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.”