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The American Wildfire Epidemic

By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor July 8, 2018   It’s another horrible wildfire season here in Utah. It’s not surprising, given the drought, terrible winter, and early summer we’ve experienced. I expected...

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Gear Review: Orvis Helios 3

By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor April 13, 2018 The Orvis Helios 3F 8’6″ 4wt is the best all-around trout rod for anglers in the Rockies. Yes, I recognize that the “best” anything...

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Driftless Expectations

By Max Wilke | TMTB Contributor | Featured Image by John Westrich.  May 23, 2018   I was in the the Driftless. The area got that name due to the lack of glacier drift...

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Gear Review: TFO Drift Fly Rod

By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor June 5, 2018   The TFO Drift is one of the most revolutionary fly rods in decades. I’m a self-proclaimed gear nut, and in the last five...

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Fly fishing is a way of life. We’re here to tell stories about that lifestyle.

Fly fishing is something we do on the weekends, but it’s not a hobby. It defines your life in ways that are hard to articulate, but all fishermen can agree on one thing – we need to spend more time on the water. Life gets in the way, though, which is why The Modern Trout Bum was founded. The next best thing to going fishing is reading about it. We’re a one-stop shop for gear reviews, tips, and stories. We’re how you escape for a few minutes on the water each day without ever leaving your desk.