We love the Madison Valley Ranch! MVR is special people and an unequaled place dedicated to providing an amazing fly fishing experience. One of the super friendly lodge managers will be out the door to meet you by name upon arrival, and that begins a visit which covers fishing, meals from a master chef, and 24/7 hospitality. We have fished several other award winning Orvis lodges, and all were exceptional, but MVR exceeds even those of the highest Orvis standards.
Our fishing days began with a sumptuous breakfast, time to get our gear organized, and then time to meet our guide, by far the single best guide we have encountered in visits across the American West. While drifting the Madison, He put us on beautiful wild rainbows and browns and even a spectacular fat cutthroat. We saw cow and bull moose, whitetail deer, red fox, river otters, pronghorns, and both bald and golden eagles. There is surely more to see, but concentrating on your drifting fly gets in the way of sightseeing. One day as we approached our take out point, our guide said “left side of the boat, be ready”, and we were able to nail a double on a pair of chunky 18” rainbows. What a rush, and what a magical way to end the day!
Happy hour snacks and a terrific meal were right on target after a great day on the water. We found dinner to be uniquely comprised, beautifully presented, and delicious. The fishing conversations around the dinner table only whetted our appetite for the next day on the Madison.
We have already made our MVR reservation for next year and will continue to do so into the future. MVR is an experience a fly fisher would not want to miss. Our heartfelt thanks to the management team and staff for making us part of the MVR family.