Andrew Tooes: Fly Shop Staff

Join us every Sunday for our 'Meet the Staff' Series

When did you start fly fishing? I was 11 years-old. 

What or who got you started? My dad. 

Favourite place in Alberta to fish? In the water.

What’s your favourite fish to target? In a river system = brown trout. If I’m in a lake = pennask strain rainbow trout. If I'm fishing in the early season = pike, who doesn’t like toothy critters? 

If you could fish anywhere on the planet for a week (and money was no object) where would you go fishing and why? Jurassic Lake. Need I say more? 

Top 3 fish on your bucket list? Rooster Fish, Milk Fish, GT

What’s your Top 5 Go To Flies on the Bow? Reeses Pieces, Czech Mo Nymph, Grey MFC Stonefly CDC, The Donkey Kong Hopper, Black on Black Caddis 

Go To 5 Weight Rod? Hardy Ultralite 

Favourite Fly Line? SA MPX or Titan Long

Would You Rather: Strip a Streamer or Swing a Streamer? Both. 

Would You Rather: Dead Drift a Dry Fly or Skate a Dry Fly? Dead.

Most Embarrassing Fishing Story? Just got a brand new Hardy rod from Josh when I won an accuracy casting competition. First time on the Old Man I snapped the rod in half and drank water because I tried to dive for a fish. Thought to myself, If you’re going to break my rod, I’m going to land this fish. Took both my flies. It was great. Biggest cutty I’ve ever seen in my life.