I've only been lucky enough to go down the Smith once. We goofed up in the lottery application, put in for mid-April, and oddly, got a permit. Weather was fantastic, which caused some early runoff, which turned the river into chocolate milk. Went from about 250 cfs to 900 cfs in our first couple days. Between 3 of us, we caught 3 fish in 5 days. That being said, once we accepted that our fishing trip was going to be more of a drinking trip, it was AWESOME! Considering how hard it is to get a permit for the Smith, I would say go for it, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.