About Us

Our team at the Madison Valley Ranch is passionate about fly fishing, and we’re excited to share the wonders of Southwest Montana with our guests. In 1996 Scott Carver and his family looked at the picturesque property on the banks of the world famous Madison River and knew they were ‘hooked’. An original and ongoing owner of the Ranch, the Carver family has put a lot of hard work into making the lodge feel welcoming and homey to please even the most discerning guests.

When they first met 25 years ago playing pick-up basketball at the Denver YMCA, Scott Carver, Tom Fochtman, and Dan Larson had no idea they eventually would jointly own a piece of heaven on the Madison River. But, after a couple blocked shots, they did find out that they shared an intense passion for fly fishing. In 2003 the three friends and successful business owners became partners in the Madison Valley Ranch. With Dan living in nearby Bozeman and serving as Managing Partner, this team works hard to ensure the Ranch exceeds guests’ expectations, while creating an ideal environment for fly fishermen and women of all skill levels.

For these three owners, it was vitally important to have the best of the best at the helm and they found just that with Eaton Outfitters. Chris and Julie Eaton have been with the Madison Valley Ranch since 1998. They provide exceptionally qualified and experienced professional guides with a depth of knowledge of our local waters. With over 4,000 guide days logged on the rivers of southwest Montana, this team knows what it takes to get it done and have fun doing it!

We understand when fishing is your passion there is no time for the small decisions in life, like what to eat for dinner! The Madison Valley Ranch feels fortunate to welcome Chef Scott Warren back for his 12th season. Although he delights in pleasing guests’ pallets, don’t be surprised to catch him sprinting down the trail to the Channel’s section to wet a line. During the winter, he wakes up each morning hoping the weather will be just right to go winter fly fishing or skiing. His wife and Lodge Manager, Elizabeth Warren grew up in SW Montana and as family folklore goes, caught her first rainbow trout on a fly rod at 4 years old. She enjoys working with all our guests to help them plan and prepare for their ideal fly fishing adventure. And, she’ll drop everything for a good fish tale. Call Elizabeth and you’ll soon be caught up in the excitement of what a vacation at the Madison Valley Ranch can offer to you and your friends.

We look forward to hosting and guiding your next fly fishing adventure in Southwest Montana at the Madison Valley Ranch!