Where to begin, thankfully there isn’t a ‘maximum character limit’ or I’d be unable to condense my feedback. From initial greeting, to the daily greetings and the unfortunate goodbye…Elizabeth, Scott, Kaitlin, Matt, and the Madison Valley Ranch Team were phenomenal hosts!! Elizabeth was literally seen running across the property just to welcome us as we arrived and before the car doors opened…I knew we were in for a quality experience right then.
We felt at home from the get go. We got our lines wet in the pond the first evening just to get our arms loose for the actual fly fishing experience that would ensue; make sure the large trout don’t pull you in. We then got a touch of the experience to follow while attending the evening appetizer hour then above exceptional dinner prepared by executive chef, Scott. The other guests were part of the overall positive experience. To say the least, the service during our stay was outstanding! Greetings, smiles and attentive service to address any and all needs was provided. My goodness the food was so good.
Oh yeah, we went fishing too. Our guide, David Evans, understood the local waters, the proper flies to use and how to navigate the waters on our float trip to position us well into each fishing hole. He went above and beyond to provide exceptional service. Dave also was savvy on using the proper flies and rig setup to ensure a great presentation for the fish. His instructional lessons on various aspects of fly fishing were a testament to his knowledge on the subject. Well done, Dave! We caught over 70 trout in three days and dubbed our experience the “All Day Long” fishing trip. It was amazing. Did I mentioned how AWESOME the entire staff was? You get the point by now.
The setting was gorgeous. We were treated to many natural beauties along the way and Montana wildlife – moose, deer, antelope, bald & golden eagles, geese, fish and more. The only thing that would have made the experience better was seeing a grizzly bear, but I’m okay not having seen one this time around, at least not up front and personal. When we return to Montana for a fly fish guide & lodge trip adventure again, hands down, Madison Valley Ranch lodge will be our choice!!! Thank you for ensuring my Dad and I shared memories to last a lifetime!