Smith River Montana Float Trip

An Immersive Float Trip to Fish the Trout-Filled Waters of the Smith River

Smith River trips are 60-miles of adventure, floating for five days and camping for four nights. Of 73 commercial permitted trips available each year on the Smith, Lewis & Clark Expeditions is the largest outfitter on the river. This translates into more available and flexible trip dates we can offer our clients. Lewis & Clark Expeditions begins the float season in early May and typically ends the middle of July. The Smith River is a freestone stream with very healthy insect populations.


Anglers have a 50/50 split between rainbow and brown trout with the average size being 13″ (average size for a trout that inhabits a freestone stream). However, there is a very healthy population of trout in the 16-18 inch range and enough 20-inch trout to keep you actively engaged.


Each day, experienced guides will float you down a section of the river for a great day of fishing, provide lunch, snacks and refreshments, and at the end of the day arrive at the camp. Freshly made hors-d'oeuvres, beer, wine and refreshments await you, followed by a delicious riverside dinner.


They do not provide fly fishing gear in your package price. However guest can borrow loaner rods and reels. Gear requests must be made at least two weeks before the trip. Please feel free to bring a couple of your favorite trout outfits.

Trip Specifics

Guests fly into Helena and overnight. The next morning, you are transferred to the launch at Camp Baker for the start of the 60-mile float. After each day of fishing, the experienced staff prepares the camp with tents (individual or shared), cots, therma-rest pads, transport your gear, solar showers are available, dining table and chairs, and campfires. At the end of the float, Eden Bridge, you and your gear will be transferred back to Helena to overnight and prepare for your departing flight the next morning.


4-night/5-day fishing package based on double occupancy/shared guide $4,200* per person.
*Additional $1,000 for single occupancy/guide
Rates subject to change.

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Smith River Montana Float Trip
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