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Gear

Gear Review: Orvis Helios 3

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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 is subjective. Then again, the angling community has reached a consensus on the size 14 Adams and tan caddis as the… Read more »

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Gear Review: Opinel Pocket Knife

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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 than $5 on a pair – a pocket knife is a great backup. If you’re like me, though, you end up… Read more »

Tips

How to Cook Trout – The Right Way

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By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor February 7, 2018 If you know how to cook trout — the right way — a night on the river turns into a trip to the grocery store. I’m a big fan of hunting. Always have been, always will be. It’s a great conservation tool, and it’s the… Read more »

Stories

Protect What’s Left

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By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor January 9, 2018   The world is quickly running out of wild places. I’m about to step on a soapbox, and I’ll be here for a while. If you don’t want to read about conservation and the logic behind protecting what’s left of America’s wild places, well, don’t… Read more »

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Gear Review: Echo Carbon XL

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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 be. Just over the past half-decade since I started doing gear reviews, I’ve seen a huge jump in the quality of… Read more »

Stories

2017 In Review

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By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor January 3, 2018   2017 was a year of fly fishing I’ll never forget. More than once, I had what would’ve been my new personal best trout on the line – if only I’d managed to land it. I made my first trip to Montana, met the late… Read more »

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An Old Friend

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By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor October 11, 2017 A good fly rod is just as valuable — if not more so — than a good fishing buddy. Fishing buddies come and go, much in the same way that early-season blue-winged olive hatches give way to pale morning duns and caddis with the change… Read more »