The best fly fishing spots in the Northeast are revealed here

unnamed (2)From the stunningly beautiful photographs to the detailed access information, 50 Best Places – Fly Fishing The Northeast by Bob Mallard will be the standard guide for fly fishermen for decades to come.

Mallard is an outspoken fisheries advocate, fly shop owner, and obsessive angler. I’ve fished with him. You have to be prepared for a long day. I really don’t know anyone who brings as much passion to the sport. So he was a good choice for publisher Stonefly Press to pull this exceptional book together.

For each of the 50 waters, you get a bit of history, lots of info about where and how to fish the river, details from access to favored flies, and if all that doesn’t get you to put the water on your bucket list, the photos will make your crazy to want to fish there.

Bob’s wife took some of the photos – and she’s a skilled angler too who I’ve also fished with. Bob recruited experienced guides to write many of the chapters, and he got the A Team.

Some of the famous fly fishing rivers are here, but so too are some that you’ve never heard of. I have fished 11 of the 12 Maine waters in the book, and I’ve been hearing good things about the 12th, a river not all that far from my house. I’ll be getting there now, for sure!

An outstanding group of anglers and writers are quoted on the back cover. Ted Williams writes, “Mallard steers you to beautiful places rife with wild fish or at least healthy, growing ones.” I would expect no less from Bob.

Even though Maine’s native and wild brook trout are his passion, this book covers a lot of other species from Striped bass to Northern pike. Lots of good fishing waters for Smallmouth bass, too, one of my favorites.

“Bob Mallard’s guide rises to the top because it is current, honest, and just detailed enough to give you a head start on the better fly-fishing waters of the Northeast,” writes Tom Rosenbauer, Marketing Director for Orvis.

“Bob Mallards relentless pursuit of perfection ensures this book will become a well-worn source for many anglers, on where to fly fish in the Northeast,” says Tom Ackerman, former director of LL Bean’s fly fishing school and host of ESPN’s New American Sportsman, who also created the Worldwide Fly Fishing Travel Service.

Signed copies of the first edition of the book can be purchased at The book is also available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Bull Moose, and fly shops, outdoor stores, book stores and gift shops around the region.


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.