DATES: Sept. 17th - 21st, 2020
LENGHT OF TRIP: 4 nights, 3 days
PRICING: $3,350 per angler
PRO's North Fork Crossing sits on the bank of the North Fork of the Blackfoot River. We are the only full-service fishing lodge in the famed Blackfoot Valley. Our unique tent cabins were designed for the ultimate comforts of a full-service lodge, without losing the intimate connection to nature that camping can provide. Each canvas tent cabin comes equipped with heat, electricity, wood floors, and a private bath house with all the amenities of home.
The Big Blackfoot River boasts large populations of native Westslope cutthroat trout, thanks to years of collaborative efforts toward the restoration of the Blackfoot River. It's a fishery that keeps getting better and better.
From the lodge, you have access to several other rivers and unlimited walk and wade access to both private and public waters. If you want to test your skill on the mighty Missouri, it is only an hour away from the North Fork Crossing.
Most of our guests stay 3-5 days/4-6 nights. Guests fly in and out of Missoula which is serviced by all major airlines. They arrive at our lodge late afternoon, in time for dinner. They will fish 3-5 days on a variety of water depending on their interest and ability. Guests will usually depart on their last day after breakfast.
The quality of the experience you have on the water will be matched by your experience at the lodge. Although we provide a unique Montana "rustic" experience, we have not forgotten the amenities. Guests stay in deluxe safari-style wall tents. Feather beds, plush terry cloth bath robes, private bath houses, and attention to detail will leave you refreshed and rested after a day on the water.
At the table, you'll be treated to culinary events that celebrate Montana, our love of fresh local meats and produce, and our desire to present it all in a way that is comfortable, yet refined. Save room for dessert. We make our own ice cream and sorbets. You'll fall asleep wondering if the highlight of the day was the fishing or the food!
David Coggins is a writer and and the author of the NY Times bestseller Men and Style. He is the editor of the website The Contender, and has fly fishing column for Robb Report. He lives in New York City but fishes regularly in Montana, the Catskills and the Bahamas. He is currently working on a book about fly fishing.
Our philosophy is that these days, we as a society, are barraged with too many options—from advertisements to media to 10-page menus. At PRO Outfitters we do two things and do them really well. We fly fish and hunt wild birds in some of the most beautiful places on earth with the best guides around. Don't get us wrong. We enjoy all that goes along with that, including wildlife viewing, star gazing, marshmallow roasting, birdwatching and reconnecting with yourself and the family and friends you brought along. If you are looking to be entertained by 10-20 other options, we probably aren't the right place for you. If you want to relax and fly fish or hunt wild game birds while being well taken care of by a very special place and group of people, give us a try.
What is included?
PRO Outfitters provides all fishing equipment needed including rods and waders. Guests receive guided fly-fishing instruction if desired, overnight accommodations, gourmet meals, beer and wine. PRO provides personal toiletries such as hair dryers, towels, lotions, soap, shampoo, and bathrobes.
How many people are on this trip?
This trip is limited to 12 guests
Any skill level is welcome.
What am I responsible For?
Includes lodging, meals, beer and wine, guided service and fishing gear. Does not include fishing license, airport transportation (shuttles and rental cars available at Missoula airport), or a gratuity if you are so inclined.
Q. How do I get to the lodge?
A. Guests typically fly in and out of Missoula, MT. Missoula is serviced by all major airlines and car rental companies. Guests either rent a car or use a shuttle service. Our lodge is located about an hour east of Missoula. The shuttle service is $300 round trip (which includes gratuity) and is payable to the driver.
Q. How are gratuities handled?
A. Because we are a lodge experience, our guests usually tip 15-20% of the cost of their trip to the lodge at the end of their trip; either in the form of cash or a check made out to "Cash". This is then split between our guides, head chef, and staff.
How strenuous are the activities?
Not strenuous at all, we will operate at your pace.
Is this a child friendly trip?
Meals and Dining:
A touch of class in a unique setting, brings you to the tables of PRO’s accomplished chefs at the North Fork Lodge. 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.
North Fork Crossing provides beverages, including beer and wine. We are unable to provide hard liquor. Please bring your own if you prefer cocktails. Airport shuttle services will make a stop locally for liquor, upon request.
Our philosophy is that these days, we as a society, are barraged with too many options—from advertisements to media to 10-page menus. At PRO Outfitters we do two things and do them really well. We fly fish and hunt wild birds in some of the most beautiful places on earth with the best guides around. Don’t get us wrong. We enjoy all that goes along with that, including wildlife viewing, star gazing, marshmallow roasting, birdwatching and reconnecting with yourself and the family and friends you brought along. If you are looking to be entertained by 10-20 other options, we probably aren’t the right place for you. If you want to relax and fly fish or hunt wild game birds while being well taken care of by a very special place and group of people, give us a try.
On the Blackfoot, throughout our season, we fish for rainbow, brown, cutbow, and our native Westslope cutthroat trout. Occasionally, you will catch a brook or bull trout.
From our lodge: PRO Outfitters fishes a variety of waters including rivers, streams, tributaries and spring creeks; including the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, Missouri, Dearborn, and Bitterroot. PRO has longtime, solid relationships with local landowners resulting in private access to impressive stretches of water inaccessible to others. We also have our own "secret" haunts from Missoula to Lewistown, which we prefer not to mention by name. Call us up for your own tour.
Anyone who knows anything about Montana knows how difficult it is to predict the weather here. At PRO Outfitters, our favorite saying is "If you do not like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change!" This applies to all seasons and makes the "dress in layers" philosophy really practical. You can't go wrong if in March through June and September through November if you prepare for anything. In July and August, be prepared for most things!
What else to bring?
Montana Fishing License:
MT fishing licenses can be purchased in advance. Go to the Montana FWP Online Licensing. You can also visit The Blackfoot Angler in Ovando at 406-793-FISH; or go to any Montana sporting goods store.
Socks (2 polypro/wool/cotton)
Light weight shirts (2 long-sleeved/1 short-sleeved)
Fleece pullover or sweater
Warm jacket (mornings can be below 40 degrees)
One pair thermal wear (2 pair if no fleece pants) in early/late season
Pants, one pair quick-dry; one pair casual (jeans/chinos); one pair fleece for underneath waders (early/late season)
T-shirts and shorts (quick-dry)
Gloves or convertible mittens (fleece) in early/late season
Slip-ons for bathroom visits
Wading boots or river sandals
Camp shoes or hiking shoes
Hat (wide brimmed)
Sunglasses (polarized are best)
Rain pants if not using waders (early/late season)
Fishing equipment: We provide any/all fishing equipment, as needed. Or you are welcome to bring your own. Guests usually fish 8 or 9 ft, 4-6 wt.