Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Kootenai River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
It's fall now, flows are down, and water is gin clear. Time to lengthen the leaders if you're fishing dries and be sure to get those bugs out ahead of the boat if you're drift fishing. Big bugs and droppers are still in play but small stuff is now important again too. Think #16 parachute Adams especially if you see baetis.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Kootenai River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: 4000cfs

Visibility: 55 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 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:

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

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. Attractor/ ropper rigs are best bet throughout the day.

7-Day Forecast

Conditions are great here on the Kootenai and fishing has been consistently good. Expect fall temps- chilly in the mornings and warming through the day. Parly sunny seems to be the general pattern for now with chance of shower later in the week. Perfect weather expected for this week!

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