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 nymphing for the most part during the mornings and early afternoons. Depending on weather and conditions look for rising fish in the afternoons in slicks and walking speed current down the banks.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Kootenai River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: 7000 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 51 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:

caddis, pmds, green drakes

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

Nymphing will certainly bring more numbers but dry fly action has been pretty good lately with hatches of caddis and pmds increasingly in play.

7-Day Forecast

Expect mostly sunny skies throughout the week with temps in the 70s. Showers and t-storms cells are possible as well.


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