Smith River Floating Trip {Matt’s Dirty Thirty Party}

We have been trying to get a permit to float the Smith River for a few years now, and we finally drew one this year! It was perfect, because we got to float on Matt’s birthday week to celebrate his 30th with some of our awesome friends!

Not sure if any of you have floated the Smith before, but if you ever get the chance- DO IT.

It’s a blast. We chose to float it in 4 days (but I believe you have an extra optional day). We fished, we consumed lots of beer, we hiked to an amazing pictograph cave, we laughed a ton, enjoyed nature and I half-loved having no service for 4 entire days. 😉

Our friends Tiffany & Lucas drove up from Colorado for the float, and we also had our good buds Richard & Josh too.

Coming home after 4 days in nature is bitter sweet. You don’t want to come back to real life… but you soon remember that real life has hot showers and soap. Real life also has fluffy pillows and soft mattresses. So it’s sad to come home, but it’s also awesome.

What floating/fishing/camping trips have you all done? What trips are on your bucket list?

Enjoy a few pics from the trip, there is more on my facebook page here: Montana Fly Girl FacebookImageImageImageImageImageTip for camping/floating food. Prep a ton of tinfoil meals and freeze them before you go. These breakfast burritos were the BEST. We made them beforehand (eggs, cheese, sausage, potatoes, peppers & onions) and we just threw them on coals in the morning and they were DELISH & so easy!ImageImageImageImageImage

Josh brought his pipe along… so we all enjoyed it.

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Some fun late night light painting!

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Rock climbing to the pictograph caves!

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Amazing trip with great friends, can’t wait to do it again!!

Big Giveaway!!! C&F Design Fly Box, Flies, Simms Hat & The Longest Silence Book!

Happy Thursday everyone!!

I felt like being a giver today… so I put together a sweet little bundle that will make you smile when you win it. 🙂

It’s pretty easy. Go like my facebook page, comment on this blog post, and then share this contest with your friends on facebook so they have a shot too!

Winner will be announced April 1st. Then maybe I’ll pretend you didn’t win and say “April Fools!” 😉

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Your Fishing quote for the day:

Fisherman’s Prayer

Lord help me to catch

a fish so large

that even I in the tell of it

never need to lie…

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Why do you fly fish?

Why do you fly fish?

Everyone has their own answer. Some do it simply because they love fishing. Some do it because they love to explore. Some, because they want to escape from the stress of their job. Maybe some people do it because they love spending time with the people they get to fish with. We all have our reasons.

At first, I did it because Matt did it. Matt would beg me to go. Sometimes I wanted to, sometimes I didn’t. I liked being on the raft… in the summer… when I could chill out, enjoy the sunshine, and fish 20% of the time we were on the water.  It would drive him crazy when I wasn’t fishing. Being that brat that I was am, I think him wanting me to do it so bad, made me want to do it less. Stupid, right? Yeah, it’s a dumb girl thing. Anyways… when I pulled my head out of my ass and realized how awesome it was, everything changed. Now, I ask Matt to go. I will go rain or shine. I still hate waders, but I don’t complain as much.

Sorry Matt, for taking so long to appreciate the sport you’ve always loved so much. So glad we get to enjoy something so awesome together now.

So here’s to fishing for your own reasons… and pulling your head out of your ass. Life is so much better when you do, I promise.

Fish on!

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