Abe is a passionate and experienced fly fisherman who started working at Fish Tales in 2019. Previous to that he spent most of his spare time cycling on and off road. Fly fishing has captured his attention for the last 15 years. Abe is an experienced environmental scientist, always engaged in local issues that affect the river. He loves tying and has a unique way of looking at things with his camera. He sometimes claims to be the next euro-nymphing champion of the world – we’ll see!
How long have you been fishing? My grandmother bought me a fibreglass rod and reel when I was about 7 and I have been fishing one way or another since.
How long have you been fly fishing? I grew up in Ontario fishing spin-cast and bait-cast for bass, pike, walleye, etc. I was introduced to fly fishing in my teens. I moved to Alberta after I finished grad school and hit the Bow River with a fly rod – I’ve never looked back.
How did you get started in Fly Fishing? My uncle, George McBride, is a bit of a fly fishing legend. He took me to the Old Man River when I was a teenager and got me started. Later on, he and some other great mentors have showed me how to effectively fish from boats and shore using a variety of different styles and tactics.
Favorite species? Probably brown trout. I still have a thing for bass fishing and love fishing for pike in the spring.
Favorite water? New water – I love exploring, seeing what is around the corner….
Favorite technique? I really love streamers, trout spey and have recently been fascinated with euro nymphing.
Favorite Flies? Sex Dungeon, Goober Midge, Film Critic, City Worker, Reese’s Pieces, Perdigon.
Favorite fishing book? I love ‘The Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference’ by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer – such valuable information. Also the ‘Feather Thief’ is fascinating read.
Favorite vise? Norvise.
Favorite pattern to tie? I really like tying articulated streamers like Galloup’s dungeons but have also got into tying jig style nymphs like perdigons.
Most interesting location fished? I could tell a few funny stories from when I was younger trying to find secret lakes in Ontario, but Long Island, Bahamas, was a fascinating place to spend time.
Destination/species wish list? I would love to get to fish for big browns in Iceland and who wouldn’t want to catch a GT in the Seychelles!
Given the opportunity who would you choose to fish with? Or someone who has inspired you as an angler/teacher/tyer/guide? My good friend Jeff Thomson is about as great a person, guide, fly fisher and fly tyer I can think of. He helped me refine my tying techniques, fishing techniques and puts up with me in the boat all day. I always look forward to fishing with Jeff.