Fly fishing adventures: Tom Boyd Is a fishing researcher and consultant, instructor, outdoor writer, editor and lecturer. Captain Tom Boyd has over 50 years experience as a catch-and-release fly fisherman. As a professional fly fisherman, he has traveled the world in pursuit of fresh and salt water species. He has consulted with manufacturers and lodges on many aspects of fly fishing. Tom has taken countless world record-sized fish using IGFA regulations including a 340 lb. blue marlin on a 20 lb. tippet along with black marlin and giant sailfish; a 40.5 lb. roosterfish on a 10 lb. tippet (it’s the 12 lb. record) –most recently, 8/20/15, a 9 lb. 10 oz. Labrador brook trout. He has consulted with governments, researchers, ichthyologists, geneticists, captains, mates, and guides for over 35 years. He champions the sport for everyone especially the young and underprivileged, and has actively advocated for them politically.
Tom’s saltwater book is Saltwater’s Greatest Gamefish – Techniques and Tactics to Catch the Top 35 Species with Notes on Rankings and Speed. Tom and son Jeff Boyd wrote Salmon, Trout and Char which was published in December, 2018 by Wild River Press. This book is ground-breaking with revolutionary information on salmonid behavior and often revolutionary techniques to catch them. Half a lifetime went into the research of the book to allow its readers a better chance to catch their favorite salmonid.
Tom has taught fly fishing tactics and techniques to captains, mates, and guides for over 30 years. He teaches techniques in blue, green (shallow and flats), and fresh water. He has caught over 200 different species of fish from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego. He specializes in gamefish behavior and developing often unique techniques to catch even the toughest species.
Tom writes for many different magazines, is interviewed on internet and radio fly fishing shows, has been a content editor and Editor-in-Chief of fly fishing magazines. Currently, he is Editor-at-Large of Fly Fish America magazine. As a fishing advocate, he champions the sport to everyone.
He is founder and past president of Connecticut Outdoor Recreational Coalition (CORC); former President and Man-of-the Year recipient of Connecticut and Rhode Island Coastal Fly Fishermen (Conn/RI); Board member of Coastal Conservation Association, CT, Board member of Trout Unlimited, etc. and has won many fly fishing tournaments and awards.