Brook trout are native in the Eastern United States and were the most important fly rod gamefish for early anglers, until they were supplanted by nonnative brown and rainbow trout. Today, brook trout are indicators of cold, clean water and healthy ecosystems, and in almost every place they are found, anglers will also find wild country and relative solitude. They have been introduced throughout the Rocky Mountains, where they grow large and abundant.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bob Mallard is a blogger, writer, author, fly designer, native fish advocate, and former fly shop owner. He is the publisher and Northeast regional editor for Fly Fish America magazine, a columnist with Southern Trout online magazine, staff fly designer for Catch Fly Fishing, and national vice chair for Native Fish Coalition. His writing, photographs, and flies have been featured at the local, regional, and national level in Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish America, Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, Fly Tyer, Angling Trade, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing New England, Southern Trout, The Maine Sportsman, Northwoods Sporting Journal, and Orvis News. Look for his books 50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast and 25 Best Towns Fly Fishing for Trout. He lives in Skowhegan, Maine. Visit him at BobMallard.com.
If there is a finer trout angler than Bob Mallard, I have not encountered one. (He is a wizard with a long wand.) Nor have I encountered anyone who knows more about wild brook trout and where to find them. (Ted Williams)