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Bob Mallard

Bob Mallard has fly fished for forty years. He is a former fly shop owner and a Registered Maine Fishing Guide. Bob is a blogger, writer, author, and fly designer. He is also a founding member, former National Vice Chair, and current Executive Director for Native Fish Coalition. Bob’s writing, photographs, and flies have been featured at the local, regional, and national level. Look for his books 50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast and 25 Best Towns Fly Fishing for Trout (Stonefly Press,) and his most recent, Squaretail: The Definitive Guide to Brook Trout and Where to Find Them (Stackpole Books.) Bob can be reached at www.BobMallard.com or [email protected]bobmallard.com.

Author Articles

Catch-and-Release: All It's Cracked Up to Be

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Swift Fly Fishing, makers of Epic Fly Rods. Catch-and-release is not overrated. In fact, short of stopping fishing, something very few of us are willing to do, catch-and-release is the best tool we have for maintaining natural...

States Defying the Federal ESA: Bad Science and Bad Politics

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Swift Fly Fishing, makers of Epic Fly Rods. As a sportsman and conservationist, I can’t overstate the importance of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Without this tool, it would be up to states to do the right thing...

Daniel Webster’s Trout: Preserving and Restoring the Nation’s Fabled Sea-Run Brook Trout

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Swift Fly Fishing, makers of Epic Fly Rods. Imagine trout rubbing fins, figuratively speaking, with striped bass. Now imagine them doing so where whitetail deer graze within yards of basking harbor seals, and loons dive within...

Private Stocking: A Public Problem

Editor's Note: This is the fifth article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Swift Fly Fishing, makers of Epic Fly Rods. How many know that in some states you can stock pretty much whatever you want in a private pond, and without notification, regulation, or oversight, and regardless of any potential impact...

Trout: What's In a Name?

Editor's Note: This is the fourth article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Swift Fly Fishing, makers of Epic Fly Rods. When it comes to fish and game agencies, how they refer to the various species of fish found in their jurisdiction says a lot about how they view them, and how they are likely to treat...

Daily Bag Limits on Trout: What the Numbers Tell Us

Editor's Note: This is the third article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Swift Fly Fishing, makers of Epic Fly Rods. When it comes to trout fishing, the standard daily harvest or “bag limits” across the country are all over the map, and in many cases, not what you would expect them to be, or in fact...

Last Call: Saving the Nation’s Atlantic Salmon from Extinction

Editor's Note: This is the second article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Swift Fly Fishing, makers of Epic Fly Rods. Will wild native Atlantic salmon go the way of the passenger pigeon, or will we be able to bring them back from the brink of extinction as we did the bald eagle, our National Bird, or...

Fly Fishing Conservation: "Beyond Data"

Editor's Note: This week we introduce a new series on fly fishing conservation.  First, we look at studies and surveys, and about acting on what we learn. This series appears with the support of Swift Fly Fishing, makers of Epic Fly Rods. We’ve all seen it, large mammals with electronic collars or ear tags, birds with leg bands, and fish with small...

"Glass Fly Rods: Why I Believe They’re Here to Stay"

As a 40-year fly fisher, 15-year fly shop owner, and 20-year fly fishing writer, I have seen a lot of fly rods and fly rod trends. Long rods, short rods, fast rods, extra-fast rods, multi-piece rods, 2-handed rods, rods made from bamboo, rods made of boron, rods with built-on reels, rods with no reels, etc., have all had their day in the sun. Some have...

Specialty Trout Leaders: Fine-Tuning Your Game

I owned and operated a fly shop for roughly 15 years. As is the case with most fly shops, leaders were an important product category, and in my case second only to flies in regard to total sales. Leaders outsold tippet, the third highest selling product category, at a ratio of ten-to-one. The four best-selling leaders in my shop were, in order, 9-foot 5x...