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.

Abraham “Abe” Munn  

Mrs. & Mr. Abraham “Abe” Munn

L/R: Grace Hynes, granddaughter of Abe Munn with Abe Munn’s daughter Margaret (Munn) Litourneau and Dewey Gillespie with the Abe Munn framed presentaion at the Fly Tyers of New Brunswick Exhibition in Miramichi 1996

 Abe 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 use. 

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.

Abe's favourite 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 Stories” author.

Abe Munn Killer tied by W.F. “Budd” Kitchen

 Abe Munn Killer

Head:                Black

Tag:                  Gold tinsel, or wire

Tail:                  Two pieces of Oak Turkey feather tied side by side and extending just past the bend of the hook.

Body:                Yellow wool

Rib:                   Oval gold tinsel

Throat:             Brown hackle

Wing:                Oak Turkey feather, two on each side.