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.
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.
Beautiful Property. Excellent food. Attentive, accommodating, and cordial staff. Guides are top-notch and know the rivers well. Staying in Ennis puts you right in the heart of several rivers within an easy drive. I have no reservations in recommending Madison Valley Ranch to anyone seeking great fishing, great lodging, and five star dining.
MVR was so great for so many reasons. The scenery was just beautiful and the fishing was great fun. Even though we were just beginners, the guides were so good, we were able to catch a lot of fish. The staff....there is not just enough words to say how excellent they are. Manu, Zach and Chef Matt are absolutely the best. I have never been anyplace where the staff made you feel so right at home. There wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do to accommodate their guests and make them comfortable. So thoughtful and gracious.
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!
If I could rate MVR a “6”, I would! Manu, Zach and the entire staff are fantastic and went out of their way to make sure we were having a great experience! The lodge and grounds are immaculate and the surroundings are truly amazing. The food was comparable to some of the finest restaurants I have been to and the atmosphere was like being among friends. Our guides were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and truly “world class” fishing guides. We caught lots of fish and they went out of their way to help accommodate our 91 year old Dad. (Thanks again!). MVR is definitely one to put on the top of your list for your next fishing adventure. Also, whatever you envision about Montana, multiply it X 10. Absolutely beautiful ! Many thanks to all at MVR for a great experience!
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.
Madison Valley Ranch is a great place to vacation. From Manu and Zach our hosts to the chef and accommodations, this is a fabulous ranch. Great setting with wade fishing in the back yard and fantastic fishing on the rivers, this place is hard to beat! This was my fourth trip to Madison Valley Ranch and I can't wait until my next. (ps; the fishing guides are great too. We had Brandon for two days and he is awesome. We had 4 double hook-ups/landings on this trip.)
I've been three times. Madison Valley Ranch offers a wonderful experience in every aspect of fly fishing. The food is great - interesting, varied (venison, quail, duck, and trout, to mention some of the entrees), and delicious. I've fished different water on different rivers in lots of conditions, with some epic days. The Madison River can't be beat. I've fished with multiple guides. They've all been friendly, good teachers, and excellent at their jobs. I've met many interesting people from all over the country. Perhaps best of all, Manu, Zach, Parker and Matt are not only excellent at their jobs but they're genuinely nice people who make time spent at MVR special. I can't wait for my next trip to MVR. Highly recommended.
I can't speak highly enough of my most recent experience at the Madison Valley Ranch (April 22-25). First time fishing pre-run off and it was amazing. From 55 degrees and fishing dry-flies to 30 degrees with 3-5 inches of snow! We landed 25-40 fish each day, nothing under 12 inches, thanks to our zen master and forever giving guide Brandon Struckman. The cuisine, fishing, and comradery keep myself, my family and my close friends coming back year after year. Have been a loyal client since 2005 or 2006 never missing a year and often times coming back multiple times in any given year. My family has joined me on some of my adventures at MVR and am proud to share that all three of my children have learned to fly fish with great proficiency on the Madison River. We even named our daughter, Madison, after the river that bestows such serene beauty and yet is so giving in producing wonder trout and memories.
Arriving at MVR, I immediately knew it was going to be one those experiences that will leave you with - "I want to come back!" Not enough positive can be said about the fine attention to detail that the entire staff at MVR provides. If you want to have more than just a Montana trip, stay at Madison Valley Ranch.