Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Flows from Libby Dam are presently 4000. Give the Libby Dam a call 406-293-3421 for daily flow schedule. If flows are 8000 cfs or below the river is pretty fishable this time of year. Fish have moved into winter lies and not necessarily riffles. Concentrate on areas of cover, slower currents, drop-offs, and off currents.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Kootenai River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: 4000cfs

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 and launches are in great shape.

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

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

Nymphing and pulling streamers are about all you can this time of year here on the Kootenai.

7-Day Forecast

Expect a mix of rain and snow through the rest of the week. Conditions will be good with lower flows. Nymphing will be solid.


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