Kootenai River

Libby, Montana 59923

Kootenai River

Kootenai River Professional Review and Guide

"The Kootenai is perhaps Montana’s best Blue Ribbon secret, and due to its distant location in the extreme northwest corner of the state, it is likely to stay that way. Even by western standards, the Kootenai is a large river. Low flows on the Kootenai regularly exceed the Madison River at peak runoff. The river takes it name from the Kootenai Indians who fished and hunted this region 3,000 years before the first white settlers arrived. The Kootenai flows through the shadows of the Cabinet Mountains to the south and the majestic Purcell Mountain Range to the north.

The limited fishing pressure, exceptional dry fly fishing and spectacular scenery, make a trip to the “Koot,” worthy of venturing off the beaten path. Types of Fish: Rainbow, Westslope Cutthroat, Bull, and Columbia Redband Trout, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

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Trail Type
Best July and September
Season & Limits
Kootenai National Forest
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Jul 2018