Our Testimonials



  • “If you like to fish and want to really catch some wild trout, you have to go on a float trip with Dave Blackburn's Kootenai Anglers. Everything about the trip was wonderful. Dave is a gracious guide and host and has A #1 equipment.”

    - Don
  • “Dave Blackburn's Kootenai Angler offers the best of Montana -- mountains, quiet, great fishing, cabins on the river, great food and service. Dave is not only an expert guide, but is genuine, enthusiastic and knows every detail of the rivers and wildlife in the area. Tammy makes incredible meals and Dave plays bluegrass on the side. Don't miss it!”

    - David and Peggy
  • “I loved the cozy log cabin on your own private stretch of river. Everything you need is right there. Including an experienced angler with all the right gear and secret flies.”

    - Yahoo Reviewer

Our Videos



  • Hot for Hoppers

    It is that time of year in Montana where the river banks are jumping with various forms of Caelifera; aka hoppers. We look forward to the hoppers making their annual appearence just as much as the fish do. Small hopper patterns of all types are seemingly quite effective right now and will remain so for another few weeks. If you're heading out to the Kootenai get your box prepped with a variety of the foamy flies. Here is one simple hopper imitation to try on your tying bench. https://youtu.be/CkrnX4QXYrI

  • Traditions with Dave Blackburn's Kootenai Angler

    Flyfishing with us becomes a family tradition for many generations.

  • The Story of Dave Blackburn's Kootenai Angler

    Hear the Kootenai Angler story from Dave Blackburn himself and see beautiful photos of the land and river we love.

  • Montana From Above

    From Bitterroot Mountains to Polson, here are five of the most amazing locations in Montana. (Find our property at 6:38!)  

Trip Planning



  • Area activities

    Fly fishing isn't the only thing to do in Libby. From taking in gorgeous forested landscapes, conquering nearby peaks on foot, or learning about the history of the area, there's much to do. We can help you plan your whole trip!

    Weather

    Libby, Montana experiences a continental climate. This means that typically there are large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (sometimes humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters.

    What to bring

    The perfect trip begins with smart planning before you even leave home. We want to help make it easy, so here's a check list of items you'll want to make sure you pack. It's not comprehensive - just the basics - so make sure to put some thought into packing! 

Recent Blog Posts



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    Kootenai River Report | September 21-28, 2016

    River Flow: 6,500 cfs 10-16 foot visibility 57 degrees Inflow from Lake Koocanusa: 5000 cfs Hatches: October Caddis on the lower Kootenai, Blue-wing olives, Pale Morning Duns, Tan Caddis, Little Blue Quills, Tiny Winged Ants, Lots of Hoppers and Ants working into the mix. Some Mahogany duns starting to show. Starting to see heavy midge […]

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    Kootenai River Report | September 9, 2016

    River Flow: 6,500 cfs 10-16 foot visibility 57 degrees Inflow from Lake Koocanusa : 5000 cfs Hatches: Blue-wing olives, Pale Morning Duns, Tan Caddis, Little Blue Quills, Tiny Winged Ants, Lots of Hoppers and Ants working into the mix. Some Mahogany duns starting to show. Starting to see heavy midge activity in upper river. Effective […]

  • Kootenai Fly Fishing Aug 17-24

    Kootenai River Report | Aug. 17-24, 2016

    River Flow: 7,000 cfs 10-16 foot visibility 55 degrees Inflow from Lake Koocanusa : 7,000 cfs Hatches: Tiny Winged Ants leading the hatch parade! Pale Morning Duns, Tan Caddis, Little Blue Quills, Blue Wing Olives, Lots of Hoppers and Ants working into the mix. Some Mahogany duns are starting to show in addition to heavy […]