Malcolm Draper is a South African sociologist based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He has been fishing for trout since he was a young boy and managed to combine his passion with his profession with the first peer-reviewed local history of trout: ‘Going Native? Trout and Settling Identity in a Rainbow Nation’ (2003).
Malcolm enjoys wielding his rod as a research instrument and has assisted in World-Bank funded research into fly-fishing and tourism in the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park shared between Lesotho and South Africa. He has looked into the trout story in Zimbabwe and Kenya. His interest in tourism took him to New Zealand where he fished for Southern Hemisphere parallels and differences between the introduction of trout and the establishment of conservation institutions. An essential part of this was research involved rod-wielding pilgrimage to Scotland. The resulting essay titled “Holy Trout” is in a volume on fly-fishing and conservation with University of Chicago Press. He aims to extend these ideas at the World of Trout Congress.
Malcolm has also participated in organising the World Wilderness Congress initiated by the late South African conservationist Ian Player. This led to some fishing in Alaska and another can of worms full of trout questions.