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Spencer Durrant

Spencer Durrant is a fly fishing writer, guide, bamboo rod builder, and novelist from Utah. He’s the news editor for MidCurrent and a regular contributor for Hatch Magazine. Connect with him on Instagram/Twitter, @Spencer_Durrant.

Author Articles

The Best Chest Pack for You

For years I carried all my fishing tackle in a vest I "borrowed" from my dad. After ruining dad's old vest and going through a few of my own, I decided to finally try out a chest pack. I'd used slings and hip packs before, but never really found one I loved. I was skeptical about chest packs for the same reasons—they're not vests, and I've always used a...

Gear Review: Sage R8 Core Fly Rod

The Sage X was, I thought, the company's best flagship rod since the fabled XP. The X was fast but still had most of the feel I want and need in my trout rods. That's not to say I didn't like the other flagship models Sage introduced, I just really enjoyed fishing the X. So when the R8 Core showed up for testing, it had a lot to live up to. The R8 met and...

The Best Rod Storage Options for Your Air Travel

Not long ago, the idea of flying anywhere to go fishing seemed ludicrous to me. It's not that I have anything against flying—far from it, actually—or think it's some sort of rich-person indulgence. I just didn't see the point in traveling that far when I still haven't fully explored all the fisheries within a day's drive of my home in Wyoming. Then I...

Fly Fishing Gear Review: Skwala Fishing Apparel

Skwala Fishing is a new fly fishing apparel and outerwear company headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. Debuting in the same town as other renowned gear manufacturers meant Skwala had to feel confident they were offering something the industry really needed. And when they announced their launch in March of this year, I had a whole host of questions. After...

Best Budget Fly Fishing Reel for You: Review & Buying Guide

A few years ago I was in an antique shop in southern Utah. It was around Christmas, and I was there visiting my parents who’ve made antiquing a sort of family tradition. Naturally, I gravitated towards the shop’s collection of fishing gear. It was mostly old trolling rods and spinning poles with a few bamboo salmon rods mixed in. From my time in antique...

The Best Dry Fly Rods for Your Drift Boat Fishing

The wind howled upstream and I waited for a break in the gusts before tossing my next cast. It was a gorgeous spring day and there was a good hatch of blue-winged olives that hadn't quite prompted trout to the surface, thanks to the gale-force winds. In the few eddies and slacks where bugs were tumbled together—relatively out of the wind—trout rose...

The Best Streamer Rod for You

It was barely ten degrees outside when Ryan Kelly, Charlie Card, and I pushed off from the boat ramp on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam early on a February morning. I was on the sticks for a change, which meant Ryan and Charlie—two of the best anglers I've ever met—got to fish. They each had a rod rigged with a streamer, and for most of the day...

The Best Fishing Vest for You

My dad's fishing vest hung on a nail next to the back door in our garage. Its pockets always bulged with boxes of flies, looking official and intriguing all at once. Once I was old enough that wearing the thing didn't drown me, I started taking my dad's vest without asking. Standard kid behavior. I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for a...

The Best Small-Stream Dry Fly Rods for You

I grew up a half-hour drive from a half-dozen trout streams. The streams were—and some still are—relatively hidden gems, overshadowed by the area's big-name rivers. My dad took me to each creek starting when I was about five years old. He showed me the good runs, the pools where big trout lived, and which landowners' fence to cross without fear of a...

The Best Fly Fishing Waders for You

My first pair of "waders" was a set of cracked rubber hip-boots my dad wanted to throw out. After a summer of wet-wading at the family cabin—while watching my dad stay warm and dry in his chest waders—I jumped at the chance to be a bit more like him. Thankfully, I've upgraded waders since then. I've either reviewed or bought upwards of two dozen waders...