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Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast

Nov 22, 2023

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Presented by: Bearvault, Skwala


In this episode, we delve into Montana Fly Company, exploring its rich journey, innovative products, and remarkable fly patterns, with a particular focus on their renowned boat box and the sparkle minnow.

We also dig into their fly patterns, which are renowned for their effectiveness and attention to detail. He discussed the meticulous process of designing and producing these patterns, as well as their versatility and success in attracting various species of fish.

Episode Chapters with Jake Chutz on Montana Fly Company

1:53 - Jake shares an interesting story of how he got into fly fishing and ultimately worked in the Montana Fly Company.

6:48 - We talk about the Henry's Lake area. We will fish in that area in 2024 with Phil Rowley and Darren Huntsman. Go to to get a slot.

8:40 - The Montana Fly Company was founded in 1998 by Adam Trina. Jake came to the company in 2012.

11:55 - When Adam built the brand, he also started his own fly factory from the ground up.

13:38 - He shares the reasons behind the success of the Montana Fly Company.

19:22 - Phil Rowley is one of their fly designers. He talks about how he designs the flies.

21:12 - We dig into their fly boxes, particularly their boat box.

25:10 - Their website is still under construction, but he gives a sneak peek of what their clients can expect once it's up.

29:13 - Jake gives us a primer on their flies. Sparkle minnow streamer is one of their most successful patterns in the last 25 years. Kelly Galloup designed a number of their streamers at MFC.

37:03 - We had Chad Johnson in episode 524. He has a fly named "The Big Johnson".

38:08 - I ask him about their process in naming their flies. He also tells about that time when he met the one who named Kelly Galloup's fly.

40:51 - One of their bestselling flies is the Purple Haze by Andy Carlson.

45:08 - He walks us through how they vet and test their fly patterns.

48:00 - Currently, they have roughly 2,300 patterns with more to come.

48:30 - We do the fly shop shout-out. He mentions Lary's Fly and Supply and Lakestream Fly Shop.

49:30 - I throw him rapid-fire questions. He tells us his go-to fly patterns, his indicator for nymphing, his truck and boats, and his dream vehicle.

55:22 - He gives us valuable tips for fishing lakes and rivers.

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