The deadline for applying for a permit to float the Smith River in central Montana is fast approaching.
All applications must be postmarked or submitted no later than Wed., Feb. 15. Applications are available at all FWP offices or on the FWP website: www.fwp.mt.gov.
In fact, FWP’s online licensing system might be just the ticket for those folks who want to apply without leaving home, but an ALS number is required.
If you previously bought a hunting or fishing license, the ALS number is printed on the top. If you don’t have an ALS number, go to any license agent.
Then, to apply online, go to the department’s web site and follow the Smith River links.Typically, several thousand floaters apply, with about 700 getting the permit they seek. The peak of the float season runs from mid-May to early July. For more information contact the FWP Region 4 office at (406) 454-5840.