Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
With the river at high flows for the foreseeable future dry fly action will be spotty. Look for fish in off current areas, deep pools, and slower runs, and side channels.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Kootenai River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: 25,000cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 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:

midge, baetis, cadddis,

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 is best bet. With high flows you're going to need some weight to get the flies down. Six feet to a B and BB is a good nymphing rig under these conditions.

7-Day Forecast

Expect a mostly sunny week with chance of t-storms in the afternoons. Flows are high . Clarity is good.


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