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As an Orvis endorsed lodge I had high expectations for the Madison Valley Ranch (MVR). My friend and I were not disappointed. The lodge itself is located in a beautiful setting with the Madison River, a large pond and stream on the property. The pond was full of rainbows averaging 18 to we’ll over 20 inches. They’re not that easy to catch, but a great way to warm up or cool down from a drift on the Madison.

The lodge itself is beautiful, from the family style dining room, living room area, and upstairs entertainment room. There’s a fully stocked tackle shop with gear and fly fishing clothing. The shop is left open 24/7 for you to borrow the many rigged up fly rods for use on the property. You may purchase fly fishing clothing and gear you may need there as well. just write down any items on the numerous clip boards at the lodge and purchases will be added to your bill. Also, snacks, beer (great local micro brews) and wine are available 24/7 in the dining room.

I can go on and on. The most important thing that made this four night, four day fishing trip outstanding was the MVR staff. Kaitlin, Manu, Matt and the rest of the staff made you really feel at home. They engaged themselves with all the guests and more than that they’re fly fisherman.

I would highly recommend the MVR to any level or beginner fly fisherman. It’s also a great family vacation as well. There were several families during our stay and all were having a great time. You will not be disappointed in the entire fly fishing experience at MVR.

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