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Old 07-03-2013   #1
Winter Park, Colorado
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Suggestions for July Multi-Day Montana Floats

We had a permit to float the Smith in mid July. That's probably out since the flows are already below recommended. Since we have already scheduled that time off, we are interested in knowing what other rivers are in MT that would give us 2-4 days camping on the water. We are more interested in fly fishing than white water. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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Old 07-04-2013   #2
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The Blackfoot is a good option. While it does not offer the remote experience of the Smith, there are plenty of good opportunities to float/camp from River Junction all the way down to just above Bonner. The other option is you can find a "base camp" (like Corrick's River Junction or Russell Gates) and just do day trips. The fishing and floating is great. Check with any of the fly shops in Missoula or call Crosscurrents in Helena and they can give you fishing reports and any other info you might need.
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Old 07-04-2013   #3
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Make it an adventure and fly into the Middle Fork of the Flathead.gauranteed goods
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Old 07-07-2013   #4
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North Fork of the Flathead is always our backup to the Smith....
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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Old 07-07-2013   #5
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We did Blackfoot and N Fork last year. The camping on the Blackfoot is a real pain you can only camp in designated campgrounds. Some of the campgrounds were nearly full which meant long carries to distant campsites and you are leaving your boats tied up where you can't keep an eye on them. N Fork was much better, put-in was a pain, but once we launched is was awesome camping was great. Fishing was fantastic.
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Old 07-07-2013   #6
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The Yellowstone is fishing great and there are plenty of spots to camp on the river (fwp fishing access or islands) Easy flat water stretches below Yankee Jim.
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