Smith River Montana

Great Falls, Montana

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Only one way to fish this water—take a raft. If you want to get away from it all, try the Smith River, 63 miles of twisting, turning, cold water that flows through the low valley between the Little Belt Mountains to the northeast and the Big Belt Mountains to the southwest. The upper forks of the river run along U.S. Highway 12 in the vicinity of White Sulphur Springs, joining just west of this hamlet to form the main stem of the Smith. No dams constrain the flow of this river, nor do they swell and cool the waters during the heat of high summer. No roads shadow the river’s course, and few, if any, trails lead to its banks. Aside from floating the river and camping at designated sites along the route, access is extremely limited. Species: Brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
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by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Only one way to fish this water—take a raft. If you want to get away from it all, try the Smith River, 63 miles of twisting, turning, cold water that flows through the low valley between the Little Belt Mountains to the northeast and the Big Belt Mountains to the southwest. The upper forks of the river run along U.S. Highway 12 in the vicinity of White Sulphur Springs, joining just west of this hamlet to form the main stem of the Smith.

No dams constrain the flow of this river, nor do they swell and cool the waters during the heat of high summer. No roads shadow the river’s course, and few, if any, trails lead to its banks. Aside from floating the river and camping at designated sites along the route, access is extremely limited. Species: Brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

©  John Ross/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Great Falls
Access: Difficult
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Maps: Montana DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Smith River (Montana)

Recent Trail Reviews

8/24/2009
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We actually go there on a regular basis. The river is really warm and shallow. It's a nice place to bring kids since the beaches are long and the river is, as said, warm and shallow. Along the way there's a little campground which has primitive amenities but is easily seen from the road. It's still a fun place to hang out and visit for a day trip.



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