When Mel Krieger gave me my first fly rod and reel, I had already fished a dozen years, but he opened up a whole new world. It was the summer of 1972, and he was on his annual visit to our ranch on Montana’s Smith River in search of big browns. My eyes were as big as watermelons when he said…
January has become a very special time of year for those of us who appreciate Montana’s incredible outdoor opportunities. About this time every year, folks from every walk of life, whether they are anglers or boaters, naturalists or river rats, tourists or hardened Montanans, all come togeth…
A group of floaters makes its way down the pristine Smith River in this file photo from 2011.
Gary Anderson was a fixture on the Smith River.
Permit applications to float Smith River State Park will be available beginning Monday through Feb. 19. The permit drawing results will be announced on March 2.
Recommendations by Montana State Parks staff to put the onus on bear-proofing Smith River campgrounds on floaters was unanimously rejected by the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board at its Wednesday meeting.
Proposed rules for floating the Smith River were rejected by the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board on Wednesday.
Rules to require Smith River floaters to purchase or rent bear-proof coolers or portable electric fences are being recommended to the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board at its Wednesday meeting in Helena.
A new rule that would require floaters on the Smith River to carry bear-proof coolers or carry portable electric fences will be considered by the parks board at its meeting in Helena on Wednesday.
HELENA — Montana State Parks is proposing mandatory food storage for parties floating through Smith River State Park.
Future Smith River floaters may have to add a portable electric fence or bear-proof coolers to their list of gear after the state parks board on Wednesday approved a new food storage rule for the popular permitted river.
Smith River floaters likely will have to carry bear-proof containers or electric fences next spring to keep bruins at bay under a newly proposed food storage order.
An Australian mining company now owns more than one-third of Tintina Resources, the company proposing to build a copper mine a mile from a tributary of the Smith River.
HELENA — State environmental regulators have given Tintina Resources permission to drill four wells to assess the groundwater in the area of its proposed copper mine in central Montana.
HELENA — The company proposing to mine copper near the headwaters of the Smith River recently purchased 40 mining claims close to its exploration site.
Proposed water testing for a planned copper mine near the headwaters of the Smith River would have no impacts on groundwater quality and minimal short-term effects on quantity, according to an environmental assessment released by the state.
Floating the Smith River in April is full of weather risks, but it still beats waiting years for a permit during the prime months.
An email popped into my inbox in early March: “I drew a Smith River launch permit for April 23 and was wondering how adventurous you feel?”
HELENA — In a memo to its members, the interim executive director of the Montana Mining Association blasted an article in Field and Stream written by a former employee of a Bozeman Fishing outfitter and called on MMA members to consider booking with other outfitters.