Growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, my sole fishing experience was the occasional trip to Port Dover, Ontario with my dad, a spin rod and package of worms.
It was not until 2007 that I was introduced to fly fishing by a friend Mike MacIlroy and I was instantly hooked. I just had to learn everything I could about it. When Mike told me he tied his own flies I was intrigued, and so during the winter of 07/08 Mike lent me a vice of his and I acquired a few materials and proceeded to soak up and knowledge from whoever would listen to me and learned the basics of fly tying.
In December of 2009 I met the man who would change my life forever. Robert Marc Madore mentored me In the art of fly tying and about fly fishing. He was very patient and very generous with his time in teaching me everything I wanted to know about tying flies. He was more then willing to pass on his knowledge and I was just as eager to soak it up. I will always treasure our time together and I cannot thank him enough for all that he has done for me.