Frequently Asked Questions
Give us a call and we will see if we can still get you on the water.
Yes, we would love to talk with you over the phone and complete the booking process with you.
Each drift boat can hold 1-2 fishermen but some can also accommodate a 3rd person. Only 2 people can fish from the boat at a time. Please call to discuss this option.
Give us a call and let us help plan the perfect day for your group. There is a lot we can do to accommodate your plans.
We take great pride in teaching and guiding all ability levels. Taking new anglers out and showing them the ropes is something all our guides love to do. We love sharing our love for fishing with others no matter what their experience level is.
This might be the hardest question. Spring and early summer can bring great fishing days; nymphing can be extremely productive with very aggressive fish. July and August bring bigger bugs, great dry fly action, and beautiful days. The Indian summers that we typically get during the fall are perfect for a little bit of everything. I always like the fall when it’s not as hot and I can wear my favorite flannel. So in short, ANYTIME is a great time to fish the Kootenai River!
Whether you are coming back to your favorite guide or had a great recommendation, our guides love when you request them. Please email, call, or simply add a note when booking online and we will match you and your guide up if possible.
Most trips will start around 7:30 am when you meet your guide.
Most of our guests staying in the Sandpoint area will meet their guide just north of Sandpoint at the Samuels 76 Gas station (486260 US-95, Sandpoint, ID 83864). This is a great spot to get snacks or drinks that you may want for the day.
The Guides at Long Drift Outfitters work very hard to provide the best trip possible. Gratuity is not included in the trip cost. An average gratuity amount is 20%
Please bring your fishing license, a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, desired beverage, rain jacket, water shoes, sandals, or wading boots (depending on weather), rain pants (spring and fall), warm layer (spring & fall), and waders if desired (spring & fall).
We provide a stream-side lunch on all our trips. Lunch often includes, sandwiches or wraps, chips, fruit, and something sweet. Beverages include sparking water, soda, and water. Dietary needs can be accommodated.
We are proud Ambassadors for Fly Project Rods and Montuckey Reels. Each boat is equipped with both dry fly and nymphing rods, so we are set for all conditions. Want to learn more about Fly Project? Inquire at your local North 40 fly shop or ask us.
Please feel free to bring your own and cast what feels best to you.
Float trips – 4 years and older
SUP trips – depends on child’s comfort in the water (approximately 8years old)
Fly Fishing trips – 10 years and older (depending on child)
Our trips are mainly catch-and-release, although regulations on the Kootenai River allow anglers to keep up to two trout over 16 inches.