We posted a coupla photos of last week’s Smith River 5 day/4night trip on our facebook page Monday and one of the comments that struck me came from our long time friend Keenan Smith - all it said - “Bucket List!”. That got me to thinking how those two words said it all. We are lucky enough to float all Montana’s world class rivers on a daily basis and it is easy to take it for granted.
This most recent trip was nothing short of delightful… spectacular weather, challenging but adequate fishing conditions (water off color but salmon flies everywhere – can’t have it all), the lowest number of groups floating the river I remember in over 20 yrs, hard working and enjoyable crew, and most importantly, appreciative clients. Cranking up the coffee before sun-up every day I had a chance to look around and really soak it up. The Smith River canyon would rank in the top ten rivers I have ever floated – 30 yrs worth in a dozen states and other countries.
You are right Keenan – this is a “bucket list” river. If you haven’t carved out a week to do it, make plans to do so right now. The Smith River rarely disapoints.