A healthy number of angler’s stories start with family; trips to local lakes to partake in a hobby passed down through the generations. Not Ashley Rae; it was straight curiosity and a generous introduction to the world of angling from a family friend that sparked her love for fishing.
And now, a life filled with time on the water, and reasons to get beyond the shoreline; spending her days year round seeking ways to land anything with a fin.
Ashley is a full time, multi-species angler residing in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A unique twist to being a multi-season fishers and a resident of the Great White North? Her days fishing from her boat, kayak and the shore are complemented by ice fishing in the winter months.
If you’re wondering: no, not all Canadians know how to ice fish….only the lucky ones do.
The act/art of fishing is only half of Ashley’s passion about the sport; storytelling about her adventures and inspiring others in their own journeys beyond the shoreline is the other. In 2009, Ashley started a blog to document her experience. Since then, her reach has grown beyond her personal site and her home country; now writing for international publications and websites. More recently, she’s expanded that storytelling into the wide world of video; launching a YouTube channel, co-creating various video projects and appearing on TV shows across a bevy of networks.
A generous guide keen to welcome anyone aboard her boat for fishing trips, she’s also out to get more women on the water; hosting events aimed at elevating skills and confidence for women interested in carving out their own space in the sport.
- Appearances on top TV shows on the World Fishing Network
- 2016: named a “Game Changer” and “one of 11 outdoorswomen transforming the face of hunting and fishing” by Field & Stream Magazine
- 2018: won the FLW Canada Cup bass fishing tournament on the Bay of Quinte w/ friend Erik Luzak
- Went on to represent Canada at the FLW Costa Championship on Lake Guntersville in Alabama, USA.