Courtney joined the Fish Tales team amid the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Courtney has been part of the Calgary fly fishing industry for a handful of years and has great customer service skills. You can find her (and her custom usable artwork) on Instagram (@prairiepalette). Courtney's customer service experience and knowledge of e-commerce is a welcome addition at the shop.
How long have you been fishing? I have been fly fishing for 13 years.
How did you get started in fly fishing? I was lucky to be introduced to fly fishing by someone passionate and interested in sharing the sport with me.
Freshwater = grayling
Saltwater = snook
Favorite water? I would fish a tin cup if it held water, but I love the waters of Montana. In Alberta, the Bow River is home to me.
Favorite technique? Guerilla streamer fishing or swinging flies two hand on glass.
Trout, grayling etc = squirrel leech
Bonefish, permit etc = gotcha
Tarpon, snook etc. = corona toad
Salmon, steelhead = blue charm, mahoney
Dorado = robrahns bluewater dark day
Favorite fishing book or DVD – I do read the occasional fly fishing book strictly for entertainment.
I loved Chico Fernandez's Fly Fishing for Bonefish, as well as An Entirely Synthetic Fish by Anders Halverson
Favorite Vise (as in the tool)? Anvil Atlas
Favorite pattern to tie? I love tying everything but especially like tying low water steelhead flies like Skykomish Sunrise or Blue Charm.
I love tying flies for trips. I will get a list of a dozen or so patterns for a trip and then tie like crazy.
Most interesting (remote, distant, crowded, etc.) location you’ve fished.
The Paraña River in Argentina and Paraguay for Golden Dorado. A close second was Atlantic Salmon on the Middle and Margaree Rivers of Cape Breton
There is a lake in Montana full of greyling that is dear to me.
Your destination/species wishlist:
#1 = Louisiana/Texas Redfish
#2 = Belize/Cuba Tarpon and Permit tied for second
#3 = West Coast Steelhead I don't care where I get it I just want it
#4 = Indo-Pacific Permit
#5 = Alpine Lakes Alberta Golden Trout
#6 = Cuda anywhere
#7 = Colombia Peacock Bass
#8 = Argentina Sarubi and Pacu
#9 = Alaska Leopard Rainbow Trout
#10 = Hawaiian Bonefish
It goes on….
Given the opportunity who would you choose to fish with? Or someone who has inspired you as an angler/tyer/teacher/guide.
I love hockey and would love to get Lanny MacDonald in a boat for a day and hear some stories.
I always love fishing most with my bestie Claire and will always ask her first.
I admire Jeff Currier's lifestyle and art and would love to pick his brain and hear about his 500 species on the fly.
If I could spend a day with Joan Wulff I am sure she would change my life.