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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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Is the Instagram Lifestyle Killing Fly Fishing?

By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor April 11, 2018   The fishing community at large has a love-hate relationship with today’s Instagram lifestyle. On one hand, it’s great to have the ability to...

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Gear Review: Opinel Pocket Knife

By Spencer Durrant  | TMTB Managing Editor April 5, 2018 Every angler needs a good pocket knife. If you lose your nippers – which happens far to often for me to justify spending more...

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Streamer Fishing for Trout: The 1-2 Punch

By Dan Parson | TMTB Staff Writer | Featured Photo by Spencer Durrant March 17, 2018 Streamer fishing is a lot like boxing. In boxing, the “one-two punch” is a nickname for a jab...

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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.