Gear

Gear Review: Speyco Reels

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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 always interesting. That’s not the case with the Spey Trout reel from Speyco Reels, however. I had the chance to meet… Read more »

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Public Lands

The American Wildfire Epidemic

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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 a bad wildfire season, and I think most everyone else did as well. The Dollar Ridge Fire — currently the state’s… Read more »

Gear

Gear Review: TFO Drift Fly Rod

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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 years I reckon I’ve reviewed or cast around 100 fly rods. From boutique builders to the latest and greatest from Sage,… Read more »

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Introducing “The West Today”

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By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor May 25, 2018   No Politics. No Agenda. Just Facts. The West Today is The Modern Trout Bum’s publication dedicated to shining a light on environmental issues and wildlife conservation here in the American West. The idea is to create a publication that spurs conversation around the topics that… Read more »

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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 »