Guest Comments

"My heart lives in New York, where I was born and raised. My body lives in Los Angeles, where I do much of my work. My soul lives in Montana, where I fish.

Fly-fishing has enriched the Winkler World on many levels. Thank you Firehole Ranch for the beauty of the sport, the surrounding landscape and for your friendship."

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From Henry's new book I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography

Henry Winkler, Los Angeles, California

Ideal for Any Occasion 

Read comments from various types of visitors!

Couples Getaway, Guest Comments

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"Peaceful, thoughtful, delicious, with great attention to detail = our first thoughts! Beauty, continuous and everywhere - generous outreach from all staff - interesting fellow guests whom we hope to see again. Looking forward to our next visit because we KNOW it will be just as wonderful and refreshing as it has been this visit... same high standards, same smiling and welcoming faces, same effort to make this the best, memorable visit. Thank you!"

Peter and Kit B., Yountville, California

"OK. Here is the problem . . . I’m thinking. . . Well
OK there are NOT any!!
The care, the warmth, the taking care of the beautiful, the fabulous food, the staff, the dogs, the fishing, the guides, the food. . . .did I mention that already? . . . . ARE ALL PERFECT!!
And thank you all for the best fishing vacation ever!"

Henry and Stacey W., Los Angeles, California

"We have loved our stay at the Firehole Ranch!  Your place has the best qualities of all the places we’ve stayed – wonderful accommodations, fantastic fishing location, warm and inviting staff and that special personal touch.  We can’t wait to come back again."

Mike and Kathy C., The Woodlands, Texas

"We were immediately taken under the wing of the Firehole Ranch. From start to finish we were made part of the Ranch family. Every activity was an event and every event was memorable. We felt so at ease here. You would think we’d been here before. The fishing, the food and the fellowship were spectacular. We can’t wait to get home and brag. Thanks for creating such wonderful memories."

Billie and Weezie B., Roswell, Georgia

"Staying at the Firehole Ranch is truly a magical experience. It is a warm and intimate setting and the staff ready to assist you with any need. The variety of fishing can't be beat and the guides are superb. We can't wait to come back."

Tina and Rob C., Pelham, New York

"What a great way to spend our anniversary! Thank you for your recognition of our 10th year @ the Firehole Ranch. We were overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness. This is a special place for great food, make that unbelievably delicious and always unique food, and the same can be said for the service, setting, and every detail. Alice is fabulous fishing and area guide! We especially enjoyed Ryan’s recitation of each evening’s dinner and his attention to the details of service. We’ll be back for YEAR 11!
The entire staff treat each guest as special friends and take care with the smallest details and the most challenging requests. From the moment you arrive you know you are in a place like no other. Until you experience it, you can’t imagine it. Once you do, you can’t wait to return."

Michael and Kathy H., Phoenix, Arizona

"First, I want to thank all of you who stayed up to FEED us on our first night. You know how important food is to us. The Firehole Ranch is, of course, about the food. Second, coming to the Firehole Ranch is like coming home (Bruno is “Mother”). As usual the staff is exceptional and fishing is spectacular. But most of all, we have Quiet and Laugh ourselves silly over Crazy things!
We LOVE the whole package. Thanks again for a great week!"

Michael and Mary Beth A., Cameron, California

"Warm and hospitable, the Firehole Ranch is rustic elegance at its best.  Truly the gem of Montana.  It will exceed your expectations in every category.  5 star plus, surpasses the Four Seasons Resorts we have experienced.  We wish our stay was longer but will most definitely return!  Thank you to the fantastic staff that made our vacation a truly memorable one."

Rosemary and Bill F., Ridgewood, New Jersey

"This was one of the best weeks we have ever had fly fishing. We visited many of our favorite streams and saw new water as well. Floating the Yellowstone River was a fantastic experience. We also had the wonderful opportunity of meeting new friends and sharing our fishing stories with them."

Tom and Gayle S., Dallas, Texas

"The Firehole Ranch is the perfect combination of scenic beauty, rustic but comfortable accommodations, exquisite food and excellent fly fishing. Owner Lynda Caine and the entire staff are totally focused on providing the guests with the most enjoyable and memorable stay possible. We enjoyed the company of our fellow guests and getting to know the very personable, yet professional, staff. This stay at the Firehole was our first fly fishing trip in the West. They provided an expert guide/instructor, quality equipment, and the wonderful experience of catching more trout than our skill levels deserved. Other guests who stayed at the Firehole and similar ranches or lodges told us we had started at the top of the list when we selected the Firehole for our first western fly fishing experience."

Tedd and Nancy A., Augusta, Georgia

"How can one improve upon perfection?  I am not being flip about that.  I mean it.  Every aspect of our stay has been perfect!  From Mark meeting us at the airport, the BBQ and meeting your wonderful staff, to seeing the fluffy little owl in the tree today before Tink offered to drive us to the trail head for our hike, to eating your delicious and incredible food by chef Bruno, etc, etc...  All of this, plus so much more creates an amazing environment for your guests.  Lyndy, Alicia, you both, and Tink, set the stage for all of this...  your generous, caring spirits "fill" the place up and create a spiritual retreat for all of us.  Thank you!"

Pam and Jim W., Los Altos Hills, California

"This place is the Four Seasons of fishing lodges! Your attention to detail is impressive. We felt like “family” from the very first e-mails to your checking with us by phone making sure our trip from Sun Valley to the Firehole Ranch was going well. It only got better each day as we bonded with your staff and the other guests. The simple fact that so many of your guests have been coming here year after year speaks volumes – you’re doing everything right – don’t change a thing. Thanks to all of you for a memorable 5 days – we’ll be back!"

John M. and Renie A., Sun Valley, Idaho

"Like nothing else experienced, Firehole Ranch meets all expectations and more – the solitude, majestic scenery and air, world class meals and service along with cozy authentic and charming cabins!  We will return!"

John and Donna F., Massachusetts

"After ten years of visits to Firehole Ranch, it is still the highlight of our summer. Fine food, fine wine, great fishing and a great staff. WE LOVE YOU!"

Nelson and Jaclyn B., Dallas, Texas

"As we are ready to leave this wonderful place we find ourselves feeling that same emotion one experiences in leaving family.  We will not only miss the beautiful scenery, the terrific meals and the welcoming atmosphere, but we will miss the incredible staff.  Everything was perfect!  We can’t imagine what could be done better!  This is truly a one of a kind place and experience and we can’t wait to come back."

Roy and Craig W., Martinsburg, West Virginia

"Our stay at Firehole Ranch surpassed every expectation!  The setting is exquisite, the service and personal attention equal to or better than any five star hotel in which we've ever stayed.  Chef Bruno's meals were innovative and delicious and most important, the fishing and the guides were fantastic.  Particularly as first time anglers this last item was especially important.  Beyond fishing, we also enjoyed the many other activities available at the Ranch as well as the sites and experiences in the surrounding area, particularly in Yellowstone."

Debra and Larry W., Encino, California

"Lyndy has created a wonderful place of warmth and camaraderie among the most spectacular scenery.  The Lodge staff were accommodating and a joy to be with.  Bruno’s couture meals surprised and delighted.  Fishing, the raison d’être for our visit, was great with terrific, knowledgeable, hardworking guides in Alice and Rowan who did everything one could expect of great guides.  They were patient and put us on lots of fish.  In every respect you exceeded our expectations drawing us to return!"

Michael and Hedy F., South Hamilton, Massachusetts

"Great fishing, great food and great staff. Bruno is a genius (and so is Kris!) Shirley and Dennis bring a new warmth to the ranch. And Alice is just amazing. Thanks again for another wonderful escape!"

Jason R. and Anita T., Dallas, Texas

"We had a wonderful vacation and plan to return!  We felt welcome from the moment we arrived and marveled at the friendly, well-trained, enthusiastic, "ever-smiling" staff.  Your attention to detail (every detail) is unmatched.  We had high expectations and pleased to say that you exceeded them.  Honestly, we cannot rave enough about the terrific time we had - it was sad to have to leave."

Cindy and Charles H., Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

"Firehole Ranch is an incredible place!   We found the Ranch on the web site and thought that it would be a good base camp for fishing and exploring the Park.  What we didn’t realize was that the Ranch has 5 star cuisine; deluxe cabins; the best fishing excursions, and service that you will not believe.  Lyndy and the entire Firehole Staff have created an icon."

Jeff and Sarah Z., Austin, Texas

"Most spectacular location for fishing, relaxing and great company.  Food was beyond superb.  Every need anticipated from everyone knowing our names to our brand of beer in our cooler.  We had the best vacation in 25 years!  You have the BEST STAFF at any guest ranch we have ever been.  We learned so much from our knowledgeable guide.  Wish we could live here for the summer."

Laurie and Jeff D., Annapolis, Maryland

"An excellent week!  Everything from our initial contact with Alicia to set the dates right through our departure was handled with professionalism.  Our fishing guide, Will, built on the lessons Allan provided Deb, a first time fly fisher.  She is now "hooked" on the sport.  We'll miss Bruno's and Kris' excellent meals as well as the rest of the wonderful staff that made us feel that no request was a problem.  Thanks Lyndy, Tink and all for a fantastic experience.  We'll be back!"

Deb and Jerry W., Purcellville, Virginia

"We heard about Firehole Ranch through a family member who highly recommended that we attend. Our experience exceeded our every expectation. From the friendly staff to the incredible food, to the unbelievable service, what a great experience. Thank you for five days of wonderful relaxation and fishing."

Jacques P. and Lauren Y., Hermosa Beach, California

"Once again an action packed fun filled week.  All the staff are a delightful combination of casual professionalism – friendly, helpful, enthusiastic and fun.  Delicious food continues to delight, thank you Bruno and Kris.  Guiding staff tremendous as always, ever ready to assist and improve our techniques.  Sally especially enjoyed her boating trip with George sharing the world of the river and beyond. Lyndy and all thank you for creating such a relaxing and down to earth holiday experience.  The memories linger long after the sun has set and the last fly has been cast."

Bill and Sally B., Australia

"Firehole Ranch is a truly unique getaway.  We had never been fly fishing before but were welcomed with open arms into this new community!  The staff was unbelievable.  They each struck the perfect balance of being kind and accommodating but totally understated and relaxed.  The food was just incredible – every meal was gorgeous with the best quality ingredients prepared in tasty fashion!  We will be dreaming of our time here until the day we are fortunate enough to return"

Charles and Jodi C., Waban, Massachusetts

"We have now stayed at the Firehole Ranch 8 years in a row and can't wait to return for number 9.  The guides and staff do an incredible job, and as always, the food is second to none.  And of course, the fishing is the best around."

Bradley and Sherry S., Houston, Texas

"A magnificent lodge - in the most spectacular setting.  We were looked after so well and we enjoyed the food and other guests greatly.  The fishing was interesting and even thrilling and the guides were first class.  Thank you to you all for making our holiday so fantastic."

Ronald and Maria B., London, England

"This is our second time at the Ranch and our experience just keeps getting better.  The Ranch's close proximity to Yellowstone Park allowed us to view a wide variety of wildlife en route to our fishing destinations within the Park.  Our guide, Rowan, was experienced and provided us with excellent choices for fishing destinations that combined hiking and fishing.  The staff at the Ranch made our stay fantastic.  Great fishing, fabulous food and great fun!  Thank you from Tom and Gayle."

Tom and Gayle S., Park City, Utah

Family Time, Guest Comments

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"The Owner, Manager and staff at Firehole Ranch are successful in providing their guests with a five star memorable vacation. Courtesy exudes from all who work here. The food is delicious including the box lunches taken on fishing trips. The guides are patient and knowledgable and made this the best angling experience my son and I have ever had. There were so many personable touches in the design of the lodge! It is immaculate and the daily cleaning service is exceptional. Fly fishing is now in my blood thanks to the Firehole Ranch and the great rivers nearby. We can't wait to come back!"

Ron and Jake S., Manhasset, New York

"An ideal setting for a much awaited father-son trip.  We fished, we drank, we ate, and most importantly we bonded.  Three cheers to the Firehole!  This is the type of place that hooks you and you can't not come back."

Frank, David and Scott G., North Caldwell, New Jersey

"Wonderful family getaway.  Peaceful, beautiful and so welcoming.  Very attentive, courteous and friendly staff.  Superb fishing and very capable guiding - both for fishing and Yellowstone.  Delightful, beautifully prepared and presented cuisine.  Bruno is a fabulous chef.  Thanks for a memorable vacation and your attention to detail." 

Lorraine, Tom and Family, Forest Grove, Pennsylvania

"The Firehole Ranch was fantastic!  The staff always went the extra mile to make our stay special.  Whether it was the unparalleled fishing, wonderful horseback rides, or exciting mountain biking, our days were tailored to exactly what we wanted to achieve!  The food was "to die for". Thanks to Tink, Bruno, Angela, Matt, Alicia and all the others who made our visit so unforgettable!!  We will be back as soon as we possibly can!"

Jim, Chad and Chris M., Atlanta, Georgia

"The Firehole Ranch is much more than a fly fishing lodge.  The food is world class, the staff is exceptionally friendly and the environment is peaceful, tranquil, trusting and gracious.  The fishing guides and wrangler are friendly and knowledgeable and quickly become friends.  This is a real gem and has become a home away from home."

Scott, Celeste, Bobby and Gina C., Fairfax, California

"We've been coming here for over twenty years.  It's heaven on earth.  Our children have been here too.  We love everything about the Firehole, the people who make it run and those who come to stay!"

Carol and Ron K., Caldwell, New Jersey

"I have enjoyed the pleasure and opportunity to travel, and experience many resorts in my travels, and I can say without a doubt the service and experience at the Firehole Ranch is second to none! Everything we experienced from the food to the fishing to the environment was tremendous. Thank you for providing us such a memorable experience. We cannot wait to come back!"

Jerry and Alex B., Raleigh, North Carolina

"A paradigm of service and hospitality.  We felt as though we were amongst old friends who wanted us to experience a special place as they saw it.  The employees were truly a pleasure to be around.  Our guide, Josh, completed a true life experience.  His passion for fishing, the area, and the Firehole Ranch, was inspirational and uplifting. Our best vacation experience.  There are no negative comments.  A first class operation from start to finish.  You should all be proud of what and how you do it.  It is a rare commodity today, to exceed expectations on every front.  We will cherish our memories of this place and our time here.  Well done!"

Mike and Marty M., Chesapeake, Virginia

"We had a very special father/son outing.  From the first contact with Alicia, I knew that my expectations would be exceeded.  The accommodations were rustic and very comfortable; the food was excellent and catered to my dietary requests; and the entire staff was friendly and attentive and know everyone's names from the moment we arrived.  A special thanks to our guide Allan who showed us how to catch more trout than I would have imagined for our skill level.  Don't change a thing."

Bill and Jon L., Redding, Connecticut

"From the lovely flowers spilling out of planters to the bouquet of wildflowers, wine and welcome note, the Firehole Ranch kept wowing us!  Chefs Bruno, Kris and staff created one amazing meal after another.  Our guide, George, was kind, patient, knowledgeable and FUN! ... Our parting gift and note was a special touch!  What a superb vacation!"

Rob, Becky and Robbie M., Pepper Pike, Ohio

"Perfect, authentic, real place, real people, so attentive and sincere.  Fly fishing absolutely top drawer.  Bruno is the chef of the century. "

David B. and his three sons, Carbondale, Colorado

"The service - the food - the people - the food - the fishing - the food - the weather - the location - all perfect - Oh, did I mention the food? Great job. Keep doing what you are doing. My son and I live on opposite coasts and I couldn't think of a better place to meet and enjoy a great fly fishing experience. Thanks."

Tom M., Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

"Customer service was second to none.  Very friendly staff - very knowledgeable staff - great accommodations."

Camper, Bert and Bert O., Birmingham, Alabama and Lexington, Virginia

Solo Fishing Adventure, Guest Comments

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"Of all the recreational resorts in this world, most try to meet expectations.  Firehole Ranch exceeds expectations in all areas - fishing, staff, accommodations, food, attitude and on and on.  If they will give you my personal phone number, please simply call me."

Andrew G., Pacific Palisades, California

"Enjoyed everything about Firehole Ranch - food, facilities, staff, guides, etc!  I was particularly impressed by the loyalty of your repeat guests and their sustained enthusiasm for the Ranch.  The Wednesday night BBQ is a real highlight - most enjoyable!  I look forward to joining you next year." 

Ted S., Gaithersburg, Maryland

 

"Everything from the time I arrived until the time I left exceeded all of my expectations. The staff was great, food was excellent, my guide and my fishing experience was awesome. I can't wait to come back."

Chris B., Ballwin, Missouri

"My stay at the Ranch for Women’s Week 2008 was absolutely wonderful!  Every staff member was delightful and welcoming.  Our accommodations were extremely comfortable and fit my idea of a special western getaway.  Each meal was 5 star and the guides were all helpful and patient.  Alice did an excellent job of planning and educating us.  I leave with a feeling of accomplishment and a desire to become a better fisherwoman.  I hope to return and share this experience with more friends."

Stephanie R., Santa Barbara, California

"I've been to the Firehole Ranch twice. Each visit was spectacular in every sense. The fishing environment was exceptional, but that should come as no surprise given the ideal location. However, having a talented fishing guide was extremely helpful to me. In this regard, Josh was outstanding! Aside from being extremely knowledgable and passionate, he works incredibly hard and has the patience of a saint! The other guests that I've met have been equally complimentary of their guides.

However, that which, in my mind, sets the Firehole Ranch apart from the crowd is its staff. It ensures that the accommodations are attractive and very comfortable and the services are tailored to meet the individual needs and preferences. In particular, the food is "out of this world" good. I say that as someone who regularly dines in New York's finest restaurants. In my opinion, the meals are a big part of the overall Firehole Ranch experience.

Although I've been to the Firehole Ranch only twice, I feel like I've known the staff for a very long time. It's truly a special group. I'll certainly return (as do the many loyal "regulars"). When I do, I'm confident that I'll get that warm feeling inside that one usually gets only when visiting close friends and family. I enthusiastically recommend the Firehole Ranch to everyone. (But please leave a cabin for me!)"

Chip G., Edgewater, New Jersey

Friends & Corporate Retreats, Guest Comments

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"As a first time fly fisherman I wasn't sure what to expect. I was "blown away" upon arrival when every staff member knew each person in my party by first name. The food and accommodations were first class. Steve and Rowan (guides) were remarkably patient, helpful and very experienced, i.e. I caught fish. The food was great, the fishing awesome and the staff phenomenal. Thank you."

Joey G., Fort Worth, Texas

"You offer and provide the ultimate experience for fresh water trout fly fishing - excellent and varied rivers, superb guides (experienced, informative, patient, capable), gourmet cuisine and a genuinely warm and attentive staff."

Susannah B., Connor, Montana

"My stay at the Ranch for Women’s Week 2008 was absolutely wonderful! Every staff member was delightful and welcoming. Our accommodations were extremely comfortable and fit my idea of a special western getaway. Each meal was 5 star and the guides were all helpful and patient. Alice did an excellent job of planning and educating us. I leave with a feeling of accomplishment and a desire to become a better fisherwoman. I hope to return and share this experience with more friends."

Stephanie B., Santa Barbara, California

"I can't think of anywhere I have been that is more satisfying than the Firehole. The combination of food, service and fishing are unbeatable. The staff are great to be around and make the experience complete."

Marshall B., Fort Worth, Texas

"As a first time visitor and first time fly fisherman I came to Firehole Ranch with friends and business associates.  I decided to rent gear while there before investing in another sport before knowing if I would like it.  Well, nothing like starting at the top!  The food, accommodations, location, fishing guide, instruction and knowledge of river were outstanding.  All topped off with personable, friendly and service oriented staff.  I guess I'm hooked!"

Garrett H., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

"Exceeded my expectations in all areas!  Staff seemed to 'read my mind' and know exactly what to do.  Food was beyond belief!"

Scott B., Coto do Caza, California

"Firehole Ranch sets the bar for excellence.  Guides, lodging, food and variety of water are all first class.  Our group had a wonderful time as usual!"

Linda W., Idaho Falls, Idaho