Abraham Lewis “Abe” Munn
1858 - 1937
Abraham Lewis “Abe”
Munn was born on March 15, 1858 in Holtville, New Brunswick. He was the
eldest son of Margaret (nee Norrad) and Allen Duncan Munn, descendants of
the first Munn family who, in 1783, immigrated to New Brunswick from
Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland.
and his father started fishing early in the season as soon as the schools of
gaspereau came up the Miramichi. Abe's father made the fishing nets. As
the fish were caught, they were immediately cleaned and salted for future
Abe did a lot of
fishing on the Northwest Miramichi River, however his favourite spot was an
area called “The Ledge.” This was a formation of rocks that jutted out into
the river just below Abe's property in Holtville. He always seemed to catch
the first salmon, each spring, in this area. The fish he caught were usually
in the seven-pound range. These were the early fish that the locals called
“Black Salmon.” The earlier salmon had a different flavour than the salmon
that came later in the season.
fishing fly was either a “Silver Doctor” or “Jock Scott.” He also made many
of his own. His best known creations is the “Abe Munn Killer” that he tied in
the early 1920's and is believed to be the earliest named North American fly
used in the Miramichi River.
Abe met many important
people who came to fish on the Miramichi. One person was a Mr. Howard from
New York. Mr. Howard purchased a piece of property from Abe. He dug a well
from which he piped water down the hill to his cottage on the riverbank.
Another interesting person was a Mr. Burgess, the famous “Burgess Bedtime
Abe Munn Killer tied by W.F.
Gold tinsel, or wire
pieces of Oak Turkey feather tied side by side and extending just past the
bend of the hook.
Body: Yellow wool
Oval gold tinsel
Throat: Brown hackle
Oak Turkey feather, two on each side.