PlanSource FlyFishing
Dan Larson
We visited Madison Valley Ranch as a celebration for our son's college graduation. We picked Madison Valley based on it's ORVIS endorsement and Lodge of the Year Rating. It did not disappoint. Everything was first class: The guides, the staff, the accommodations, the food....everything! The staff create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. After dinner, we were able to continue fishing in the pond for trophy Kamloops Rainbows. There is also easy access to fishing the Channel section of the Madison on a transition day or evening. The Ranch has a new on site fly shop with Orvis rods to use in the pond and plenty of local flies. We enjoyed our entire stay and recommend Madison Valley without reservation.
As soon as we pulled in an Kaitlin the lodge manager came out to greet us I knew we would be in for fantastic 3 days of fishing and great memories. The lodge itself is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, wildlife and great fishing. Our accomadations were fantastic we stayed in one of the duplexes by the hot tub. Yes I said hot tub which was great to relax in after a long day of fishing and fantastic meals. You will wake up after a relaxing night to Manu filling your coffe cup greeting you in the lodge ready to send you on your way to a fantastic day of fishing after a great breakfast. Matt the chef will not disappoint to the great breakfast made by Anthony in the morning to Matts creations in the evening to his appetizers, then on to a wonderful 4 course meal. Each dish created to perfection. Oh and don't forget lunch on the river that your guide will provide. You will not leave hungry. We met some fun fantastic people from all over sharing our fish stories of the day always talking about the one that got away. If you want fantastic fishing top notch accomadations and a staff at a lodge that would do anything to make your stay more enjoyable stay at the Madison Valley Lodge. Thank you Kaitlin,Manu, Matt and the rest of the crew for a trip that my husband and I will always treasure .
Great experience from beginning to end. All staff cheerful, happy and so eager to please (and very successful in doing so!!!). Great food, comfortable surroundings, slept like a baby. Activities planned well and I always felt relaxed. Caught beautiful rainbow from the time we arrived until we had to depart.
A friend and I stayed at MVR in May 2016 and could not have been more pleased with all aspects of our visit. The staff, guides, food, and other amenities were first class and we were treated more as friends that came to visit than guests. Would highly recommend MVR for anyone wanting to catch great trout, see beautiful Montana, and be treated to outstanding hospitality.
A neighbor and I spent 4 days fishing on the Madison River recently. We stayed at the MadisonValley Ranch and had a fantastic experience. The Lodge personnel go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and a member of their family. The accommodations were very good and the meals were top shelf. Certainly on par with a white table cloth restaurant. The fishing guides were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. overall, a first rate experience.
My father and I visited Madison Valley Ranch for a long Father's Day weekend, and it was the perfect trip. Truly. I cannot say enough about our experience; it was absolutely fantastic. The lodge, fishing, meals etc. were all wonderful. But it was the amazing staff that truly put this trip over the top. Kaitlin, Manu, Matt, as well as the guides, all go out of their way to ensure that you have the fishing experience of a lifetime. What a treat to visit such a fantastic lodge in such a fantastic setting and then be made to feel at every moment that you are not just a customer, you are among good friends. The perfect trip.
Just made my second trip to Madison Valley Ranch. While there are a lot of great fishing destinations, to me what makes an experience truly exceptional are the people -- the staff, guides, chef. MVR gets great marks in all of these areas. Beautiful place, with great fishing and great people.
I visited for my third time but this time I included my entire family: wife, daughter and two sons. Everyone had a wonderful time from the first greeting from Elizabeth upon arrival, to the last minute fishing in the pond before we departed. The food was wonderful, the fishing was plentiful and you can’t say enough about the views and relaxing atmosphere of the Ranch. Elizabeth and Scott have a fantastic staff that really knows how to make you feel comfortable while you enjoy all that the Ranch has to offer. My real joy came from listening to my family each night sharing their stories of the day and showing pictures of what they caught. Thanks again to Elizabeth, Scott, their staff and of course the wonderful guides that made catching trout seem easy.
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!

Orvis Lodge of the year 2015, a well-deserved award. This was our fourth trip to the MVR. When we arrived we were treated like family. We were enthusiastically greeted by Elizabeth, the lodge manager. She helped us with our luggage to our room, the Big Hole. It was very charming, clean and comfortable. The dishes prepared for meals by chef Scott and sous chef Matt were always very creative and very well presented from appetizers through desserts. Eye candy indeed. We always enjoy chatting with fellow guests about the days fishing at the cocktail hour prior to dinner. Our guides were hard working, knowledgeable, and very personable. We have requested these two fantastic men every year we go to MVR. We caught all sizes of fish indicating a healthy Madison River. We were treated to an amazing full moon rise over the mountain range one evening, an amazing photo opportunity! We can’t wait for 2016 and a 5th trip to MVR. Great job owners and staff!
My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary here…and it was an amazing experience. The food…incomparable! The breakfast every morning (best bacon ever) set the course for the day. Lunch on the river is soo Montana…and dinner with our new ranch “family” was always a highlight (because of the great company and outstanding dishes!). I, as a completely inexperienced fisherwoman, was totally at ease out on the river. The ranch had absolutely everything we needed and our guide took great care of us (and had unlimited patience with me). My husband has been to Madison Valley Ranch several times…I might not let him go without me again!
The old saying “you can’t go home again” proves false when visiting the Madison Valley Ranch. My wife and I stayed there this past June after an absolutely wonderful visit in October, 2014. Our June visit was just as wonderful, made even better by the long Montana evenings that allow the amazing MVR happy hour to be held outside on the lodge porch.

The first-class selection of warm appetizers and free-flowing wines are an excellent preview of the gourmet meals. At every dinner either Elizabeth or Kaitlin sit in at one of the dining tables, a real treat for the guests. If anything, dinners were even better than our first visit. As aside note, portion sizes are perfect.

We stayed in a different unit from our earlier visit and the room was very plush as well as quiet. No matter which room you stay in, it will be comfortable. Every need is attended to at MVR including waders so you can travel lighter.

The guides at MVR really put out effort for their clients. All gear is available if you do not have rods, etc. MVR provides a sandwich menu every evening at dinner for guests to choose their next day stream lunch. Really a nice touch to have that kind of choice.

We have stayed at Western fly fishing lodges since 1990 and none has ever surpassed Madison Valley Lodge. From personal experience I know choosing a lodge can be anxiety provoking. Most of us only get one trip per year. Do yourself a favor – don’t sweat this decision, just go to MVR!

Our experience at Madison Valley Ranch was incredible. Elizabeth and her crew at MVR provided an all-around first class experience. The fishing was great and the service outstanding. There was no need to bring any equipment – The Orvis rod & reel were perfect. The location of the MVR made it easy to get to but felt very remote.
As I sit here in my blue suit in the office, my head is still on the Madison watching that dry fly drift.  Amazing what a few days on a river does for the soul.  Wish to thank you and your staff for a wonderful few days.  I cannot think of any way you can improve your program.  The lodge/service is excellent, guides’ knowledgeable and overall Montana experience breathtaking.
Wow !!! What a fantastic two days of fly fishing.  This was only my fifth time in my life that I went fishing.  We were met by one most charming and vibrant host, Elizabeth.  There aren’t any superlatives to describe her gift of charm, enthusiasm and endless energy.  I’d come back just to chat with Elizabeth.

Our fishing guide, Bill, was understanding and very patient with a beginner like me.  Poor fellow!  I don’t know how many times that he had to untangle my line, replace lost flies and retrieve snagged line.  He was in the water up to his crotch more times than I caught fish (my buddy is a good fly fisher, thank God for Bill).  Bill is also a good conversationalist.

The evening dinners were prepared for the “gourmand” and the tastes of the soups and the main courses were exquisite.  I had never expected to experience gourmet food at a fishing lodge.

Thank you for a wonderful adventure.  I truly enjoyed every minute of my stay at the Madison Valley Ranch.

Though I have returned in body to my home, my thoughts are still at the Madison Valley Ranch. What a wonderful time it was. The beauty and grandeur of the landscape, the hospitality and genuine care the lodge staff offered, the FOOD — all so nice. The fishing guides know their stuff. I highly recommend the Ranch without hesitation.
My Mom sent my Dad and I to MVR to celebrate my Dad’s 80th Birthday. It’s hard to imagine a better experience. From our first contact with Elizabeth and Kaitlin, setting up this trip, to the sad moment when we had to leave, we were overwhelmed by the staff’s genuine and enthusiastic love of this place, and their keen desire to ensure that our experience would be a standout lasting memory. Scott and Matt consistently delivered fabulous food fit for a 5-star restaurant – they presented interesting, complex dishes, perfectly prepared, and beautifully presented. What a great way to start and end a day of fabulous fishing! Speaking of the fishing, the excellent, experienced guides added much to our 5 night / 4 day Madison River fishing experience. We also appreciated not having to travel with our waders, etc. – as MVR provided excellent Orvis rods, reels, and waders as part of the package. Along those same lines, we appreciated the comfy, well-appointed guest room, and all the little thoughtful “extras” that also were “just part of the package” – from sunscreen, to snacks, to an after-fishing beer…. If you are looking for top notch fly fishing adventure, made easy by excellent service and accommodations, MVR is the place for you!