Owners and hosts John and Krista Sampson opened Ruby Springs, one of the top lodges in the West, with friend and partner Paul Moseley. They have perfected what it takes to create the ultimate fly fishing lodge experience, including a top-quality fly fishing guide program, superb cuisine, comfortable accommodations, and the right balance of sophisticated service with an easygoing atmosphere. In their latest venture, Madison Double R, they are joined by Russ and Susie Milam, experienced lodge managers, in creating the finest lodge on the world-renowned Madison River. When it comes to the highest level of service, spacious modern accommodations, and a hand-picked staff of seasoned professionals, this new program is destined to become a western classic.
Location: Madison Double R is located in southwest Montana, approximately 20 minutes drive from Ennis, MT.
Two miles of the Madison River run along the lodge property, and guided float trips on what some would call the world’s most famous trout river are certainly a main focus at Madison Double R. This stupendous river boasts numerous stretches as its courses from Yellowstone Park down to the headwaters of the Missouri, which gives our clients an amazing mix of fly fishing.
Madison Double R is fortunate to be within easy striking distance to several more of the best wild trout rivers in the country; the lower Big Hole offers excellent fishing for browns and rainbows, along with a wild and remote setting and always the chance to see wildlife like moose and bald eagles. The Jefferson River is nearby as well, with its undercut banks and always surprisingly strong brown trout.
Fishing the smaller Ruby River can make for a fun day, and trips down to explore the waters in and around Yellowstone Park is a lot of fun. If you want to try stillwater fly fishing, Hebgen and Ennis lakes offer potential for huge fish, as well as (when the conditions are right) tremendously fun 'gulper' fishing for surface-cruising trout.
They also have a partnership with an outfitter down in West Yellowstone, should you want to experience the fabled Henry's Fork (of the Snake) and Henry's Lake, known for its monster hybrid trout.
If you'd like to brush up on your casting skills, the stocked pond is a great place to start. And finally, if you'd like to combine fly fishing with an adventure, horseback trips up to high mountain lakes and streams can be a supremely memorable experience.
But this wealth of world-class trout fisheries wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable without guides who know them. The Madison Double R guides are experts at knowing the water, knowing the fish, and being sensitive to our clients’ needs. Novice anglers will get patient casting lessons, while expert fly fishers will find their guide can help take their skills to the next level.
Accommodations and Meals:
The beautiful 3500 square foot lodge is comprised of two pods connected with an outdoor trellissed terrace. The lounge portion of the lodge features a full bar with premium wines, beers, and spirits, a river rock fireplace, two TVs, and an outdoor covered fireplace porch with stunning views where hors d'oeuvres are served as the sun dips below the horizon.
In the other half, the spacious dining room boasts massive windows with views across the pond and meadows, and views of the mountains the other direction. And for much of the summer, the windows slide aside for an immersive outdoor dining experience.
Also in the Main Lodge is an office for check in, as well as a shop stocked with sunscreen, sunglasses, and Madison Double R branded items to help you remember your stay.
Five spacious Creekside Cabins provide simple luxury in a very private setting. With views that look out over a beautiful meadow ringed by towering cottonwoods, it's not uncommon to see deer, eagles, coyotes, elk, the occasional moose, and an abundance of other classic Montana wildlife. Two queen beds, oversized showers, soaking bath tubs, wood burning fireplaces, flat panel TVs, hardwood floors, outdoor cedar decks, and small kitchenettes are some of the amenities that make these cabins a supremely comfortable hideaway at the end of each day.
Two 1700 square foot, 2-bedroom Mountainview Cabins thoughtfully-positioned next to each other are perfect for those who have something sophisticated, spacious, and possibly social in mind. Sleeping up to 8 guests comfortably, the Mountainview Cabins are ideal for up to 4 couples, 8 friends, or a sprawling single-occupancy option. Each of the 4 guest rooms has 2 queen beds, oversized showers, soaking tubs, hardwood floors, wood burning fireplaces, flat panel TVs, attractive shared living rooms, huge cedar decks, and kitchenettes. The prevailing views of the Madison Range are jaw dropping!
Looking to belly up to an authentic 1800’s western saloon? We have it right here for you, just steps from the main lodge. A 20 foot regulation shuffleboard table, pool table, gas fireplace, dance sound system, massive TV, and a beautiful bar from the historic Norris Bar where you can sit and tell stories about the size of the fish you caught that day. Two glass garage doors open for access onto a spacious cedar deck for soaking up those beautiful Montana nights while you're having fun!
A 1000 square foot workout facility with exercise machines, weights, sauna, hot tub, outdoor shower, private bathroom with changing room, televisions, and the best views ever for yoga or simply relaxing can be found at their well-appointed facility.
From breakfast through dinner, meals at Madison Double R provide more than just sustenance. The culinary program, crafted by Chef Scott Warren, features local foods and ingredients, fresh fruits and nutritious snacks, thoughtful wine pairings with dinner, and creative riverside lunches. Chef Scott was trained at Le Cordon Blue and Culinary Institute of America, and he has managed first-quality ranch culinary programs for over 21 years. For the past 16 years, Scott has resided in Ennis with his wife, Elizabeth. In his free time, Scott enjoys skiing, fly fishing, paddle sports, gardening, and recreating in the inspiring surrounding mountains.
2020 Rate: $5,375 plus tax per person for a 5 night / 4 day package
Included: Accommodations, meals, guided fishing, alcohol, fly fishing equipment, terminal tackle, tax.
Not Included: Airfare, transportation to/from the lodge, staff and guide gratuities, fishing license.
Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Season: May - October
Capacity: 26 guests
Map: Ennis, MT
Time: The time in Montana is Mountain Daylight Time.