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Madison Valley Ranch, MT

Situated on the banks of the Madison River just 3 miles north of Ennis, our location offers anglers unparalleled access to all the best blue-ribbon fly fishing in southwestern Montana. A short walk out the back door will find you casting to rising fish in the famous "Channels" section of the Madison, fighting large, feisty trout on our private two acre pond, or stalking Jack Creek as it runs through the property. Daily float trips with professional guides on the varied sections of the Madison River keep experts challenged and novices thrilled. Other excellent fishing opportunities available include the Yellowstone, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Gallatin, and Ruby Rivers.
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111 of 111(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
Review 1 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Madison Valley Ranch,
August 17, 2014
By: bbell123
from Springfield, MO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Joe was great would ask for him
"This is the perfect place to experience Montana fly fishing. The guides are excellent and the services are tremendous. Gourmet food, served in a congenial setting.
Each evening deer file into surrounding fields. Geese and sandhill cranes flock into the same fields. My wife an I spotted moose twice. It was like a game preserve. The staff there is super.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Excellent Resort,
August 17, 2014
By: WildPaddler
"Far better than I ever expected! 5-Star staff, food, service, accommodations, and fishing. Great river, big feisty fish, terrific guides, beautiful country. Plenty of wildlife, including a bull moose. Wade fishing the channels in solitude. Wife & I are already planning a stay for next year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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What an experience!!,
August 10, 2014
By: tmossg
from Winston Salem, NC
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Additional Thoughts:Classy guys
"I traveled to Madison Valley Ranch with our two sons. They had grown up fly fishing our small N C and Virginia trout streams, but we had never fished big water. Our experience at MVR was wonderful. The staff and amenities were absolutely delightful. The accommodations were first class, and the food was fabulous (you can't believe how good it was); and the fishing - wow. The river (Madison) was beautiful, and it was full of the fattest, hardest fighting trout you can imagine. I could have never conjured up a better experience in my wildest dreams."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Great Times at Madison Valley Ranch,
August 9, 2014
By: PhxAngler
from Phoenix, AZ, USA
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"My husband and I had a wonderful stay at the Madison Valley Ranch and a glorious two days on the Madison River with a guide. We caught so many fish and our guide Chris was very good.
Elizabeth and the staff at the Ranch always provided top notch service and made us feel very much at home. The accommodations and the food were excellent.
We look forward to coming back.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Outstanding!,
August 7, 2014
By: WAMMD
from Kalispell, MT
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Additional Thoughts:Superb
"As experienced fishermen, my colleague and I anticipated a good time. However, we had a fantastic experience!! The lodging, meals, settings and fellowship exceeded our highest expectations. The "added value" was our guide. Yes, he guided and he rowed; he also taught and mentored and he demonstrated incredible patience! The entire adventure was a 5-star event!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Great Times,
August 4, 2014
By: SMZ1
from Orange County, CA, USA
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"My brother and I took my dad on his bucket list fishing trip to the Madison Valley Ranch. This was our first time fly fishing and the experience was top notch. The food was excellent, the service even better and the fishing was great. All of us had the time of our lives."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Another Wonderful Trip!,
August 4, 2014
By: RipSomeLips
from Denver
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Additional Thoughts:Both guides were fantastic. Charlie 's love for the sport is infectious. On both days my son and I caught close to 40 fish in the drift boat!
"Wow...just came back from MVR and what a wonderful time. My son and I have been coming here for our annual summer fishing trip for 4 years. The gourmet cuisine, warm hospitality and exciting fishing keeps us coming back. My son is an avid fly fisherman, and even started tying his own flies...and MVR is the place that got him started."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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This must be what heaven is like!,
August 3, 2014
By: Gkour
from Chappaqua, NY, USA
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Additional Thoughts:He is fabulous. I request him every year.
"Who would have thought that the Madison Valley Ranch could improve on perfection, but they keep on impressing us. This was our fourth year at the Ranch. We’re addicted! In fact, we book for the following year within a month of returning back to our home in New York. It offers top notch fishing in the Madison River, impressive accommodations and an exceptionally talented kitchen staff. All are quite hard to duplicate. Elizabeth and Anne make you feel like you’re “coming home” when you arrive. This staff makes a Herculean job appear easy! A heavenly vacation!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Best Fishing Experience I've Had,
August 3, 2014
By: JayZ
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"Madison Valley Ranch is the best lodge that I have experienced. Elizabeth and her staff are definitely earned and delivered 5 Stars. Everyone made you feel welcomed, the food and fishing was noting less than awesome, the accommodations and guests were all great. Lastly, all the guides that Elizabeth lined up were top notch.
Montana and the Madison Valley Ranch are great and I know that I will be booking another trip.."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Wet your line here and you'll be hooked for life!,
August 1, 2014
By: BLStokes
from Auburn, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:I have fished throughout the United States, Mexico & Canada ... on Blue Ribbon waters all over .... this is the one place I will return to with my son as well as my clients.
"Madison Valley Ranch is by far the premier fly fishing destination. Whether it's your first time with a rod in hand or an avid caster, this experience is world class. The guides ( hand-picked by lodge manger Elizabeth ) know the water, can tailor to any angler's ability and they deliver big fish ... in numbers! I have had the good fortune to spend time at MVR with friends as well as family, the staff & the kitchen, cater to your every need. Guests are treated to cuisine prepared by a renowned Chef (Scott Warren) and you are never left wanting your favorite glass of wine or cold beer as Elizabeth knows your preference even before you arrive. If you are looking for the fishing adventure of a lifetime with accommodations fit for royalty ... come to the Madison Valley Ranch."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Great Time, Great Food!,
July 29, 2014
By: RogueRiverFlyFishers
from Grants Pass, OR, USA
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"Elizabeth, Scott and their staff did an outstanding job with every aspect of our visit at the Ranch. Delicious food, wonderful hospitality, very comfortable accommodations, great fishing and guides, beautiful scenery......we're already looking forward to going back next year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Excellent Experience,
July 27, 2014
By: COFloatfisher12x
from Denver, CO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Very Professional and knowledgeable on the river and hatches. We caught many fish.
"Elizabeth and entire team treated us like kings and queens. Meals and lodging were spectacular. We hope to return next year, for much longer stay. Ground were wonderful. Fishing great. Highly recommend"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Another spectacular stay at the ranch!,
July 23, 2014
By: RIFLYFISHER
from Providence, RI
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Additional Thoughts:Mr. Folsom is the greatest guide in the world.
"Once again, every aspect of our stay was fantastic!
From the guides to the guests to the gastronomic delights, it isn't possible to wish for a finer fishing vacation. Scott, Elizabeth, Ann, Chris and Gunnar continue to deliver an unparalleled experience.
I cannot wait to return"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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MVR 2014 trip,
July 23, 2014
By: joeflytyer
from Defreestville, NY 12144, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Best guides I have ever fished with
"Outstanding trip, from Elizabeth's warm welcome to our sad departure, the entire experience is absolutely wonderful. Scott and his staff provide delicious gourmet meals and appetizers for us daily, with breakfast being my favorite. The ranch has become our home away from home each year and is the highlight of my fishing season."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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ATruly Terrific Trout Time!,
July 21, 2014
By: Troutfisherwoman
from Ennis, MT 59729, USA
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"The old saying, "You can't go home again" was definitely proven false as we returned to the Madison Valley Ranch for a second year of incredible fishing, food, fun and relaxation. Elizabeth and Scott Warren make a superb team, with her enthusiasm and attention to detail making for a flawless experience and his gourmet cooking making every meal an incredible treat. Combine that with gorgeous Montana weather, the best guides in the business and some outstanding trout and you have the vacation of a lifetime. Going back NEXT YEAR for a longer stay and more fun and games."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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best lodge experience,
July 20, 2014
By: greatwhiteadventures
from texas
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"Madison valley ranch has it all, great lodging, great fishing, great food, great staff, great guides.
Convenient access through Bozeman, easy shuttle service.
Wildlife, bald and golden eagles, osprey, pronghorn antelope, white tail deer, elk
Montana skies, and pleasant weather
Bring your own or try their Orvis gear.
Nothing is left out, total attention to detail.
a first class, high class experience
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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5 star Fishing, Food & Accommodations,
July 20, 2014
By: FlyRodgers
from Dallas, tx
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Additional Thoughts:Very experienced and helpful for first timers
"Amazing stay. Elizabeth and her team were fantastic!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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WOW - it does not get any better!,
July 19, 2014
By: shealy
from Wilmington, DE
"OMG - it really does NOT get any better than MVR. From the very first online inquiry to the end of my trip, no detail was overlooked. Elizabeth, Scott, Ann - the entire MVR staff attend to every detail of every guest - always with infectious enthusiasm and a genuine desire to make your stay at MRV unforgettable. The food is amazing - do not miss trying everything - especially dessert!! You'll be a member of the "clean plate" club - promise! The guides from Eaton Outfitters were superb. Having never fly fished before, I was a little nervous about the trip. Julie & Dave were awesome - very patient, knew the river well and where the fish were. I learned a lot and caught a ton of fish! This was the first of many trips I'll make to MVR."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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What a trip !!!!!!!!!,
July 19, 2014
By: Coalhog1
from Apollo Pa
"My son Adam and I booked this trip, really not knowing what to expect. We did expect to catch fish, but what we found at MVR was so much more than just fishing !! The staff from Elizabeth, Anne, Scott, Matt and all the others made this the trip of a lifetime for a father and son. We sincerely thank them all for a great trip,"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Madison Valley Ranch, MT
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Heaven,
July 14, 2014
By: JV54
from Shavertown, PA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Great
"If Madison Valley Ranch is not Heaven it is a close second. Our week there was perfect and I would not change a thing. The service and food were fantastic. Elizabeth, Scott and the entire MVR team are great. Also, the fishing was off the charts with 60-70 fish days. The guides from Eaton Outfitters, Chris, Brandon, Joe, Scott and the entire team are the best in the world. There is no doubt we will return to MVR and they get my vote for Lodge of the year 2014."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes