Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Look for fish in faster in water as trout are now fully in summer mode. While fishing hoppers don't afraid to fish them with a little action. Skitch them an inch or two every now and then as this will often move fish to the surface in deeper water.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Kootenai River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: 9000 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 54 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Anytime

Best stretch: The Kootenai is in great shape from the Libby Dam to the Idaho border.

Best access point: All access points are open.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Pmds are really decreasing in frequency but spinner falls are still in play in some locations in the morning. Caddis are still popping in riffles but are also on the downside of the hatch. At this point it's more about terrestrials and hoppers and ants.

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

Dry fly action has been great and very consistent the last few weeks. Hopper/dropper rigs are best bet throughout the day.

7-Day Forecast

Conditions are great here on the Kootenai and fishing has been consistently good. Expect generally nice weather with daytime temps in the 80s. There is some smoke and haze each day and that will last for the foreseeable future.

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