The Smith River in Montana is an easy float known for top-notch trout fishing. We took 5 days to float a 59-mile stretch of remote and gorgeous canyon in July. Because the water was unusually low, most groups had canceled. Although the fishing would have been better at higher water earlier in the summer, we had the river almost to ourselves. Maybe that’s better than trout.
The river meanders through a beautiful canyon.
A hike to the top of the canyon reveals rolling hills and ranches above.
We floated with some of our favorite river pals:
Float permits for the Smith River are hard to get. You can get more information here. If you’re lucky enough to snag one, you’re in for a treat.