rods, reels, and waders. Please bring your own foul-weather gear. Additionally, know we have plenty of Orvis demo rods and reels for you to try anytime. Guides provide flies, up to a point.
We believe that variety is indeed the spice of life and to that end, our fishing program is incredibly diverse. Our home water here in the northwest corner of Montana is the Kootenai River and all its tributaries. The Kootenai is a big, broad tailwater fishery that is honestly the last un-crowded river in the state. It's best fished with traditional float/wade techniques and features rainbow and cutthroats averaging 10-16 inches. The Kootenai tributaries and headwaters provide tremendous small-stream opportunities. Miles and miles of wilderness-like freestone streams tumble out of the mountains and are full of native rainbows, cutts, and brookies. Early in the season we float the tributaries but usually by mid-July they become walk/wade adventures. For the stillwater enthusiast, alpine lakes and valley ponds are yours to explore and we also spend a fair bit of time on the lower Clark Fork River around St. Regis, Montana and offer it as an option here at home, too. The Clark Fork is also best fished by driftboat; it's a fantastic fishery featuring, on average, 14- to 18-inch rainbows and cutts, and is also un-crowded.
Additionally, LOC spends time around the state fishing different waters during certain times of the year. In March and April we can be found on the Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers around Missoula. From mid-May through mid-June we can be found in Craig, Montana on the Missouri River. These early season adventures are awesome and offer some of the most spectacular spring options in the state. Shoulder season, pre-runoff fishing is spectacular! The fish are hungry, the bugs are starting, and the waters are un-crowded.
All information about our diverse fishing program throughout the season can be found in detail on our site.
This northwest corner of the state is not typical big sky country. Instead, it's a place of dense, coniferous forests, a place of lush, green mountains, and lots of water. Our summer/fall fishing season is generally lovely. Nights and mornings can be chilly with average temps in the 40s and 50s and daytime temps with lots of sunny days can average 80 degrees. As always, bring good rain gear just in case, but for the most part this area of the state sees pretty consistent weather through September.
Average water temps early in the year might still be around 50 degrees, so waders are common. After about the middle of July we generally wet wade if you're comfortable doing so.
We have an extended suite of packages ranging from single-day outings to week-long full-service lodge packages. To that end, packages include 4 nights/3 days, 5 nights/4 days, and 6 nights/5 days. Generally speaking, we start the fishing day around 8:30 and end around 6pm. From time to time we adjust and offer fishing days that begin around 2pm and end around 10pm. Depending on where your guide decides to fish for the day, he or she will either pick you up or meet you at our guide shop in Libby, Montana.
We are trout bums and our season revolves around rainbow, cutthroats, browns, and bull trout. Throughout the season we'll fish dries, nymphs, and streamers—whatever it takes to get you into fish. But know this: if you have a preference, we're happy to accommodate.
SUGGESTED GEAR LIST
Linehan Outfitting Company lodge and cabin settings are very casual and no special attire is necessary. Blue jeans, khakis, shorts, casual shirts, and fishing shirts are all common.
Long underwear, top and bottom, at least one pair. Mid-weight, quick drying is most versatile. For cold weather and water, use heavy weight underwear or fleece garments under breathable waders.
FLY FISHING CHECKLIST
Rods and Reels
Leaders and Tippets
Waders and Wading Boots
Other Standard Gear
We have three handcrafted log cabins located in Yaak, Montana. They are well appointed, have everything you need, and are easily accessible off the main Yaak road just beyond the 35-mile mark in the upper valley. Access to the Yaak River and the surrounding Kootenai National forest is immediate, offering easy family activity time if you desire.
Each rental cabin has a queen bedroom, sleeping loft with two twin beds, one bathroom, a full kitchen, and a gas grill on the porch. We want to assure you that they are also well equipped and furnished with all kitchen and cooking utensils and we want your stay here at our Yaak log cabins to be restful, easy, comfortable, and without worries. All you need to bring are groceries and personal items. We provide flannel sheets, down comforters, satellite internet, and stars so bright at night you can practically hear them, all of which make for a wonderful stay here in Yaak.
As another lodging option, and more suitable for groups of up to 8 people, is our Kootenai River Lodge. It’s no exaggeration to say this is an extraordinary piece of property. Situated on 8 acres in Libby, Montana with big, green lawns and right on the bank of the Kootenai River, the lodge is also fully furnished, well appointed, including all kitchen and cooking utensils, and offers spectacular views of the river and the Cabinet Mountains out the front door. Four bedrooms and two baths with a spacious living/dining room help make the lodge a great place for your family or group to base from while fishing or hunting with us here in Kootenai country.
We offer two different packages here at the lodge:
Our full-service fly-fishing package is all-inclusive, with meals prepared by Joanne. Instead of singing the praises of Joanne’s culinary experience, suffice it to say that Joanne would easily be included in a list of the best and most accomplished and praised chefs in the industry. For over 20 years she has been preparing meals for Linehan Outfitting Company guests by cooking with fresh, locally grown ingredients with a dedication to being thoughtful and innovative about meals without being pretentious or over the top. Most recently, Joanne studied and worked in the kitchen with noted Boston chef Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley’s Bistro.
We also offer a package at our lodge without meals. Basically you rent the entire place yourself and do your own meals. Generally speaking, we do not mix parties at the lodge. You are there with your group and that’s it.
Q. Where should I fly?
A. Air travel to and from Spokane, Washington is best. We do not provide airport transportation to and from our operation.
Q. What is a typical gratuity for a guide?
A. Guide gratuities average $80-$100 per day.
Q. How big is the closest town?
A. Libby and Troy, Montana are fairly good-sized towns with grocery stores, hotels, motels, etc.
Q. What else is nearby?
A. Glacier National Park is three hours away from our operation.
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 150 reviews
150 of 150 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Fishing the Bitterroot -
By: Rummy from Libby, MT
First time on the Bitterroot and what a great experience. Guide Shawn McAfee worked hard putting us on fish and Boy were we successful. Will do it again next year, unless LOC has a better idea!
Excellent guides, Great teachers -
Our trip was tremendous, thanks to Tim, Sean and the wonderful team at Linehan Outfitting. Not only are they world class guides, but they are fun and wonderful people to spend a week with. They are always enthusiastic and patient. My wife couldn't have had a better experience to learn the sport on her first fly fishing trip-- She is hooked now. And we both caught a lot of big fish. Great fishing, good learning and relaxed fun! The week sets a new standard that will be hard to match on future trips!
Best fishing ever -
By: Bottles from Bozrah, CT
Have fished with Linehan Outfitters for at least seven years. This is the first time we fished with them on the Missouri River. Four days of amazing fishing with fish from seventeen to twenty one inches all day long. Smallest fish during our trip was fifteen inches so I do not know where the small fish were hiding. Best fishing I have had in fifty years of fly fishing.
Great experience -
I am new to the sport and with a few pointers from the Tim and Jeff, was I catching trout like a pro! Beautiful location on the Missouri.
Learning to Fly Fish on the Missouri -
By: FlyFisherNewbie from Montana, USA
I am new to fly fishing while my wife is more experienced. I agreed to join her on this trip to share the experience of Lineman Outfitters on the Missouri River in Montana, and I am ever so thankful that I made this decision. This was one of my most memorable trips and has left a lifetime of memories. First, the trip was well organized and perfectly outfitted. Second, on each of our five days on the river we had a different guide who provided his own unique advice on fly fishing as well as nature in general. Each guide was patient, easy to understand, and successful in reaching my and his goals. All of the guides made it fun and educational. Third, each day was a different section of the river with different experiences of fishing as well as natural beauty. Fourth, being with a group of fellow fly fishermen was supportive and enjoyable. Fifth, the float boats were perfect for the river, easy to fish from, and great to cast and land fish. Sixth, lunches every day were simple and delicious. I could go on, but rather let me conclude and say that, as a newbie to fly fishing, all of my fears of shortcomings and lack of talent and experience went away quickly as the guides, the structure and substance of the trip, and the fishing began and rolled along. I especially thank my guide on the first day for his patience and instruction. It set the stage for a week of improvement and fun. We are now planning our next trip to the Yak. Thanks to Lineman Outfitters for all that they did and how they did it, and to all the fish who were so kind in taking my fly.
By: flyfishboston from Boston, MA, USA
This was my first trip with Lineman Outfitters and it was really very special. Tim has to be one of the nicest and most talented anglers! Each of the guides that work with Tim reflect his values. Each day was fun and fishing the Missouri with such great guides, who were able to educate new anglers, made it a great experience. Our next trip will be with Tim and his merry band of men!
What are you waiting for? -
By: troutinman from Boston, MA, USA
There are 143 reviews here for Linehan Outfitting Company. 142 are 5 star and 1 is 4 star. Treat yourself to a few days on the river with the best guides in the USA.
Clark Fork Rocks -
By: Ipaddulique from Ephrata, WA
My friend Keith and I fished with Tim in early April. Two days - 14 miles each day. The first day was tough (weather: hard upstream wind, snow) but Tim got us into fish. The second day the weather was much better and the fishing improved. Tim Linehan worked very hard both days, long days. He was attentive, great eyes and a lot of fun.
By: Westkootie from Stevensville, MT 59870, USA
My Son and I have fished with Tim the past two years in early spring on the Bitterroot river. Tim is hard working, knowledgeable, patient, and above all has unbelievable unending enthusiasm. Absolute highest recommendation.
Great Day Fishing -
By: charlieflyfish from Lenoir City, T
I had a great day of fishing and conversation. He is a very experienced guide who worked hard to put me on many fish. We shared enthusiasm for conservation and the work of Trout Unlimited and had a very interesting and productive day on the river.