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Our Grandparents Had It Right...

Growing up as a boy in Illinois, I distinctly remember my grandma and grandpa loading up the IH pickup with fishing gear and their boat and heading to Minnesota for weeks of fishing every summer. The idea of that crosses through my mind every now and then while out fishing on local lakes. I’m not quite sure where they went, but know they visited a small mom and pop resort where the owner’s son would help my grandpa get his boat in the water and later on help get them into the boat as well. My grandma was a tenacious woman and a die-hard angler whom I believe was the driver of these summer excursions. Fast forward 40 some years...

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As Seen On The Moldy Chum

Fine Folks, Okay Anglers: Ten and Two Co. | By Greg Fitz Ten and Two Co. was born during conversations on the way to the river and on napkin sketches between beers and cheeseburgers in rural bars on the way home. As a business enterprise it is some sort of combination of side hustle, money sink, regional advocacy, and/or art project by a couple of fly fishermen, dads, designers/creatives, and friends named Phillip Clark and Brian Slater. Both guys live, work, and are raising their families in Minneapolis. Ten and Two Co. is a small fly fishing brand producing beautiful shirts, caps, and logos that may or may not crack you up or appeal to your graphic design sensibilities. If they don’t,...

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Chehalis River Alliance

We started Ten And Two Co. to not only bring attention to midwestern design, culture and landscapes, but to lend a pro bono hand to conservation groups and outdoor organizations that need creative support getting their message out. In February, we were introduced to Paul Moinester through our mutual friend and fishy writer, Greg Fitz. Paul is an avid outdoorsman and conservationist who cut his teeth in DC championing major conservation efforts and now calls Seattle home. His ask from from us was to help create an identity for a new initiative called the Chehalis River Alliance. The logo needed to capture the essence of the Chehalis River Basin (chinook and landscape) and the folks (coalition of concerned citizens, sovereign...

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Tempted by Templetons

Back in January when we were just dreaming of fishing without frozen guides, we had the pleasure of hearing Bob Bickford speak at Mend Provisions. Bob is a long standing guide of local waters and a guru and advocate for one of our local bass havens, the St. Croix. This is where Bob introduced us to his signature bass bug, The Templeton. Fast forward to May and Phil and I are making our maiden voyage of the year down the Mighty Mississippi. The season just opened but the water was already low and clear. In need of some supplies, I swung by the fly shop and grabbed a handful of Templetons that were tied by Bob himself. For those that don’t...

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Good Luck on The Smith River

 Sometimes the fishing gods just happen to smile upon you, at least they did last year around this time when we drew a lucky permit to float the Smith River in Montana. If you didn’t know, the Smith is a pristine waterway along the Lewis and Clark National Forest flowing towards Great Falls where it joins the Missouri. It’s a  protected piece of water and to gain access, you need to enter a Montana DNR lottery and cross all of your fingers hoping that the ranger in the sky is looking down and pulls your magic name out on the date you must pre-select. Picking July 15th, we lucked out and nabbed a slot. Due to the high snowpack last...

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