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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: Speyco Reels

The Spey Trout reel from Speyco Reels is one of the more interesting pieces of gear I’ve reviewed lately. That’s a good thing, by the way. New fly fishing gear, while always exciting, isn’t...

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Gear Review: Echo Carbon XL

By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor January 7, 2018   Echo makes arguably the best price-point fly rods on the market. Finding a good price-point rod isn’t as hard as it used to...

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Gear Review: Does the Orvis Recon Earn the Hype?

Gear reviews here at TMTB are organized in a specific way. There’s always an overview section to give you a quick rundown of the gear, its value, and whether it’s earned the TMTB Seal...

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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.