Orvis Week with PRO Outfitters - North Fork Crossing

Come Fly-Fish on the same Blackfoot River that inspired Norman Maclean's acclaimed book: A River Runs Through It.

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Orvis Week with PRO Outfitters - North Fork Crossing

Phone icon(800) 547-4322 Email iconorvistravel@orvis.com
328 N Fork Hill Rd,
Ovando, MT 59854


September 8-15, 2024


$5,000 per guest (shared tent, shared guide)

Length of Trip:

6 nights, 5 days of guided fishing


  • Opportunities for rainbows, browns, and native westslope cutthroats
  • Fish a variety of waters including small and large rivers, streams, spring creeks, and tributaries
  • Options for anglers to float or wade
  • Experience unique accommodations in a beautiful and remote place
  • Enjoy delicious gourmet meals featuring local produce

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The Story

Join our Orvis Week with PRO Outfitters at their North Fork Crossing lodge, where anglers are sure to find exceptional fishing, delicious meals, and a comfortable lodging experience that blends luxury and intimacy. PRO Outfitters North Fork Crossing sits on the bank of the North Fork of the Blackfoot River. They are the only full-service fishing lodge in the famed Blackfoot Valley, where seven 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 is equipped with heat, electricity, wood floors, two comfortable beds, and a private bath house with all the amenities of a home. The Big Blackfoot River boasts large populations of native westslope cutthroat trout, thanks to years of collaborative restoration efforts.

The quality of the experience you have on the water will be matched by your experience at the lodge. Although PRO provides a unique Montana "rustic" experience, they have not forgotten the amenities. Guests stay in luxury double occupancy safari-style wall tents with wooden floors, custom feather beds, heat, and electricity. Each tent has its own private bathhouse, and the main lodge is a short walk away. All tents are double occupancy. There is no option for a private tent, so it is best to find a friend, spouse, or partner to join you during your stay. There is no cell service at camp, but a landline is available if needed.

Arrival day: Most guests fly in and out of Missoula which is serviced by all major airlines. Guests either rent a car or arrange a shuttle service to arrive at our lodge late afternoon, in time for dinner.
Fishing Days: After breakfast, guests will set out on the water for a full day to fish a variety of waters – depending on their interest and ability.
Departure Day: Guests will depart on their last day after breakfast.

Day 1:

Launch. You’ll be picked up at your hotel around 6:00 AM and be transported to the launch, where you will start your five-day, four-night float down the Smith River.

Days 2-4:

Overnight on the Smith River. Wake up to streamside breakfast at the campsite. After breakfast, you will float and fish all day, while part of the team floats ahead, so that camp is set and hors d’oeuvres ready when you arrive in late afternoon.

Day 5:

Takeout. Enjoy your last day fishing the final stretch before takeout. We recommend staying in a hotel back in Helena after your last full day on the water.

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 long-time, solid relationships with local landowners resulting in private access to impressive stretches of water inaccessible to others. They also have their "secret" haunts from Missoula to Lewistown, which they prefer not to mention by name.

September: The most predictable time of the year, dominated by dry weather, comfortable temperatures during the day, cool nights, cool, clear water, and consistent hatches. Aquatic insects begin to get smaller, but the big, old hoppers still work.

Target Species: On the Blackfoot, throughout the season, guides fish for rainbow, brown, cut-bow, and our native westslope cutthroat trout. Occasionally, you may catch a brook or bull trout.

What is included?

  • All fishing equipment as needed including rods and waders
  • Guided fly-fishing instruction if desired
  • Accommodations
  • Gourmet meals, beer, and wine
  • Personal toiletries such as hair dryers, towels, lotions, soap, shampoo, and bathrobes

What is not included?

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to/from the airport to lodge
  • Fishing license
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

How many people are on this trip?

16 anglers.

What skill level is suggested?

All skill levels are welcome.

How strenuous are the activities?

The trip can be tailored to an individual's fitness level.

Is this a child-friendly trip?

Kids will have a fun time fishing with PRO Outfitters. They do not have childcare facilities and it is not suitable for small children. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.

What additional activities are available?

Aside from fly fishing and hunting, guests can also enjoy wildlife viewing, star gazing, marshmallow roasting, birdwatching, and reconnecting with themselves and the companions they brought along. For non-sporting guests looking to be entertained by many other options, this is probably not the right trip.

What is the typical weather?

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 practical. You can't go wrong if in March– June and September–November you prepare for anything, and July–August you’re prepared for most things! It's best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.

What gear do you recommend?

A detailed packing list will be sent to guests upon booking.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the trip proposal and materials (trip planner and confirmation email). In some cases, deposits are non-refundable, this depends on the destination and will be clearly noted in the trip proposal and materials as well. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips (stated in the trip proposal and materials), the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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