This hidden gem in Northern Idaho is one of the most productive trout waters in the state, but probably the most overlooked. Obscured by limited river access, while fishing the Kootenai River you may only see one or two boats throughout the day. With naive trout who rarely see a fly, you’ll take a trip to the frontier Idaho of the 19th century to fish many native species. Abundant rainbows leap at your fly. State record setting bull trout attack swung offerings with prejudice. Kamloops find your backings before you can react. In the fall, you’ll even spot red flashes of Kokanee on the way to spawn. The diversity of fishes and tactics in this river are truly unmatched in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Boating, Fishing, Guided Trip
  • Drift Boat, Fishing Boat, Fly Fishing, Walk & Wade
  • Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Kamloops Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Trout, Whitefish
  • Beach Launch/Land, Beginner Level Experience, Boat-in, Drive in, Non-motorized Boat, Private Access, Private Boat Launch, Private Land, Public Access, Public Boat Launch, Public Land, Public River, Shuttle, Walk-in
  • Kootenai River (KO1)
  • Fresh Water, River, Steep Terrain, Timberland, Wooded Forest