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Fly Fishing Speaking Tour Begins

blog-Oct-14-2014-1-flyfishing-speakerThe official end to summer hits me when I head out of town to do my first speaking engagement of the winter season.  That’s today.  I’m packed and ready to head to the Idaho Falls airport and head for two gigs.

 

Tomorrow night I speak to St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers Club in South Bend, Indiana.  I’ll kick it off by decking out a Cliff Fly Box during cocktail hour that I’ll donate for their fundraiser.  Then I’ll present my all new “Fly Fishing through Midlife Heaven” PowerPoint presentation.

 

blog-Oct-14-2014-2-jeff-currier-flybox-artThen on Thursday night I’ll be speaking up in Kalamazoo, Michigan to the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Only they’ll be getting the all new “Trout Bumming the World”.  This includes many great destinations from Australia to Mongolia and it will be the public’s first look at my adventures in Bhutan back in May and Iceland in August.

 

Both shows were fun to put together and are guaranteed to blow everyone’s in attendance mind!  If you’re in the area be sure to check out the links above for details on how to attend.

 

blog-Oct-14-2014-3-flyfishing-in-mongoliaAlways keep me in mind if you have an event in need of a fly fishing speaker.  On my website you can see my 2015 schedule, my updated presentation list and booking instructions.

 

And when in Michigan you must fish.  After the work is done I’ll be heading north for a couple days of steelhead and salmon fishing with friends – can’t wait!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Belize by Jim Klug

 

blog-Oct-12-2014-1-flyfishing-belizeI received a heavyweight package in the mail today from my friend Jim Klug.  In the carefully wrapped bundle was Jim’s new book, Fly Fishing Belize.  If only I’d walked to the post office instead of riding my bike.  This book is so full of information and Jim’s own stunning photography that pedaling home with the masterpiece nearly sent me over the handle bars several times.

 

Once home I grabbed a seat on the porch expecting to make a quick glance.  Instead I was so impressed I browsed every page taking more than two hours.  I’ve seen a lot of fly fishing books hit the streets in recent years but none as captivating as this.

 

blog-Oct-12-2014-2-flyfishing-for-permitFly Fishing Belize provides an in-depth look at all the country has to offer anglers, information on the fish and fisheries, fishing advice, maps, history and writings from several long time anglers to Belize including Lefty Kreh.   All held together with Jims amazing photography of the fish and the fishing, landscapes, people, flies, tackle and the list goes on.  This book speaks to those who have been to Belize and will send those who haven’t into a tail spin doing anything they can to make the trip happen.

 

blog-Oct-12-2014-3-jim-klug-belizeWith Christmas around the corner and saltwater fly fishing season just kicking off I wanted to showcase Jim’s new book on today’s blog.  The book is a must-have for both saltwater flats anglers and non-anglers who truly appreciate the scenic beauty of this Caribbean country.  Fly Fishing Belize is hot off the press and now available at Jim Klug Outdoor Photography.

 

Jim Klug is the founder and Director of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, an incredible photographer and the mastermind behind Confluence Films stunning cinematic fly fishing adventure films.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

More Lake Trout Needed!

blog-Oct-10-2014-1-jenny-lakeFly fishing Jenny Lake in October is do dang special with the Tetons before your eyes on every cast that a trip to Jackson Hole for a few errands turned into a full afternoon and evening skipping out on work. . . . Again!

blog-Oct-10-2014-2-flyfishing-with-trey-scharpToday I went with my pal Trey Scharp.  Trey is so busy guiding and running the Flat Creek Ranch all summer we rarely fish together these days.  Fishing was fantastic but we took some time to relax and visit between sessions.

blog-Oct-10-2014-3-flyfishing-for-lake-troutThe lakers from Wednesday have long been devoured so I gathered a few more.  One was as fat as they come!

blog-Oct-10-2014-4-lake-trout-tacosGranny’s special lake trout fish tacos!

blog-Oct-10-2014-5-lake-trout-artBe sure to check out the new part of my website on fly fishing for lake trout.  Its going to take some time but I’ll be adding my views, experience and techniques for most fish species in the near future.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Indian Summer Lake Trout Fishing On Jenny Lake

I struggle with self-employment in October.  This is the best time of year to fly fish my home waters.  Furthermore, this week we’re having one of the nicest Indian summer weeks of all time with temps in the 70°s.  Today I said screw work and headed to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park with Josh Gallivan and his photographer pal Ryan Sheets (enjoy Ryan’s photo below and be sure to check out his website!).

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Most fly fishers hate lake fishing for a lot of reasons but I think it’s because of wind.  I like at least some wind otherwise the fish are far too spooky.  But today was the average anglers dream.  We didn’t have one ounce of wind the entire day.  Jenny Lake was absolute glass.

 

blog-Oct-8-2014-2-flyfishing-for-lake-troutWe could have fished from Josh’s boat but its lake trout on the fly season.  I prefer to fish fall run lakers from shore.  This time of year the fish are in close.  We slipped into one of my favorite areas and sure enough there were lakers patrolling the shoreline. We could see them plain as day with the undisturbed surface.  And sure enough, they were extremely spooky.

 

blog-Oct-8-2014-3-jeff-currier-jenny-lakeWe arrived at 10 AM and for the next six hours we cast to cruising lake trout.  Actually, they were so spooky that we had to cast out when no fish were in sight then wait till we saw one.  It was tricky because sometimes you waited too long and got snagged on bottom.  When everything worked you could strip your streamer, or in my case, hand-twist my nymphs to them.  The method didn’t work every time but by the end of the day Josh and I landed about 25 fish.

 

blog-Oct-8-2014-4-flyfising-for-mackinawWhile all of our lakers were small as far as lake trout go, it was still great fun.  We’ll never know what the deal is, but we see hundreds of these tiny 18” lakers and a few that look to be around 25”.  Seeing and casting to a real trophy is rare.  That being said, Josh and I chased three different big ones that I’d estimate in that 12-15lb range (still small for Jenny).  They were awesome fish and evidently much smarter than we are.  We each caught their attention a couple times but to no avail.

 

blog-Oct-8-2014-5-lake-trout-fishingOne of the most interesting fish of the day was this very light colored lake trout.  When I saw him swimming I thought that I might be seeing some freak albino cutthroat or something.  But nope, he’s just a freaky pale laker that has somehow survived even though he stands out like a sore thumb to every eagle in Wyoming.

 

Granny and I have fresh lake trout for dinner tonight.  I rarely kill a fish but the lakers melt in your mouth and there’s plenty of them.  In fact they are so delicious I just might had back to Jenny again this week!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Playing Hooky on Kubswin Lake

blog-Sept-29-2014-1-flyfishing-for-brooktroutBecause of two massive art projects due soon, preparations for a speaking tour to the Midwest next week, baseball playoffs and a huge expedition to Guyana for arapaima at the end of the month, rather than putting hours into writing an essay, today’s blog must be short and sweet.

 

blog-Sept-29-2014-3-flyfishing-with-jeff-currierIn the face of heavy rain, sleet and snow I went to Kubswin Lake with friends Gary Eckman and Aaron Stiny.  Gary you know from the Jackson Hole One Fly.  Aaron is a friend that has long awaited a trip with me to Kubswin Lake.  All I can say is that although we landed a few gorgeous brown trout, the numerous stunningly colored humped-backed brook trout overshadowed the browns!  What an amazing day!

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Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Arizona Finally Meets Yellowstone Waters

September 22-25, 2014

 

blog-Sept-23-2014-1-cinda-howard-steve-berryIf you’ve ever fly fished in Arizona then surely you know Cinda Howard and Steve Berry.  Cinda is an expert of nearly twenty years on Arizona waters.  She worked at Orvis in Scottsdale for eight years, was president of Desert Fly Casters and is currently a board member of Zane Grey Trout Unlimited.  Cinda recently started Fly Fish Arizona, a guide service and fly fishing school that offers trout fishing (including the Apache trout) bass and one of my favorites, carp on the fly.

 

blog-Sept-23-2014-2-flyfishing-for-peacock-bassSteve Berry has worked in fly shops and been an Orvis fly fishing instructor for many years in Arizona.  Although he has a day job, he frequently helps Cinda with her fly fishing schools and guiding throughout Arizona. He’s also hosted and array of trips from Montana to Belize and joined me in the Amazon in 2011.

 

blog-Sept-23-2014-3-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-grass-carpI’ve been friends with Cinda and Steve for years.  We met at Sport Shows and I’ve given fly fishing presentations to their club Desert Fly Casters at least half a dozen times.  The way I know them best is from fly fishing for grass carp (white Amur) around the Phoenix area every time I pass through.  See 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

All these years of friendship and Cinda nor Steve have ever made it up fishing with Granny and me.  The last three days they finally made the trip and I couldn’t wait to put them on some nice fish from my backyard.

 

blog-Sept-23-2014-4-flyfishing-with-steve-berryGranny and I have been scouting the last few weeks in order to turn Cinda and Steve on to the best of the best for fishing.  You remember two weeks ago Granny and I slayed fish on big dries.  Monday night we headed to the exact camp and first thing Tuesday morning we set out on a long walk.  The fishing started red hot.  Cinda hooked three chunky browns and landed one, and Steve wrestled with another right to the net before he got off.  Would you believe that would be it for the rest of the day?  Despite walking about five miles and combing every inch of water along the way?

 

blog-Sept-24-2014-5-granny-currier-flyfisingOur fishing disintegrated so badly that Wednesday morning we got up at the crack of dawn and drove hours to try Kubswin Lake.  Here the fish were hitting slightly better but unfortunately Granny and I did most of the catching.  Granny didn’t even wader up and made a few random casts between reading her book and caught this brown.  Fortunately right after Steve landed a nice brook trout.

 

blog-Sept-25-2014-6-cinda-howard-steve-berrry-in-idahoToday I treated our guests to a long float on the Renteria.  I chose twelve miles of slow water for two reasons:  First was so that we would see some moose.  Arizona isn’t moose country so Cinda was especially keen on my idea of finding some.  Second, the long float on the Renteria rarely gets hit, especially in September when the slow moving water makes it a nine our float with lots of downstream rowing.

 

blog-Sept-25-2014-7-mooseAll I can say is that it’s a good thing the moose were a priority.  I rowed us up close to eleven moose consisting of three bulls, four cows and four calves.  Toss in one great horned owl and some otters and it was a magnificent wildlife day.

 

blog-Sept-25-2014-8-cinda-howard-flyfishingWhat stunk for my Arizona friends, once again, was the fishing.  We landed ten small rainbows and brook trout.  Granted, in the morning we had an epic Trico hatch and some big fish were up.  We hooked a few but each fish managed to get away.  At 10 AM the wind cranked up and the Trico clouds blew away.  Casting got hard and my rowing even harder.  I’m not one to notice the pain but I am absolutely sore and tired from pushing down the river.  More likely, I just wanted Cinda and Steve to have great fishing and it didn’t pan out like expected.  If the fishing had been as planned there would be no pain!

 

Steve and Cinda return to Arizona tomorrow.  I’m hitting some yard work then back to work.  I’ve fished more than ever this year and now it’s time to buckle down.  Buckle down means finish a cool Atlantic salmon painting I’ve been layering the watercolor on for a few weeks, get ready to go speak in Indiana and Michigan mid-October and pack for an unreal upcoming trip.  You won’t believe what I’m hoping to catch in November!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Teaching Fly Fishing to Wounded Warriors

blog-Sept-21-2014-wounded-warriorsFor years I donated art to Project Healing Waters and Wounded Warriors for their fundraising events.  I’m sure the pieces sold and helped but once the art left me I never knew for sure how much it contributed.  Then last year I got the opportunity to give a day teaching fly fishing to wounded warriors in Jackson Hole that were brought in by Honoring Our Veterans.  The hands on experience was extremely enjoyable and definitely rewarding for the veterans.

 

Today Honoring Our Veterans brought in another group of wounded warriors and I and several guides from around Jackson spent the day teaching them to fly fish.  There were twenty of them from various locations around the US.  Several were avid bait casters anxious to take their new skills home to catch their first bass on the fly.  We were also preparing them for two full days of guided fishing on the Snake later this week.  Good news – they are ready – and I had a fine day and have a handful of new friends!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The One Thousand Dollar Carp Trip

September 19, 2014

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-1-fall-in-idahoIdaho is a spectacular place, especially in September.  And the last half of September is the best of the best.  This morning friend Mike Dawes and film maker/photographer Austin Trayser and I headed on the two hour jaunt for Blackfoot Reservoir into the most vibrantly colorful fall I can recollect.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-2-carp-fishingI stopped several times during the drive.  The first few times were for pics but then I caught up to Dawes and Austin.  Dawes was towing his tricked out flats boat (converted from a jet boat) and the axel on his trailer blew out.  Smoke from melted metal filled the air and grease spewed everywhere.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-3-flyfishing-for-carpWe were in Alpine, Wyoming, a friendly town and several locals were quick to offer help.  Only two miles down the road was a tire and trailer repair shop.  We made it there and soon we got the bad news that Dawes’s trailer wasn’t going anywhere.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-4-fly-fishing-for-carpWe needed to go fishing and although I often wade fish Blackfoot, the opportunity to pole a flats boat there was irresistible.  We needed a loaner trailer.  One of the employees, no more than 25, offered to loan us his dad’s trailer.  He took us to his dads paraphernalia filled warehouse and leather shop.  An old trailer was in there absolutely covered in an ancient yard sale.  “Take it” he said, “Just bring it back after fishing”.  What a nice guy.  He didn’t know us from Adam and loaned us his trailer.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-5-carp-flyfishingThe trailer looked small but the employee and his dad assured us it would be fine.  Back to the shop we went and after an ordeal getting our boat off Dawes’s trailer without the help floating it off on the lake, we proceeded to wench it up on the loaner.  Then there was a tremendous crackle pop and in a split second the loaner trailer collapsed and both tires blew out – disaster struck!

 

The dad wasn’t there but the kid took a big hit off his cigarette and calmly said our boat was heavier than he thought.  We felt terrible and expected to pay for it.  Instead, the kid said his dad wouldn’t be too ticked as long as he fixed it.  He said he could and still feeling wishy-washy about the damaged goods, we went on to the next idea to get our boat to Blackfoot.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-6-mirror-carp-tripOptions were slim.  I called a friend from Alpine that has a yard of trailers but no answer.  Dawes did the same with no luck.  Then came a dude.  We’re not sure who he was or what his deal is but after he heard our story he said, “Call Ernie”.  Next thing we knew we rented a U-Haul car trailer from Ernie and our boat was loaded.  After a four hour delay we were back on route to Blackfoot Reservoir.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-7-mike-dawesThe motive for our trip is to do a segment for an RA Beattie Outdoor Productions film.  RA, with the help of Austin, is making a movie about the rage of fly fishing for carp.  They have various segments from around the US with some standard common carp and a funny segment about the jumping carp of the Midwest.  What they needed now were some monster carp – monster mirror carp to be exact.  Dawes informed them that he and I could get it done.

 

Launch on Blackfoot was a celebration.  From Victor to the reservoir took us seven hours rather than the usual two.  The wind which had been blowing hard all day was diminishing and there was still good light to spot carp.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-8-turneffe-crab-flyWe tried a couple random spots without luck then poled quietly into a shallow bay.  The place was stacked with fish and wakes darted endlessly with the occasional glimmer of a tail.  I tied on a favorite carp fly, the Turneffe crab and went to work.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-9-jeff-currier-carp-fishingAs always these big carp weren’t easy to fool.  Dawes stealthfully poled us along, I cast at numerous carp in the murky water and Austin filmed.  Our persistence paid off and we landed two respectable mirrors of about 12lbs.  They were gorgeous fish and we got some super footage.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-10-blackfoot-reservoirIt’s sad but it gets dark at 7:30 now.  Once we couldn’t spot fish we packed it up. Then in the distance we spotted what looked to be carp backs skimming the surface.  It was too deep to pole but the light sunset breeze took us there.  Sure enough they were carp wallowing on top.  A common behavior most carp places but I’ve never seen it with the giants of Blackfoot.

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-11-jeff-currier-mike-dawesMy crab fly was too heavy for these monsters.  I switched to a small brown bugger.  Fly switches don’t happen as fast as they once did and when ready Dawes whispered he’s only 20 feet away.  I located him and gently landed my fly.  One strip and he was on.  Five minutes later we had this stunning beast and Austin filmed the wallowing, the take and the entire fight – mission accomplished!

 

blog-Sept-19-2014-12-milkyway-starsWe set up a spectacular car camping site on the lake.  Dawes cranked out some amazing brats and steaks.  We sipped a few Rainiers and gazed under the stars.  This amazing photo is the work of Austin.  It pays to have a professional photographer with you fishing!

 

 

September 20, 2014

 

blog-Sept-20-2014-13-blackfoot-reservoirRealistically, Austin and Beattie Productions filmed what they needed last night.  But we designated today as well.  Furthermore, the forecast was for calm conditions, a rare situation for Blackfoot that we weren’t about to pass up.  We got an early start after a remarkable sunrise.  Dawes poled me through the shallows where there were numerous muds but there were no players.

 

blog-Sept-20-2014-14-mike-dawes-carpingI’m terrible at poling a boat but in the calm conditions I insisted Dawes let me give it a go so he could fish.  After about ten minutes I was doing a decent job and Austin, who was on shore filming us, spotted a tail near shore we never would’ve seen.  Dawes dropped a bonefish bitter in the area.  It seemed like nothing was going to happen and as he lifted to recast he hooked up.  For the next ten minutes an amazing backing stealing battle ensued that ended with this 32lber – can you believe a 32lb fish on the fly in Idaho!!!

 

We fished until about 4 PM.  The carp were active and we always had targets to cast to.  But under such calm sunny conditions they were usually smarter than us.  We boated only another three fish but one was another 30lb +.  Then we returned to Alpine and returned the U-Haul trailer and Dawes got his repaired one back.  Let’s just say, his 32lb carp was one of the most expensive carp ever too swim!

 

blog-Sept-20-2014-15-flyfishing-for-carpUndoubtedly Austin got fantastic footage for the RA Beattie Outdoor Productions carp movie.  In addition, because Dawes and I were being filmed, Austin took all the fish pictures for today’s blog.  Be sure and check out his website to see more of his incredible work.  As for the movie, I’m not sure when it will be done or its title.  But I can assure you that when it’s ready I’ll offer it here on the site.

 

Tomorrow it’s back at it bright and early as I’ll be spending the day with wounded warriors as part of Jackson Hole’s Honoring Our Veterans.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

A Relaxing Return to the Nunya

September 16 & 17, 2014

 

blog-Sept-16-2014-1-mooseGranny and I plan to have a nice relaxing fishing fall.  This week was back to the Nunya starting with a filling dinner at the local pub, a few of their home brews then a good night sleep in the back of the Exploder.  We were up early and pushed off our blue boat next to a few curious Bull Moose in extremely warm sun for September.

 

blog-Sept-16-2014-2-fall-in-idahoThe water level on the often mighty Nunya was scary low.  We had a wet summer so why it’s so low is of mystery.  The river was so skinny even our high riding boat hit bottom frequently, undoubtedly scaring the fish we hoped to catch before we got to them.  Furthermore, this always slow moving river was like a lake in many areas.  With Tuesday’s high sun and no wind it was extremely difficult to fool resident lunkers before they spooked.

 

September 16, 2014

 

blog-Sept-16-2014-3-granny-currier-fly-fishingThe float began without a cast – very un-Currier like.  Granny and I sipped our coffees and drifted.  The silent drift allowed us to jump a few more moose, several mule deer, sleeping coyotes, eagles, a great horned owl, a rabbit and a porcupine.  The animals were extremely active so as the last sip of coffee went down I got Granny casting.

 

blog-Sept-16-2014-4-granny-currier-with-cutthroat-troutTo our amazement the fish weren’t active like the rest of the animals.  On Tuesday we caught only about a dozen fish, and most of them small for the Nunya.  The fish of the day was this cutthroat Granny fooled on a brown drake.

 

blog-Sept-16-2014-5-granny-currier-living-largeWhen fishing is slow Granny and I are pros at kicking back and taking it in.  We love the wildlife and also the fall.  Our foliage is at its peak.  The cottonwoods are on the verge of exploding in gold and all mountainsides glow in orange from the aspens with dashes of reds and yellows from various smaller shrubbery.  I must say, we did more drifting while sipping cold ones and looking above the waterline than fishing.

 

blog-Sept-16-2014-6-granny-currierAs always on the Nunya, our camp was remote, quiet and the views spectacular.  The temperature remained warm for an hour after sunset and there wasn’t an ounce of wind.  Granny prepared a marvelous Thai chicken dinner as we took in the sounds along with a bottle of fine red.

 

September 17, 2014

 

As always when backcountry camping, I slept light.  Someone should always be on guard for an unwanted visitor in the night.  Last night a frightening bull (cow) blew his horn repeatedly as loud as he could a few hundred yards from our camp.  He undoubtedly saw our tent on his turf and wanted it gone.  I never got up to see him as to avoid any sort of confrontation, but he threatened for an hour before he left.

 

blog-Sept-17-2014-7-sunriseThere were plenty of coyotes howling, owls hooting and I heard what I assume was a moose crossing the river in front of camp.  Just like during the day, the animals were on the move all night.  Then the real surprise came at 5 AM with flashes of lightening and distant thunder.  All weather reports I read called for back to back bluebird days in Nunya country.  Lucky for us the rain never reached before it was time to get moving.

 

blog-Sept-17-2014-8-porcupineWhen I finally popped out from the tent my attention was grabbed by a porcupine sniffing our dry bags.  No harm done there but if he found our food it could have been different. Before bed I wisely put our cooler and dry food container in the boat and anchored it a good twenty feet out in a side slough.  Luckily the porcupine nor anything else made a midnight swim.

 

blog-Sept-17-2014-9-jeff-currier-staying-dry-in-simmsWe had another nice coffee drinking drift in hopes to see something really special like a mountain lion.  There’s numerous lions along the Nunya but you must be lucky.  Several years back Granny and I watched a bobcat family hunt the cliffs above the river, but no kitties today.  The first storm of the day hit us just as we got ready to fish.

 

blog-Sept-17-2014-10-rainbow-troutStorm number one was minor.  It blew and rained light for about fifteen minutes.  Then the sun came out and it was as humid as it gets around here and hotter than the hottest day in August.  Fishing remained mediocre at best until I dragged the boat into a reliable channel I keep in my repertoire.  Granny hoisted in five nice fish in a short time.  One was this muscular specimen of a rainbow that gave Granny and my 6-weight Boron III X a run for their money!

 

blog-Sept-17-2014-11-granny-currierWe caught a few more fish.  Granny turned it on for about an hour.  Then the storms returned and never let up again for the remainder of the day.  We had several epic jungle-like downpours.  The rain came down so hard it was a laugher!

 

blog-Sept-17-2014-12-jeff-currier-learning-to-relaxGranny and I are going to keep chillin on her days off for the remainder of the fall.  I’ve played hard this year so I can use the rest and Granny likes to chill regardless whenever she can.  Next on the agenda for me is fishing on Blackfoot Reservoir Friday and Saturday.  I’ll be doing a carp flick with Mike Dawes and RA Beattie.  More on this to come.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing