“I’m really impressed with your entire operation. You have a superb knowledge of the river, you’re a terrific guide, and it’s fun to be on the river with you. It’s like being on the river with an old friend from the minute you push off. It’ll be a pleasure to recommend the Kootenai Angler to anyone I know who is looking for an outstanding fly fishing experience off the beaten path in Montana. The new cabin was a great idea, and I’m sure it will go over well with your clients. The log work is as fine as I’ve ever seen. It’s a beautiful cabin with all of the conveniences, and you can’t beat the location. Where else can you go to bed with Canada geese flying overhead, sleep with the river gurgling past your window and awaken to eagles in your front yard?” – Dave Engerbretson, Western Editor, Fly Fisherman

 “The Kootenai River should be classified with the large rivers in Montana such as the Missouri, the Yellowstone, the Clark Fork as potential rivers that can respond to special regulations and better flow releases that recognize one of the major uses of those rivers as a trout fishery and a wonderful economic asset to Montana. Dave Blackburn is doing a marvelous job of promoting those kind of ideas on the Kootenai. He has also built a lovely lodge alongside the river that I would recommend to anyone that can stay and have a total experience. This is something I have promoted in my business over the long years. I think the total experience is something you can really enjoy in northwest Montana. So I give it my full endorsement.” – Bud Lilly

“I first heard about Dave Blackburn when he did a podcast for Ask About Fly Fishing. A few key words piqued my interest; wild, native rainbows which fought so hard they sometimes bent his hook and remote. My family is originally from Montana but currently resides in PA. When I learned that Dave is from the same hometown as my in-laws I couldn’t resist the coincidence. My father, brother and I were planning our first trip to Montana and I insisted that we spend some time fishing with Dave on the Kootenai. What a treat!! The best part is the location. No traffic on the road, very few competing anglers and the cabin’s front porch is right next to river! Best of all you don’t have to trade creature comforts for the location. Hungry after fishing all day? Belly up to the bar at Dave’s on site restaurant for a delicious prime rib which you can wash down with some local Montana beers on tap. I truly cannot say enough good things about Dave’ enterprise. My father and brother were complete fly fishing novices and Dave’s patient teaching resulted in my father hooking up with the largest rainbow from the the back of the boat! The hatches are incredile and the backdrop of the Cabinet Mountains truly typifies Big Sky Country. We now try to make yearly trips to spend some precious bonding time in the company of the best banjo-picking trout guide west of the Mississippi!?” – Andy Boryan

“Great fishing, great lodging, great people. You can tell that you’ve worked hard to provide a first rate experience. Many thanks and we’ll be back.” – Jeff Wagner, Cleveland, Ohio 

“The total experience of the Kootenai Angler was great! The scenery, the wildlife, the fishing and above all else the hospitality made our visit relaxing and enjoying. The Kootenai rainbows are indeed the best fighting trout we have experienced. Thanks for a good time!” – Rich and Lilian Carmen, Irvine, California

“It is difficult to choose the high point of my stay: shooting the rapids, practicing my long distance release on five pound rainbows at last light, viewing the terrific scenery & wildlife along the river, staying in the grand, riverside cabin or all the good companionship with the guides in the drift boats. A total fishing experience.” – Phil Burnham, London, England

 “Thanks for the great experience with plenty of fish caught, beautiful accommodations, majestic scenery, abundant wildlife and great people. You’ve made our Montana experience something that we will never forget!” – Steve Secour, Clifton, New Jersey

“You did it again! Green Drake hatch at the bewitching hour and it was fly fishing with a passion, fast and furious. A very special treat, thank you.” – Bob and Lani Valentine, Belvidore, California

“This is a place one dreams about finding. Where the surroundings comfort the soul and the cabin comforts the body. Thanks for the attention to details that make it work.” – Duane and Doris Blume, Bakersfield, California

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note and tell you that Delores & I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Otter Cabin, and the fishing with Joe & Mike. Thank you for a great time. I was afraid that I would be “rolling the dice” by trying to find an outfitter & lodge using only the internet instead of a referral… but we rolled sixes when I happened across your site. We can’t wait to come visit you all again. This time we’ll add more time to enjoy your region and see the sites – we were both just on very tight schedules this time. Thank you again for your genuine hospitality and fun experience. Until next time… tight lines!” – Bob & Delores Woerner

“Thank you very much for the most marvelous time. There is nothing you could have done better for us. Father and I are very pleased with what we gained from our experience on the Kootenai. You are very lucky to mend a living from this jewel of our Mother Earth. Thank you for protecting it. I hope to have the opportunity to experience it again very soon and preferably with the entire family.” – Scott Runde

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!


    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!