My brother and I loved our stay at the Madison Valley Ranch. Four things stood out for us. First, Kaitlin, Manu, Matt and the other members of the lodge staff couldn’t have been more friendly and more accommodating. For example, on our arrival, before we were out of our car, Kaitlin was outside to welcome us. She got us settled, gave us a tour of the ranch and was a delightful host throughout our stay. Also, one morning, we needed to leave the ranch at 5:00 a.m. so we could be on the Jefferson River by 6:00 a.m. Matt saw to it that our breakfast was waiting for us at 4:30 a.m. Absolutely, a five-star ranch staff.
Second, the lodge accommodations are made for relaxation after a long day on the river. Our room was comfortable, generous in size and gave us the feeling of privacy. The grounds are beautiful and we enjoyed having direct access to the Madison River and the ranch’s trout pond, which we found to be full of scrappy fish. We loved joining the other guests for hors d’oeuvres, which were served outside on the patio before dinner, and for the dinners themselves which were wonderful, as were our breakfasts each morning and lunches on the river each day. . Third, the Madison Valley Ranch guides are first rate. We appreciated that our guide recognized our levels of fishing expertise and accommodated the trip accordingly, with clear directions during our floats regarding the locations where fish were holding and excellent positioning of the boat so that both fishermen in the front and back of the boat had great access to fish. He also provided lots of information about the rivers we fished, the surrounding beautiful scenery AND he put us on a lot of BIG fish!!
Finally, we enjoyed the collegiality of the Ranch. We thoroughly enjoyed our visits with the other guests and had ample opportunity to learn a bit about them and to compare fishing stories after a day on the water. They complimented our Madison Valley Ranch experience and made us eager to return.