smith river rafts

I Love the smell of rubber in the morning….smells like victory.

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 get the proverbial bureaucratic ball rolling!!. Remember, only successful applicants are notified by mail. Although there is a $10 non-refundable application fee whether you are a Montana resident or not, you get three launch date choices! There are three ways to apply for the lottery drawing:

  1. Online at FWP’s Automated Licensing System (ALS)
  2. Pick up an application at any FWP Office. Submit at the office or mail application to the address on the form.
  3. Download and print an application. Submit to the FWP office or mail application to the address on the form.

Paper applications MUST be postmarked or submitted no later than Thursday, February 19th.

overview of boat camp rock garden

Think fishy thoughts….

Remember to check out our three part blog series on floating the Smith, it’s loaded with great info on everything Smith River.


To share in the anticipation with a human whose also waiting to hear about the possibility of a private five-day float, swing by the shop with any questions, concerns or general BS. New rafts for rent should be showing up in a few weeks so start thinking about what kind of rubber fits your needs for wherever the water flows clean and the fish are feeding. Whether it’s the MO, Smith, Blackfoot, Rock Creek, Madison or whatever stretch of water entices you, we’ve got boats to cover it. Summer is just around the corner and its time to start planning your Montana fishing adventure!



Chewy’s go to freestone box

Shameless Shop Promo: Loads of new fly tying stuff from Wapsi showed up the other day. Still have plenty of time to load those fly boxes for the spring and summer, who wants to waste valuable fishing time behind the vise? Not me! We’ve got all ya’ need to create your own crafty fish catching fabrications. Still have open tying Saturday mornings starring legendary Larry Urban. Free coffee, pastries and great advise from a tying master. Swing by and check it out if you’re in the neighborhood.



 ~CHEERS, Chewy

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