NORTHWEST MONTANA FLY FISHING

Montana fly fishing inherently means different things to different people and the destinations are many and varied. Here in Kootenai River Country we can honestly offer a different experience. This northwest corner of the state is far less traveled and is more like the Pacific Northwest ecosystem than traditional big sky country. It’s green, lush, mountainous, and we’re not exaggerating when we say less crowded. Seriously, we only see a couple other drift boats on the water each day. If we’re fishing remote smaller rivers, we don’t see anyone...for days.

The Linehan Outfitting staff of Montana fly fishing guides are some of the best in the state. We don’t see ourselves as a means to an end. We want you to learn, to experience facets of the sport you have never encountered before, and to come away from fishing with us with that “wow!” sense of accomplishment. It’s wrong to guarantee lots of fish or lots of big fish every day. Mother Nature does what she wants. Period. But we can guarantee our knowledge and can guarantee that you will be a better angler after you fish with us. And that’s what we believe you’re paying for anyway.

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Kootenai River

A Kootenai River fishing trip is a spectacular and unique experience. The Kootenai River is Montana’s largest tailwater fishery with over half its drainage located in British Columbia and is also a major tributary of the Columbia River.

Clark Fork River

CLARK FORK RIVER

A Clark Fork River fly fishing trip offers great hatches, beautiful scenery, and fewer crowds. Over the last decade the Clark Fork has experienced a tremendous re-birth of sorts. 

Missouri River

MISSOURI RIVER

The Missouri is basically like a huge spring creek. The techniques and opportunities for big fish on small flies make this one of Montana’s most famous rivers. 

bitterroot river

BITTERROOT RIVER

The Bitterroot River is located south of Missoula, Montana. The Selway-Bitterroot mountain range shoulders the Bitterroot valley offering one of the most scenic experiences in the state. 

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LAKES

Surrounded by stunning alpine scenery and thousand foot shale cliffs, the alpine lakes are breathtakingly beautiful. Float-tubing is the name of the game on most still waters but occasionally we’ll fish from a drift boat for cruising bruisers if conditions allow.

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Local and Small Streams

Local small streams are more about just going fishing than catching a bunch of big fish.The Kootenai River basin and surrounding national forest offers miles of small stream opportunities.

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