The aptly named Gillie Greenberg, known by friends as Gil, has always felt most at home when on the water. Growing up in Toronto, Canada, he spent his summer’s bass fishing with his uncle and father. At age 18, Gil bought his first fly rod to experiment with on his family’s annual walleye trip. Armed with the knowledge one gains from watching hundreds of YouTube videos, Gil managed to land a handful of pike on his first morning with a fly rod. Just like many great fly fishermen before him, he was instantly hooked on the fly.
Upon finishing his military service a few years later, Gil moved to Australia to study marine biology at James Cook University, located on the Great Barrier Reef. Gil became obsessed with fly fishing as a way of life and ended up spending more time on the flats than in the classroom. It was a steep learning curve, but with the help of his fishing partner, Brad Morris and local fishing club, the NQ Fly Fishers, he became quite an angler.
By combining fly fishing with marine biology Gil has been granted access to contacts and locations that most anglers can only dream about. In 2015, he was offered a job by the German government to gather fisheries data as part of the Choiseul Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation project. The project was located hundreds of miles away from civilization in a remote corner of the Solomon Islands. Spending a season off the grid and living off the sea solidified his dedication to fishing as a lifestyle. In total, Gil has fly fished over 20 countries, spanning 5 continents. He brings experience, passion, and leadership to the Fly Fishing International team.