Guest Reviews

Very nice home in a beautiful place.

We stayed for a week and enjoyed our stay. The house was updated, comfortable and clean. It was well furnished and the beds were very comfortable. Blue ribbon fly fishing is a short walk from the back door. A river really does run through it. We came for the quiet and the proximity to Yellowstone. The VRBO representative meet us when we arrived, which is not expected but we did appreciate it. She was very nice and helpful and it was good to know that there was someone nearby for questions. We had a great time and I would like to go back next year.

by Tom M. from Wisconsin. Submitted Date of Stay:

Amazing and spacious cabin!

Stayed here for the eclipse and it was wonderful! The home was spacious and updated, and it had room for everyone in my family. The couches, beds, and chairs were very comfortable and the decor was "woodsy" and absolutely lovely. The back deck was awesome to spend time on in the lounge chairs and the sound from the river was calming to fall asleep too. You can tell a lot of thought and love went into this cabin, and I enjoyed my stay very much!

by Stacy S. from California. Submitted Date of Stay:

Beautiful property!!!

My husband and I and our two Granddaughters, ages 13 & 14, spent a fablous week enjoying this beautiful home. The owners have thought about everything from any gadget you might need in the kitchen, the most comfortable beds I have experienced in any property we have stayed in, great washer and dryer and the TV's! The space was unbelievable......we didn't even use the loft or the lower level space and still had plenty of room. The deck over looking the Madison River was the place my husband and I loved to sit and just take in our surroundings. The sound of the river and sitting to watch the sun sets will forever be in our memories. Thanks to Kathy, the property manager for all of her assistance in making this a great experience for all of us. Also, Samatha, the owner, for her kindness in letting me know she found one of the Granddaughter's new Yellowstone shirt, and will be mailing it to me! It was a great experience from beginning to end!

by Debra E. from South Carolina. Submitted Date of Stay:

Amazing family vacation in a beautiful home!!

The Caddis Shack is a beautiful log home right on the Madison River. The owners have thought of every detail from binoculars and the Audubon Field Guide to Birds, to toddler plates and cups to the most comfortable beds. We barbqued and ate on the deck almost every night but we had a difficult time reading the books we brought because we kept staring at amazing view! Randy and Sam's suggestions for places to eat and river guides were spot on. Our son was fly fishing like a pro by the end of the trip (thanks to Madison River Outfitters and Rick Welle)! We didn't want to leave so We have already booked our trip for next year!!

by Jessica L. from California. Submitted Date of Stay:

Amazing home on the Madison River

We stayed at the Caddis Shack the week of July 23rd to the 30th. The Caddis Shack was perfect for our group of flyfishers, the downstairs room is great for storing your rods and waders and other gear between trips to the river. The house is in an amazing location, its right on the upper Madison river and just a short walk to some of the best fishing on the river and its also just a short drive to the world famous Henrys Fork of the snake River and Yellowstone Park and all its fishing opportunities. the inside of the house is beautiful, all the furniture and beds are very comfortable and the house is well stocked. It would also be a great place for families to stay at while exploring southwest Montana and Yellowstone. We couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our week fishing in Southwest Montana.

by Thomas D. Submitted Date of Stay:


The Caddis Shack is THE best place I have stayed in the area. I have been fishing the Madison for decades, and have stayed at a number of places. The Caddis Shack tops them all. Excellent creature comforts as well as excellent river access. In addition to the important details such as fabulous porch and bbq to cook and enjoy dinners; comfortable beds, couches and chairs; an extremely well stocked kitchen; a great entertainment system when you want to chill and watch a baseball game instead of fish; and a great lay out to relax and enjoy, some of the other little details really make a difference. Thank you for the ice packs in the freezer - a wonderful touch to soothe my aching knees after stumbling around on the Madison all day. And the rod rack, and the hooks for vests and waders, and the extra hemos, and the binoculars so I could watch the osprey, and the extra coffee, and on and on. Great place to stay, particularly if you like to fish the best trout river in the world. Thanks Kathy, Randy and Samantha. Look forward to coming back soon.

by Fred R. Submitted Date of Stay:

Great place to stay!

Stayed at the Caddis Shack for 7 nights. Place was beautiful, awesome and well equipped. In our group there were 8 adults and there was ample room for everyone. Close to West Yellowstone and the Park yet far enough away to enjoy the spectacular scenery and feel that you are away from the frenetic pace of modern life. Located right on the Madison River for great fishing opportunities.

by BFR from Georgia. Submitted Date of Stay:

What a place!

My husband and I stayed at the Caddis Shack for a week. Our primary focus was on flyfishing and the location couldn't have been better. We had easy access to Yellowstone, the Madison and Ennis, not to mention the great fishing in front of the cabin. We even made an easy day trip to Jackson Hole. The Grizzly Bar was great for dinner and only 5 miles from cabin. We would highly recommend this place to anyone.

by Stephanie D. from North Carolina. Submitted Date of Stay:


Our stay at the Caddis shack was truly amazing! On top of fly fishing the world famous Madison river right out your back door, the house is located in the most magnificent spot. The views are simply breathtaking. The house is spacious and beautiful! The rooms are spacious, the master is huge, and it is very clean and everything is nice and new! The owners have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable. It is well equipped for fly fishing or exploring Yellowstone. We loved falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the river. The owners and manager were very friendly and helpful. The provided us with all the information that we could possibly need before and during our stay (things to do, places to eat, things to see, where to get your groceries) - they thought of everything! I would highly recommend staying at this gorgeous mountain retreat and we hope to be back soon!

by Shannon B. from California. Submitted Date of Stay:


Wow, What a wonderful place. The area and the big sky views are wonderful, we knew that and love that, but the Caddis Shack was the perfect vacation home base to enjoy the area. 4th of July rodeo in Ennis, West Yellowstone, The Yellowstone National park, the Grizzly bar & grill, Madison river outfitters, the fire pit, and of course the Madison river. All were phenomenal. The house is perfectly appointed for multiple couples and/or kids, everything you could possibly think you might need for a great stay is there. The fishing was great and my son was catching plenty of fish right behind the house until dark (10:00) after each full day float on the river with guides Mike and Alice. great get a way and family time, not to mention great fly fishing on the world famous Madison. Couldn't have been a better trip. Looking for dates next year and hope to stay longer. Thanks to Randy, Samantha and Kathy!

by Bob from Kansas. Submitted Date of Stay:

We absolutely loved this home

We absolutely loved this home. We came to West Yellowstone area to run in the West Yellowstone half marathon and to explore West Yellowstone park and the Grand Tetons. We had 7 adults stay in the home and there was plenty of room for all of us. The home owner thought of everything. The kitchen is spacious and well equipped. The location is phenomenal and made for an easy drive to everything we wanted to see and do. Plus, the home is right on the Madison River. It is obviously a great place to fly fish. Bald eagles flew over the river every day and pronghorn are seen every day. We actually would've been satisfied staying at the house and wish we had a day just to sit and enjoy the house because it is so nice but we felt we needed to see the parks (next time!). I think the men wanted to take the recliners home with them. Kathy and the owner (Samantha) are so easy to work with and are so friendly. We would love to return and stay at the Caddis Shack again.

by Lori from Michigan. Submitted Date of Stay:


I want to start by saying that it has taken me so long to write this review, for fear that this place will become so popular, that we may need to reserve a year in advance. That being said, it would not be fair to the owners that have obviously put their hearts and souls into this so called "shack" to not share our experience. I highly recommend staying in this gorgeous log home. This place is luxuriously rustic, not the least bit kitschy or fussy, as some I have encountered. The owners have obviously equipped it with only top-notch furnishings. There was nothing overlooked. I discovered that I had left my toothbrush at a hotel we stayed at previous to arriving at the Caddis Shack. In a drawer in our bathroom, there was all the kinds of fresh toiletries you may have forgotten to bring. Never, have I ever, encountered that in a vacation rental. Just shows you what kind of thought has gone into renting this home. As the pictures show, this place is located right on the Madison River and has amazing views from every door and window. We were greeted daily by a couple of bald eagles flying back and forth over the river, and a male pronghorn with his harem grazing in the front yard. The home is located far enough off the main road to be void of any annoying sound, but close enough to make travel very convenient. Our group thoroughly enjoyed cooking in the chef's kitchen and sleeping on the very comfortable beds. If cooking isn't your thing, I recommend a local restaurant called the Grizzly Bar and Grill. Both our meals there were so delicious and the staff, very attentive. Our week's stay at the Caddis Shack consisted of a visit to Yellowstone National Park; fly fishing right on the property and, also down the road a bit, at the famous Three Dollar Bridge; and visiting the nearby quaint towns of Ennis and West Yellowstone. A couple of evenings we spent time, down at the fire pit, reminiscing about the great day we had enjoyed. As I mentioned in the title, we only wish we had planned to stay longer. We're coming back next year and hope to add hiking, horseback riding, kayaking at a couple of nearby lakes, and visiting the award winning Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center to our vacation. Honestly, you need not look any further. This place cannot, and will not disappoint!

by Alross Submitted Date of Stay:

Phenomenal. Will definitely return

This is the best fishing cabin I've ever had the pleasure to stay at. As other reviewers have said the photos of the cabin and the area simply do not do this place justice. Located right on the river this cabin is equally well suited as a base for exploring Yellowstone or any of the other numerous local outdoor attractions with the family, or simply fly fishing on the Madison. The cabin is beautifully executed and completely stocked with everything you might need for a day on the river or a trip to the nearby parks (full washer/dryer and supplies, coolers, binoculars, local guide books) and all the creature comforts you expect in a high end rental, which is a nice touch that is commonly overlooked by similar places. We spent the majority of our time fishing, which was great. The staging area for your waders, rods and equipment on the back porch is also a great feature. The proximity of the cabin eliminated much of the stress that I find comes with planning a big trip (waking up early, remembering all your gear, getting on the river during a hatch, etc). In fact, so close is the cabin, I was seated on the couch, gear stowed and watching TV within five minutes of spotting the approaching afternoon thunderstorm from the river. I very highly recommend The Caddis Shack, its location/setting is perfect for just about anything, and look forward to returning in the future.

by Andrew B. from California. Submitted Date of Stay:

The Caddis Shack is AMAZING!!

This place was AMAZING. A brand new Montana retreat right along the Madison River! The house is breathtaking and designed around stellar views of the river and mountains. Not only was the house beautifully done, it appears the owners have thought of everything. The house is stocked with everything you need to make your stay in Montana unforgettable. From coolers you can take on hikes and picnics, to guide books and binoculars, it seems as though they had accounted for every whim of any guest. It was wonderful to be so close to Yellowstone, that is if you can pull yourself away from the river for even a day. The stars were amazing at night and we were lucky to see a few rainbows over the mountains during our stay. I would highly recommend The Caddis Shack to everyone! We are already planning to book another week for next year!!

by Megan Submitted Date of Stay:

Beautiful location along the Madison River

My husband and I stayed 3 days. The place is amazing. Great views out all the windows. The house was very beautifully done. A lot of thought went into making this such a great place. Great fishing! It's amazing the amount of stars you can see! Very quiet and peaceful! We would come again!

by Fishing bug from CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Don't look any further

You can stop now - you've found the perfect place. The 6 of us (including 4 teenagers with a wide range of ages) stayed a week. The house had everything we needed - Kathy Looney was wonderful to work with. The photos on the site do not do the views justice at all. You could hear the river from every open window in the house. Top of the line everything in the house including washer and dryer so it was not at all burdensome to do laundry on vacation (laundry supplies provided!). The house is about 30 minutes from the town of West Yellowstone and the entrance to the park. But it is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever make around Hebgen and Earthquake lakes. If you like to fly fish - this place must be the perfect fit - however we did not do that on this trip. But we saw several people in the river each day and we could walk to the river ourselves.

by Anthony B. Submitted Date of Stay:

Beautiful "Caddis Shack"

I can't tell you how much we enjoyed the Caddis Shack. We have rented many houses through VRBO but this one definitely tops the list of all the places we have stayed. The house was amazing in every aspect. There is an incredible view out every single door and window of the house and it was so comfortable from the amazingly well stocked chef's kitchen to the comfortable living space and comfortable bedrooms. As we said in the guest book, we felt very pampered and welcomed. We were so depressed when we left! Kathy Looney was very welcoming and helpful as a wealth of information on places to see and visit. I could go on and on but suffice it to say, if we ever end up on that part of the country again, we would love to stay in Caddis Shack. The surrounding country side is so beautiful. There was just one incredible scene after another from bogs, to mountain passes that open up to expansive valleys, alpine meadows, lakes, rivers, etc, etc!! And LOTS of birds and wildlife and fishing. Definitely a 5 star vacation house!

by Chris H. from Connecticut. Submitted Date of Stay:

Fabulous house in beautiful location

My wife and I had heard from friends how beautiful this part of Montana is but pictures do not do it justice. Both of us are amateur astronomers and I love to fish. We went up with another couple and had a great time. The house is gorgeous and the owners thought of everything down to crayons and coloring books for any kids that came. It's located right on the Madison River which meant we could decide to fish and literally have a lure in the water within 5 minutes. We loved the decor and it was really nice to have the master bedroom on one side of the house and the other 2 bedrooms on the other side. Along the back of the house is a beautiful deck facing the river. There is a fire pit outside and the owners even left us some wood to burn. The scenery outside is majestic and we spent afternoons looking for bighorn sheep on the mountain with the binoculars provided for the guests. There is nothing we needed or wanted that wasn't provided. It's like the owners put themsleves in the place of renters and thought of everything they'd want and then provided it for us. West Yellowstone is a short drive away and a fun place to visit. The weather only gave us one night of stargazing but that's ok, it gives us a reason to go back! We LOVE the Caddis Shack !!!

by Astronomy Nut from Castro Valley, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Montana at it's finest!

A week in Montana paradise! Stayed with 3 couples and it was perfect! So peaceful and beautiful. The sound of the river just yards from the house was so relaxing. The owners thought of everything when building and furnishing this house. The kitchen was so well stocked with all the dishes, gadgets, cook wear and everything needed for preparing gourmet meals. The fire places set the ambience and the Wifi and sound system were perfect. To be able to walk a few yards out the backdoor to the river and fish was the best! Lazing away the hours on the deck watching the osprey, eagles and pronghorn sheep was so enjoyable. Exploring the area's local restaurants, taverns, hiking trails & horseback riding were a few of the things we did. The weather was gorgeous the beginning of our week and the last 3 days were rainy and on the cool side, but no matter, that just gave us an excuse to really enjoy the comforts of this home ! Can't wait to hopefully return to the Caddis Shack again!

by Annie J. Submitted Date of Stay:

Jewel on the Madison

If you're looking for a true Montana experience, The Caddis Shack is your spot. (not a shack by any stretch though) First, we were very impressed with the attention to detail the owner has given to this property. It's entirely furnished with custom made furnishings, perfect for a luxury log home. Everything has been thought of for our comfort and convenience! We've rented other vacation homes & condos, and this one is the best ever, by far! The Caddis Shack is private and quiet. We slept with our bedroom slider door open, in a very comfortable king bed, listening to the sound of the river.. so restful. At night, we sat on the spacious deck and watched the stars. No city light pollution here! And we were delighted with all the wildlife we spotted, including a busy little red fox! I could go on and on, but the bottom line is The Caddis Shack is a Jewel on the Madison that will not disappoint. It will exceed expectations by a mile!

by Debbie from Cheshire, OR. Submitted Date of Stay:

Room For The Whole Family

We enjoyed a week's stay at this lovely home! A nice view, in every direction. Right on the river. First class construction & appliances. Even wood provided for campfires & smores

by Jim & Linda from Washington State. Submitted Date of Stay:

A fantastic month on the Madison River at The Caddis Shack

Starting at first contact with Samantha and Randy (owners), our experience was flawless. They kept an open line of communication leading up to our arrival and were very organized during the process. They made everything easy on our group (four adults and one infant). The property itself is magnificient. We spent a ton of time outside fishing closeby, hanging and grilling on the porch and soaking in all the fresh air and beautiful views. A fully stocked kitchen, cozy open air living space, and comfortable beds were just icing on the cake. The location is super convenient to a host of sightseeing and activities; Yellowstone, Ennis, the rodeo, hiking, fishing, Bozeman. We were there a whole month and I feel we barely scratched the surface. Our damage deposit was returned promptly and in full, even though we broke a little piece off a bench which would have warrented a deduction. Instead, Samantha had the property manager (who was wonderful) come and fix it at no cost to us. I highly reccomened this property. I book vacations frequently through VRBO and this was hands down the nicest place so far. I cannot wait to return.

by Andrew J. Submitted Date of Stay: