May 19th, 2016
Located in the heart of western Montana’s least traveled dry fly waters, North Fork Crossing Lodge shows the visiting angler what classic Montana trout fishing is all about. Despite being made famous by the book, A River Runs Through It, the Blackfoot River enjoys relatively low angling pressure and prolific hatches of aquatic insects. Guides at North Fork Crossing Lodge are dry fly specialists and are happy to share their knowledge with you in this relaxed trout fishing program. If more than 50 miles of fishable riffles, runs and pocket water isn’t enough the Missouri, Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers are sure to please even the most jaded Rocky Mountain trout angler.
Expert Interview with Charles Gehr
Where is the lodge?
North Fork Crossing Lodge is located on the North Fork of the Blackfoot River just outside the town of Ovando, MT.
How do I get there?
To get to North Fork Crossing Lodge you will need to make flight arrangements to Missoula, MT (1 hour driving time) or Butte, MT (1.5 hours driving time). From the airport you will need to rent a car and drive to the lodge. Shuttles to/from the Missoula airport can also be arranged.
Why should I go?
To have a true Montana fly fishing experience with a top-notch outfitter.
When should I go?
April through October.
Where do they fish?
The fishing program at North Fork Crossing is centered around the Blackfoot River. Over 50 miles of the Blackfoot and its’ forks are easily accessible from the lodge and these guides know it like the backs of their hands. For those wanting a little more variety, North Fork Crossing is within easy striking distance of a handful of world-class fisheries, including the Missouri, Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers and some lesser-known private spring creeks.
How do they fish?
Fishing days will almost always employ a raft or driftboat, though walk-and-wade days are a possibility later in the season. Though most of your fishing will be done from the boat, wading opportunities abound on most of the floats. Dry flies and dry/dropper rigs are most common on the Blackfoot.
What fish will I catch?
Anglers can expect to hook good numbers of cutthroat, rainbows and browns. The ratio of each species will vary with different rivers. This is a great place to hook a Rocky Mountain Grand Slam!
Where do we stay?
North Fork Crossing Lodge sits on the banks of the North Fork Blackfoot River. Guests stay in deluxe double occupancy wall tents spread throughout the property. The tent units are best thought of as small, individual cabins that have canvas walls. Wood floors, electricity, heaters, plush beds, fine linens and dressers ensure that your stay is as comfortable as can be. Each tent has its’ own bathroom within 150 feet.
Is there internet and cell service?
There is no cell reception at the lodge. All of the tent units at North Fork crossing have electricity. Wi-fi is available in the lodge.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
What is your favorite rod for the trip?
A 9′ 5-weight is my favorite all-around rod.
Are there other activities?
Hiking, biking and rafting are all possibilities in the area.
What is your favorite memory of this trip?
Reading Norman McLean’s A River Runs Through It in the evenings and fishing the sections he described during the day.
What are the physical demands?
Little to none. Anglers can fish from the boat all day, every day.
Are there other special skills required?
Dangers and annoyances?
Every now and then a big bull trout will try and eat the fish on your line before you can land it. I found it a little annoying that I couldn’t target the bull trout.
If have any questions or are interested in booking available dates at North Fork Crossing Lodge give Charles a call at 800-552-2729.