North Fork Crossing

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Ovando, Montana

    North Fork Crossing Overview

    Overlooked Location & Unique Luxury Safari Tent Camp Accommodations

    North Fork Crossing Lodge provides a complete Montana fishing experience in the lesser developed Blackfoot River Valley east of Missoula. Their accommodations setup is also very unique relative to your traditional fishing lodge. Guests enjoy a highly sophisticated “Luxury African Safari Style” tent camp --- with all the modern amenities and the fine dining expected at an upscale lodge. Katie and Brandon epitomize the “mom & pop” lodge operation with hands on service and wonderful hospitality.

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    Missouri, Blackfoot, Clarkfork and Much More

    North Fork Crossing runs trips on the Missouri, Blackfoot, Clarkfork and Bitterroot Rivers in addition to access on a handful of private spring creeks and stillwater lakes in the area.

    Tent Camp & Plush Lodge

    Guests sleep in luxury African Safari style wall tents fully equipped with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Although they provide a unique Montana “rustic” experience – North Fork Crossing has not forgotten the finer creature comforts. Feather beds, plush terry cloth bath robes, private bath houses, and tasteful decorations are part of the wall tent program. Each tent has its own private bath house a short walk from the tent on comfortable footpath. The main lodge serves as the social gathering area, bar and restaurant for guests. It is fully outfitted with a lively bar, main dining room, and wrap around porches. The log cabin structure is a carbon copy of what you would expect from a polished Montana log cabin lodge, with cozy indoor and outdoor seating areas, warm fireplaces, rustic décor and beautiful artwork.

    North Fork Crossing Description

    North Fork Crossing Lodge is owned and operated by Katie and Brandon Boedecker. Their guiding business, PRO Outfitters, provides a complete Montana fishing experience in the lesser developed Blackfoot River Valley east of Missoula. Their accommodations setup is also very unique relative to your traditional fishing lodge. Guests enjoy a highly sophisticated “Luxury African Safari Style” tent camp --- with all the modern amenities and the fine dining expected at an upscale lodge. Katie and Brandon epitomize the “mom & pop” lodge operation with hands on service and wonderful hospitality. North Fork Crossing Lodge is an incredibly charming addition to our roster of Western U.S. destinations.

    North Fork Crossing runs trips on the Missouri, Blackfoot, Clarkfork and Bitterroot Rivers in addition to access on a handful of private spring creeks and stillwater lakes in the area. They offer incredible trout fishing diversity combined with a one of a kind lodging experience totally unique to the Rocky Mountains.

    The Fishing

    North Fork Crossing Lodge has based their fishing program on offering diversified fishing options for their guests. Smack dab in the center of some of Montana’s most prized fishing opportunities, they offer up several different angling venues and style. The Missouri River, a tail-water fishery, is about one hour from the lodge, and offers a very consistent season-long option for some of Montana’s largest fish and gorgeous floats as well as some walk and wading. Famed for its abundant and giant rainbows, the Missouri is unusually productive all year round. Spring and early summer feature numerous mayfly and caddis hatches that arguably provide the best days of fly fishing imaginable.

    In addition to the Missouri, PRO Outfitters heads west to fish the Blackfoot, Clarkfork and Bitterroot Rivers. Anglers at North Fork Crossing probably spend the majority of their time on a mixture of float and walk/wade trips down the main stem of the Blackfoot as well as classic walk and wade opportunities on the North Fork of the Blackfoot. Depending on fishing conditions and anglers’ preferences, North Fork Crossing also has access to several private spring creeks, stocked trophy trout ponds, little-known mountain meadow streams, crystalline mountain lakes – and a few of their own secret spots. In total, North Fork Crossing has access to over thirty different fisheries in the Blackfoot Valley and Bob Marshall Wilderness. Not only do these choices offer some incredible trout fishing, but genuine solitude, extraordinary beauty and a chance to recharge your spiritual and physical batteries.

    Accommodations

    The setting of the North Fork Crossing property is stunningly beautiful. Situated in the Blackfoot River Valley halfway between Helena and Missoula, guests at the lodge really feel like they are off the beaten path. It is the definition of a family run operation with a charming style and super hospitable staff.

    Guests sleep in luxury African Safari style wall tents fully equipped with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Although they provide a unique Montana “rustic” experience – North Fork Crossing has not forgotten the finer creature comforts. Feather beds, plush terry cloth bath robes, private bath houses, and tasteful decorations are part of the wall tent program. Each tent has its own private bath house a short walk from the tent on comfortable footpath.

    North Fork Crossing Lodge has space for a maximum of 16 guests in eight double occupancy luxury tents. The grounds surrounding the tents and lodge are perfectly manicured, and a welcoming fire pit centers the property situated next to one of a half dozen spring fed ponds. The fire pit is a common social gathering spot for cigars and cocktails – with a stunning view of the Bob Marshall Wilderness looming in the foreground.

    The main lodge serves as the social gathering area, bar and restaurant for guests. It is fully outfitted with a lively bar, main dining room, and wrap around porches. The log cabin structure is a carbon copy of what you would expect from a polished Montana log cabin lodge, with cozy indoor and outdoor seating areas, warm fireplaces, rustic décor and beautiful artwork. Meals are mouth watering at North Fork Crossing. Their professional, resident chef prepares a set menu for each meal with gourmet entrées, organic produce, and upscale desserts. The lodge serves wine and beer on the house, and guests are encouraged to bring their own liquor. North Fork Crossing is by law not allowed to serve liquor, however the bar is stocked with all applicable mixers and setup drinks – and your airport driver can make a stop at the liquor store en route.

    Travel

    The lodge recommends guests fly into Missoula, Montana. From Missoula you have the choice of renting your own vehicle and driving yourself to the lodge or allowing us to organize a driver/shuttle service to provide ground transportation. The seventy mile transfer to/from Missoula and the lodge costs $300 roundtrip (1-6 passengers). Guests traveling via Helena are required to rent their own vehicle as ground transportation is not provided.

    Delta Airlines services the majority of their routes to/from Missoula and Helena via Salt Lake City, Utah. There are also numerous options through Denver and Minneapolis with United and Northwest Airlines.

    Sample Itinerary

    Day 1

    Guests travel to Missoula, Montana. From Missoula, anglers are collected by a shuttle service or rent their own car for the one hour and fifteen minute drive to the lodge. There is typically no guided fishing on arrival day, however guests are welcome to fish in one of the lodge’s five stocked ponds on the property.

    Day 2-?

    Fishing days with North Fork Crossing Lodge. Lunch is taken streamside and anglers usually return to the lodge around 5:00PM for cocktails, appetizers, and dinner.

    Departure Day

    Following breakfast, and depending on what time your flight departs, guests return to the airport in Missoula for commercial flight service home.

    When to Go

    Blackfoot River

    April - Late May:
    The hatches are diverse and plentiful, dominated by various mayfly, stonefly and midge hatches; dry fly fishing can be quite good in the heat of the day. Insects are generally smaller, with some exceptions. Fish are very active and hungry so streamer and nymph fishing are always an option. Water usually clear and cold.

    Late May-mid to late June:
    Larger insects across the board dominated by the Salmon Fly and the Golden Stone. Many mayfly hatches with the Baetis still going on but many larger bodied mayflies including the Pale Morning Dunn (PMD). Caddis just beginning. Water usually cold and off-color which concentrates the trout along banks and in slower water. Trout often feed heavily this time of year.

    July:
    The second most predictable time of the year in this drainage. Aquatic hatches are dominated by the mid-sized tan caddis and PMDs size #14 to #18, terrestrials are often a dominant food source for trout.

    August:
    Morning and evening hatches. During mid-day large terrestrials or attractor patterns often work well. Caddis and PMDs are still dominant aquatic hatches.

    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.

    October:
    Baetis and October Caddis dominant. Larger brown trout very active and more accessible, weather cooler with more moisture. A beautiful time of year.

    Blackfoot River

    March - April:
    Rainbows spawning with many in the tributaries from Holter Dam to Cascade, small mayflies and midges, streamers; river above Canyon Ferry Lake can have some great early streamer fishing for rainbows.

    May - June:
    Water cold; numerous caddis and mayfly hatches but often nymph or streamer fishing best.

    July:
    Water Temperature and level are excellent for dry fly fishing; lots of caddis, hoppers, tricos start in mid to late July.

    August:
    Very predictable, heavy trico hatch which tapers off in late August; hopper; water sometimes quite warm in late August which creates slow fishing in the afternoons.

    September - October:
    A wonderful time of year to be on the Missouri or for that matter, almost any stream in Montana; blue-winged olives, hoppers, and streamers.

    November - March:
    The most dominant hatch are these two times of year are Montana River Guides. They are terrestrial but seem to migrate in the water en masse with a frenzy bordering on the humorous. Human angles are advised to be aware of aggressive and unpredictable nature of the organisms populating rivers in later fall and early spring in Montana.

    2012 RATES

    Standard Fishing Packages
    (Based on Shared Room / Guide)

    4 Nights / 3 Days………………………$2280
    5 Nights / 4 Days………………………$2680
    6 Nights / 5 Days………………………$3080
    7 Nights / 6 Days………………………$3480

    Additional Days $540 Per Person

    Non-Angling Packages
    $400 Per Person / Night (based on double occupancy)

    What's Included
    Double occupancy accommodations as specified; Guided fishing; All Meals & Beverages; Alcoholic beverages (Wine & Beer Only); Use of loaner fishing equipment and waders/boots

    What's Not Included
    Airfare to Missoula, Montana; Ground Transportation to/from Missoula and the Lodge ($300 roundtrip for party of 1-6); Fishing Licenses; Gratuities; Private Water Fees; Laundry service; Liquor; Items of a personal nature and Individual travel expenses

    Terms & Conditions

    Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents. North Fork Crossing Lodge’s policy follows: A 50% refundable deposit is required at the time of booking to confirm all reservations. Final payment is due 60 days from departure. Deposits are refundable up to 90 days prior to trip date minus a $200 per person processing fee. At 90 days prior to departure, no refund or credit will be granted unless replacement clients are found. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather.

    Double occupancy accommodations as specified; Guided fishing; All Meals & Beverages; Alcoholic beverages (Wine & Beer Only); Use of loaner fishing equipment and waders/boots

    Consider Travel Insurance!

    Given the inherent strict refund policies associated with nearly all fishing packages, we cannot stress the importance of obtaining travel insurance to protect your investment. Travelers can obtain coverage for pre-existing health problems (related to yourself, your family, business partners, or your traveling partners), emergency evacuation, lost baggage, delay, life insurance packages; even “no questions asked” or “for work reasons” coverage.

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    Non-Angling Activities

    Although fishing is the predominant activity at North Fork Crossing, non-angling companions are encouraged to tag along and enjoy the serenity and peacefulness at the lodge.