Dog Days of MFC — Photo Contest!

It looks like the “dog days of summer” are over. We know this because of the Google machine. We looked it up. According to Weather.com, the dog days of summer run from the first week of July until the second week of August.

Well, the dog days of MFC are going on right now. We’re asking you to head over to our Facebook page and post up photo of your favorite canine fishing companion. There are prizes involved.

Here’s a good one to get it started.

Dog Days of MFC

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Montana Fly Company

The time has come to once again celebrate the foundation, the rock, the glue that holds every family together…the single reason we all get to do what we do and the house remains, for the most part, intact…wait, it’s not Mother’s Day this weekend?!

Dads all over the world get to have their annual 24 hours in the spotlight this Sunday and we’re excited to offer a few suggestions on how to best celebrate that man in your life (Trust me, they feel that they need to be celebrated even though it might appear they celebrate themselves every day). When it comes to guys and dads and what they think they need to feel complete, it’s fairly simple.


Moms, when you see that fly tying bench, or maybe the kitchen table, littered with feathers and fur of every color, shape and size imaginable, and all you want is a little bit of organization…well, we’re not going to be able to help with that. But once those flies have been tied or purchased from the local fly shop (he might tend to refer to this place as “The Office”) we have incredible storage options that will directly aid in your intended tidying of public spaces within the house.

From the kitchen sink of fly boxes, the Montana Fly Company Boat Box, to waterproof options, to the simple, yet aesthetically brilliant plastic fly boxes, MFC has what your man needs and wants. Take a moment and research where his “office” might be and pick up a new fly box or two. Watch his eyes light up as though you totally knew what he wanted the whole time! Super brownie points on this one! Happy Father’s Day to all those dads out there and we hope this works in your favor this year!

 

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Montana Fly Company Hires Industry Leading Sales Group

Montana Fly Company Hires Industry’s Top Sales Group

Hart-Montgomery joins MFC as its rep agency of record for the northern rocky mountain region

Columbia Falls, MT – May 13, 2014Montana Fly Company (MFC), manufacturer of high-quality flies, fly tying accessories and fishing gear, proudly announces the addition of Hart-Montgomery Outdoor Sales as its sales agency for the northern rocky mountain region, including Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

Hart-Montgomery, based in Bozeman, Mont., an industry leader in representation within the outdoor, fly fishing, conventional fishing, whitewater and hunting channels. Hart-Montgomery currently represents brands such as AIRE, R.L. Winston Rod Co., Costa Sunglasses, Scientific Anglers and Ross Reels USA. The highly-regarded agency brings years of industry knowledge, sales experience and dealer relations to the MFC sales force.

“Having the Hart-Montgomery team represent MFC is an absolute honor and we couldn’t be happier to have them on board,” says Jake Chutz, MFC’s national sales manager. “These guys know the industry inside and out and will be an integral part of the brand’s success and overall identity.”

The strategic relationship will strengthen and deepen MFC’s sales in a critical part of the country. The rocky mountain west defines the heart and soul of trout fishing in the US and dealers in this region depend on quality flies and materials that exceed demands from consumers whose fly fishing gear takes a toll during a season.

“MFC prides itself on delivering the best products on the market and Hart-Montgomery will look to increase sales and broaden the identity of the MFC brand in this area,” says Adam Trina, Montana Fly Company president and founder.

“We’re extremely excited for the opportunity to work with Montana Fly Company,” adds Hart-Montgomery partner and co-founder Chris Hart. “The brand is already a household name in the fly fishing industry and we feel the relationship will be mutually beneficial and successful.”

Montana Fly Company produces hand-crafted flies, fly tying accessories and other fly fishing equipment.  With an emphasis on personalized service, the team at Montana Fly Company draws on decades of experience in designing products featuring innovative patterns made from high quality materials.  Located in the heart of Montana’s fly-fishing community, products are field tested by top guides for ultimate quality and performance.  For more information, including a complete product list and retail locations, visit www.montanafly.com

 

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Bern Sundell – The Man Behind the Vice and Canvas

In the mid 1950s I got my first fly rod, a green 8 foot fiberglass South Bend fitted with an

automatic reel filled with level line. My first trout was a 14 inch rainbow that lived in a deep pool with bubbles.

My friend Doug and I fished as many days as we could each summer. I had a part time job mowing lawns so I could buy hooks, fur, and feathers to tie flies. I started out tying Royal Coachmans and Gray Hackles.

It was not long before I wanted to experiment with new patterns. One of my favorites was the gopher tail. It was simple and effective. I still have one that Doug made. It is a bit chewed up from brook trout.

During this time I started drawing trout. My bedroom soon was covered with trout drawings and paintings. While in school I drew fish in all my books. I was always dreaming of sparkling water and leaping neon trout.

In the early 1990s I moved back to Ennis, Montana, where I live now. I focused on trout paintings as I continued to tie flies. My wife Lexi and I opened RiverStone Gallery which is only a short walk from the Madison River.

Several years ago I met Adam Trina from Montana Fly Company. After a short meeting I started working with them. It’s fun to see the paintings on all the different products.

My favorite are the fly reels which I have on several rods. Jason Zica from Fall River Rods is making me a bamboo rod to fish streamers. The brook trout skin reel is going to look great on it.

Montana Fly Company is also tying several of my streamer designs. These include the Bad Boy, River Hawk, Ghost Dancer, and the most recent additions of Night Fire, Stone Fire, Moss Fire, Amber Fire, Cinnamon Fire, and the Silver Cosmo.

Most of my creative tying takes place in the early morning hours when the world seems to be still. My fly tying area is a chaotic mess with hooks, marabou, bunny fur, dubbing, flashabou, bucktail, krystal flash, and thread in a heap.

My painting palette is equally chaotic. Lexi looks at my colors and shakes her head. I say it’s not how they look, it’s what you do with them that counts.

Now I am working on several private painting commissions. I also have a new streamer in the vise, called Yellow Rocket Metal. I think it’s going to be a hot one.

 

 

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Stirling’s Mo’ Town Shuffle

I want to first of all send a huge thanks to Capt. Rob Weiker (aka Tater’s Dad) from Lakestream Fly Shop in Whitefish who kept us on fish the whole time and wouldn’t relinquish his tenure on the oars … (“that man’s a stud!”) and who lined up two cameramen who are making a show for Fox (regional: ID, MT, WA) called “Things To Do In Montana”. This particular episode will feature the Missouri River, near Craig, MT. We floated from Holter Dam to Craig the first day and caught a pile of fish. The second day we did the same float and wrecked ‘em again. (Again, I’ll submit another huge thanks to my friend Rob for his skills as a guide) Third day we tried streamers down low (Mid-Canon to Prewitt), but it was sunny and the bite wasn’t on. The piece will feature all Montana Fly Company flies, and here are the ones that worked like champs: Dunnigan’s Flashback Scud in pink was the #1 killer (32-0620). Other flies that worked were: Firebead Ray Charles in grey (32-0370) and the Tung Micro Worm in red (03-0310).

Special thanks go to local Missouri River guide Eric Mondragon for schlepping the cameramen down the river, and Wolf Creek Angler for their hospitality. Also, Tater the dog for being so well-behaved!

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#MFCspringfling Photo Contest

#MFCspringfling Photo Contest 2014 – It’s that time of year again where everyone’s going stir-crazy and rivers are swelling from pre-runoff conditions from this winter’s massive snowpack…we need to see some pics from you to keep us from going insane around here and help us focus on what lies ahead. Only pics from spring ’14 will be accepted as valid entries for this contest. Here’s how to enter:

Submit photos to MFCspringfling@gmail.com with your name and from which body of water this fish was caught…pretty simple. A panel of MFC’s finest will judge the entries and announce the winners on May 1, 2014…a great day to win these cool prizes from Montana Fly Company! Winner’s will receive:

1st Place – MFC Boat Box with Custom MFC Foam Drying Patch

2nd PlaceMFC Waterproof Fly Case

3rd PlaceMFC River Camo Aluminum Fly Box

Best of luck to all and let’s get those pics comin’ in! Happy Spring and tight lines from MFC!

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MFC Holiday Gift Ideas – Part 3

MFC goes Tech with our final thoughts on Holiday Gift Ideas. Add some serious class and style to your phones and iPads this season! Click on the link below to see all the new hot gear from MFC. Happy Holidays from our crew to yours! #fishobsessed

MFC 2014 NEW PRODUCTS!

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MFC Holiday Gift Ideas – Part 2

There’s no denying the fact that old man winter is here in full force! Hoodies and winter go together like…well, peanut butter and jelly…or even maple syrup and pancakes. This week’s Holiday Gift idea is our very own River Camo artist Josh Udesen’s brown skin hoodie. Check with your local dealer on availability and gift someone special a one-of-a-kind Montana Fly Company hoodie for the holidays!

 

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MFC Holiday Gift Ideas – Part 1

Looks like Christmas showed up early around the MFC warehouse…and we’re wanting you to get in on the action! New gear is arriving daily, just in time for the holidays. Treat your favorite fisherman to some great new MFC items and have a great holiday season! Stay tuned for more fresh new gift ideas!

 

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MFC’s Adds New Chubby Colors!

Montana Fly’s Chubby Chernobyl just flat out catches fish… there’s no denying that! We’ve added a few new colors to the Chubby family for next year and we want to know your thoughts. Take a peek at the new colors and comment on Facebook which color you’d like to see in the lineup most and why. Floats like a cork, visible from space and just absolutely rips lips…time to get your Chubby on!

Golden Stone 06-1060

Salmonfly 06-1070

Peacock 06-1080

Purple 06-1090

Royal 06-1140


 

 

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