November 15, 2019

In the early morning light, David Blair and Nancy Storwick, owners of Fish Tales Fly Shop in Calgary, Alberta arrived at their fly shop to discover thieves had smashed through the front window and stolen more than 4 dozen reels from their store shelves. The thieves seemed to have been targeting reels and high-end fishing gear as little else was stolen from the shop. The Fish Tales team shared the incident on their Instagram along with a statement below:

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“Our faith in people is shaken this morning.

Our day started with a call from the alarm company reporting multiple alarms at the shop. Shortly after the call, we arrived at the shop to three police vehicles parked in front and a shattered front door to the shop. The thief or thieves seemed to have been on a targeted mission for reels and were gone before the police (or us) arrived – 15 minutes or less.

Today is being spent assessing all that was taken, completing the police report, getting the door replaced, starting the insurance process, and trying to figure out how to best get the word out to the fly fishing community about the stolen goods.

On behalf of Fish Tales (Dave, Nancy, and our team) please be on the lookout for reels that seem “too-good-to-be-true.” Thieves left here with about four dozen higher-end reels – Islanders, Sage, Nautilus, Brittania, Orvis, Hardy, and Tibor. Feel free to share this post as the more widely it is shared the better.

We will be watching on-line and have already alerted other shops in Calgary. We will list a few specific reels later today so folks can watch for these on their local forums. We’ll notify the police with any possible leads.

Thank you.

David and Nancy later shared via another Instagram post that store operations are back to normal as they work with insurance and the police to replenish the stolen property and find those responsible.

The team had this to share, “A couple of things to note if you are watching for any of these items on-line. None of the items listed or pictured will have accompanying reel pouches or boxes. Some of these items have serial numbers which we have shared with the police.”

Fish Tales Fly Shop is asking anyone in the Calgary area to be on the lookout for deals that seem too good to be true or sketchy. The reels will also be sold without boxes or reel cases, as the thieves left those behind.

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