Todd Tanner

Todd Tanner is an outdoor writer, a former fly fishing guide, and the head of the acclaimed School of Trout.  Todd is the longtime fly fishing columnist for Sporting Classics magazine, and his stories and essays have appeared via a number of respected media platforms, including Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Fly Rod & Reel, Sporting Classics, the Flyfish Journal, Field & Stream, Hatch, Sports Afield, Writers on the Range, Men’s Journal, Forbes, the NY Times, and Midcurrent.  He is also the founder and president of Conservation Hawks, which created and released the short films “Cold Waters,” “Chrome,” “Convergence” and “In The Heart Of The Rockies.”

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Tom wasn’t a Native American. He was a fisherman. A fly fisherman. He’d been born to the children of immigrants, his mother Italian and his father Irish, and he’d grown up near Danbury, Connecticut as the country was being shifted and molded by social unrest. A sandy-haired, all- American kid who’d watched "Father Knows Best" on his folks’ black...

"Frozen Toes"

We hit the river around 1:00 in the afternoon this past Saturday, with a three hour drive in the rearview mirror and the various necessities of late winter fly fishing - the waders and the synthetic long johns and the fleece pants and the heavy wool socks and the Nano-Puff jackets—all in place. It didn’t matter. While the air temperature was decent, the...

"Angling Dyslexic"

Chapter Two If you go upstream far enough, past Last Chance, past the Box Canyon, over the dam on the Buffalo and then up through the slow waters near Pond’s Lodge, you’ll eventually find springs. Not the spring, because a river like the Henry’s Fork has hundreds. But you’ll find a place where water, clean and pure, wells up from the petrified...