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 Good

Water flow: 18,000 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 39 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: The upper river from Libby Dam downstream to the mouth of the Fisher River is closed to fishing until June 1.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Baetis, midge, march brown

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. Dry fly action is pretty limited right now.

7-Day Forecast

Libby Dam releases are ramping up as inflows increase. On Monday morning (5/13) at 0800 MDT, Libby Dam outflows will increase from 13 kcfs to 15 kcfs. Additional flow increases will occur over the next 10 days, with the potential to reach 18 kcfs outflow from Libby Dam next week.


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