Featured Fly Designer: Capt. Michael Bruner

Our latest featured fly designer has a love for the saltwater marshes and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with clients through his Charleston, South Carolina guiding operation, Fins and Flies Charters. Meet Capt. Michael Bruner.

Michael’s MFC Juicy Fruit and TCB Crab patterns bring the reds to the yard time after time. And they’ve been known to be versatile temptations for other species as well, fooling northern stripers in the flats and bonnethead sharks.  Here’s a photo of four different species that ate the Juicy Fruit in the purple root beer colorway that we’re running.

Capt. Bruner has been hounding Charleston redfish in the surrounding marshes for about 20 years, letting his crab do work in the grass as well as making the Juicy Fruit move fish in bigger water.  (Remember, redfish– Juicy Fruit is gonna move ya when you pop it in your mouuuuth…)

Whether it’s the exposed pluff mud flats in low water, to flooded spartina grass flats, Michael chooses his approach to bringing in redfish based on the time and size of the tide, season, and recent trends. The tides in that zone are so big and span six hours, so Michael is an expert on when the flats are fishable based on water depth. For anyone wanting to fish the salt marshes in South Carolina for the reds that reign there, Capt. Michael Bruner is your man, and his stellar MFC patterns are the tastiest treats.

When he’s not putting happy clients on fish, Michael gets as much bow time as possible, and can also be found picking banjo for his local bluegrass band Flatt City.

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New! Hot Grips Mitten Scissor Forceps

We’re so pumped about these. The mitten scissor is all the rage, and now we’re raging even harder by adding our Hot Grips coating. Check it.
Made from high-quality steel brushed in a matte black coating and featuring a dipped foam grip, the MFC Hot Grips Mitten Scissor Forceps offer fishermen the ability to carry one tool for easy fly removal, barb pinching and tippet cutting. The clamp design allows for one-hand use while wearing mittens or gloves and is easy to open, close and lock. The bright green foam grip keeps the tool from slipping from your hands, and is easily recognizable.

5″ Mitten Scissor – MSRP $19.99


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1st Annual Creative Flow in Ennis

This is a not-to-be-missed event for fly fishermen, art lovers and anyone looking for a fun way to spend a beautiful fall evening in Montana.

Artist Bern Sundell, a member of the MFC Artist Series family, and his wife Lexie are presenting their first annual Creative Flow gallery event.  It’s billed as a celebration of the arts and fly fishing, the turning of the leaves, running of the fall browns, long casts, rainbows, rainbow trout, rainbow bars and Montana pickup dust.

WHAT: silent auction with Sundell paintings and prints, sculpture, fly rods, reels, fly collections, hand-crafted chocolate, BBQ, beverages, FUN.

DATE: OCTOBER 10, 2015


LOCATION: RIVERSTONE GALLERY on the strip in Ennis, Montana

MORE INFORMATION: call Bern at (406) 682-5768 or www.riverstonegallery.com

See you there, friends!


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Industry-leading fly designer partners with Montana Fly Company

Kelly Galloup will bring his long-famous patterns as well as new innovations to MFC’s stable of flies available to shops worldwide

A new fly fishing industry partnership unites legendary fly designer Kelly Galloup with leading manufacturer Montana Fly Company. Galloup has inked a deal to bring his brand, talents and revolutionary patterns to the MFC family. Galloup flies will be marketed and available to consumers in fly shops starting mid-spring, 2016.

“I’ve fished and guided with Kelly’s patterns for 15 years and they straight up catch fish,” says MFC National Sales Manager Jake Chutz. “Kelly’s designs are absolute staples to any fly assortment, and we feel extremely fortunate that he’s teamed up with us.”

“My friends at MFC know how passionate I am about creating flies that really work,” says Kelly Galloup. “They’ll be doing their job to get these patterns into the hands of more fish across the globe than I’ve been able to reach in the past, which should go out as a fair warning to fish everywhere.”

As the father of flies that have become household names, including the Sex Dungeon, Zoo Cougar and Boogie Man, Galloup is largely recognized by consumers and professionals as one of the most progressive streamer creators of all time.

“I’m not even close to being done developing streamers that haven’t been seen in the industry yet,” says Galloup. “I think MFC customers will be excited to get their hands on what we’ve got in the hopper.”

Galloup started tying flies professionally as a teenager and quickly began creating design based on the natural movement of flies in every stage of life. He applied this philosophy of natural movement to developing baitfish and sculpin that behave naturally in the water column, and is widely known to have revolutionized modern streamer fishing.

Galloup has been a guide and outfitter for nearly 40 years.  He owns and operates Galloup’s Slide Inn on the legendary Madison River in Montana, offering guided float trips, lodging and a full-service fly shop.

He is the best-selling author of Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout, its technical sequel, Streamers II and Cripples and Spinners. He has also produced numerous instructional DVDs on fly tying and fly fishing.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Kelly to the team,” says Montana Fly Company president Adam Trina. “When it comes to streamers, he’s the heaviest hitter I know. Not only will we be working hard to improve the manufacturing and distribution of his top designs for our dealers, we’ll develop his new innovations into reality.”

For more information, including a complete product list and retail locations, visit www.montanafly.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MontanaFlyCo


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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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