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A Month in the Salt Here I Come!

blog-April-1-2015-1-jeffcurrier-flyfising-the-middle-eastI’ve been chewing my nails for a week.  I’ve been scheduled to return to the Nubian Flats of Sudan since last October.  I applied for the difficult to get Travel VISA in November and when I woke up this morning I still didn’t have it.  I leave for Dubai tomorrow and plan to continue on for Sudan on Monday.  But it’s impossible without the VISA.  This morning’s coffee was anything but relaxing.

 

But my friends of Tourette – Fight it in Africa came through for me as always.  At 9 AM I received my VISA via email and I’m officially ready to go back.

blog-April-1-2015-2-fly-fishing-in-Sudan

 

blog-April-1-2015-3-flyfishing-with-tourette-fishingYou may remember I was part of a Tourette exploratory to the Red Sea in Sudan last March (scroll down here to read the 2014 day by day accounts).  The fishing adventure was incredible so when I was invited to return I said yes without hesitation.  I’m packed and ready and as pumped as one can be.

 

blog-April-1-2015-4-dubai-fly-fishing-ocean-activeThis year, I’ll be joined by my friend Mike Lasota.  Like last year, I’ll be fishing out of Dubai over the weekend with Nick Bowles, founder of Ocean Active before heading to Sudan. After, instead of returning home, I’m hanging in the Middle East for another three weeks.  I’ll meet Granny in Dubai then we’re traveling to Oman to explore some waters barely touched by fly fishers.

 

I’ll be posting my day by day accounts of this entire trip.  As always, the best fishing locations on the planet have poor or no internet access.  I’ll post when I can and won’t miss a day even if I need to post some after the trip.  Stay tuned for what should be an extraordinary month of blogs!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Entertaining at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

blog-March-28-2015-1-mossy-creek-flyfishingblog-March-28-2015-2-jeff-currier-speaking-in-vaTo say I had a fun day of entertaining the fly fishers of Virginia on Saturday for the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing 12th Anniversary Party is an understatement.  The day was an absolute hoot from 8AM till the wee hours Sunday morning.  I gave the PowerPoint presentations “Trout Bumming the World”, “Fly Fishing Warmwater” and “Fly Fishing through Midlife Heaven”.  Big fish pics get me fired up and I filled the time in between shows with some knot demos and even went outside to teach fly casting in the wind despite frigid temperatures.

 

blog-March-28-2015-3-jeff-currier-fish-artNot only did I pull off five gigs, but I drew on several fly boxes and a wall.  Yes, a wall.  The Mossy Creek fly shop has a wall already decorated by Tim Borski, Gary Borger, Brian O’Keefe and Kelly Galloup to name a few.  I worked from a precarious position for nearly two hours filling a space with a rising Snake River Cutthroat.

 

blog-March-28-2015-4-jeff-currier-tarpon-artworkFor the evening encore, I caught some of the 2015 f3t for the third weekend in a row then joined the entire Mossy Creek staff and all local Madison Trout Unlimited members under 40 for an evening of closing the local establishments of downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Needles to say I’m a bit knackered after such a great day but with absolutely no complaints.  A special thanks to my Mossy Creek hosts Colby and Brian and their staff and all those who came out for the event.

 

blog-March-28-2015-5-jeffcurrier-cutthroat-artWhile we’re on the subject of speaking, this was my last gig of the 2015 winter season.  If you’re part of a fly fishing club or putting a fly fishing day together this fall or next winter, always keep me in mind as your fly fishing speaker.  I have more programs and subjects available than any other speaker out there and hiring details are here.

 

Buckle up – next blog I’ll be headed for the Middle East with the Winston, Simms, Abel, Ross and SA arsenal.  Could I be sporting some queenfish by weeks end . . . . .?  Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing the New River in West Virginia

March 26, 2015

 

blog-March-27-2015-1-flyfishing-west-virginiaWednesday was long.  I had a busy morning around Victor then caught the 1:20 flight from Jackson to Denver and on to Washington DC.  At 11 PM I was met by Colby Trow, one of the founders of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing and we drove two hours to his place in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  I’m here for two days of fishing and to teach and entertain for their shops annual conclave on Saturday.

 

 

blog-March-27-2015-2-flyfishing-in-west-virginiaAfter a very short sleep, Colby and I met up with his brother Brian and drove for 2 ½ hours to the boat launch in Sandstone, West Virginia on the hardly discovered, second oldest river in the world, the New.  Here we met their long time friend and guide Duncan McGrath.  Duncan knows the New and he and his brother Phil kindly offered to float along with us in their raft and try to steer us into some nice smallmouth bass and possibly even a muskellunge.

 

blog-March-27-2015-3-flyfishing-the-new-river-in-wvThe winter back here was one of the coldest snowiest on record so the smallies are deep and sluggish.  I was informed ahead of time they may not be chasing the fly well.  Nonetheless, I packed my 6-weight Winston armed with a fast sinking Scientific Angler Uniform Sink Type 5 and a handful of Clouser Minnows to bounce along the bottom.  I also brought along a Winston SX 10-weight in case we ran into the muskies.  Debacle struck however at the boat launch when I learned that in my sleep stupor earlier that morning I took my reels out of my duffle at Colby’s house and they never made it back in.  What an idiot!  Luckily I had friends to cover me.

 

blog-March-27-2015-4-musky-fliyWe pushed off in t-shirts and the guys started me chucking an eight inch musky streamer on my 10-weight.  On my third cast a solid smallmouth chased down the jumbo fly and grabbed material everywhere but where the hook was.  The bronze colored fish got wise and disappeared fast but things were looking up in the first minutes.  Of course, that’s only if this wasn’t the old “boat launch” jinx.

 

blog-March-27-2015-5-flyfishing-the-new-river-in-west-virginiaTwo fishless hours later the wind cranked and out came the fleece.  Colby made a call upstream to Duncan’s boat to see if they had any better luck.  Duncan and Phil were fishing tubes on spin rods and said they caught a few smallies but it was slow.  Soon the weather went south and we were hunkered down against some railroad tracks sheltering from a thunderstorm.  Duncan and Phil caught up to us and we drank a few brews and waited out the lightening.

 

blog-March-27-2015-6-fishing-in-west-virginiaCatching fish on fly wasn’t in the cards.  After the storm temps plummeted to the low 40°s and the rain dragged on.  Despite excellent raingear I’d have much preferred my G4z waders.  We pulled the rafts out on a slippery old wooden ramp and hoisted them up to our trailer and headed to a cabin Duncan rents.  Soon Brian was grilling us a chicken breast feast while we thawed out.

 

March 27

 

blog-March-28-2015-7-west-virginia-trainsIt was a full on “Monsoon Currier” night.  Rain pelted our cabin endlessly.  At times it was louder than the trains clanking down the tracks a mere 50 feet from my bed.  I couldn’t help but picture the New River rising to horrific heights by morning.  Fortunately the rain stopped at 6AM and although the New mucked up, it remained fishable.

 

blog-March-28-2015-8-new-river-sandstone-west-virginiaThe temps dropped further for Day 2.  It was in the low 30°s when we pushed the rafts off and there were a few snow flakes threatening.  Phil opted out and Brian hopped in with Duncan while Colby and I stayed together and went on a musky mission.  Lousy weather is often ideal for theses toothy monsters.

 

blog-March-28-2015-9-flyfishing-with-colby-trowDespite both of us working ourselves senseless, Colby rowing and me casting the 10-weight with a fly that should’ve worked, not a creature would stir.  After five relentless hours, I picked up my lighter rod and bounced delicious looking crayfish patterns on bottom for another two hours – not even a touch.  You need to know when to surrender.  Colby and I changed gears and drank three straight beers and enjoyed the rest of the float.

 

Across river Duncan and Brian worked just as hard but with spin rods.  Even the dark side didn’t clean up.  They landed a largemouth bass, a smallie and a walleye.  The walleye was a pleasant surprise and a first for Brian.

 

blog-March-28-2015-11-jeff-currier-flyfishing-in-west-virginiaIf I caught fish every outing I’d be bored to death with this great sport.  Sure, I’m a long way from home and a few special natives from West Virginia would’ve been nice.  But it wasn’t meant to be and I can’t argue with our efforts.

 

blog-March-28-2015-12-jeff-currier-flyfishing-in-sudanThe good news is that the two days were a needed tune up for what’s next in my fishing world.  For all my readers who are chomping for something fishy and exciting, buckle up, on April 2 I’m off to DubaiSudan – Dubai and Oman.  I believe this adventure will make up for three months of work blogs!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

A Weekend in Canada

blog-March-21-2014-jeff-currier-speaking-in-canadaA fun weekend in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada with the Chinook Waters fly Fishing Club has slipped by in a flash.  I drew on a heap of Cliff Fly Boxes, entertained and taught seminars all Saturday then whooped it up with club members for a showing of the f3t fly fishing film during the evening.  I also ate a plate of poutine that left me rather full!  A big travel day up, a full day of speaking and a extended travel day home that didn’t get me to my bed till midnight has slumped back in my easy chair trying to figure out if I should run, ride the bike or just rest up today.

 

Next on my agenda includes fishing.  On Wednesday I’ll fly to Virginia to meet up with the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing boys.  They are generously treating me to two days of fishing.  For what I’m not yet sure.  Then Saturday it’s another all-out day of seminars at their shop.

 

blog-March-21-2015-jeff-currier-in-canadaIf you’re in the Mossy Creek VA neck of the woods be sure to swing by and join the fun.  This weekend my seminars include the eye opening “Trout Bumming the World” followed by some knot demonstrations.  For the knots I’ll be concentrating on how to tie up a European nymph leader and fishing three flies at a time.  Then we’ll talk some “Warmwater Fly Fishing”, go outside and bang out “Fly Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul” and end the great day with some world travel and my PowerPoint Presentation “Fly Fishing through Midlife Heaven”.  Hope to see you there!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

2015 Roosterfishing Trip Cancelled Again

blog-March-18-2015-1-sam-vigneri-flyfising-for-roosterfishMy annual roosterfish trip to Baja isn’t so annual lately.  Last year I missed the body-bashing trip for the first time in years because I took on a mahseer project in Bhutan.  Then three weeks ago my 2015 trip was cancelled because my roosterfish companion, Sammy Vigneri, slipped on ice and broke his leg severely.

 

blog-March-18-2015-2-jeffcurrier-roosterfish-artBut not all is lost.  Instead of eliminating roosterfish completely off the books for 2015, I received an order to paint one for John McMinn.  John’s handsome rooster had some brilliant colors fading from iridescent greens to purples and the fun project got me as close to a rooster as you can get.  John just received the watercolor and was completely stoked!

 

I’m now packing for the Chinook Waters Fly Fishing Club Conclave in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.  I’ll be their guest speaker this weekend.  I was there in 2012 and all I can say is these folks like to have fun.

 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAJust in case you live nearby, I’ll be doing presentations on Warmwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fishing Photography and Knots.  Then I’ll end my day presenting “Fly Fishing through Midlife Heaven”.  Then the club follows the day up with a showing of the F3T.  I saw the flick last Friday and it was superb as always.  It should be an awesome work weekend!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Open Season on Victor, Idaho Meadow Voles

blog-March-11-2015-1-meadow-volesFor those of you on the East Coast, I’m sorry, but our weather here in Idaho has been no less than phenomenal.  Other than one day it’s been in the 50°s and 60°s for the two straight weeks I’ve been home.  The one cold day it snowed 8” and I got in a fantastic cross country ski.  All the snow melted the next day.

 

blog-March-11-2015-2-meadow-vole-damageWhen the snow leaves the yard there’s an awful mess caused by meadow voles.  This year is the worst on record.  My lawn is chewed to pieces, there’s holes everywhere, tree roots gnawed, aspen trees girdled and tulip bulbs eaten.  I’ve declared all-out war on the tiny rodent pests and my air rifle is at my side.  They’re not easy to hit but as you can see above I’ve reached American sniper status.  I can’t tell you how many I’ve shot at this point.  And they don’t go to waste.  The magpies are thrilled with the fresh carnage.

 

blog-March-11-2015-3-mikey-wierA reminder to those of you living in my area, March 13, this Friday night, the Fly Fishing Film Tour hits Jackson Hole (f3t).  The entertaining group of fly fishing flicks will show at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.  Doors open at 6PM and the movie starts at 7.  Tickets are available at WorldCast Anglers, Orvis of Jackson Hole or purchase them on line.

 

blog-March-11-2015-4-jeff-currier-&-mike-dawesFor those not in my area, the f3t is on tour and can been seen in most major US cities.  Here’s the schedule so you can catch the entertainment in your area.  If you have any interest in carp on the fly be ready for the last segment – Carpland – in which Mike Dawes and I have provided some Blackfoot Reservoir mirror-monsters!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Relishing Home Time in Victor

blog-March-4-2015-1-flying-over-wyoming-on-deltaSomeone commented at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show last week, “Man Currier, you’ve been on the road since early January”.  Then he laughed and said, “No that’s not true, you’ve been on the road since you quit the fly shop in 2009!”

 

blog-March-4-2015-2-jeff-currier-and-masi-warriorThe dude was correct.  In October 2009 I walked out the door of the fly shop after 23 years and caught a flight to Baja three days later.  I never looked back.  I’ve been going hard for five straight years fishing and speaking.  And gratefully I’m making a living at it.  It’s been fun, very rewarding and yes, I am one of the luckiest fly fisherman in the world.

 

blog-March-4-2015-3-flyfishing-in-sudanThe Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show was excellent.  From there I drove down to Fresno and did a custom PowerPoint presentation for Fresno Fly Fishers entirely about my trip last March to the Red Sea off Sudan.  If you didn’t see the blog for Sudan start here.  The off the wall topic drew a much larger crowd than expected and I got everyone pumped including myself.  I’m headed back for Sudan in April.

 

blog-March-4-2015-4-evening-grosbeaksIn the meantime I’m relishing time at home in Victor.  There’s nothing like kicking back with a fresh pressed cup of coffee and watching the birds at the feeder followed by a day at the home office.  Break times are skiing, biking and watching college basketball and spring training games.  This actually might be a fun year for this Cubbie diehard.

 

blog-March-4-2015-5-jeff-currier-and-mossy-creek-flyfishingAlthough I hope to wet a line on my home waters this month, I’m mostly preparing for my next two gigs.  I’ll be the guest speaker at the Lethbridge, Alberta Fly Fishing Conclave on March 21st then the following weekend at the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Open House in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Both gigs will be great fun and yes, I’m sneaking in two days of fishing while in VA.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Striper Fishing on the California Delta

blog-Feb-19-2015-1-flyfishing-for-striped-bassI don’t get a chance to wet a line much in the heat of my speaking schedule but today was an exception.  Granny and I are working our way down to the Pleasanton, California Fly Fishing Show.  Last night I spoke to the Tracy Fly Fishers Club.  It just so happens my friend Ben Byng lives here and today he generously took Granny and me to the California Delta to check on the striped bass fishing.

 

blog-Feb-19-2015-2-jeff-currier-and-ben-byngBen and I have been friends for about fifteen years.  We met at the Sportsman’s Show in Sacramento when he was tying flies and had a picture of himself holding a huge striper.  I couldn’t help but quiz him about the pic and within minutes he offered to take me.  We’ve been friends ever since.  I join him annually on the Delta and he often makes it to the front of my drift boat on some great trout rivers.

 

The weather has been above average mild and dry since we left Idaho on the 12th.  From Idaho to Seattle to Portland and now California, almost every day has been bright, sunny and warm.  But wouldn’t you know, today was the coldest, dreariest, foggiest day California has had in months just because “Monsoon Currier” wanted to go fishing.

 

blog-Feb-19-2015-3-flyfishing-the-california-deltaRegardless, it’s always good to get out and get that first fly fishing outing of the year under the belt.  We launched Ben’s boat at Holland Riverside Marina.  From there we navigated through scattered heaps of hyacinth and dense fog.  I’ve seen the fog on the Delta plenty of times but all the floating vegetation is a new problem.

 

blog-Feb-19-2015-4-ross-reels-sa-flylines-winston-rodsI was tossing my Winston 9’ 7-weight with the Scientific Angler Streamer Express 300 grain.  The grain weight of this fly line is better suited for the 9-weight but my aging eyesight experienced a mishap when I pulled the rod from the dark closet at home last week.  I saw the 9’ and mistaken it for my 9-weight.  I adjusted my stroke to make it functional but its mistakes like this that force you to become a better caster!

 

blog-Feb-19-2015-5-jeff-currier-fishing-the-california-deltaI wasn’t feeling confident when Ben cut the engine at the first spot.  There was tons of debris floating and the water was murky.  Ben pivoted the boat with his trolling motor while I tied on one of his straight black Clouser-like concoctions.  Despite the lack of confidence it felt good to launch that first cast of the year.

 

On my third cast I went tight on the first strip and running line began bouncing through my guides.  The pull caught me totally by surprise.  Both Ben and Granny thought I was snagged on the riprap next to where my fly landed but it became obvious that it was a fish as he darted to the deep.

 

blog-Feb-19-2015-6-jeff-currier-striped-bass-fishingThis hungry striper was up for the fight but so was I.  You probably remember my last fly fishing day of 2014 was dredging in the Seychelles.  To prevent those fish from retreating to their homes we cranked down on every one and didn’t let them run at all.  I had a flashback and treated this striper the same.  Within two minutes I was lipping my striper and posing for a picture.

 

Granny called it when I let the fish go.  She stated that I jinxed the day by catching one too quick.  Sure enough she was correct.  We went about six hours without further action.  We continued to cast and try numerous places but all we did was soak in the cold damp into our bones while watching some huge ships make their way.

 

blog-Feb-19-2015-7-flyfishing-the-california-deltaDuring the last hour of fishing the stripers turned back on.  Ben took us to a drop off near where we started the day and we doubled up on some small stripers and Ben caught a chunky little black bass about 10”.

 

blog-Feb-19-2015-8-striper-fishing-with-jeff-currier-and-ben-byngI’m most certain that if we fished till dark we’d have enjoyed some good fishing.  Ben in fact said fishing was good late.  But unfortunately Granny and I needed to check get on the road to Pleasanton and get ready for this weekends show.

 

The Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show is generally a busy one.  Be sure and come by if you live in the area.  You can scroll down to yesterday’s blog to see my speaking schedule.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The West Coast Fly Fishing Tour Continues

blog-Feb-18-2015-1-Mt-ShastaThe old red Explorer was limping badly when we started this West Coast speaking tour (Victor – Seattle – Portland – Tracy, CA – Pleasanton, CA – Fresno, CA – Victor). Every mile we put behind us is a relief.  It’s the transmission that’s going.  On the highway the engine screams at 4000 RPM’s and it takes a couple shifts to move forward at traffic lights.

 

Other than the concern for breaking down with all my show stuff it’s been a great drive.  Above is Mt Shasta as we entered northern California yesterday after a visit up in Portland, Oregon.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATonight I’ll be presenting “Fly Fishing through Midlife Heaven” for Tracy Fly Fishers.  I’ve added in some arapaima stuff from Guyana per their request.  Then tomorrow we striper fish with Ben Byng and Steve Potter on the California Delta.

 

Starting Friday it’s the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show.  Here’s my speaking schedule for the weekend:

 

Friday

12:30 – Release Room – “Fly Fishing for Carp”

2:15 – “Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul”

Saturday

12:15 – “Fly Casting 101”

Sunday

11:00 – Release Room – “Fly Fishing Warmwater – Bass, Pike, Carp and More”

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing