TOP 10 Christmas Gifts for the Outdoors Man or Woman in your family!!!!!


Before I go through a list of great gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, I just want to wish everybody a very beautiful and blessed holiday season this year. I hope you find lots of joy and happiness in this beautiful time of year. I’m sorry if you’re going through hard times and pray things get better and that a little miracle awakens this holiday season to bring you cheer! 


Montana Matt

These items are in no particular order. They are just things that I know your loved ones will love to open this holiday season :).

#1- Everybody has a certain fly they caught that one fish they love to tell stories about. Why not make them a gift that will always remind them of that fish. 


Click this link to get one made: Christmas Fishing Ornament or try making your own.

#2- My friend Jesse from White Oak Hammocks gifted my wife and I a Hammock when he came to visit me in Montana this year. One of the best outdoor gifts I have ever received! My dad and I every afternoon during our elk hunts would take a nap in one of these and it was amazing!! Your loved ones with fall in love with these as they’re are super light weight, easy to set up and amazing to relax in.

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Go to the White Oak Hammocks website to see all your options and order yours today. You can also visit their facebook page at

#3- Patagonia is one of my favorite companies in the fishing industry and they have my favorite cold weather jacket I’ve ever seen. It’s called the Patagonia 3-in-1 River Salt Jacket and it’s outstanding. Below is a slideshow of the Jacket and also a video. 

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If you want to order this jacket go click this link Patagonia 3-in-1 River Salt Jacket or I would highly suggest going to the general Patagonia site and look at all their great products by clicking this link: Patagonia Home

#4- I’m in love with Korkers boots and especially the Devil’s Canyon boot. A lot of the places I like to fish on my spare time include some pretty technical hiking to get to some good spots. This boot will do that and give you lots of support. Korkers has boots for every budget and in my opinion some of the best boots for the money in the fishing industry. 

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Order these boots by clicking this link: Devil’s Canyon Boot or look at everything Korkers has to offer by clicking this link:

#5- Every fisherman and especially guide needs a great net!! The people at Fishpond have outdone themselves with the Nomad series nets. They are absolutely the best nets in the industry and I love the new rep your state nets. Check out the slideshow below and even if your state isn’t included, don’t worry, there are general nets for you as well. They also have additional accessories that protect your net and a quick release system that works great.

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Here is the link to order your net today: Nomad Nets. Fishpond is an absolutely amazing company with so many great products so please check out there other products by clicking this link and seeing everything they have to offer:

#6- This is the ultimate present but one that will be a game changer for your life and your weekend plans. Go all out and purchase a drift boat from Clacka Craft. They are absolutely the best boats in the industry and it is a purchase you will never regret. The time on the river with your family is something you will cherish forever and ever. My favorite boat in the Clacka Craft series is the Clacka Craft 16′ low profile fly pod because I love bringing lots of streamers and tons of flies. This boat gives you tons of storage and is amazing. My suggestion is to go to Clacka Craft’s website and customize a boat that will fit your needs and no one else’s :)

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Check out all your Clacka Craft options at this link: I hope you enjoy yours as much as our family enjoys ours.

#7- So we just had a beautiful baby boy named Wesley :). I can’t stop thinking about all the adventures I want to take him on already and I found the perfect accessory for us :). It’s a backpacking bag from my favorite backpacking company. It’s the Osprey Poco series. It’s the perfect backpack to include your little one on all your adventures. Their are many different options and what I love most about it is how fast you can change the settings on it that way you can be the one carrying your kid or your wife can. 

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Click this link to view all the different carriers Osprey have to offer: Child Carriers. Also, if you don’t have kids but just love backpacking check out all the backpacking bags Osprey has to offer by clicking this link:

#8- If you are series about fishing you need a great pair of waders. Simms Fishing has the most durable, best warranty, and a wader that most guides in the industry use. They are inexpensive but the reason why is because they work and work the best. Here is a slideshow of all the different ones to choose from. 

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Order your Simms waders by clicking this link: Simms Waders. Simms also has so many other great products and I highly suggest you go check out their website at:

#9- One of my favorite things to buy is hats. Hats are a really fun accessory and one of the best companies out their right now for hats is Rep Your Water. They have all sorts of hats that will recognize the places you fish and live in. Here is a slideshow of a few hats of many that you can select from. 

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I highly recommend clicking the this link: They have way more than just hats and you will fall in love with something for your loved one.

#10- Every fly fisherman needs accessories, fly lines, tippet, leaders and everything that goes with fly fishing. Go to RIO Products and look at everything they have to offer. They have everything you need to give your loved one what they need for the upcoming fishing season. Here is a slideshow of some of the things you can order on the RIO Website

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To check out everything RIO has to offer click this link: RIO Products. There is so many things that you can find for presents and stocking stuffers.

I hope you enjoyed my TOP 10 Presents for 2015.

The problem doing a post like this is that there are so many other amazing things to purchase for your outdoor enthusiast in your family but I hope this helps you out this Christmas season.


Have a blessed Christmas and God Bless you and your family!!

Who is Matt (Montana Matt)


The internet is a great thing and also a horrible thing. It can show you so many great things with a single click but it can also steer you to believe false things about people because of one persons opinion.

Who is Montana Matt?

I am just a normal guy. I am 32 years old and I have a fly fishing addiction. I have had my addictions since I was very young and can’t seem to kick it.


I have a beautiful family that I love so much. My wife Tracy is the best wife a husband could ask for. She is loving, caring and a great mother. I have a son named Wesley that is only 1 week old but is all I can think about lately.


I love to fish and be outdoors but what I love even more is to be friendly to everyone I meet. That person could be a random clerk at a gas station or a vice president of a Billion dollar company. It just doesn’t matter. I was born with a heart to love all people. That’s why it hurts so bad when I hear people don’t like me with out even knowing me personally.



One of my favorite things is to teach people to enjoy the outdoors. That might include fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, shooting, or even Frisbee golf. There is just something about being outside that is so good for the soul and for the human spirit.


My heart is very soft and I care for people so much. Even though I might act strong it hurts so bad when I hear people talking bad about me. I try so hard to be a positive influence in this industry and I sure hope you see that. If you don’t, let me tell you, I only want the best for everybody in the fly fishing industry and hope all their dreams come true. I don’t have a jealous bone in my body unless you are always catching huge fish but then I just want to know your secret :).


My wife and I bought this hat when we were in California on a business trip. It’s describes my personality perfectly. I love being in a good mood and it’s hard for me not to be always in a good mood. Even when things are going horribly wrong in my life I always try and think of the good things. I hope you can do the same in your life. It makes a huge difference because dwelling on the bad will only make things worse. It also helps having an adorable baby and a beautiful wife always by my side :).


I have been so lucky to fish in some amazing places and to fish with some of the people I look up to in this fishing world. The only reason I think this has been possible is because of my constant good attitude and always trying to help people first before I help myself. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you stop thinking about yourself all the time and think, how can I help someone else?


I sure hope you enjoy my blog post and I sure hope you never think I am full of myself. I really only try to post about things that will help you to succeed and help you have more success and fun on the river. If you ever feel like I’m doing something wrong please email me and I will try to change the best I can.

I love all of you, even the people that are quick to judge and think I’m a jerk. I promise if we ever get to fish together you will quickly change your mind and realize I am in this profession to love people and help people fall in love with a sport that will forever change their lives for the better.


Thanks for following our adventures and even though I’m not the best at getting back to people quickly, know that I truly appreciate you and hope I can help you in your  journey by being an inspiration in your life to live out your passions.

Lastly I want to thanks Jesus for the love I have for people and fly fishing and how I am able to experience it both as a guide or whatever I do in my life.

Go for your dreams and don’t let anybody detour you from what God wants for you and your life. Lastly, get rid of jealousy and hate in you heart. It will be such a blessing in your life to only hope the best for people and help them get there. By you helping them you will also help yourself, trust me!

Thanks for reading my post and I hope many blessing in your life!!

How things can change fast

This picture was taken on Saturday the 14th of November. I was doing what I love most. I was spending time with people I love and having fun in the wild outdoors. At this time, I knew my wife was pregnant with our beautiful baby with a due date of Decwmber 7th, 2015.

My mind was filled with things like “how do I install that car seat?”, “I should put together that swing soon”, “I wonder if it’s going to be a boy or a girl”. I had no idea what was about to happen…..

 On November 17, 2015 our world would change for the better because of a baby boy entering into this world and into our loving arms. Wesley Arnett Thompson, 8lbs and 21 inches presented himself to us and my life is forever changed. I still want to fish, hunt, hike and be outside but now I want my best new friend to be with me. I know it will be a while but I can’t help to think of the future and how much brighter it will be with both him and Tracy in my life.

  Westley has already watched the Broncos beat the Bears on my lap, scared to death every time I yelled at the TV with excitement on every great play. 
I always wanted a great life for Tracy and I but looking at Wesley I would sacrifice all my dreams for him to have his dreams come true. There’s just something about being a dad that changes your heart and soul.

  I don’t let the little things bother me near as much. I see other people as kids even if they are old. I see their parents hoping the same for them and now, more than ever, I want to help them reach there goals more than I want to reach mine.

There isn’t enough time for jealousy and hate. That time is just wasted and you will never get it back.   

What can you do today, tomorrow, or the next day to help someone instead of creating a road block for them? I guarantee more success for you and your loved ones if you care just as much for someone else’s dreams as much as yours.

My heart is forever changed with my boy Wesley being born and knowing how much I want his dreams to come true by people loving him like I do… that way, doors will always open for him.

Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Let’s help this future generation be a generation of kids that are so loved and nourished from good role models they don’t have a chance of not succeeding. 

With lots of love comes hope and with lots of hope comes joy and with lots of joy comes happiness for yourself and others.

Thank you lord for blessing my wife and I with this little miracle. We promise to show him unconditional love throughout his days on this earth. We love you, God with all of our hearts and souls and can’t thank you enough for our baby boy, friends, families, and complete strangers we get to love on everyday. 



Top 10 things not to say to pregnant women (Men don’t do this!!)


As you may or may not know my wife Tracy and I are expecting our first baby in December. We couldn’t be more excited about this new adventure in our life but at the same time there are so many things that I have learned the hard way in these 8 months.

So with that said here are my TOP 10 THINGS NOT TO SAY TO YOUR LADY WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT, that I might or might not of said ;).

#1: This pregnancy has flown by. It seems like just yesterday we told everybody we were expecting. (You will get the look of death or if you decide to say this just make sure she doesn’t have anything sharp in her hands)

#2: I’m so excited to take off two weeks for hunting season. I really need a relaxing trip with my dad before this baby is born. (Just rephrase it a little and don’t say anything about how you need some relaxing time)

#3: Let me just finish typing this text before I help you with your compression socks. (Big mistake boys!!! If she says jump, you say how high! Drop everything when she needs something. I still need help with this one)

#4: You’re acting like a baby! (Say everything in your head first before you say it out loud to your spouse….. trust me!)

#5: John Doe’s wife went fishing with him when she was 8 months pregnant. (Every pregnancy and girl is different. Never compare another girl to your lady….never….. unless your telling how much more bad ass she is than someone else)

#6: To save money you should just where my sweatshirts and sweats. (What was I thinking!!! You go let her buy stuff that makes her feel cute because in turn a happy wife equals a happy husband)

#7: I’m really thinking we should only have 1 kid because i’m not sure if I can handle these mood swings another go around. (OMG… it’s so easy now looking back to see why I shouldn’t of said that but guys just don’t go there)

#8: Don’t laugh at her newly developed kankles and say “well now we don’t have to worry about you falling off the boat and sinking because you have your own personalized floating devices now”  (No jokes about anything to do with swelling! It’s just not that funny to them……ever!!)

#9: I need a nap. I couldn’t sleep at all last night because of you moving around so much. (If you didn’t sleep than she definitely didn’t sleep! She will remind you of that for the next hour or so :)…. ha ha)

#10: Why do you lose everything it’s so annoying (Pregnancy brain does exist! Whatever you do, don’t get to frustrated at them for losing things because they are probably just as or more annoyed than you are)


I hope you enjoyed my top 10 things not to say to your pregnant wife. With all that being said it is such an amazing experience and we have truly loved so many things about it.

Have a great day! :)

Top 10 streamers you need to have this fall!! (Time for big streamers for big trout!!)


I hope this post helps you out in your search of big trout this fall. There is nothing like getting a tug from a streamer eating trout and then realizing it is your biggest fish to date.

Here are my top 10 favorite streamers for big trout. I hope you enjoy it and remember to fish a river between two lakes. For some weird reason big fish love it there ;).

All flies are from Catch Fly Fishing “They Just Taste Better”

#1 streamer to have in your collection is:

Beebe’s Candyman 

This streamer has so much action and I love the heavy head on it. I like to use a strip strip pause technique with the tip of my rod in the water to make sure it is swimming back to you in different water columns by how deep or shallow your tip is in the water.


# 2 streamer to have in your collection is:

Bjorn’s Mr. Creepo

This streamer has so much action and I have caught so many nice fish with this pattern. Very good pattern when dealing with picky streamer eating fish.


# 3 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

CATCH’s Peanut Candy

I believe lots of movement and natural movement is the name of this game. That’s why some of my favorite streamers have lots of movement and action. Here is another great streamer to add to your collection.


# 4 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Eric’s Jealousy

This pattern is light weight and is great for those shallow areas with deep troughs where the fish are holding. Strip, Strip, Strip and then pause that bad boy where you think the trout are holding and then strip, strip, strip again really fast and then pause. Get ready!


# 5 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

SS Sculpin Leech

This sculpin pattern is one of my favorites. I like to play around with the weight on this fly. I’ll add weight to this fly by pinching different size weights to the hook line that runs from the hook to the head of the fly. Sometimes just a little more weight is all it takes to get that picky trout to eat that fly. It changes the movement and depth and I hope it works for you as well.


#6 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Gizzard Shad


This is one of the most simple but effective patterns. I like to experiment with different size barbell weights for the eyes. This pattern gives the fly a very effective jigging like action when stripped back correctly. Have fun with this pattern and get ready for some big hits!


# 7 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

The Grinch


If you love fishing the Stillwater river in Montana and the Yellowstone River in Montana. Let me tell you about a pattern that is a day in day out fish smasher. The grinch was first introduced to me by Kory at the Otters Den (now Stillwater Anglers) Kory taught me how to fish this pattern on the stillwater and the Yellowstone and has been one of my favorite streamers ever since. Thanks Kory!


Kory past owner and fellow Grinch streamer lover.

# 8 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Belly Dancer Zonker

What can I say about this streamer?? The belly dancer attracts big fish and works great all year but especially in the fall and winter.


# 9 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Schlappen Bugger

Every streamer box needs Buggers in it. It’s one of the most basic but best streamers out there. I have caught more fish on buggers than probably any other streamer out there.


#10 Streamer to have in your collection is: 

Zukowski’s Sculpin Soup

Talk about a realistic sculpin with some weight! This is a great streamer to get down and dirty in dark places where the big boys live!


I hope this post helps you this fall!! Go out there and catch a big boy trout!!

Some of my favorite memories of this summer so far….

#1 thing of 2015: Has been the announcement of our little one that is due on December 7th :). Things are going to get crazy but I am so ready for this adventure. It will be a lot of fun to share the love I have with him or her everyday.

# 2 Was seeing my brother for the first time in 3 years. Family means so much to me and to have my surf crazy brother come all the way from Hawaii to see us meant so much to me. We will be visiting him in March in Maui and he can’t wait to be an uncle. I wish he lived closer! I love this guy so much and he can make me smile and laugh the most out of anybody I know. Love you Shawn!

# 3 Has to be hanging out with my wife and all the adventures we have together. She is always my # 1 supporter and she has taught me so much about life and how to love people unconditionally. Plus she is one of the best fly fishers out there.

# 4 My cousin is in New Zealand right now for the next 6 months or so chasing big trout. It has been so much fun teaching him how to fly fish and now seeing him pursue his own fly fishing dreams. He is a very special guy and I hope he catches a big one out there! If you haven’t taught someone to fly fish that has never experienced it, I highly recommend it. It is so rewarding and fun to see someone else gain a passion for something so beautiful.

# 5 Birthday fishing trip was another huge success! Great new people on the trip that now are friends. Great fishing, great food, and most of all lot’s of laughs :). I highly suggest you make an annual fishing trip with friends and family. It’s something you will always look forward to year after year :).

# 6 Experiencing new places and getting the chance to fish while you are there. Most of Tracy and I’s trip are focused on where we can fish. This one was in Mexico and it was amazing. Fly Fishing for salt water fish is something every angler needs to experience!

#7 Getting to guide at Monster Lake Ranch for huge trout! It’s so nice to get away from the crowds and be able to fish in solitude. People are great but it’s always nice to be somewhere so peaceful and tranquil that you can get lost in your thoughts. Thanks Monster Lake for the great year so far.


#8 Being filmed by Trout TV was a huge privilege! I look up to those guys and gals a lot. It’s hard being in a career where people hate you for sharing rivers and spots that are unbelievable places to fish. I know many people might not agree with me but I really love to share special places with people that love the sport. Everybody needs to find their own special place and Trout TV helps people find great spots!

# 9 Finding time to fish alone to clear my mind and just be in my own thoughts. Everybody needs alone time and the outdoors is my favorite place to do it. If you find yourself stressed out and feel sad, make it a point to go hike or do something where you are away from the busyness of life and can just think clearly.

#10 Last but not least by any means is finding time to fish and hang out with your favorite people in life.  I am so busy that it is always impossible to hang and fish with everyone I love in my life.When I do get the chance to do it, it is some of my most amazing experiences. My 2016 goal is to spend way more time with the people that matter most in my life.

I hope you are having a great 2015 so far!

Love hearing your life stories and your fishing stories :)!!

What is the biggest secret to catching more fish? 

There is only one way to catch more fish than everybody else on the river and the secret is……….. to respect and listen to the oldest guides on the river. 

There is something about that accumulation of knowledge thing that is very true and accurate. 

Some of my favorite guides on the Big Horn are the ones that have been doing it forever. There wisdom and confidence is something I all hope we achieve in our lifetime. 

I just want to give a huge thanks to all the guides and outfitters before my time for doing such a great job in protecting such a valuable resource :)!! 

Getting off the Beaten Path and away from the normal. (Get Lost in Montana)


There is nothing more than I like to do than jump in my car with my drift boat attached and head to the local rivers, that I know so well. So when my cousin asked me to go on the Beaten Path in Montana for a 4 day backpacking adventure, I couldn’t help to think about going somewhere else. 4 days is a long time, I was thinking! We could go to the Beaver Head, Madison, Missouri, Big Hole, or any big fish producing river in Montana but he was dead set on going on a 26 mile backpacking adventure in Grizzly bear country with just the two of us.


What the heck, let’s do it Steven! So we were off the next day to Cook City to start our 4 day 26 mile adventure into the Beartooth Wilderness area.

The first two miles with a heavy backpack and ambitions of catching beautiful pink meated cutthroat trout were on both of our minds. There is nothing better than catching trout on a backpacking trip and eating them with garlic, onion, salt and of course butter. Those happy thoughts sure went away fast when we were met by the mosquito hatch of the year!!

I don’t think we have ever been bitten so much in our life! Steven forgot to bring pants and let’s just say his legs still look like he has chicken pox :). Poor guy. Luckily for us the mosquitoes were only bad for 20 of the 26 miles…. .ha ha ha.


One of the first places we were able to find refuge on our trip was Dewey Lake. Dewey lake is known for its pink meated cutthroats. We keptt 2 a piece and cooked them for lunch and I am still craving that unbelievable taste.

It was so much fun catching them too. We were on a high rock behind a tree waiting for the trout to cruise the shoreline. When we would see them coming we would cast our line about fifeteen to 20 feet in front of them. I was using a black streamer with a pheasant tail nymph behind about 3 feet.

It was so fun seeing the cutthroat in the crystal clear water. They would come fast to check out our flies but then would start to turn away. Right when they started to turn away you would give your flies a little bit of a twitch and they would come back around and attack them like crazy. We had lots of fish in just a little bit of time. It was some of the most visually fun fishing you can have.


One of my favorite things about backpacking is that your normal stresses of everyday life tend to disappear and all you are concentrated on is what truly matters. For me that is thinking of being a dad here soon and thanking God for this amazing opportunity. Also, having really fun and good conversations with my cousin about life and his new adventure of going to New Zealand. Man am I Jealous :).

I hope you all have a great summer and get to enjoy the outdoors. Don’t forget bug spray like we did….. ha ha ha okay it really wasn’t that funny. Remember to have lots of fun and take lots of pictures :).


Airport thoughts about life (Dont wait too long)


This winter I have been traveling a lot. Since January every weekend has been another trade show and a new city. I get to meet lots of really neat people and hear lots of great stories. 

I also hear lots of dreams people have had but have never came to life. 

Dreams of fishing in the ice cold glacier fed waters of Alaska for salmon that make the largest rod feel little. 

Dreams of fishing trips with sons and daughters but always waiting for the perfect time. 

Dreams of traveling to Montana to fish where the Big Sky never ends and the trout are as beautiful as the scenery they are a part of.


I have noticed two distinct types of people from all the conversations I get to have with people. 

The dreamers and the people that make dreams come true. 

The dreamers always seem to have an excuse. A constant mentality of I’ll do that next year, when I retire, or when I have so much money saved up. 

The do’ers are the ones that always seem to know things will always work out and you can never guarantee tomorrow will come. Make the best of today and make your dreams reality.



What is your biggest dream or dreams??? Make a plan to do them now. Even if you don’t have the money start saving little by little knowing your getting closer to that dream. 

I have talked to way too many older people that had lots of dreams of doing amazing things but old man time snuck up on them too fast. Now they have the time and money but aren’t capable of doing what they truly wanted to do.

Also, don’t let age get in the way. I have met some amazing people that won’t give up and find a way to still live out their dreams and passions. 

Like the first photo on this blog. This man won’t give up on his love of fly fishing. He brings a chair with him on every fly fishing trip because he still loves the feeling of water rushing against his legs. 


I hope this blog motivates you to get out there and make your dreams a reality :).