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National Sales Manager Jake Chutz and Regional Sales Rep Stirling Tyler of MFC played hooky this weekend and headed out to “The Bob” for an epic weekend of beard growing, beer drinking and most importantly, fishing. Stirling (who has been questioned more than once about being a yeti due to his unruly facial hair) and Jake hooked some pretty impressive bullies and cutties while they were out in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Check out their photos (and Stirling’s beard) below.
To report a yeti sighting please contact: Yeti Services of Montucky (YSM): 406-555-2425.
There always comes a time when we all need to take a step back and realize how lucky we are. In addition to being fishermen, we at MFC also try to take a second every once in a while to sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy the beautiful backdrop we call home. Some people, fortunate enough for them, are able to take a little more than a second to take in just how epic our surroundings are.
Where the Yellowstone Goes is a feature-length documentary following individuals on a 30-day drift boat fly-fishing journey along the Yellowstone River. The film will be shown in Missoula this Saturday, June 9th at the Wilma Theatre.Tickets are $10 and there is an awesome BBQ planned at the Grizzy Hackle Fly Shop at 5:30. See you there!
It was a wildly busy winter for Kris but he’s ready for an action-packed fly-fishing season stateside.
Since his return from the far east Keller has been spending his days guiding on the Missouri and enjoying the beautiful Montana sunshine.
Two weeks ago at the Simms Ice Out Guide Event we hosted a contest for attendees to submit their best original fly. Here are the podium placers!
1st place- Dave Blair of UT with the bead body bunny leech.
2nd place- Colter Anderson of MT with a killer Steely pattern.
3rd place- Doug Schwartz of MT with the wire body para purple
Here’s a pic of all the flies submitted for the competition. Way to go, guys!
The brains behind Montana Fly Company’s factory operations, Kris Keller was recently the man of the hour in his interview with MidCurrent. The magazine picked Keller’s brain about jetting around from Montana to Cambodia to Thailand on a regular basis. Keller humbly chatted in the interview about international fly tying while recommending exotic dishes including grasshoppers, which he claims could be substituted as a bar snack. Keller talks about how he got into fly tying as a young kid, immersing himself in the fishing industry at a young age. Check out the interview from MidCurrent here.
The 2nd annual Fly Fishing Film Tour hosted by Casting For Recovery –Montana/Glacier Country Chapter. The event is tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Tickets are $16 and can be found online or discount tickets are available at select retail stores in Kalispell and Whitefish. A complete list of stores offering tickets, along with additional details can be found on the official Facebook event page. Proceeds go to our local Casting for Recovery program which provides weekend fly-fishing retreats for Montana women with breast cancer.
Last weekend we packed up the truck and the dog and headed down to Bozeman to attend the 2012 Simms Ice Out Guide Event. Ice Out is geared at improving guiding skills as well as how to market and plan for the future in the guiding business. We were able to set up a booth and sell flies, MFC gear and see a bunch of our great guides, designers, dealers and industry pals. Legendary basketball coach and fisherman Coach Bobby Knight was there to deliver the event’s keynote speech, meet attendees and share some laughs. Senator Tester showed up as well. And best of all, we got to share guiding skills, river secrets and fish stories with the best guys and gals in the biz.
For those who are young at heart (or just have “alternative” drinking styles), we decided that, while at the event, it would only be appropriate to ICE other attendees of the conference. In case you haven’t spent enough time at your local fraternity house, “icing” people is when you present them with a Smirnoff Ice in a sneaky manner, like hiding it in their fly pack or truck bed. They then have to get on one knee and drink the entire malty beverage in one foul chug. We’re pretty sure all of our victims enjoyed it as much as we did.
In the midst of our “icing escapades,” there was also a Shoot Out Film Competition that our very own MFC pro Ryan Thompson took second place in! You can view all the video submissions online and vote for the People’s Choice Award for the 2012 Shoot Out. The first-place winner will receive a pair of Costa glasses, a Drake Magazine Hoodie and a Galvan fly reel. Check the videos out here and vote for Ryan! Here are some pics from our great weekend.
The Provo Brothers have arrived in Alaska!
As we shared with you a few weeks ago, this incredibly talented sibling team have embarked on what may be their coolest film project yet – The Steelhead and Spines project in Alaska. They are seeking to create the world’s most fantastic screen imagery ever – shredding the spines and casting for steelhead. Yes, we are talking powder AND fish porn together!
We pulled up a few amazing photos from the Provo Brothers’ Facebook page to get you into the spirit. They have already been scouting mountain peaks for locations for shooting in 2013. More to come!
Born and raised in Hamilton, New Zealand, like many kids Rene fell in love with fishing and the outdoors. At 13, Rene would ride his bike down to the local lakes to fish for rudd and perch and by 15 Rene was catching his first trout spinning in the Waikato River. At 16 Rene dedicated himself to fly fishing, and at the age of 19 had earned himself a place in the New Zealand Fly Fishing Team. He retained this honor until the age of 23 when he retired from competition fishing as the New Zealand fly fishing champion.
Rene achieved a Master Degree with Honors in Fisheries Biology at Waikato University. He also has his Internationally recognized STANIC Trout and Spey Casting Instructors Certification along with his STANIC Fly Tying Instructors Certification, and Rene also holds the distinction of being a Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) Certified Instructor.
Visit the Manic Tackle company website to learn all that they have to offer, and also for great fishing stories and advice. They also host www.flyfishersinc.com – a free online fishing magazine we think you will enjoy. Plenty of great gear reviews and more.
Thanks for being a key part of the team, Rene!
For the past 11 years Fisherman and fishing enthusiasts have been putting forth their best effort to manage the lake trout population in the Flathead Lake. Biologists believe that controlling the mackinaw population will stimulate native bull trout population growth. We recently read an article in The Flathead Beacon about one of our favorite events of the year, Mack Days, in which fisherman gather to cast their hand at controlling the lake trout population.
From the Flathead Beacon:
So it is with the most dedicated anglers at Mack Days, a popular twice-a-year fishing tournament that pulls tens of thousands of lake trout out of Flathead Lake. Though the majority of participating anglers are less serious, there are fanatics at the top of the tournament standings who refuse to let weather diminish their fish totals.
Mack Days began in 2002 as a fisheries management tool to control the thriving non-native lake trout population in Flathead Lake. Biologists believe that properly managing lake trout will help spur the native bull trout population.
In addition to keeping their fish, participants will compete for prize money that will be distributed among the worthy at the conclusion of the contest.
From The Flathead Beacon:
A total of $150,000 in prize money will be distributed to the winners and other anglers, including those who hook into tagged fish worth up to thousands of dollars each. As of last week, there were 680 anglers signed up for this spring’s event, though Bras-Benson expects around 1,000 to participate by tournament’s end.
Mack Days will be in full swing until May 20th, 2012. To read the entire article please visit The Flathead Beacon: