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Old 03-05-2019   #31
 
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Old 03-11-2019   #32
 
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Has anyone floated the Smith in 3 days? Due to work schedules, we might only have two nights on the River. Hopefully the flows won’t be to low come the end of June.
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Has anyone floated the Smith in 3 days? Due to work schedules, we might only have two nights on the River. Hopefully the flows wonít be to low come the end of June.
Yes, in April at 200 cfs 3 days 2 nights, 6 to 9 hours on the water daily. It was surprisingly enjoyable from a guy who would much rather do the trip in 6 days.

It is very, very unlikely that it'll be too low to float in late June of this year.
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Thanks, that gives me a rough timeframe. That’s not to bad for 200 cfs. I’ll have to check the USGS for average flows for that time of the year.
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Thanks, that gives me a rough timeframe. Thatís not to bad for 200 cfs. Iíll have to check the USGS for average flows for that time of the year.
probably high - 500-1000 cfs.... the average won't do you much good. wait until the water year progresses, then find a specific year that follows the same early trend as this year and use that. Not that any of that really matters, what actually happens depends on temp, snow pack, precipitation, irrigation uses, etc and can change very quickly as those criteria vary. I would plan on there being plenty water - it's super rare that there is not plenty in June and this year looks to be well above average at this point. Nothing you identify now will hold water, so to speak, this far in advance.
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Hows the river looking? I have a April 22nd launch date.
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it's still closed but low elevation snow has largely melted here in the gallatin valley... still drifts and piles on the north side of buildings but mostly gone. I'd be optimistic about it.

Their website hasn't been updated, says it still frozen, but eagle creek gauge is getting to 42 degrees and shows the ice affects ending on march 31st.
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Last year we did June 30. Almost didn't have water and then heavy rain saved us. I think 600 down to 300 Cfs. Great trip
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Looks like Smith River region still over 100% SWE. So far it looks a lot better then last year. Only time can tell.
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