Podcast: Northwestern Montana Trout Fishing, with Tim Linehan


[Interview starts at 27:44]

This week, I have the pleasure of interviewing perhaps the nicest human being on the planet, Tim Linehan of Linehan Outfitting Company in Troy, Montana (2020 Orvis-Endorsed Outfitter of the Year).  I think listening to this interview gives you a sense of what kind of person Tim is and why he among the country’s most beloved guides. 

We talk about how the recent pandemic has affected fishing guides and lodges, but on a more fun note, Tim describes his fishery in northwestern Montana–the only place in Big Sky Country where you can catch a true native rainbow trout. (Of course, the rainbows on famous rivers like the Madison, Bighorn, Missouri, and Gallatin were originally stocked.)

Tim and Joanne Linehan operate Linehan Outfitting Company on the Kootenay and Yaak Rivers.

In the Fly Box, we have these tips and questions:

  • An easy way to make crab eyes.
  • Why don’t people use a piece of yarn in between blood knots as a strike indicator?
  • Will a 3-weight switch rod handle streamers for smallmouths?
  • What can I do to protect flies and tying materials?
  • Can I use springbok hair in place of deer hair?
  • Can I fish tungsten nymphs on a sinking line effectively?
  • When do I set the hook when sight-nymphing for trout?
  • How do you re-sharpen fly-tying scissors?
  • If I test my dry flies in water and they tip over on their sides, should I still use them?
  • Some further information on how chemical sharpening of hooks works.

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