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MFG Gets an Update

What do you do in the winter? We work – just as hard as we do guiding in the summer.  This winter we decided to update the logo, website, and blog all in one shot.  Thankfully it hasn’t been great skiing so it was a good winter project for us.

The new logo gives us a little more of a recognizable brand.  We tried to keep it modern, but with a rustic feel.  Mission accomplished and we couldn’t be happier. We’ve already heard from a number of anglers that they’d like a hat, shirt or sticker with the new logo – don’t worry it’s on the “to do” list.

The new Montana Fly Fishing Guides website is much cleaner and visually appealing.  We took all of the detailed information and moved it to the new Wade Deeper blog.  So for those of you looking to see the latest articles and fishing reports, it’s a lot easier to wade through.  The new blog and website are about 90% complete, but we thought we’d release it a bit early as these projects are never really finished.

We’d love to hear what you think about the new updates so please comment below.

MFG’s New Look

Montana Fly Fishing Guides Logo

As you may have noticed Montana Fly Fishing Guides is undergoing a bit of a makeover.  In the past ten years, we’ve been fortunate to have a great crew of guides, lodging partner and most of all great clients.  So things have been great, but as Paul Getty once said, “nostalgia often leads to idle speculation”. We are determined not to get caught up in that trap.

So along with our new logo you can expect a few more changes in the near future.  What’s up next? We’ll be overhauling the website to start.  We’ve really gone into detail and found out what YOU think is informative on our Montana Fly Fishing Guides website and plan to continue to develop those areas.  So look for the new website overhaul in the next month.

In the meantime, what do you think about the new logo?  Please post your comments below.

Top 5 2011 Montana Fishing Highlights

Montana Fly Fishing Tripschoose All Inclusive Inset

Montana fly fishing is never boring, in fact the 2011 season was exceptionally exciting.  We thought we’d reminisce on some of the more notable highlights:

#5 – This one is our personal favorite – us getting to fish with fun people!  This might seem a bit sentimental, but we have to start this list off with the quality of people that we fished with last season.  Over the past 10 years we’ve meet some exceptionally great people and continued to develop long lasting relationships with others, and we look forward to it again in 2012.

#4 – PMD mania.  DePuy & Armstrong Spring Creeks had some fantastic hatches this season and this past July was exceptionally good.  Guide Eric and client Kris were able to capitalize with a remarkable 5 fish over 17″ in a few short hours.  They also had a shot a fish well over the 21″ mark but were unable to coax him to the fly.  I guess we’ll have to save that highlight for 2012.

#3 – Salmon flies on the Madison.  We had a two boat crew on a spectacular day from Lyon’s to Ruby.  Guides Eric and Zach saw more salmon fly dry eats in one day than in the past 4 years combined.  What made it especially memorable is that one of our clients has degenerating eye disease that will make it unlikely he’ll ever see a fish eat his fly again.  Certainly a sad condition we are just happy that he’ll remember that day for the rest of his life.

#2 – Fishing the Missouri River at 22,000 cfs.  No one has ever guided (our research) this river at that level.  Despite the high water the fishing was absolutely amazing.  Typical days were 20 – 40 fish averaging 18 inches.  Simply incredible!

Drum roll please…

#1 – Without a doubt was the record setting flows on the Yellowstone River.  The Yellowstone River peaked in early July (a month later than usual) at a record setting 38,000 cfs which equates to 284,000 gallons of water going by every second – a once in a lifetime sight!  While this definitely screwed up the fishing on the Yellowstone River until early August it was cool to see.  Check out this video take from Carter’s Bridge just south of Livingston.  [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/35069048[/vimeo]