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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

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...

Fish, Fish, Fish: The Number One Threat to Native Trout

While much of our emphasis is on habitat, nonnative fish are arguably the biggest threat to our native trout today. When you consider state-sponsored introductions -- stocking and transfers, including trout; private stocking -- often organization-sponsored; the in-migration of stocked fish from a secondary source; angler-initiated “bucket-biology,” and...

Fly Rods for Brook Trout

No species of trout can be found in more varied habitats than brook trout. They inhabit streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, estuaries, and bays. They live in streams narrow enough to step across, rivers wide enough to require several double-hauls to cast across, and lakes so big they can only be fished from a large motorboat. Brook trout vary in size more than...

Nonnative Trout: Where We Went Wrong

While once viewed, and rightly so, as the best steward of the resource in the sporting community, can trout fishers truly make that claim today? Is any group of sportsmen more accepting of nonnative species than us? More reliant on artificial propagation and husbandry? As willing to embrace hybrids and other genetic mutations? Has any group of sportsmen...