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Old 04-06-2018   #1
 
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Smith River in 4 days 3 nights @ low water?

I was wondering if the Smith River is easily floatable in 4 days 3 nights the first of May which would be low water, guessing 250 CFS? Do not have time to spend more days on the river.

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I've done 3 days 2 nights in early April at around 250. It's long days but was fun. You'll have no problem with 4 days. I seriously doubt early may will be that low this year as long as it warms at all. Average for May 1 is around 360. It's just dropped recently due to getting cold again, it'll come back up, there is a butt load of snow just waiting for it's sprint to the sea.
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It's closed right now due to ice jams. I've floated it in late May on an "average" snow pack year, and had four great weather days, waking up at the last camp on float out day to 8" of cold, wet snow. Expect every weather condition.
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https://www.greatfallstribune.com/st...ice/483358002/

Pretty crazy conditions there right now. some cool pictures in this article.
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Thanks for the input, read the articles and saw the pics. typical Mt weather: expect the best and plan for the worst.
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In a dozen trips in May and late April I've never been not snowed on...and I've wet waded in shorts on each as well.... it's the Rockies.... bring 2 pairs of gloves

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Looks like Smith River is blocked totally by ice dams.
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Ice jams shut down Smith River - Montana Hunting and Fishing Information
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Has anyone been on the river recently? My April 6th date was cancelled my FWP, however I was able to pick up a May 16th launch date.
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Bring salmon flies!!!!
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