So, you want to get your hands on one of Montana Wild’s Orvis Helios Two 5WT fly rods huh? We don’t blame ya. Did we mention it’s seen a fish or two in it’s day? Used in our world renowned film Bucknasty Browns, this 9 foot 5WT badass piece of fiberglass is no stranger to big fish, but lets be honest, neither are you.
3: Send us a message with proof of purchase – firstname.lastname@example.org
4: Winner will be drawn on 02/12 at 9:00 AM MST.
Once you’ve entered, all you have to do is wait. We’ll be drawing a random winner on Monday, February 12th at 9:00 AM. Yeah, you heard that correctly. For only $3.99, you can be entered to win a fly rod valued at $800 AND get to see 21 minutes of the sickest spring fly fishing that Western Montana has to offer. Want to enter right now? Head over to the SKWALHALLA Vimeo On Demand Page, and get entered to win. Not totally convinced yet? Check out the official trailer for SKWALHALLA below.
First off I’d like to say Thank You to all 127 people who backed our Kickstarter! Your support means a lot and goes a long way in helping us create future films. Unfortunately we didn’t meet our goal on Kickstarter and you will not be charged for your support of the Kickstarter. If you’d like take that money and spend it to support future Montana Wild Fishing films please consider supporting our new film SKWALHALLA which will release in full on February 1st. You can currently pre-order the film and be entered into a giveaway for a Simms hip pack.
The failure of this campaign probably was a result of quite a few things. Starting the campaign over the holidays meant people had and were spending their hard earned money elsewhere, we also had less than a week to plan and create the Kickstarter which was just a necessity given our time and hunting season lasting till the end of November. With little time to plan the campaign it was tough to convey what the funding would actually go towards. The reason we wanted to raise $12,000 was to fund the actual production of a film given the guidelines of our Kickstarter campaign. A five part web series and a film released through iTunes, Amazon, and Vimeo On Demand would have cost well in excess of $12,000. Permits for commercial filming would have cost in excess of $350 per day in NZ and trying to capture a 5-6 week trip would have been a costly endeavor. Add in music licensing which would have been thousands and then paying a 3rd party to upload to iTunes and Amazon and we are pushing 10K easy. Then add in our time and extra expense to take time to film and properly document our trip each day and then spend weeks to edit and you can see that it is a costly project. A few haters had a good time claiming this was just a way to fund an extravagant trip to NZ. That’s false as we will still be going to NZ on our own dime and no we aren’t trust fund babies, we do in fact work like everyone else for our money.
With that said we will no longer be filming Bucknasty Browns as outlined in our Kickstarter campaign. The chances of us doing any filming outside of some personal shots is slim to none. That brings me to my final point, if you do in fact value our fishing films and want to continue to see us create more we NEED your support. If half our followers rented our film SKWALHALLAwe would be planning a LOT more fishing films. Right now that’s far, far from the case despite over 20K views of the trailer in the first week. And as you can read HERE, that film took us three years and was funded 100% out of our own pocket to try to give our fans something they’ve yet to see and get them stoked to set foot on the river with fly rod in hand.
The content landscape is quickly changing but without fan support our content delivery which includes lots of free content will be diminished. The market will dictate our actions and right now it’s shifting in ways difficult to predict. If you have comments, advice or input related to this or fishing films in general we’d love to hear from you. And again, thank you to those who have supported our projects, the Kickstarter and future films and projects!
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This week we dropped our trailer for our film SKWALHALLA. You can read more about the hatch and film HERE. If you missed it here is the trailer:
We really started fishing the hatch in 2012. New to fishing and eager to get out after a long winter, this hatch was a welcomed respite from worm chucking and turd swinging. In 2013 we fished the hatch with more dedication, hoping to unlock the secrets of the hatch so that days could be spent catching fish on a dry and not just staring at foam float downriver for eight hours. While some may claim this hatch is so easy to hit we’ve found it to be quite the opposite. With a 2+month weather and water temp window these bugs can pop with little to no reason one day and be gone the next only to reappear three weeks later in the same spot. An angler dedicated to seeing the hatch in all its glory often has to be borderline obsessed with time on the river the biggest factor in catching glimpses of the best days. That year we filmed a few days but had relatively nothing to show for the effort. 2013 came around and we again set out to fish the hatch and were met with slightly better success.
Getting just the right drift was the ticket to catching this rainbow.
Again we filmed a bit but with no mission and no goal it was only worth added time spent behind the camera gaining valuable experience filming fishing. 2014 came and once again we walked banks searching for rising trout and skwalas crawling through the rocks. A few epic days without the camera had us feeling more confident.
Travis with one of a handful of fish caught in a small stretch of river
Around this time I had become better friends with Josh Rokosch, a local of the valley and one knowledgeable skwala fisherman. Growing up fishing the hatch meant he was a wealth of knowledge and in 2013 he had expressed his desire to make a skwala film called Skwalhalla. The title essentially means Skwala Valhalla and we were right at the center of the best skwala fishing to be found. Things didn’t work out to begin filming then or in 2014, but more groundwork was laid and a project was starting to line up.
Beautiful colors on a skwala eating cutty
As 2015 rolled around we agreed to begin filming Skwalhalla. The film was meant to document the glory of the hatch and the epic dry fly eats associated with it. No long, boring storyline, just good friends, good times and big eats. We filmed 4 days that spring and got a few shots but far from what we needed to make a film. With no funding of any kind this was going to be a personal project and that meant no real deadline. With the ball slowly rolling we ramped up production in 2016 and filmed a total of 11 days searching for more eats and bigger fish. That may seem like a lot of days but often film days never seem to be amazing fishing days. Sure there are a few every once in a while but often if you get 5-10 really good shots in a day you’re crushing it. Running a camera for 8 hours on a river can be tough and shots get missed, fish get missed, the exposure or focus was off, the audio was cracking, or something didn’t line up that made the shot just ok. Again this is entirely self funded so if the fishing sucks and we’re sick of filming then the camera goes bye bye and usually someone catches a fish within 5 minutes haha!! Typical.
Late afternoon riser
With lots of footage logged we were still missing a few shots that would round out the film. One area which was lacking was high quality bug footage. When you’re focused on catching fish and filming eats you’re not always looking to film the naturals crawling around on banks. With plenty of eats in the bag we set out to find skwalas doing their thing, crawling out of the river, hatching, squirming on the water and flying off rocks and logs.
A slow day but proof that things were about to heat up
Day one of 2017 and boom we hit it right on the money. Skwalas were crawling all over the first log we pulled up to and we logged some awesome shots. One thing to note is that we saw lots and lots of bugs that day but the fish weren’t keyed into them yet. We fished hard but just didn’t get the eats. The streamer actually got pulled out and turned up a few nice fish though. The next day we switched systems and got into some amazing fishing. With plenty of footage on the hard drives we made the gamble to go to a stretch of water that hadn’t seen much traffic and hoped we would be rewarded. That choice paid off in a big way with a half dozen of our best eats of the film taking place on that float. With so much success we decided to go back to the same spot the next day. The weather was essentially the same and flows remained stable but the fishing was night and day. The fishing had turned off and only a few eats were had. It wasn’t how you’d hope to end a film trip but that’s the nature of the hatch.
Side channel log jams. Fortunately we were able to pull the braces off and slide through
At the end of it all we had spent over 20 days filming for this movie and we’re damn proud of what we’ve created. The final film is 21 minutes long and filled with over 70 dry fly eats. The storyline is simple and it’s filled with good music and even better fishing. Projects like this are big undertakings, but we hope they push the progression of fishing films in the right direction. This is undoubtedly the best video documentation of the hatch to date and your support of this project goes a long, LONG ways in helping fund more content in the future (both free and paid). At the end of the day we can’t do this without the support of our fans. Please consider purchasing SKWALHALLA, it will get you stoked for spring fishing!!!
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A large squall that narrowly missed us on a spring float.
Winter is long in most of the West. Many fisherman have gone months without handling a fly rod and have either went into full hibernation or have been busy tying flies for the upcoming spring. Late January and early February the temps start to rise and nymphing can be good, especially with the ever deadly San Jaun worm. It works but it also gets old quick. Fortunately the skwala hatch is just around the corner. In limited spots across the West a medium sized stonefly called the Skwala (skwala americana) begins its emergence onto river banks, logs and other structure around the river. Emerging from their shucks they begin to crawl around and eventually search for a mate. After mating the females return to the water to lay their eggs and the lifecycle continues its cycle.
A male skwala stonefly
That’s a highly simplified version but the key here is that the trout start looking up in a big way. Being able to toss a size 10 foam body dry fly in the middle of a snowstorm to a 20″ brown will absolutely change your perspective on spring fishing. But that doesn’t mean the hatch is easy to hit perfectly. Fishing a day here or there means you might not even get a glimpse of the potential and could very well think the hatch sucks and why would a guy waste his time throwing a dry when nothing eats it? Given spring in Montana weather and water temps can drastically change as well as river flows. The hatch can pop one day and be dead the next even without a significant weather/temp change. It can be good in one five mile stretch one day and in an entirely different area the next. Often a few bugs show up around mid-February and can last well into April. Finding the right window on the right stretch is the tough part. But when you hit it right it’s absolutely amazing. Big fish and even bigger eats.
A hefty cutbow that ate a skwala dry.
After a few years of talking about making a film to show the highlights of the hatch we finally decided to go for it. That was 2015 and with no funding and no real plan we filmed 4 days that spring. That year gave us just a taste of what was to come as only one of those days really worked as far as getting any good shots on camera. We then filmed 11 days in 2016 knowing that we needed more good footage to really capture the eats we had hoped to show. Filming fishing is always a tough gig. You can almost count on the fishing to be worse the second the camera comes out, it’s just how it is. Throw in missing shots, having the exposure or focus wrong or just not being in the right place at the right time and you’re lucky if you log 5-10 really great shots in a day. We now had filmed enough eats but the bug footage was lacking. Actually capturing the bugs hatching had been tough and we decided we needed one more year to round out the footage and add a few more good fish to the mix. After three years and over 20 days spent filming we called it complete and got to editing. A few long weeks in the edit bay left us with a rough cut and another week of polishing saw the film finished and complete. Three years and lots of work, money invested, long days and even longer nights and we are proud to present the trailer for SKWALHALLA. The full film will be available for purchase on Vimeo On Demand on February 1st and is now available for Pre-Order at this link > https://vimeo.com/ondemand/skwalhalla Enjoy the teaser!
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Watch the Top 10 Bucknasty Brown eats from the original film.
Want to see more Bucknasty Brown trout eats? Support our Bucknasty Browns 2 film by clicking here: BUCKNASTY BROWNS II
We are 25% of the way to our goal and really would love your help! If you enjoy our films, now is the chance to lend a hand and bring this film to life. You can help with as little as $5 and you can pre-order the film for $10. Thank you to all who have supported the film so far and have a Happy New Year!
$12K for a fishing film?! Some may see our goal on the Kickstarter and think that number is high, but in reality that number is low! Shooting a six week, high-quality production Internationally takes lots of money. Below is our cost breakdown for Bucknasty Browns 2:
-Flights: $1,500 X three anglers = $4,500
-Checked Camera Gear: $100 X four pelican cases = $400
-Van Rental: $6,880.36 (If you can find it cheaper, shoot us a message)
-Van Insurance: $1,170
-Music Licensing: $700-$900/per song X 4 songs = $2,800 (low end and does not even include music for web series)
-iTunes, Amazon hosting: $1,800
That number is the bare bones! This does not include the following costs:
-Camera Gear (dry bags, extra batteries, power source, housing, drone): over $2,500
-Film insurance: ????
-Kickstarter and Processing Fees: 10% of $12K goals = $1,200
-Cost to edit:???
-Cost to film: ???
-Cost to deliver rewards: ???
As you can see our $12K goal is a very low goal for us to even consider making this film. Take out the Kickstarter fees, processing fees, and cost to produce shirts, hats, streamers, canvas images, and others and we are somewhere well below $12K. Hence why we need your support to make Bucknasty Browns 2! Please, if you enjoy our fishing films and want to see more of them in the future it is imperative that you support the film by clicking here: Bucknasty Browns II
For the small cost of $5 you can help bring this film to life. That is the cost of a beer or a couple sodas. This is a great chance for our long time supporters to give back by giving a very small amount. And if you have any input on what you’d like to see in the film or web series leave a comment, shoot us a message through our social pages or send an email! Thank you to all who supported us and Merry Christmas!
Its a fact that people that spend time in the mountains tend to be happier and carry a good attitude throughout their daily lives. Exploring the mountains and gaining elevation equals having Good Altitude! We are proud to release our lineup of Good Altitude Apparel!
MTN GRAY COLORWAY
HUNTER TWILL COLORWAY
To purchase Good Altitude hats click HERE.
MTN TOP BLUE COLORWAY
To purchase Good Altitude shirts click HERE. As a way of giving back, 3% of the sale of this product will go towards conservation (RMEF, BHA, TRCP).
The Montana PRO Apparel lineup is designed to mean many things. PRO-Montana, PRO-hunting, PRO-fishing, PRO-publiclands, PRO-streamaccess, PRO-conservation, PRO-camping, and so on. The core premise of the logo is to be “PRO” whatever it is that you want the hat to represent. It doesn’t mean you are a “professional” at anything. Although you could definitely wear the hat with that purpose. All PRO apparel products are part of our 3% For Conservation offering and will help assist in conservation efforts here in Montana and across the West.
Montana PRO Flat Brim
You can view and purchase our Montana PRO Flat Brim HERE.
Montana PRO Curved Brim Hat
You can view and purchase our Montana PRO Classic Fit HERE.
As of April 2017, Montana Wild has acquired a majority of the designs from the Bozeman based company Promont Outdoors. We are excited to continue producing high quality products with these awesome designs.
September Calls Design
Good Altitude Design
The designs PRO,September Calls, and Good Altitude will now be available through our STORE. Based off the generosity of the acquisition by the previous owner we’ve decided to help “pay it forward” by donating 3% of the sale of those products back to conservation (RMEF, BHA, TRCP). You can read more about the 3 Percent For Conservation HERE. As product releases to the public we will have updates on product offerings on the website and through our social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram.
The Outlier. If you haven’t heard about this film or seen the first teaser yet you should do so. You can learn more HERE. This is our largest film project to date and will be our best work yet. Shot over the course of an entire archery season in Montana’s Missouri River Breaks, this film was no small undertaking. I spent 40+ days in the field between filming and hunting and it was a great chance to capture some amazing moments and be part of some great elk hunts. Going into this project we knew it would involve a lot of moving pieces and we would be filming with Josh and Brandon making things even more interesting. With that in mind we hoped to capture some short snippets of what went into making this film.
Go check out the film’s website theoutlierfilm.com and read more about this film. We expect the film to be released via DVD and VimeoOnDemand coming July 10th!