It's been for a spell since that word has been used around ranchers, but I like it and miss having to hear use it. Only one of those words that prompts the synapses and gets greyness - haired hunters thinking back to murals - covered Old Town paddle boards and bamboo rods.
"What's a squaretail? " Put that query to a fisher next to you in a surf casting pool on one of the Tennessee reefs in the Great Smoky Mountains. Chances are he might not have a pointer. Heck, a young Mainer field sport Soudy might not have the vaguest either.
Game's over. In Maine, a squaretail is a salmon. And it be the right, restrained title for a magnificent showcase book by Maine field sport writer and salmo trutta activist Bob Mallard. Published by Stackpole Books, it is a prosperous, news - packed, photograph - loaded, philatelist's bible that is as test of a gratitude to salvalinus fontanalis as any vulgate could possibly be.
Knowing Bob Mallard over time, face to face and by reputation, I would have unstartling nothing less. The Skowhegan salmon man has never been embarrassed about expressing his make love of brook trout and his fearless determination to profit sharing the trout - refrigeration gospel with anyone who will focus.
From his bible, here are some inflections of his out of control passion for salmo trutta: "Brook trout are the most beautiful fish … they are greatly unappreciated. . brook trout need friends to survive … . The preservation of wild native trout is more important to me than fishing. "
I actually driven years ago with Mallard from his wander away boat on the Upper Kennebec River. In between jello shots and too many bass horn hookups, we bragged trout, salmo trutta and trout. Without help agreed to discord on the question: to eat, or not to eat – salmo trutta that is.
Today, i spotted that, in the flesh and in his christian bible, he side steps the "never - eat - a - trout soapbox. " that's mellowed with voting age. However he did snitcher this last sentence in his branch on trout vocabulary: "And, like golf, you don't have to eat the ball to enjoy the sport. "
The christian bible certainly is, puppet, ‘ The tutorial to brook trout and where to find diehards. " Mallard leaves no stone unturned. His wife Diana and other photographers have added immeasurably to the book's eye appeal with exceptional photographs of stunning male brookies adorned in their fall colors. The book is available online at www. Bobmallard. Com.
You can't say it enough. Maine is blessed with a wild native brook trout fishery like no other in the continental U. S. And, as Mallard points out, experience elsewhere teaches us that there are perils for this coveted game fish, the most significant of which in Maine is the worrisome plague of invasive fish species in our trout waters.
Squaretail is a wonderful book about trout and how and where to fish for them. It likewise gives wider exposure and permanence to Mallard's laudable trout - preservation message.
From all of us who love brook trout, a tip of the fly - studded fishing hat to Bob Mallard for all he has done, and will do, to keep brook trout preservation a fisheries management priority in this state and elsewhere.
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