2020 Montana Whitetail Deer Hunting Season

The 2020 Montana whitetail deer season should be excellent here at Linehan Outfitting. Winter kill is the biggest annual factor affecting whitetail deer populations here in extreme northwest Montana.  Predation is also a big factor but the sheer volume of snow and duration of winter will always be hardest on local  deer densities and other ungulates. Deep snow from November through March is toughest on whitetail deer but make no mistake.  Whitetail deer don't necessarily freeze to death.  Deep snow makes it very difficult for them to find food sources.  If food sources become scarce, whitetail deer have to travel farther and more often to sustain themselves.  Additionally, deep snow makes it more difficult for whitetail deer to travel to and from food sources. Whitetail deer have an abundance of food and a good life for most of the year here on the Kootenai National Forest.  They subsist on over 70 species of plants and browse.  Deep ...

Kootenai River Fishing Report 5-11-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam:  Flows are currently 17, 500cfs and may increase due to runoff. In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 17,900 cfs Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 39 degrees Water Clarity: You may see some color downstream from tributaries but for the most part water clarity is perfectly good. Hatches: midge, baetis, March browns, caddis, stoneflies Patterns: zebra midge, midge pupa, parachute Adams, bullet head skwala, rasta skwala, purple chubby, ...

Montana Wolf Hunting

Montana wolf hunting is usually means more opportunities during early morning hours and late afternoon.  Like most game animals, wolves much prefer to be nocturnal.  They spend a good portion of their waking hours napping and lying around just like Fido does throughout the day.  Here in Montana we can only hunt wolves under standard hunting regulations.  Shooting hours here in Montana are a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.  There are specific times of the year when you are more likely to find day waking wolves. During later February and into March, wolves are breeding here in Montana.  Males, and especially young males, will cover more ground marking their home territory.  This increase in travel will often happen during daylight hour providing more opportunities and chances for success. Wolf hunting is not easy here in Montana and wolves are definitely the most difficult trophy to harvest in the lower ...

Kootenai River Fishing Report 5-4-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam:  Flows are currently 17,000cfs and may increase due to runoff. In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 17,900 cfs Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 39 degrees Water Clarity: You may see some color downstream from tributaries but for the most part water clarity is perfectly good. Hatches: midge, baetis, March browns, caddis, stoneflies Patterns: zebra midge, midge pupa, parachute Adams, bullet head skwala, rasta skwala, purple chubby, ...

Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 4-30-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam:  Flows are currently 12,000cfs and will increase to 17,000cfs on Friday, May 1.  Further increases in flows are possible due to runoff In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 13,100 cfs Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 39 degrees Water Clarity: stained due to tributaries kicking in runoff and color Hatches: midge, baetis, March browns, caddis, stoneflies Patterns: zebra midge, midge pupa, parachute Adams, bullet head skwala, rasta ...

Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 4-13-2020

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Linehan Outfitting and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. Linehan Outfitting Company is the best local source for all information surrounding the Kootenai River. Give a call anytime if you have any questions about the Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general. Discharge from Libby Dam: 4000cfs In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 3300 cfs Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 40 degrees Water Clarity: Clear and in good shape Hatches: midge, baetis, March browns, caddis, stoneflies Patterns: zebra midge, midge pupa, parachute Adams, bullet head skwala, rasta skwala, purple chubby, parachute March brown, black elk hair caddis, caddis pupa, prince nymph, soft hackle pheasant tail, Pat's rubber legged stonefly, SJ worms, pt ...