Madison Valley Ranch is one of the highest rated fly fishing lodges in the world. But don't just take our word for it. Be sure to check out what our previous guests have said about their fly fishing trip to MVR. For even more reviews, please check out MVR's Reviews on Orvis' website.
"I took my girls to Montana for the first time in their lives. On the bucket list of adventures was flyfishing. We looked up the Madison Valley Ranch and stayed one night and spent one day fishing. All three of my daughters fly fished for the first time in their lives. It was absolutely the most memorable experience for my family. All three girls caught fish (which is absolutely important), but more importantly the amenities the food and the experience were all first class. We will go back and visit this lodge now every year."
"We have been to some very nice fly fishing lodges, but none quite like The Madison Valley Ranch. The fishing was Great during the salmon fly hatch as we hoped. Everyone was gracious and accommodating and never said No. The guides took photos of our fishing successes and they were displayed on a video screen at supper and printed for us to take home which was a nice touch and generated a lot of discussion among the guests. But the FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE!!! I’ve never been anywhere that served such awesome five course meals: appetizer, salad, soup, entree and dessert. Some of those dishes such as the stuffed quail were better than I had enjoyed at any five star restaurant. This is the first time I gained weight at a fishing lodge!"
Montana! Wow is all I can say. While it was 100 degrees in Houston,were we live, we “suffered” with temps from 40 degrees to 80 degrees. We had rain, wind and sunshine while there. We fished hard from the beginning to the end, but don't forget to look around. We encountered Moose on the river and while at the dinner table. Had bald eagles, ospreys and Sand Hill Cranes flying all around us. Watched new snow accumulate over the week on mountain peaks. We fought some fish forever, some were quick; but all were memorable. Nothing however was as great as experiencing it with my wife Kelly. MVR matched us up with the perfect guide. Our personalities were very much in sync and we had a blast on the river. When we got back to the ranch we sat down and ate appetizers with everyone discussing the days events. We then moved to the dinner table for a fantastic dinner. The only thing that topped dinner was being able to sit around with other guest we had just met and have great conversations. Madison Valley Ranch and their staff give you the ability to unplug, fish and relax.
My wife and I were hoping to sneak in a nice late-summer getaway in Montana when we happened upon the Madison Valley Ranch. A great stroke of luck indeed! We spent four nights in the "Madison" room of the main lodge and three days drift fishing different sections of the famed Madison River. Our room was cozy, clean and well-appointed, the meals were first-rate (thank you Matt and team!), and the entire staff overwhelmingly friendly and attentive (Manu and Zach are hospitality rock stars!). Our fishing experience on the Madison was everything your could dream for, but the real difference was the excellence of the guides. We worked with two guides over our three days, and they both proved to be outstanding instructors for my less-experienced wife and possessed an almost uncanny sense of where the big fish were holding. I should note that we left all of our fishing gear at home, and it was nice to be fully outfitted with fine Orvis equipment upon our arrival. In summary, if you are looking for an outstanding outdoor experience with top-notch lodging, meals, guides and fishing, look no further than the Madison Valley Ranch. We intend to return every summer!
I've been to MVR on executive retreats as well as taken both my wife and son individually, every trip has provided exceptional professional and personal experiences that we'll always remember. The entire staff, facilities and overall experience is world class, consistent and professional at every level from booking thru arrival and accommodations to the incredible guided fishing on some of the most beautiful rivers you'll ever come across.
The reviews are true... Madison Valley Ranch is where you'll want to be for an awesome fly-fishing vacation! From the warm welcome on your arrival from Manu, Zach or Parker you will be made to feel at home throughout your entire stay. There will be nothing lacking in food, accommodation or facilities. Special effort will be made to accommodate your tastes and particular wishes at mealtimes. Every meal is a enhanced by excellent conversation and camaraderie of your fellow guests. A clean room and a comfortable bed will be ready for you at the end of a full-day, exploring and / or fishing. Madison Valley Ranch has it all. Days on the river will be memorable and your guide will put you onto many fish, whether you choose to fish only the Madison River or, decide to venture beyond the waters that lie within the spectacular Madison Valley. Being the curious kind, I choose to venture beyond, and Manu ensured that my itinerary was filled with exciting options during my most-recent stay. I would encourage you to take advantage of Madison Valley Ranch's expertise in arranging a fly-fishing vacation in Montana that you will not forget! I look forward to my return dates in 2020!
Great fishing, great food, great friends. The Madison is a great river. The guides are great teachers. This is a great place for first-time fly fishers to learn and catch fish as well as for experts. The food is exceptional. The menus include unique salads, soups, entrees, and deserts with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. The guests were interesting, from all over the country. Last but not least, the staff is friendly and engaged. MVR is a wonderful experience. Highly recommended.
The owners of MVR had the good sense to locate the ranch in one of the most scenic places in the USA and then build the lodge on one of the great trout streams in the entire world. Add an extremely attentive staff and a gourmet chef and you have the makings of a five star resort. And that’s before accounting for fly fishing guides who can put you on great water with plenty of fish throughout the day. From sun-up to past sundown, the experience was one of the better vacations we’ve had and that includes plenty to do for my wife who does not fish! We will definitely return.
Susan and I have fished domestically and internationally with Orvis endorsed providers including the Crystal Creek Lodge in Alaska and Nomads of the Sea in Chile. I have to say that the Madison Valley Ranch experience is simply a “10”. The lodge and guest rooms are so well appointed, the management team are so welcoming and professional, the meals are superb and the guide service is top notch. Manuela and Zach reached out to us daily to be sure our needs were met. The chefs more than accommodated Susan’s vegetarian diet with flare and care. Of course fishing the legendary Madison River and staying at what we consider a legendary ranch property puts the Madison Valley Ranch experience at the top of our fly fishing travels.
This was our 9th consecutive visit to MVR. As with the previous 8 visits this one was also a great experience. The accommodations, food , fishing and especially the people are wonderful. Lodge managers Manu and Zach greet you like family and are always available to ensure that any needs you may have are met . Executive chef Matt and his staff use local ingredients to prepare very creative and very well presented meals. After a day of fishing, tasty appetizers are served at cocktail hour prior to a four course dinner that is served in just the right proportions. Rooms are very clean , comfortable and well appointed. The fishing guides are very knowledgeable about the Madison River. They will put you on fish and also provide instruction to make you a better fly fisher. We had several great days of fishing despite some cold weather. The fish do not care if it's cold. We will be booking our next visit very soon. Thank you Manu, Zach, Parker and Chef Matt for another great adventure at MVR.