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Old 04-10-2014   #1
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Smith alternitive

My brother inlaw picked up a May 4th cancelation for the Smith River in Montana. What might be some alternitive floats if the Smith is to low by launch date. He lives in Helena, so that is where we will base out of. Thanks for any info!!!

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I think that depends on what your looking for. If your focus is fishing the Missouri is right there. Floating with a bunch of gear maybe the Yellowstone or the flathead, Blackfoot or lower Missouri. There are lots of great low water day floats with good fishing and good car camping. But I bet the Smith will be flowing.

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You should be fine. The creeks are starting to rock in Central Montana.
If you lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. Winnie the Pooh
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Go,you will have plenty of water.
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Old 04-11-2014   #5
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As stated above, chances are slim to none that you won't have enough water, that time frame is usually well into run-off. If by some strange stars-not-aligned circumstance you don't run, the Dearborn may be an option. It is the "little Smith" and is fun and beautiful, but short. The issue would be, if the Smith isn't running, then likely no small streams in the area will because the only way there won't be water is if it's still all frozen up high (cold and dry in the mountains).

The others above have already mentioned the Mo, below wolf creek and the other usual suspects. Just remember most creeks and small streams are closed for fishing until the 3rd Saturday in May so be sure to check the regs for each stream before you fish. Those that are not closed are listed in the regs.
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