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Elite Pro Profile: Matt Dort

By Sage Fly Fish

Matt Dort resides in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada and has access to over a dozen Trout and Atlantic Salmon Rivers to fish that are located along the North Shore of Nova Scotia. Matt has 30 years of fly fishing experience for Atlantic Salmon and Trout but even more importantly, he is someone who is very passionate about the sport and commits a lot of his time towards conservation initiatives and projects. Fishing is in his blood and his experience is diverse: from night time Brown Trout fishing to Sea Run Brookies, to estuary Striped Bass and the King of them all; the majestic Atlantic Salmon. But most of all he just enjoys being on the river fishing with his children and teaching them to love and respect Mother Nature’s gifts.


New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada

home waters

East River, West River PC, Barneys River, French River, Sutherlands River, James River, West River Antigonish, South River, Pomquet River, Margaree River and Dickies Brook

local fly shop

Fishing Fever, Halifax Nova Scotia

target species

Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Striped Bass

perfect setups

Atlantic Salmon and Striped Bass: Sage Method 6119-4 w/ RIO Switch Chucker; Trout: Sage Method 490-4 w/ InTouch RIO Gold, Sage Pulse 697-4 w/ InTouch RIO Grand

career highlights

• Cofounder of Dickies Brook. – A conservation movement/brand that encourages people to pursue their passion and put measures in place for a sustainable sport fishery through education via social media and other avenues.

• Represent top Canadian Employer at ASF gala

• Guest appearances in Atlantic Canada fishing show

conservation work

The most important conservation work I do is being actively involved with local River Associations. I am currently a Director and River Officer with the Pictou County Rivers Association and an active member with the Northeastern Nova Scotia Trout Unlimited chapter. I am also a continuous voice for fisheries conservation and I do this through educating my clients (when guiding and via my business), social media followers, or whoever will listen to me about how important it is to have an understanding of conservation and sustainability.

philosophy on fishing

Fly Fishing is an escape; A reprieve along the river bank from the stresses of life. Teaching people how to fly fish can be considered an important event in their lives. It provides them an avenue to reduce stress and equips them with the knowledge, love and respect for Mother Nature to help sustain and protect it for generations to come.

one tip to improve one's fishing

Don’t measure success by the size or number of fish you catch. Take in all the little things that make a great trip and celebrate the complete experience.

perfect day

A perfect day would be a fishing trip with Family. We would wake up very early in the morning before the “world wakes”. The air temps would be crisp with frost on the ground. The season would be late Fall so the leaves would all be different hues of reds, yellows and oranges. The river would be flowing swiftly after the previous night’s rain and fresh Atlantic Salmon would be just settling into the holding pools. As myself, twin brother and our children get our setups prepared, the Salmon would porpoise which would give the kids more excitement and hope. As the sun begins to rise, the steam would lift from the river creating a magical atmosphere. As far as the fishing goes, we would hook a few and have one come to hand for a family picture so we could look back on that day for generations to come.

a good fishing story

My earliest fishing memories were created at 4 years old. My Grandfather would take my twin brother and I to our Family camp but always made sure to stop at the little Brooks along the way. My first setup was an alder with a piece of string attached with a single hook tied to it. We would use that to catch native Brook Trout. After every trip we would stash the “rod” in the bushes so we could use it for their next time we returned. Those trips laid the foundation for my love of the outdoors and fishing.

contact info

Instagram: @brax68