Moby Goes to the Smith River

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.

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The river meanders through a beautiful canyon.

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A hike to the top of the canyon reveals rolling hills and ranches above.

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We floated with some of our favorite river pals:

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Gig and Ann
Susie
Susie
Marty
Marty
Dean
Dean
Susan
Susan
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Drew
Mike fishing with double Tenkara rods.
Mike fishing with double Tenkara rods.
Larry
Larry
Janene (or more like the back of my head)
Janene

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.

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