The Madison Valley Ranch’s backyard is a fly fisherman’s playground! Spectacular Big Sky Country views inspire, and the daily activity of the wildlife takes you back to a different time. You can escape from the hectic pace of everyday life and indulge in a luxury adventure where all the details are someone else’s worries and you are just warmly welcomed. With the details handled by their attentive team (gear, guides, food & lodging), focus on what truly matters. With friends, family or colleagues, enjoy a memorable time together while immersed in the much revered culture of Montana fly fishing and the thrill of “fish on”! The Madison Valley Ranch is located on the banks of the “Channels” section of the world famous Madison River, 3 miles outside the quintessential fly fishing town of Ennis. Centrally located in the heart of Southwestern Montana provides excellent access to a variety of blue ribbon wild trout fisheries. The Ranch is among the nicest and best-run operations in all of Montana, with beautiful rooms, great amenities, and a kitchen staff that takes pride in serving gourmet meals. For a western family vacation, M.V.R. offers non-angling activities that include horseback riding, touring Yellowstone National Park, hunting, hiking and sightseeing.

Typical Length of Stay

Standard package is a four day / five night package, although trips of any length can be arranged.

Accommodations and Lodging

Madison Valley RanchAll of the rooms at the Ranch have their own outside entrance, a covered front porch, private bathrooms and very comfortable double and queen sized beds. Outside, each room’s front porch offers a countryside view of the surrounding mountain ranges, the ever-changing Montana sky, and wildlife in the fields. The common areas, lodge rooms, and duplex suites are decorated with a western theme and furnished with locally-made accessories. The ranch offers all the modern conveniences with that comfortable cowboy touch! Aside from a perfect angling escape, M.V.R is also an ideal setting to combine business with pleasure. With a conference room, fax, video, and phone capabilities, you will be able to get in the important work that needs to be done knowing that you are just a cast-away from an afternoon or evening of incredible fishing.

Main Lodge Rooms
Connected to the main lodge, these four rooms each have private entrances, bathrooms, and porches. The bed configurations range from rooms with a queen and double bed, to a queen and a single bed. North side rooms are treated with views of the pond and Tobacco Root Mountain range. South side rooms look down the valley towards the Shinning Mountains and wildlife rich fields.

Duplex Suites and Channels Lodge Lower Deck Rooms
The Duplex Suites are in a separate cabin. In addition to having private entrances, bathrooms, and porches, each suite has a back bedroom and a front sitting room with a wet bar and table for lounging, organizing flies, or just spreading out your gear. In the back room there is a queen and a double bed. In the front room, two couches can transform into twin beds – great for kids! These suites are significantly larger (50% more than the Main Lodge rooms). It’s also a treat to be the shortest distance to the Ranch’s outdoor hot tub or the Pond.

The Channels Lodge Lower Deck Rooms
These rooms were completed in 2007 and have more square footage than the main lodge rooms, in addition to having private entrances, bathrooms and porches. These rooms each have 2 queen beds. The Channels Lodge lower deck rooms face to the west, towards the Madison River and offer additional privacy and superb wildlife viewing. One of the rooms offers a handicap accessible bathroom.

Upper Deck Channels Lodge Rooms
Treat yourself to spectacular views of the ‘Channels’ section of the Madison River, Ennis Lake, and the surrounding mountain ranges. Designed by the owners to maximize the views, and be luxuriously comfortable during an extended stay, these spacious rooms are available on a limited basis. Each room has 2 queen beds. The Upper Deck rooms give a perspective you won’t want to miss!

Various gathering areas, from great room to game rooms to broad porches, provide a relaxing environment to catch up with friends, check emails using Wi-fi or the house computer, watch HD satellite TV, or even schedule a corporate meeting using the fully equipped conference space (talk about a meeting outside the box)! Enjoy the hot tub as a relaxing way to marvel at the outrageously clear Big Sky. Combine all this with your well appointed guest rooms, and you’ll be rejuvenated for the next days’ great adventure!

Food and Beverages

The food at the "Ranch" is delightfully memorable and the perfect compliment to your adventure. Orvis’ Guide to Great Sporting Lodge Cuisine says it best, “After a day spent in the outdoors, the chance to come back to a meal from world-class chef Scott Warren is a fitting end to the day. Using the finest local ingredients as well as imported mainstays, Scott sets a table that ranks at the top of the lodge cuisine anywhere in the world.” Combine this with an awesome buffet breakfast, streamside lunches, appetizers and complimentary beer and wine and you will leave the dinning room satisfied and happy every time!

Fishing Information

Madison River RainbowWe are happy to assist you or your family in the organization of non-angling activities during your stay. Remember that we can customize your package! If you want to fish less and sight-see more, let us know. Whether it’s horseback riding, touring Yellowstone National Park, hunting, hiking, or exploring, give us a call to discuss your needs and desires.

Daily float or wade trips with experienced, professional guides keep experts challenged, while providing guidance, enthusiasm and patience to novices - getting them “hooked”! With their backgrounds in teaching, instruction and wildlife biology, you’ll enjoy enriching days fishing for wild trout or just taking with you new best friend guide. And, don’t be surprised to find yourself reluctantly putting your rod down to take in all there is to see on their area rivers: snow peaked mountains, ever changing flow of the river, and the abundant wildlife.

Madison River – Probably the most recognized trout stream in the world. This river offers over 100 miles of fishable water. Legendary for its salmon fly hatch and great hopper fishing during the summer months, this is a great river to experience float and wade combos on the famous “50-Mile Riffle” section. The "Channels" section of the Madison runs right behind the Ranch and is a great stretch to fish. It is a wade-only section with very limited access and many different channels that hold trout. It offers good caddis and hopper action and is ideal for evening fishing after dinner.

Yellowstone River – As the longest undammed trout stream on earth, it provides over 300 miles of fishable trout-bearing water. This river is known for its prolific hatches and excellent cutthroat and rainbow fishing. Great for long floats and wading!

Beaverhead River – Offering Montana’s most consistent fishing for trophy brown trout, this is also the most challenging river in all of Southwest Montana. Because of its smaller size, thick vegetation, and undercut banks, it is not an ideal fishery for beginners. For those willing to put in their time, however, it can well be worth the effort.

Big Hole River – This is the classic western trout stream with lots of gravel bars, drop-offs, and great fish-holding structure. This is an ideal river to wade and one where you end up using the boat more for access than for fishing. Known more as a brown trout fishery, it also offers an opportunity to get into a few grayling.

Jack Creek – This tributary runs through the Madison Valley Ranch property and is a great little dry fly stream. Expect a lot of action for brown trout.

The “Channels” section of the Madison River - flows right behind the Ranch and is a great section to fish. This area is wade fishing only with limited access and has a variety of water to fish. The “Channels” section is a great dry fly fishery with an abundance of caddis hatches throughout the summer. Guests particularly enjoy fishing this section in the evening, although it can also be a great way to warm up your fly fishing muscles on arrival or departure days.

The M.V.R. Private Pond – This well-stocked two-acre pond is a great place to practice and hone your casting skills. Loaded with big Kamloops rainbows, you can either fish the pond from the bank or use one of the float tubes provided by the Ranch.

Boats and Equipment

Float fishing on area rivers is done via McKenzie-style drift boats designed for fly fishing.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Madison Valley RanchWe are happy to assist you or your family in the organization of non-angling activities during your stay. Remember that we can customize your package! If you want to fish less and sight-see more, let us know. We can create an adventure package for you.

Whether it’s horseback riding, taking a scenic float, touring Yellowstone National Park (the Ranch is only 72 miles from the West entrance and is an awesome day trip for guests), hunting, hiking, or exploring, give us a call to discuss your needs and desires.

How To Get There

The nearest commercial airport is Gallatin Field, located in Bozeman, Montana. Serviced by Delta, Northwest, United, and Horizon Airlines, the airport is approximately 1 ½ hours from the Ranch.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

If you would like to drive directly to the ranch on your own or rent a car in Bozeman, a map will be sent to you prior to your departure. A pre-arranged shuttle service between Bozeman and the Ranch is also available at an additional charge of $170 per person round trip (plus $40 for each additional person). Check in time is any time after 2pm and check out time is before 11am.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All rates are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. For additional days or for non-angling rates, please call Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
Main Lodge Room
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $1,740 $2,190
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $2,395 $3,070
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $2,995 $3,895
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $3,625 $4,750
Duplex Suites & Channels Lodge Lower Rooms
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $1,830 $2,280
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $2,515 $3,190
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $3,145 $4,045
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $3,805 $4,930
Upper Channels Lodge Rooms
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $1,890 $2,340
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $2,595 $3,270
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $3,245 $4,145
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $3,925 $5,050

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Accommodations and all meals (buffet breakfast, streamside lunch, evening appetizers, and a four-course dinner)
  • Complimentary beer & wine
  • Guided float or wade fishing (Madison River, Big Hole River, Yellowstone River, Ruby River, and Beaverhead River)
  • Use of rods, reels and waders
  • Use of property amenities including fishing on the Jurassic Pond, Jack Creek, and the “Channels” section of the Madison River

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to the Ranch from Gallatin Field in Bozeman
  • Individual Montana fishing license and Montana State accommodations tax
  • Terminal tackle
  • Gratuities for guides and staff service charge

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

• April – May: Springtime is probably the best-kept secret in Montana. All the rivers are fishing well and are generally low and clear. Spring run-off usually doesn’t begin until late May or early June, and you can expect a lot of streamer and nymph fishing with possibilities for early caddis and mayfly hatches. This is a great time to experience Montana as things begin to “green up.” You can expect some aggressive feeding from the fish.

• June: This can be a transition month in Southwest Montana. While some years high water might be a problem, June can still offer tremendous fishing. In anticipation of the salmon fly hatch this is a good time to fish a lot of stone fly nymphs for big browns.

• July – August: Lots of fun and sun. Late June and early July brings out the Salmon flies on the Madison and the Big Hole. July offers a lot of great caddis fishing and in August its time to start thinking big dry flies! The hopper fishing is tremendous and this is the time to fish big attractor patterns.

• September: This is the local’s favorite time of year, and the fall in Montana is beautiful. You can still fish hoppers and big attractor patterns, and the fish are beginning to turn on to big, gnarly streamer patterns. You can expect temperatures to be in the 70’s with the rivers low and clear.

• October-Mid November: If you like fishing streamers, you can expect a lot of action from aggressive fish during the fall months. The weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but the fish don’t seem to care. This is also a great time to do cast-and-blast combos (call Yellow Dog for more details.)

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