Spring Tide Challenges and a New Species

blog-oct-15-2016-1-spring-tide-in-caI leapt from bed early this morning here in Encinitas, California.  Granny and I were eager to get to the Torrey Pines State Beach.  She wanted to do a run while I was aiming to once and for all catch my elusive corbina on the fly.  When we got there at 10 AM the tide was high and the waves dumped a frothy mess of mud and foam against the rocks.


blog-oct-15-2016-2-flyfishing-the-surfTides play a huge factor in saltwater fly fishing.  I knew high was at 9 AM and that because of the present full moon it would be a spring tide (highest high tides of the month).  Prevailing wind made the tide higher than high and the wind created larger than large waves.  I’m disappointed to say I sat in one place for three hours and made a mere ten minutes worth of casts.  Fly fishing the surf was useless this morning.


blog-oct-15-2016-3-barred-sand-bassWe had till about 3 PM before returning to Encinitas to grab a bar stool for the Cubs game.  We went to the river near Del Mar.  It looked grim but I grabbed my rod and tossed some flies and low and behold I caught a barred sand bass (Paralabrax nebulifer).  He’s tiny but a new species for the list nonetheless!


blog-oct-15-2016-4-spotted-bay-bassI caught another fish as well, a spotted bay bass (Paralabrax maculatofasciatus).  I’ve caught heaps of these in Baja but I’ll take more any day.  It was a tug and man was he pretty.  It’s amazing what you can do simply by keeping a fly in the water.


blog-oct-15-2016-5-cubs-playoff-baseballSo the fishing was challenging today but what a Cubs game!  Granny and I celebrated hard and the Cubs are up Game 1.  This is my favorite time of year and to have the Cubs competing in the NCLDS – doesn’t get any better!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Clever California Corbina

blog-oct-14-2016-1-california-trafficTime flies when you’re having fun.  Granny and I have been in Southern California for nearly a week and I’ve given presentations to Santa Barbara Flyfishers, Fly Fishing Club of Orange County and the Pasadena Casting Club.  I’ll continue my speaking tour next week but starting today, we have three days off so we hit the horrendous CA traffic of the I 5 and headed south to Torrey Pines State Beach with hopes to catch our first corbina on the fly.


blog-oct-14-2016-2-flyfishing-for-corbinaI’ve tried for corbina here in CA a couple times and once in Baja a friend randomly caught one while we were fishing the Pacific Ocean for spotted bay bass.  They cruise and feed in the shallow breaking waves along beaches and have a knack for being hard to see, finicky and spooky.


blog-oct-14-2016-3-surf-fliesWe arrived at the beach at 2 PM (100 miles in 3.5 hours!).  The tide was low and I rigged my favorite beach rod, my Winston 91/2’ 8-weight and tied on a pink lead-eyed crabbish-looking fly recommended to me by a friend.  The best flies for the California surf are pink and orange flies.  I’ve fished here before and we went right to where I saw corbina last time.


There’s a lot of people here none of them fishing.  It’s a bit hectic for we spoiled “Curriers” who last year spent a month on the gorgeous empty beaches in Oman.  And not to mention my Gabon trip in March.  But Southern California is home to corbina so we just had to deal.


blog-oct-14-2016-4-fly-fishing-the-surfThe waves were big and the water seemed cool.  I took a beating standing waste high in the surf.  I keep my core strong for days like these otherwise I’d havw face planted several times for sure.  Casting was tough but I had my new stripping basket to contain my loose line.  If you don’t have a basket the surf and sand will hold your line every time you go to shoot a cast.


blog-oct-14-2016-5-flyfishing-the-surfRumor from the clubs are that surf fishing has been lousy this year.  I fished a solid four hours and saw two fish.  One was a definite corbina but he spooked before I ever got a cast.  The second fish may have been a smaller one however I thought it was shorter and stubbier and could’ve been a spotfin croaker.  Whatever it was, the spooky fish fled when my fly landed in front of him.


blog-oct-14-2016-6-jeff-currier-flyfishing-the-surfAt 6 PM we packed it up because the light for sight fishing was gone.  Also the tide was moving in fast and pushed my back to the cliffs.  I had little room to cast and every 15 seconds a jogger would trot right into my casting lane.


We got a room here in Encinitas and we’re about to head down town for beers and dinner.  We’ll catch the end of the Blue Jays vs Indians game as well.  Tomorrow night we’ll hit the bars in Encinitas early for the Cubs game.  I can’t wait for that!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

California Combination of Work and Pleasure

blog-oct-11-2016-1-i-15Granny I arrived in California last night by car to begin a ten-day speaking tour.  It was a great 15-hour drive listening to playoff baseball on my XM all the way from home.  Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta, hit his amazing three run homer just as the sun was setting for us west of I 15 between Vegas and Barstow, CA.  We pulled off the highway, got a room and found a bar to watch the rest of the game.  Last night’s great game outcome wasn’t what I was hoping for.


I’ll be giving my PowerPoint presentation “Fly Fishing Through Midlife Heaven” to seven different fly fishing clubs.  I’ve done this tour twice in the past and it’s a fun one.  Not only meeting up with the club folks that I’ve gotten to know over the years but also because Granny comes along and we fish and make a mini vacation out of this.


blog-oct-11-2016-2-jeff-currier-fishingFirst stop was tonight to speak to Santa Barbara Flyfishers.   Getting to Santa Barbara meant driving along about 30 miles of coastline.  I can’t pass that much water without a cast so we stopped at Ventura Beach and I rigged my 91/2’ Winston and SA’s 300-grain Sonar.  It was a few years ago that I got into the shovelnose sharks but unfortunately not today.


blog-oct-11-2016-3-flyfishing-santa-barbaraThe water seemed warm and should’ve at least produced a surf perch but didn’t.  After we settled into our hotel in Santa Barbara I walked out on the public dock for a few more cast before meeting to speak to the club.  This was a good move as I landed a tiny halibut to avoid the skunk for the day.


blog-oct-11-2016-4-flyfishing-for-halibutThere’s a lot of good fly water in this world that people don’t fish because they only want trout.  I’ll take a halibut on the fly any day and later this week I aim to catch a few more fun specie as well.


We’re about to call it a day and a successful one at that.  My gig to Santa Barbara Fly Fishers was a blast and even better, the Cubs won tonight in spectacular fashion!  PUMPED!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Community and Conservation Foundation

blog-oct-7-2016-1-ydccfMost of you know I work with Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures as a trip host, travel advisor and I often get to explore future fly fishing destinations.  I couldn’t ask for a better fly fishing travel company to be a part of.   It’s not only because they offer the best destinations but also because Yellow Dog takes measures to protect the world’s incredible fisheries.


blog-oct-7-2016-2-yellow-dog-flyfishingThis week Yellow Dog founded the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation (YDCCF).  This is something that has been in the works for many years and we are thrilled that the Foundation is now a reality.  The simple idea of the new Foundation will allow us to effectively donate hundreds of thousands of dollars into projects, communities, conservation work, enforcement, education and more in so many of these remote and rural areas directly connected to fishing.



blog-oct-7-2016-tourette-fishingThe money comes out of Yellow Dog’s end of things: and clients can feel good knowing that up to $100 from each trip is being donated to the Foundation in the name of every Yellow Dog customer that books a trip.  No extra costs or tacked on fees at all – same exact cost, with more going back to each fishery! People will pay the same but can feel good knowing that a portion of the money they’ve spent will go towards protecting, improving and enhancing fisheries.


Now I have one more reason to be a proud part of the Yellow Dog Team and our customers have even MORE of a reason to book with Yellow Dog!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The Fall Equinox Storm

blog-oct-3-2016-1-flyfishing-henrys-forkTwo months ago I made plans with friends Joe Koehly of Yeti and Peter Vandergrift of Costa Sunglasses to go bang up the carp of Blackfoot Reservoir today.  You need good weather to fly fish for carp and naturally our annual equinox storm made a direct hit delivering 40° highs with rain and snow.  I switched our plans to the Ranch on the Henry’s Fork where these conditions often bring out blanket Blue Wing Olive hatches.


blog-oct-3-2016-1-railroad-ranch-idPeter cancelled so it was me, Joe and a photographer friend of his, Nick Kelley, of Outside Magazine.  Nick came along entirely to take photos for Yeti.  We arrived last night and enjoyed dinner and beers in the Trout Hunter.  The fellas got a room and I slept in the back of the Explorer.


We entered the Ranch at 9 AM this morning.  It was cold and dreary.  We walked all the way to the islands and back, killing four hours.  Joe and I each cast to a pair of nice fish.  I stung and lost both of mine and Joe lost one of his.  This all happened before 1 PM then the Ranch went dead.


blog-oct-3-2016-4-last-chance-henrys-forkAt noon ice cold rain began to fall.  Despite all my warm clothes under my raingear this was the kind of day where the cold made its way into your core regardless.  At 2:20 PM all three of us were shivering and we made our way out of the Ranch.  Once to the cars I insisted we take a peek off the platform at Last Chance – just in case there was something happening.


blog-oct-3-2016-5-blue-wing-mayflyThere was something happening alright.  The rain was turning to snow but the blanket Blue Wing hatch I was hoping for started.  The Henry’s Fork came alive and within thirty minutes there were big fish to try for.  I hooked and landed the first one I cast too.  He was a decent 18” rainbow but before Nick was able to click a single photo the pretty fish slipped from my cold hands.  My motor skills were leaving me fast as the temperature dropped.


blog-oct-3-2016-6-flyfishing-the-henrys-forkMeanwhile Joe was set up on a fish.  I know the fish and his location is micro drag central.  I’ve been beaten by fish at that rock before.  But it builds character and tough fish like that one is what the Henry’s Fork is all about.


The next fish I found was in a similar spot.  It turns out there were two.  Both were sipping Blue Wings.  They were a beautiful sight to watch.  My drift went drag free for only about a foot even by casting directly over their heads from a mere 15 feet downstream of them.   I was persistent dropping my tiny Thorax Blue Wing over them repetitively.


At least 20 minutes went by with my continuous casting without fooling either rainbow.  I didn’t change flies because I was certain I couldn’t with the cold and bad light.  My fly looked right anyhow and I knew it was more of a timing thing.  There were millions of bugs and the fish were letting plenty of naturals go past.  Finally, to the surprise of both Nick and I, the fish sipped my fly and I went tight!


blog-oct-3-2016-7-rainbow-troutThis particular fish was old and tired.  While he made one quick but short run, that was about it.  He literally rolled over and came to my hands.  He was a warrior.  He was long 19” or more but skinny and ugly.  He’d been around.  One side had an old osprey talon hole and his mouth had signs of being hooked with barbed flies.  Nick shot a few pics but I never lifted the fish from the water.  He required tender loving care for sure.


That last fish was all I could take.  My hands were numb and I was sick of shivering.  Joe had given up on his difficult to catch fish and the three of us packed it up.  It was actually perfect timing at nearly 6 PM.


That’s likely it for me fishing this week.  I’m back on the road starting Monday.  I’ll be speaking to eight clubs throughout Southern California.  Check out my schedule to see if I’m in your area.  And of course, my Winston’s are packed for a little fishing off the beach.  This trip my target species is the infamous corbina, but there should also be surf perch and shovelnose sharks to catch.  Go Cubs!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio – Sudan

blog-oct-2-2016-1-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-snapperI want to let everyone know that Wednesday night, October 5th I will be the guest on Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio.  The live interview starts at 7 PM (MT) and you can access the live interview for free from the Internet Radio Website.


This will be my seventh interview and this time I’ll be talking about fly fishing the Red Sea of Sudan with my friends of Tourette – fight it in Africa.  While fly fishing in Sudan may not be high on your travel radar this will be an interesting evening nonetheless.  And you never know, perhaps after you hear about some of the fish we catch there your travel priority list may change!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fall Fishing on the South Fork

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I started working the fly shop gig back in 1987, one of my first big sales was a set of XL Simms Neoprene Waders along with shoes and detachable gravel guards.  My customer at the time, Ken Holder, continued to use me as his sales person and source for fishing info for years to come.




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKen and I became friends.  He encouraged my growth in a fly fishing career and it was Ken that pushed me to have a website.  My site and career took off like I never could’ve imagined.  Now when Ken comes to town we always get together for fishing and dinners and beers.  Today he had a guided trip on the South Fork of the Snake and let me join along.


blog-sept-27-2016-3-guide-jordan-nelsonI know most the guides of the area but not today’s.  Jordan Nelson is a young energetic – raised in Idaho Falls kid.  I liked him the minute we met.  He was fishy to the eye and he showed up with a plan.  He had Ken and I meet him at 6:45 AM rather than the ever so common 8 AM routine time.  I like a guide that thinks out of the box.


blog-sept-27-2016-4-flyfishing-the-southforkFall on the South Fork is hard to beat.  Toss in the fact that we pushed off at sunrise – pictures hardly tell you how beautiful it actually was out there.  It’s unseasonably warm this week and other than a light jacket I wet waded right from the start.


blog-sept-27-2016-5-ken-holder-south-forkFishing has been slow on the South Fork since late August.  This is normal for the dries and streamer fishing, however, those willing to fish a pair of tiny nymphs below a dry fly or bobber still do well.  Ken works his butt off for United Airlines and fishing time is limited so without hesitation he went with nymphs to guarantee some fish.


blog-sept-27-2016-6-bald-eagle-southforkThere was a whitefish kill here this summer much like the one you may have read about on the Yellowstone River this summer.  The kills have been blamed on a parasite that thrives in the unusually warm water temps this summer.  The fish carnage attracts eagles and although I always see plenty of bald eagles on the South Fork today was ridiculous.  They seemed fat and happy and almost every tall cottonwood tree had one staring at us.


blog-sept-27-2016-7-guide-jordan-nelsonI caught more nice fish on the streamers than expected.  Ken caught at least five really nice fish on the nymphs.  Although a few were browns, his nicest fish of the day was this thick bodied well fed rainbow.



blog-sept-27-2016-8-moose-and-fishingWhile we had good fishing on a stunning fall day, our highlight was this moose.  I see a lot of big bull moose on the South Fork.  This particular bull had just finished bashing his antlers into some bushes.  Some became entangled in his antlers.  Then he looked at us and decided to swim right in front of the boat.  I never get sick of this kind of stuff!


blog-sept-27-2016-fall-in-idahoI haven’t been out on my home waters enough this year.  By no means is this a complaint however after days like today I’m reminded I live in one of the greatest places on earth.  Next on my agenda will be one last day hiking into the Ranch of the Henry’s Fork.  One more big rainbow for me!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Great Week in VA Comes to an End

blog-sept-22-2016-flyfishing-seminars-jeff-currierMy week in Virginia ended with a bang last night.  I spent the afternoon doing presentations including “Improve Your Fishing Photography” and “Warmwater Fly Fishing” along with “Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul”.  Then last night for the Fly Fishers of Virginia banquet I presented “Trout Bumming the World”.  Everyone is ready to get on an airplane and go somewhere I can promise you that!

Thanks so much Fly Fishers of Virginia, Colby and Brian Trow of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, Art Web and Capt. Mike Standing and Richard Wright for giving me a week to remember right here in the good ole USA!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass on the James River

blog-sept-21-2016-1-flyfishing-the-james-river-vaThe Mossy Creek Fly Fishing boys, Colby and Brian Trow, took me fly fishing for smallmouth bass and longnose gar on the James River today.  It’s my last day of fishing VA before I speak tomorrow to Fly Fishers of Virginia.  Best of all, I’ve I kicked the flu thing and this morning I felt human again.


blog-sept-21-2016-2-fly-fishing-the-james-riverWe met at 5:30 AM and found ourselves launching their raft at dawn.  It was warm, the wind was nonexistent and we had overcast skies.  Everything seemed perfect for smallmouth fishing to me but down here the Trow’s prefer sun so they can sight fish both the bass and the gar.  While they did a float shuttle I relaxed and took in the beauty of the James River.


blog-sept-21-2016-3-mossy-creek-flyfishingThe bottom of the James was pure sand with scattered rocks and weeds.  The banks were lined with beautiful hardwood forest.  Some trees leaned over the water while others were completely submerged.  We drifted down the bank like on a trout river back home.  I was up front dead drifting a cicada pattern looking similar to a popper however there’s no popping involved.  Brian was in back stripping a small Clouser minnow.


blog-sept-21-2016-4-cicada-fly-patternsThe James River is where the Trow’s normally catch only a few bass but they’re big as opposed to the Shenandoah where you catch lots of fish but they’re small.  Nonetheless I cranked in several small bass right out of the gates on Colby’s cicada pattern.


blog-sept-21-2016-5-jeff-currier-smallmouth-fishing-james-riverWe saw a few gar.  I’ve caught spotted gar but these longnose are much bigger.  The Trow’s had me tossing a special secret streamer at them.  I got some refusals at first but eventually got one to crunch the fly.  Unfortunately, gar are hard to hook because of their bony mouths and my potential new species came off before the net.  That was the one and only bummer on this relaxing day in paradise!


blog-sept-21-2016-6-redbreast-sunfishWhile the poor light from clouds limited our sight fishing we enjoyed a steady flow of action from small smallies.  I thought it was fun but the Trow’s were annoyed because usually the smallmouth are big here.  Also fun were these scrappy and colorful redbreast sunfish.  I love warmwater fly fishing for all the neat fish you can catch in a day.


blog-sept-21-2016-7-flyfishing-smallmouth-bassAs always I kept my fly in the water and I came through in the end. While I finally scraped up a few 14” smallies and also a 16”, it was a smallmouth bass of over 18” we were hoping for.  Lo and behold, literally off the last bank before the boat ramp, I got the pig of the day.  He’s not fat, but he was exactly 19.5”.


blog-sept-21-2016-8-mossycreekfly-fishingIt’s been a great week fishing down here in Virginia.  A special thanks to the Colby and Brian Trow of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing.  They know the fishing down this way whether it be trout, warmwater fish or even the saltwater.  If you find yourself in VA you ought to look them up.


Tomorrow I’ll fulfill how this trip came to be by giving an afternoon of fly fishing seminars followed by an evening presentation to Fly Fishers of Virginia.  Then its home sweet home on Friday for some fall fishing.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Tropical Storm Continues My Marlin on Fly Curse

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being best) the way I felt at bedtime last night was about a 2.5.  When we got up at 4 AM to get back on the Waterman to try and catch a marlin on the fly this morning, I’d jumped to a 4 and I was going.  But at 4:15 AM Capt. Mike Standing called and canceled the trip due to Tropical Storm Julia.  Back to bed we went.  Was it the banana boat?


My nickname “Monsoon Currier” reared its ugly head and my marlin on a fly curse goes on.  I laugh about both at this point in my life but it is amazing.  Me and the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Trow brothers are resting today but tomorrow we’ll float down the James River in search of the biggest smallmouth bass of my life and perhaps my first longnose gar on the fly.


Bad weather and bad luck will never win over me in my fly fishing travels!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing