Fly Fishing in the Famed Blackfoot Valley
The North Fork Crossing Lodge, which is owned and operated by PRO Outfitters, 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. Their unique tent cabins are 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 bathhouse with all the amenities of home. The Blackfoot River boasts large populations of native West Slope Cutthroat Trout through years of collaborative efforts toward restoration of the Blackfoot River as 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 and a half away.
Their unique tent cabins are 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, fans, wood floors, and a full private bathhouse with all the amenities of home. Breakfast and dinner are served in their main lodge building which also has a social seating area with an open self-serve bar. Guests are also free to enjoy themselves around an adjacent fire pit which is next to a stocked pond.
Food and Beverages
A touch of class, in a unique setting, brings you to the tables of accomplished chefs at the North Fork Crossing 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.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While the lodge property does not present non-angling activities, motivated guests can find many outdoor activity opportunities throughout the surrounding area. The town of Missoula is also only an hour away and offers great non-angling options. A trip into Missoula and a visit to the Montana Museum of Art and Culture or the Montana Natural History Center is great for those interested in history and culture. Tours of the many breweries and wineries may interest some, as well as hiking, mountain biking, and river rafting trips. Festivals and fairs are held throughout the seasons, along with farmers’ markets and concerts.
Internet / Communications
Cell phone service is unreliable on the lodge property and while out on the river. The lodge does have wireless internet.
How to Get There
Guests should plan to fly into and out of Missoula (MSO) which is about an hour away. They can then either rent a car, or a shuttle can be arranged for a roundtrip cost of $300 for up to six passengers.
Montana fishing licenses should be bought before arrival at the lodge. They can be purchased in Missoula at most fly shops, sporting goods stores, etc. They can also be purchased online before the trip.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
The majority of the fishing is done on the Blackfoot, North Fork of the Blackfoot, and the Upper Clark Fork – condition dependent. Between these rivers, there are hundreds of miles to fish. However, the gem of the valley is Blackfoot River and flows through breathtaking forests, canyons, and open valleys. Each section offers anglers different views and angling opportunities. The Blackfoot River boasts large populations of native West Slope Cutthroat Trout through years of collaborative efforts toward restoration of the Blackfoot River as 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.
Boats and Equipment
When floating, the majority of the fishing is done from rafts. Guides also furnish their anglers with everything they may need – rods/reels, flies, tackle, etc.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge.
2020 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
3 nights / 2 days = $2,000.00 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $2,750.00 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $3,250.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $3,700.00 per person
– Guided fishing
– All meals (cooler lunch, waters, sodas, etc on guide trips)
– Beer and wine at the lodge
– All flies & terminal tackle provided by the guide
– Transportation to and from the river on guided trip days
– Shuttle fees for guide’s vehicle
– Airfare (fly into Missoula)
– Transportation to/from the lodge (rent a car)
– Fishing licenses
– Spirits (BYO)
– Gratuities for fishing guides
– Gratuities for lodge staff
– Lodging taxes (will include upon invoicing)