Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Kootenai River, MT
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Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Flows from Libby Dam are now 4,000fs. Look for fish in traditional fall runs in 2-6 feet of good current especially with cover, drop-offs and bucket edges. Hoppers and droppers are still the name of the game. It's gin clear out there so make longer casts and let it hunt.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Kootenai River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: 4000cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 54 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 and launches are in great shape.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

hoppers, 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

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Dry fly action or dry dropper will carry the day if you're looking for steady action. Nymphing is always productive during the day in faster runs especially boulder gardens and especially if you're looking for a few bigger fish.

7-Day Forecast

Days are getting shorter, shadows are showing up earlier during the day and mornings are chilly. Expect showers and rain through the weekend and then back to more seasonable weather.

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