Smith River Montana: Fly Fishing and Floating

Worms, worms, and more worms……and I’m not talking about nightcrawlers! I’ve heard a lot of conflicting reports for the Smith the last couple weeks. Some people say they did ok, but not great; others are saying it was extremely slow. My group is fresh off the Smith, and to the slow and just ok reports,.. read more →

As we floated down the beautiful Smith River, most of us are more than ready to get our lines wet and fish hard. Personally, I just moved here from out of state, Alaska at that, so my knowledge of Montana consisted of only two things: one, Montana is a fly fishing state; and two, that.. read more →

Check out Teagan & Dorn’s Shide Shannel Shennanigans on our Facebook Page. A short video on what’s happening now on the MO. Missouri River Fly Fishing Report:  There are rising trout up and down the river these days but cracking the code to get them to eat on top is not easy.  But that’s the challenge.. read more →

What has spring sprung this season for Montana’s Streamflows?  I say, bring on the rain!..and high elevation snow. I attended the Upper Missouri Basin Advisory Committee annual meeting in April that presented information about our current snowpack conditions and predictions for Montana’s Streamflow Conditions for this season. I left excited, yet nervous about Montana’s streamflow conditions for.. read more →

Permit results are out. How lucky were you? You can check your results at MyFWP. Remember, if you didn’t get drawn you still have a chance! For $5 per “Chance” through a separate lottery, FWP will issue one Super Permit allowing the winner of that permit to pick a launch date of their choice. Don’t wait.. read more →

It’s that time of year again! The Smith River floating season will be here sooner than you know it . The deadline for 2016 applications is Thursday, February 18th with permit drawing results being announced online at MyFWP Thursday, March 3rd. Which means you only have 4 weeks to get your act together, pay the man and play the game. Remember,.. read more →

A few more days of Craig looking like a frozen wasteland then it looks like another nice break in the weather coming up for the Helena / Wolf Creek area. According to the weather man it’s looking up for the weekend and following week with highs hitting in the high 50s or even 60s! Weekend.. read more →

Final countdown for getting permit applications in for floating the Smith River!! The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 19th with permit drawing results being announced online at MyFWP Monday, March 2nd. Which means you only have 2 DAYS to stop checking out fly fishing blogs, river flows and the Friday Pin up archive on MoldyChum, scrape together some cash and.. read more →

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Northwest is supposed to experience above-normal temperatures this Winter. Although we are currently average in most of our regions for snowpack across the State according to today’s SNOWTEL Report by the Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS), after a two-day hiatus Montana is again experiencing the more Spring-like temperatures and.. read more →

Permit applications for a self guided adventure down the Smith River opened Monday, January 5th this year. The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 19th with permit drawing results being announced online at MyFWP Monday, March 2nd. Remember, only successful applicants are notified by mail. Although there is a $10 non-refundable application fee whether you are a.. read more →