Fishing Season: Year Round (Prime: June 1 - October 31)

Kootenai River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Linehan Outfitting's Tip of the Week

It's the start of hopper season. Think bigger bugs and don't forget they'll still eat in the afternoons in fast water.

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Map of Kootenai River

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Linehan Outfitting Company

5-Day Outlook as of 8/9/22

It looks like we're in for a terrific week here on the Kootenai. Partly sunny skies will prevail with daytime temperatures in the 90s. Afternoons will be hot but the KOOTENAI is in great shape.

Techniques & Tips as of 8/9/22

It's all systems go here on the Kootenai right now. Dry fly fishing has been good throughout the day with best action early and late. Nymphing in faster water and in boulder gardens can be fast action and believe it or not, even under 95 degree sunny days the streamer action has been steady too.

Local Species Available Year Round (Prime: June 1 - October 31)

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    westlope cutthroat

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    bull trout

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    mountain whitefish

Linehan Outfitting's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Elk Wing Caddis tan 16
Adams Parachute Dry Fly standard 16
Schroeder's Hi-Vis Hopper tan 12
Pale Morning Dun Thorax standard 16
Pat's stonefly brown 10
purple chubby purple 12
TH Duracell Jig standard 14,16,18
Tunghead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail standard 16
big bunny streamers white, red, black 6
white circus peanut white 6

Elk Wing Caddis

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Linehan Outfitting's Recommended Gear

Description: About Kootenai River

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 the beaten path and a place where you can stand in a riffle at dark and have the whole place to yourself. The Kootenai is a big tailwater fishery and below Libby Dam we have about thirty miles of fishable water. Rainbows averaging 12"-16" on dry flies are pretty much the name of the game here throughout the season as well as the possibility of a huge bull trout if you feel like throwing bugs bunny all day. The Kootenai is big and broad and most efficiently fished from a drift boat in classic float/wade style and access to mid-stream islands and riffles provides easy wading in prime locations.

Nearest Airport:

Missoula, MT, Kalispell, MT, or Spokane, WA


midge,PMDs, caddis, hoppers, ants, beetles, crane flies

Best Time to Fish:

During daylight hours

Best Stretch:

The entire river is good shape and all stretches are fishing well.

Best Access:

All access points and launches are in great shape.