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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, 25 Best Towns Fly Fishing for Trout, Squaretail: The Definitive Guide to Brook Trout and Where to Find Them, and Favorite Flies for Maine: 50 Essential Patterns From Local Experts. Bob can be reached at www.BobMallard.com or [email protected].

Author Articles

How Human-Made Rock Dams Can Impact Native Fish Populations

Editor’s Note: This is the tenth article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Epic Fly Rods. As the temperature rises and the masses head to their favorite streams for some relief from the heat, they leave behind a trail of disturbance including litter, rock cairns, and small rock dams. Sometimes they're...

Short Leaders: A Small Stream Must-Have

Having fly fished for roughly forty-five years, and run a fly shop for fifteen years, I’ve answered a lot of questions and given a lot of advice to anglers in regard to tackle. One of the more commonly asked questions has been: "What length leader should I use?” The type of fly line (floating or sinking), size, and weight of fly, size and type of water...

A Chemophobe’s Guide to Chemical Reclamation

Editor’s Note: This is the ninth article in our series on fly fishing conservation.  This series appears with the support of Epic Fly Rods. Native fish conservation is a challenge at best. We are trying to undo generations of misguided attempts to outthink Mother Nature while dealing with a long-standing acceptance of, and even preference for, nonnative...

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...