The great thing about floating the Smith River in April is that there are fewer people. The downside is that there’s a higher probability of snow and low water, making floating a raft or canoe a challenging workout.
Our crew of nine hearty floaters encountered both conditions when we traveled down the 60-mile route at the end of the month. But we also got into some great hatches of skwala, March brown and blue-winged olive mayflies when it wasn’t pouring or snowing. So how do you prep for the worst weather and low water? For some tips, check out my story in The Billings Gazette this week at http://bgz.tt/sy9nu
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)