Smith River Float Trips


Sixty-one mile wilderness float with only one public access at the headwaters and one at the takeout. The Smith River starts in the mountains, flows through a thousand foot limestone canyon and spills out into the prairies.

PRO has been guiding anglers down the Smith for close to 40 years. Our seasoned guides know every inch of this river and their experience pays off on every trip.

Form your own group of eight or join another group. We’ve enjoyed the company of guests from four to over ninety.



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5 days/4 nights – $4800/guest

Includes all camping and fishing gear, guided fishing, meals, beer and wine, and transportation to and from the river. It does not include lodging in Helena, airport transportation, fishing licenses, or a gratuity if you are so inclined.



Deposit/Cancellation Policy

Smith River deposits of 50% are due at the time of booking and are non -refundable. Full payment is due by February 1 of the year in which your trip is booked.


diningA touch of class, in a unique setting, brings you to the tables of PRO’s accomplished chefs on the Smith River. You’ll be treated to culinary enjoyment that celebrates Montana. Fresh, organic and locally grown herbs and produce compliment any entrée.

Careful consideration is given to menu planning, and any dietary requests are easy to accommodate, just let us know in advance.

What to Bring on the Smith River

Click here for a printable PDF checklist

Personal Hygiene
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Personal towel/washcloth
  • Handi-wipes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Socks (Poly Pro or wool, NO COTTON)
  • Swimsuit
  • Lightweight shirts
  • 2 long
  • 1 short sleeve
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 pair of shorts (quick-dry)
  • Pants
  • 1 pair quick-dry
  • 1 pair casual (jeans/chinos)
  • 1 pair fleece for under waders or around camp
  • 1 pair Poly Pro/Thermax long johns (two pair if no fleece pants)
  • Fleece pullover or sweater
  • Warm jacket (NO DOWN)
  • Gloves or convertible mittens – fleece
  • Stocking cap for a warm night’s sleep – fleece or wool


  • Camp shoes
  • Wading boots or river sandals
  • Hiking shoes
Fishing Gear
  • 8 ’ or 9’ rods (4, 5, or 6 weight)
  • Vest or chest pack
  • Floating lines
  • Hemostats
  • Clippers
  • Leaders and tippet
  • Floatant
  • Wading belt
  • Wide brim hat
  • Boot-foot waders or stocking-foot waders

PRO provides the flies but feel free to bring your own

Montana Fishing License
Montana Fishing Licenses can be purchased in advance. Go to the Montana FWP Online Licensing.

Sleeping Bag

PRO will provide one if you don’t have your own.

Please notify us in advance if you would like us to provide one.

Rain Gear

  • High quality (very important) rain jacket to wear with waders
  • Rain pants, if you don’t have waders (ponchos are not recommended)

Pro provides beverages, including wine and beer. We are unable to provide hard liquor. Please bring your own if you prefer cocktails. We will make a stop locally for liquor, upon request.

  • Sunscreen
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Lip balm with sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Clothes pins to hang wet items
  • Camera/film
  • Book/journal (in zip lock bag)
  • Pocket knife
  • Extra zip lock bags (various sizes) for wet clothes and wet waders
  • Flashlight or head lamp (with extra batteries)
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This institution is operated under a special use permit with the Lewis and Clark National Forest.
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