We are morning people!

Why is it so easy to get up before dawn to go fishing? For anything else, including work, catching a flight or even your kid’s Little League tournament, it’s torture to get out of bed. But when fishing is in the mix, your eyes pop open, coffee is poured and the good times start to roll before the sun breaks.

One of our favorite fly shops epitomizes that feeling seven days a week.

Western Rivers Flyfisher in Salt Lake City, Utah is not only a stellar full-service fly shop with a knowledgable staff, excellent selection and long-standing reputation of quality and authenticity, it’s also a quirky doughnut nook to a group of passionate and down-to-earth fishermen who gather each morning before work to tie flies, re-tell fish tales, heckle each other’s hookset skills, swig java and get centered for a good day at the office or on the water.

It’s called the Coffee Crew, and it’s where MFC fly designer Kyle Toyama found a home when he moved to Utah from New York for work. Kyle says, “Being a transplant to Utah and being able to go meet up with these guys at the shop and have them bestow their vast knowledge of the local fisheries from both a current and historic perspective has been a treat for me. Not only have they given up a few of their coveted locations that take many people years to find but they have also helped me truly appreciate fly fishing and the experiences that make it special. It is a special place where I have had the opportunity to relive some of my greatest angling feats, been reminded and humbled about my defeats (harshly and often.)”

The shop is also the birthplace of Kyle’s MFC fly pattern called Yama’s Nunya Midge, which you’ll see in our new catalog. Kyle is donating all fly royalties to the Utah Stream Access Coalition to raise money for litigation to win back formerly-fishable public water that’s been locked down by private interests.

Outside Media’s Nick VanHorn and Hilary Hutcheson got the chance to spend a morning with the Coffee Crew in Salt Lake and captured the essence of why we love local fly shops. They turned this great photo into an ad that’s the first in a new series we’ve got running in The Drake Magazine. Fishing isn’t just about the grip & grin. We feel it’s about the connection with nature, bonds with friends and family, respect for wildlife, personal diligence, patience, preparedness, relaxation, excitement and much more. At your local fly shop you can build a base for all of these things, then take it to the river.

We encourage you all to spend more time at your local shop. Pull up a chair. Pull up a vice. Ask questions. Learn something. Soak in the stories. Get to know the shop pros. Meet a local fisherman you’ve seen on the water but never met. This is all part of it!

We’re continuing to run additional fly shop profiles this year in our MFC Shop Series ad campaign. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

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Conquering Chironomids Volume II–Advanced Tactics DVD

We’re excited to announce that Phil Rowley and Brian Chan’s much awaited Conquering Chironomids Volume II–Advanced Tactics DVD is coming out this month!

Phil says, “This volume is far more comprehensive than our first which was more of an introductory step into the complex world of stillwater chironomid fishing.  This latest volume focuses upon deep water indicator tactics, floating line tactics, sinking line tactics using both fast and slow sinking lines, adult and emerger tactics and integrating droppers/multiple flies.”

Many of the flies referred to in the 1.5hr DVD are already part or soon to be part of the suite of flies MFC produces for Phil and Brian.  In the special features section of the DVD, there is a full listing of fly images and recipes featuring MFC tying products. The fly section sets the stage for Volume III where the boys tie their favorite chironomid patterns to round out this instructional series.  It’s a Lord of the Rings appeal, if you will!

Phil says, “Brian and I are optimistic that this volume will prove more popular than our first volume which sold out its original run of 1000 copies in just under a year.  Public demand for Volume II has been strong with countless inquiries regarding its release from consumers and dealers all over North America.”

Congrats, fellows–we’re excited for Volume II to come out!

 

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Featured Fly Designer — Juan Ramirez

There’s a great article that just came out in the Colorado Collective about MFC fly designer Juan Ramirez, aka The Hopper Juan.

An excerpt says: On the river, Juan guides a range of clients for an ultimate Colorado fishing experience. O n the fly-tying vice, his designs have gained national recognition and his hands-on instructional videos keep anglers tying and casting what the trout are hungry for.

We love how the article addresses Juan’s take on conservation and Juan’s experience with catch-and-release on the Cimarron River.

“We caught them and kept them, and caught and kept, and then we didn’t catch anything,” Juan said. “Then we realized, ‘Oh we caught them all’. You realize the fish are like money. If you spend it all, there won’t be anything left.”

To read the entire article, click here.

The Hopper Juan’s patterns are among some of our all-time most popular.  Ask for them by name in your local shop! We love Juan’s Sniper Baetis, Juan’s Sparkle Wing, Juan’s Ice Emerger, and OF COURSE Juan’s Hopper Juan.

 

 

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MFC at Craig Caddis Fest

Keep em wet. That’s exactly what we did at the 2015 Craig Caddis Festival, and loved every second of it. MFC turned out to throw swag and stoke at the Drift Boat Drive in at Headhunter’s Fly Shop for the Montana Fishing Film Festival on Friday night May 15th, and kept the soggy vibe going all of Saturday as we rocked it at the Caddis Fest BBQ. Jake and Jen Chutz held their own at the grill against Izaak’s, Headhunters, Crosscurrents Fly Shop, The Trout Shop, Joe’s Bar, SIMMS and Lindow Construction.  The gang got down to live music, a silent auction, kids’ activities and a parade, all to benefit the Craig Volunteer Fire Department.
Thanks to everyone who braved the rain and came out have fun and support a great cause.

Just to dry out, we fished the mighty Mo all day Sunday with the SIMMS crew. Such a good time.

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New Fly Designer: Onno Shay Wieringa

 

We’re excited to introduce you to another one of our newest fly designers, Onno Wieringa. Nearly 23 years old, Onno is just a baby, but is wildly fish-wise beyond his years and has been around the industry all his life. He has been a fishing guide and at Glacier Anglers since he was a teenager, showing clients from all over the world a good time at the Crown of the Continent. When he’s not on the water, he’s at the lab (his tying bench), stalking elk with his bow, skiing steep powder lines and reading his fan mail.  (And studying global multicultural liberal studies and entrepreneurism at Montana State University in Bozeman when the weather’s bad.)

Onno says, “Most people start laughing when they see my room because there are hundreds of fly patterns hanging up on strings in plain view that I use for inspiration. For me, fly tying is a lifestyle and one of the most rewarding arts I have ever found. There is nothing more rewarding than tying up a hot new pattern and putting it to the test on some of the trickiest trout around.”

Onno’s most coveted pattern is the Rocky Mountain Bait Fish streamer. It’s so filthy we can’t show it here because it will break the Internet. (The truth is, we don’t want to reveal it until it’s actually in stores–it’s simply that insane.) We’ll tell you a bit about it, though. It’s a wounded minnow with realistic eyes, and a size that not only attracts big fish, but stimulates the smaller ambitious predators.  Onno developed it over more than five years and it’s been proven time and again on sweeping tail waters like the Mighty Mo to Glacier Country’s cold freestones. The pattern is versatile enough to fish it under an indicator trailing a nymph or stonefly and it will bounce bottom in the fishy zone without hooking rocks. Plus, it’s lightweight and doesn’t hold too much water, so you’re not throwing a sponge.

Onno is also proud of his Playgirl minnow pattern. It is copper in color and has a unique stinger hook with a jig eyelet hole. Channel lead in the belly allows it to achieve depth without using a heavy sink tip. It’s Onno’s go-to fly for the fall and it drives the brown trout crazy.  He says, “I feel that the Playgirl will soon become a favorite with guides in the West because of its ability to be easily thrown by clients without getting lost on the bottom and it rarely fails to roll big fish.”

Ladies and gentlemen, the Playgirl. Let’s slow clap her in.

We love helping these young designers get their start. With so much passion, time on the water and at the bench, we’re thrilled to see the positive influence many of these guys and gals have on the industry. We also appreciate their attention to conservation, river ethics willingness to listen and learn from the old school, and their dedication to keeping fly fishing strong well into the future. Onno is the exact representation of these things, and we hope you’ll get the chance to meet up with him out on the river some day.

 

 

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Jen Chutz gives the new sparkle minnow a nod

Here’s our gal Jen Chutz Last weekend a couple of hours from our office. (It was somewhere either to the East or the West of here a bit.) Since moving to the Flathead Valley in NW Montana a few years ago from the Henry’s Fork, Jen has been dragging her husband Jake, MFC’s National Sales Manager, all over the region in search of new water and big fish. She gets after it. She always wants to be the first one testing our new flies, like the new sparkle minnow that brought in the slab below. The newbie minnow is our articulated sparkle minnow in “sculpin/rainbow.” And according to Jen, it will do.

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MFC’s newest designer will donate royalties to public water fight

We’ve been wading through the many great patterns submitted by fly designers from all over the world, and we’re just about done making our final selections for the 2016 catalog.

Among the submissions is Yama’s Nunya Midge. It’s a great pattern by Utah resident Kyle Toyama. Upon hearing of his recruitment as a brand new MFC fly designer, Kyle informed us that he will be donating any royalties to the Utah Stream Access Coalition, an organization dedicated to restoring public fishing water in Utah that has been locked down by private interests. Good on ya, Mr. Toyama!

Note to all designers: if you tie flies this tiny, you need to invest in a macro lens on your camera. This baby is tiny! Tied on a size 26 hook, Kyle had Utah’s winter tailwaters in mind when he created this CDC wonder. Kyle says, “I had the idea based on flies that have worked well for me in the past, particularly in difficult situations like the spring creeks in Idaho and Montana and fishing very picky trout back east. All of the flies that worked in those situations were for the most part sparse, simple and low-hanging.”

Why it works: The body hangs low and is sparsely tied to resemble the slightness and profile of an emerging midge as it ascends and uses the resistance of the water’s surface to break out of its shuck. Kyle is also working on his Nunya BWO, so stay tuned.

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Featured Fly Designer Jason Goodale

Meet this month’s Featured Fly Designer, Jason Goodale. Jason is the master behind MFC’s coveted warm water patterns, like Goodale’s Popper, Goodale’s Frog-Leg Diver and Goodale’s Slider.  This bass and pike candy can’t be passed up.

Jason has been tying flies for nearly 30 years, starting when he was in 5th grade. While he started out fishing for trout in Colorado, the last 15 years have had him focused on warm water species.  The photo below is where all the magic happens:

When he’s not tying flies, Jason stays busy as a Captain for the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority. He’s been in the fire service for 18 years and is a second-generation firefighter in Loveland.

Jason and his wife Sarah have twin 10 year old boys who love hockey, so the family spends a lot of time traveling around Northern Colorado hauling boys and gear from rink to rink.

Thanks, Jason for all your passion and talent. Keep up the good work!

 

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Shop now online at MFC!

Did you know that you can now buy gifts for your sweetie or yourself through our website? Yep, we’ve teamed up Shopatron to work directly with our brick and mortar shops to make it easier for you to get the goods your after.

Just go to http://shop.montanafly.com/ and select the product you’re interested in. Shopatron will scan the inventory of our fly shops all around North America and find what you’re looking for and get it shipped directly to you.  It’s great for you, great for shops and makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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He’s Dunn it again

He’s gone and done it again. MFC fly designer Casey Dunnigan has just unveiled his newest innovation–a slick little mayfly called the Dunnigan Dunn Dunn. Like all our amazing designers, Casey is always thinking about new ways to fool trout.

Casey says, “When I got my hands on the MFC Wonder Wings, I immediately thought about the famed No Hackle fly. Everyone knows how badass that fly is and how it catches fish like no other. The only problem with the No Hackle fly is that it is super hard to tie and takes forever. So, I wanted to create something less high- maintenance that looks real, is durable and can fool finicky trout.”

The Dunn Dunn has a nice slender body and is lightly hackled. From the bottom view it looks killer.

Casey says, “The Wonder Wings brought this fly to life. They are nearly indestructible. I now have a mayfly that looks real, is durable, and can fool wary trout on pressured water.”

We’re looking forward to seeing the Dunn Dunn in action soon!

 

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