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Welcome to The Monty Man's Forum Page

I'm constantly looking for interesting examples of Montague bamboo fly rods. 
e-mail me at [email protected] if you have something interesting,
or would like help identifying your old bamboo rod.

Montague-related projects I'm currently working on :

Montague Fly Rod Master List
List of the 250+ Montague bamboo fly rod
production models with high-level specs

The Full Monty - the complete Montague
fly rod collector's guide
A comprehensive guide to all models, with pictures and detailed specs
(Don't expect this book to be out any time soon)

Below are pictures of some interesting Montague Models
I plan to add new pics every once in a while, so check back to see what's new 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Montague Varney model rods - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  Old style 9'6" - - Later style 9' - -  Later style 8'

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Montague Manitou model rods - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Hardy style reel seat - - Landman style reel seat - - Montague Scrulock reel seat

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- - - - - 1920's - - - Game Cocks - - - French Rivers - - - 1940's - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - 7'6" 3-piece Red Wing Game Cock - - - - - - - - - - -

Interesting facts about me

A few folks here on the Forum have been calling me "the Monty Man" for a while, so I've decided to adopt the name. Before that, I was active on this Forum as GoneFlyFishin.

Why do I collect and fish with Montague rods???

My first bamboo rod was an old Montague Rapidan that I picked up on eBay for next to nothing. It was a bit clunky, but fishable. I decided to stay in the Montague line and work my way up. I've found that Montague actually made dozens of high-end rod models, many of which are sweet fishing instruments. I'm working my way through the line and have been pleasantly surprised. I sold my Orvis Zero Gravity, my TLS Power Matrix, and most of my Sage, St. Croix and Scott glass rods, and spend much of my spare time (the time I would be fishing, if it was summer) researching and buying bamboo rods. I fish primarily with bamboo rods, and I've become a bamboo junkie!

My first passion is fishing

I'm lucky enough to spend an average of over 60 days per year on the water chasing fish. I help small companies and start-ups launch new products, and have been successful at making my work fit around my fishing adventures. I am blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest, with hundreds of fishable lakes and streams within a short drive from my home. This past season (2009) I caught and released over 500 fish, caught on 19 different vintage Montague fly rod models. My wading boots have gravel imbedded in them from rivers such as the Deschutes, McKenzie, Crooked, Donner & Blitzen, Imnaha, Umatilla, Yakima, Umpqua, Metolius, Clackamas, Kenai, Russian and Anchor.

At home in the wilderness

My wife and I spend an average of over 60 nights a year in our tent. It's our home away from home during the summer. From mid-May through October, we rarely unpack the camping gear from our truck. We pull out the ice chests and the dirty clothes on Monday or Tuesday when we return, wash the clothes, refill the ice chests, and pack them back in on Thursday or Friday when we head out again. We're considering a camper, just so we can extend our camping and fishing further into the spring and fall seasons. If you're looking for a secluded or fishy spot to explore in the Pacific Northwest, I can help you find either, or both.

A modern-day treasure hunt

Shortly after starting to collect Monty rods, I found an undocumented model, then another, and another. I turns out that most of the Montague line of production rods is undocumented. I'm having loads of fun finding, identifying and documenting the models that have been lost to time. About 50 models are currently documented in publicly accessible collectors' guides and reference manuals. To date, I've documented over 220 distinct Montague bamboo fly rod production models (not including trade rods), and I suspect there are another 25 to 50 models out there waiting to be discovered.

I need your help!!

I'm looking for any Montague rod model that I don't already have in my collection, or that is not already documented fully. I am continually adding to my collection, as my budget allows, and I need examples of as many rods as I can find for reference.

How can I help you??

I enjoy helping people ID their Monty rods. I've built an extensive research library with over 1,000 pages of vintage Montague advertisements from trade catalogs and magazines. I have a collection of over 200 Montague rods, representing about 90 different models from different production eras. If you have a rod that you suspect is a Montague, or you have an interesting model, drop me a line, and I'd be glad to help you identify and evaluate it.

This is fun stuff!!

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    User Infostatus offline1 Points


    About tip bounce. The adjustment, at least for me is just to lengthen the stop at the end of the cast. Just lay the rod down nice and easy. What causes the tip to bounce is too abrupt a stop at the end of the cast. It shocks the rod.



    Reply from TheMontyMan:

    Doug, I agree with your diagnosis about tip bounce. Before collecting Montys, I used to have 1 or 2 rods that I fished all of the time. That made switching between rods very noticeable, and my habits tended to linger more. In the past couple of years, I've fished a much wider variety of rods. These days, I'm using a different vintage rod almost every time I go out, so I've gotten used to making adjustments in my cast. Now, I don't usually notice any tip bounce after the first couple of casts. This is because I seem to automatically adjust the stop at the end of my cast until it feels smooth.

    . . . Rex
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    User Infostatus offline7 Points


    Call me or send your address. I have some great stuff (old stuff) to share with you on Montague.


    Reply from TheMontyMan:


    I'm always game for seeing more of the old stuff!!

    . . . Rex
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    User Infostatus offline77 Points


    Keep up the good work and beware of what you ask for;-)


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    User Infostatus offline11 Points


    Quick question about tip bounce. I own a 9 1/2' Manitou that has rather fine tips.Proper bag & tube,but no labels.
    Have just lawn cast it with a DT 5 wt and a 6 wt TT.With both lines I get a tip bounce that kills the cast.I wanted a loooong rod and now I don't seem to be able to cast it very well.
    Bill H, ayres654


    Reply from TheMontyMan:


    I remember you had a question about the manufacture date of your rod about a year ago.

    I had my 9'6" Manitou out fishing for the first time back in January. It seems like I had the same problem for the first dozen or so casts. I'm usually casting 8'6" or 9' rods, so I remember it being awkward at first. I'm not sure how I overcame it, just by changing up my timing, I guess. I fished for a couple of hours, and it was feeling really nice, and casting well, once I made the adjustments.

    I wish I could tell you how I overcame the bounce. I just changed up my cast until it felt right. Over the past year, I've tried quite a few different rods, and I generally have difficulty for the first dozen casts or so, especially when I switch between very different rod types. Somehow, I always manage to get into the groove after a while. I haven't found one yet that I couldn't adjust to.

    I'm not sure if I ever saw pictures of your rod. If you're still trying to determine when it was made, send me some pictures, and I'll give it a shot. I'll send you a PM with my contact info.

    . . . Rex