Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Stick with streamers and nymphs for the most part. Get your flies down, keep them down, and look for fish in slower runs, back eddies, and off current areas.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Kootenai River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: Flows will be held constant at 4 kcfs through Jan. 4th.

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 41 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Anytime

Best stretch: All stretches are fishing pretty much the same.

Best access point: All access points are open.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Baetis, midge

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

Kootenai River Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

Stick with subsurface techniques and get nymphs and streamers down.

7-Day Forecast

Water conditions will be good through this week. Flows are down to 4000 cfs and will likely remain steady. Another cold, snowy front will enter the area Monday night and continue through Wednesday. Expect snow and day time temps in the teens or low twenties.

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