I never set out for Troutbitten to be a review site or a recommended gear resource. Fly fishing is such a personal, individual and specific endeavor that I figured what I like best wouldn’t matter much to anyone. Because, even within the tactics used to fool a trout, there’s a lot of room for personal preference and variation. So too, within the trout waters that fly fishers call home and even the trout we chase — all of it is unique. Diversity is supreme.
So who cares what rod and reel I like best? Who cares what waders and boots I wear, what vise I clamp hooks into or what fly box and hemostats I open and close the most?
But as Troutbitten gained traction organically, I learned the answer, because a lot of you (the Troutbitten audience) had the same questions. And those questions were so often about gear.
With a new perspective, I came to understand what should have been obvious . . . Of course anglers care. Just like I want to know what line and leader my friends are fishing and what waders have lasted them two full years of bushwhacking, the Troutbitten community wants to hear what works for me — for us.
I sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence you have in Troutbitten — in this whole project. A few years ago, I built a Recommended Gear page on the Troutbitten website. I didn’t talk about it much, but it was there, in the menu for anyone to access and for me to point toward when the next question about favorite anything popped up in my inbox.
I’ve always let this Troutbitten business grow in the direction it wants to go. I have some faith in that mindset, and I’m lucky enough that I found it early on. Once the Troutbitten Podcast took off, I received more questions, every day, about Bill’s favorite boots, Trevor’s favorite fly rod, Josh’s pack, Austin’s vise and Matt’s leader material. And while I so often forwarded those questions to the guys, the next step was obvious.
I’ve revamped the Troutbitten Recommended Gear Page to reflect the preferences of the guys whom you’ve also granted your trust. Since there’s more gear than ever, it won’t load easily on one page, so I’ve broken it into multiple categories, all quickly available by clicking the link for each page.
I call this whole business the Troutbitten Project, because there are so many branches to it: website, articles, videos and podcast — those are the things we create and share. Then there’s the guide business, the Troutbitten Shop, presentations and speaking engagements, events, hosted trips (coming soon), direct donations and . . . affiliate revenue. All of these sources add up to form a viable business for my family, and a nice side-income for the Troutbitten crew.
The affiliate revenue works because you trust our advice. On the Recommended Gear page and in my gear reviews, Troutbitten provides honest advice about what works best for us. If you find value in that, and if you choose to make a purchase, Troutbitten earns a referral commission for anything in your cart, at no extra cost to you. Just click through any of the links on these pages and make your purchase.
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Thank you for all your support over the years. I’m excited to offer these newly updated Recommended Gear pages.
Fish hard, friends.
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