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Competition Begins in the World Championships of Flyfishing

blog-June-15-2016-1-world-masters-flyfishing-championshipsMore than ten years ago I retired from world competitive fly fishing but this morning here I was – out of retirement competing in the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships on the lakes of Ireland as a member of Team USA.  My heart pounded with excitement as if my last tournament was yesterday.

 

The way the scoring works in the Worlds is this:  Each team has four members.  Competition consists of four three hour sessions on lakes.  Each team member is assigned a letter – A, B, C or D.  I’m D and today I competed in two sessions against all the other “D” folks from other teams.  Meanwhile my three team members fished against their matching letters from other teams.

 

blog-June-15-2016-2-flyfishing-irelandIn order to score a fish he must be 20 cm long.  It’s best to catch lots of fish rather than a couple big ones.  There are ten teams so scores after each session range from 1-10.  One being the best you can do and ten the worst.  The idea is to have the fewest points at the end.  So, if you win your session amongst your group you score a 1.  If you’re second you score a 2 and third scores a 3 and so on.  If you’re the big loser you score a horrible 10!  Or if you don’t catch a single fish, even if half your group doesn’t catch a single fish, you and they score a 10.  The bottom line is you absolutely must not blank in a session because if you score a 10 its hurts the team terribly.

 

blog-June-15-2016-3-jeff-currier-edoardo-ferreroThe team with the least amount of points in the end wins and the angler with the least amount of points wins the individual.  This is an Olympic style event so winners receive medals with grand champs receiving gold.  It’s an incredibly challenging yet fun event.  And I can tell you, I competed against many of these Europeans back in the day and some are the best anglers in the world including my friend here Edoardo Ferrero.

 

blog-June-15-2016-4-lough-fee-irelandMy morning began at 5 am with coffee and simply relaxing around the hotel.  At 7 am I was on a two hour bus ride to Lough Fee for my 50 meter long bank session.  The three hour session starts at 9:30 and you’re supposed to have 30 minutes to prepare.  The bus was late and it was more like 10 minutes.  I whipped together a double dry fly rig on my Winston 9’ 4-weight and three Buggers on my 6-weight with my Stillwater line.  When the bell went off I went to work with my dries as planned.

 

blog-June-15-2016-5-flyfishing-championships-irelandThe skies were partly cloudy and the wind ripped across Lough Fee.  I was in Beat 3.  To my left was the Scottish angler in Beat 2 and to my right was the French angler in Beat 4.  I was snug in between two of the best and all I could do was hope they didn’t catch every trout before they swam to me.  All other Beats were being fished as well by each country in the event.  Within minutes my dry fly was sipped by a 26 cm brown trout that I sped to my net at lightning speed.  I ran the little gem to my controller and I was on the board!

 

blog-June-15-2016-6-fishing-lough-feeI caught three measurable fish during the first hour on dry flies.  Unfortunately I watched the Scottish angler catch at least that however the Frenchman caught only one.  Once I wore my welcome out with dries I made a quick run through my water with nymphs.  The nymphs didn’t move a fish so rather than wasting time I put my Buggers to work.  It took some prowling but soon I found a pocket of fish about 60 feet off shore.  I had to let my flies sink a ten count but then two or three strips in I’d get hit.  I fished like a machine for the last 90 minutes of the session and put six more fish to the net.

 

blog-June-15-2016-7-jeff-currier-flyfishing-irelandI caught nine fish total.  My judge, who had been hearing how the rest of the session was going for other anglers shook my hand and he and his friends chanted, “You can make America great again!”  It was cute and simply told me I did well.  The end result was the Scotsman won the session with fourteen fish.  I got second and the Frenchman got third.  It was a wonderful start for me and Team USA.

 

Results for Individuals in my group for Session 1

 

blog-June-15-2016-8-Team-USA-flyfishingMeanwhile the rest of Team USA did well too.  Jay Buchner won his session on Lough Muck.  Scott Robertson scored a 2 on Lough Corrib.  And Joe Humphries, although his score was a 9, didn’t blank on Lough Inagh.  Team USA was in second place!

 

Results for Teams after Session 1

 

My afternoon session was the dreaded and feared boat Beat on Lough Corrib.  Corrib is the lake that made us miserable earlier in the week practicing.  While I caught a few fish practicing they didn’t come easy and most of our team hadn’t landed a single one.  This is where if you don’t blank the team would score well and gold could be won.

 

blog-June-15-2016-9-flyfishing-lough-corribMy boat partner was Marry of Netherlands and she doesn’t speak a word of English.  Our controller (judge and boat handler) was Tom.  When we arrived it was sunny and the lake was calm.  Being we are required to wind drift, calm wasn’t exactly what we needed for covering water.  But we loaded up and at 3 PM the bell rang and off we went to cast relentlessly around a small island.

 

I stuck with the program learned earlier this week from our guide Michael Drinan of three wet flies stripped as fast as possible.  I couldn’t believe it, ten minutes in and I netted a fish.  I swung my net to Tom so fast it was unreal.  I stared at the bottom of the boat in relief.  The brown trout flopped in Toms measuring tray then Tom said look.  My fish was 18.5 cm – too short to measure.

 

blog-June-15-2016-10-world-masters-flyfishing-champsUgh!  I went back to work and an hour went by.  The wind stirred up on occasion helping us cover water but then it would die again.  We moved a couple times to other islands.  Of course the lake was covered with other competitors in boats and two hours in it was hard to find water unfished.  The stress was starting to build.

 

Mary was casting continuously as well but nothing.  I didn’t lose concentration and at last I hooked another.  I scooted him to the net fast as well but he was small.  Tom measured him and the fish was even more of a heartbreaker – 19 cm.  Only a centimeter too small!

 

blog-June-15-2016-11-flyfishing-championships-irelandI had a gut feeling I was in trouble at that moment.  Although I didn’t lose my concentration for a second, the last hour went by without a fish.  Day one, second session and I blanked on the cursed Lough Corrib and scored a disappointing 10.  I missed scoring by 1 cm.

 

The long bus ride back to the hotel was dismal.  Marry and I weren’t by any means the only blanks.  Six of us total blanked.  There were four happy contestants and six bummed out ones.  I walked into the hotel to sadly tell my teammates I failed in Corrib.

 

blog-June-15-2016-12-irelandNo one seemed too disappointed in me and there was a reason for this.  The afternoon was a disaster for all on Team USA.  Jay blanked on Lough Inagh.  Scott blanked on Lough Muck.  And Joe scored another 9.  Team USA dropped to 7th place in one disastrous session.

 

 

blog-June-15-2016-13-irelandScott and I are rooming together and to say we’re in shock right now is an understatement.  I can’t get it out of my head that I caught two fish on Corrib and both were barely a centimeter too small.  And I can’t believe the team had two more blanks.  We started so well.  But we wont kill ourselves.  We’ll pick up the pieces on Friday for the last two sessions.  Somehow we all have to do well and get us back to the top.  There’s no giving up.

 

Tomorrow is a rest day in which all teams are heading on a tour of the Burren Region.  Failure is in the rearview mirror.  Fun and success lies ahead.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Official Practice of the World Masters Flyfishing Championships

blog-June-14-2016-2-fishing-lough-inaghThe World Masters Fly Fishing Championships is a weeklong event.  Yesterday was the opening ceremonies.  Today is Official Practice.  Tomorrow we compete.  Thursday is an off day.  Then Friday is our last day of competition and Saturday is the awards ceremony and party.

 

blog-June-14-2016-3-fly-fishing-europeIn past competitions I usually took the Official Practice day to rest but this time it’s different.  We got to practice fish the actual competition water.  I’d been a fool not to go check them out so me and the team split up and went.

 

blog-June-14-2016-3-world-flyfishing-championshipsScott and I went on the boat to Sector 4 Lough Inagh then the shoreline of Sector 3 Lough Fee while Jay and Joe went by boat to Sector 1 Lough Corrib then to the shoreline of Sector 2 Lough Muck.  We all had a job to do – find out what flies worked best and what lines to fish them on.

 

blog-June-14-2016-4-inagh-in-irelandThe real mystery to be answered was: is Lough Inagh going to fish best with traditional wet flies like on Lough Corrib or could we go full on American fishing style with streamers and leeches?  Our weather for the day was the worst of trip.  There were high winds, heavy rain and it was cold enough to put on my Simms Waderwicks.  In the eyes of the Irish – a no less than perfect day for fishing.

 

blog-June-14-2016-5-lough-inaghOfficial Practice isn’t just practice for contestants but also a test for the Competition organizers to make sure the buses run efficiently and for the controllers (judges) to be sure they understand the scoring and etc.  Fortunately this tournament seems to be well organized and these things ran smoothly.

 

blog-June-14-2016-6-brown-trout-in-irelandWhen Scott and I arrived at Lough Inagh we hopped in a boat with controller Padraig Fahy.  Padraig is a super nice guy and guides the area.  He gave us a brief rundown on where the wild brown trout of Inagh are usually found.  Scott rigged up with traditional wet flies.  I experimented with dries and caught a fish stripping in to recast which enticed me to switch to Buggers on my Stillwater Intermediate line within the first half hour.  Scott moved a couple fish on his wets but my Buggers wrecked the place!

 

The end result of our three hours of practice on Lough Inagh was that Scott and I won the session over all other practice teams.  Scott landed four countable fish on wets.  I landed ten on Buggers.  We know what flies we’ll be fishing here.

 

blog-June-14-2016-7-lough-muck-irelandIn the afternoon our practice session shifted to the shoreline fishing competition lake, Lough Fee.  The rain stopped but the wind was easily topping 25 mph.  The bus dropped us off and Scott and I found a slightly protected point to fish.  Personally, I already have my plan for my shoreline sessions so rather than practice I took the three hours this afternoon to thoroughly get ready.  It was extremely relaxing.  I tied leaders and built a mini fly box of my tournament flies.  That’s it.  Ready to go!

 

Scott didn’t pick up a single fish on Lough Fee.  The small shoreline fishing lakes may be is difficult as Lough Corrib.  The best strategy for Team USA to win will be to limit our blanks.  More on how the scoring works tomorrow.  Ready to compete!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The World Masters Flyfishing Championships 2016

blog-June-13-2016-1-worlds-masters-flyfishing-championshipsToday was the first relaxation day since we arrived in Ireland for the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships.  Team USA slept in after a late night catching up with old European friends.  I didn’t move until around 8 AM.  After breakfast I gave my tackle a once over to get ready for the tournament.  The actual fishing starts on Wednesday.

 

blog-June-13-2016-2-team-usa-flyfishingAt 4 PM we boarded a bus to head to downtown Galway to kick off the opening ceremonies for the event.  We began with a parade where each team marched with their flags for about a half mile.  The streets are narrow and pubs line both sides of them.  There were a ton of folks lined up cheering.  It was a fun party atmosphere which is found throughout Ireland.

 

blog-June-13-2016-3-team-usa-flyfishingAfter the parade the mayor of Galway kicked off the tournament and we returned to the Connacht Hotel for a dinner celebration.  It’s been a long fun day.  Tomorrow will be official practice and we’ll get a chance to fish two of the competition lakes.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Learning the Brown Trout of Lough Corrib

blog-June-12-2016-1-flyfishing-in-irelandEvery World Flyfishing Championship I fished back in my day had one fishing location that caused havoc with the scores of the tournament.  It was usually a lake where only about 10% of the competitors caught a single fish and the other 90% blanked.  Based on our practice day Friday and news carrying on from other teams that practiced this week, Lough Corrib might very well be the “make it or break it” session.

 

blog-June-12-2016-2-fly-fishing-IrelandWe returned to Lough Corrib today in hopes we could build some confidence.  While our guide Michael Drinan manned one boat with Jay Buchner and Scott Robertson I manned the other and took Joe Humphries and our captain Jerry Arnold.  It was our coolest day yet and the wind cranked.

 

blog-June-12-2016-3-flyfishing-lough-corribThe neatest thing about Team USA in this year’s World Masters Flyfishing Championship is that Joe Humphries is on it.  As most of you know, Joe is a legend in the fly fishing world and has been for more than 50 years.  Most incredible is that Joe is 87 years old and despite the fact that competitive fly fishing is no less then grueling, Joe is here to give 100% towards a medal for Team USA.

 

blog-June-12-2016-4-jeff-currier-fishing-lough-corribFortunately, the fish gods were looking after us today.  On our first drift I stuck a 10” trout.  This was by no means a dandy on Corrib but nonetheless a little gem that would’ve counted.  Shortly after in another drift I landed our first good trout of the week.  Due to photo disaster all I have for a pic is my Winston doubled over and bent to the cork.  All I can tell you is these big lake fish fight like heck and they are gorgeous.

 

blog-June-12-2016-5-jeff-currier-and-joe-humphriesWe stuck to the wet flies throughout the day practicing the technique that Michael taught us earlier this week.  Most of the team landed at least one fish of size that would score in the competition.  The highlight was when Joe got one to the net.

 

blog-June-12-2016-6-fishing-irelandWe’re feeling good tonight.  There will be no fishing tomorrow as it’s the opening ceremonies of the World Masters Flyfishing Championships.  The event kicks off tomorrow evening with a parade of all the teams in downtown Galway.  Then at the mouth of the Corrib River the competition will be officially kicked off followed by practice fishing on Tuesday then tournament fishing starts on Wednesday.  This is going to be an awesome week!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Wild Brown Trout of Ireland

blog-June-11-2016-1-lake-fishing-in-irelandGuide Mike Drinan brought us to a spectacular small shore fishing lake 30 minutes out of Oughterard.  The lake was shallow and weedy.  The skies were gray and blue with wind and occasional drizzle then sunshine.  Connemara ponies watched as we set up our rods then disappeared into the grassy hillsides.  This was Ireland exactly the way I always imagined it to be.

 

blog-June-11-2016-2-flyfishing-in-irelandInstead of running all over the lake firing casts I suggested everyone on Team USA take 50 meters of lake and fish it for three hours just like the two shoreline lake beats in the tournament will be done.  I personally wanted to test my skills at managing such a small piece of water for three hours and see if I could put a few measurable fish in my net.  I also wanted everyone else on my team to experience the same so our team has a chance to win next week.

 

blog-June-11-2016-3-wild-brown-trout-in-irelandBased on Thursdays practice I fished dries the first hour cautiously from shore keeping low and out of sight of these wild fish.  In the second hour I went with nymphs on a floating line and cautiously waded the shallows.  During the third hour I waded deep firing casts with my intermediate Stillwater Line WF6I with three different colored Wooly Buggers to try for bigger fish further out.  My plan worked like a champ.  I picked off three measurable brown trout on dries, three more on nymphs then ended with three more on the Buggers.

 

blog-June-11-2016-4-flyfishing-in-irelandWhile the browns you’ve seen on the blog this week are small these are wild as wild can be.  In many of the small waters here in Ireland the brown trout don’t get much bigger.  Ones that do are rare.  They are no less than stunning fish and test your fly fishing skills to the max.  Think of the wild brown trout here like you would the wild brook trout of the Smokey Mountains and it puts this place in perspective.

 

blog-June-11-2016-5-irish-pubsWe stopped in Oughterard on the way back to Galway at the same pub we ate at the first night.  The food is exceptional and this was the best fish and chips I’ve ever had in my life!  Tomorrow its back to Lough Corrib to try and figure out how to catch fish on what very well be the toughest beat in the entire tournament.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing on Lough Corrib in Ireland

blog-June-10-2016-1-galway-irelandWord on the street here in Galway, Ireland is that fishing is tough.  Ireland has been experiencing a record breaking heatwave with temperatures hovering in the 80’s.  Normal temps here are mid to upper 60’s.  Furthermore, they haven’t a drop of rain in the two weeks.  Again, very unusual and both have the wild brown trout sulking.

 

blog-June-10-2016-2-flyfishing-corrib-irelandToday we practiced for next week’s World Masters Flyfishing Championships with our guide Michael Drinan on the renowned Lough Corrib (Corrib Lake).  Corrib is one of Irelands best waters because of its big brown trout and Atlantic salmon.  The massive island covered body of water has intense mayfly hatches and normally in June offers some of the finest dry fly fishing in Europe.  But with the freak weather there are no rising trout and fish are hard to find.  This is unfortunate because Corrib is a venue for the competition.

 

But, with a guy nicknamed “Monsoon Currier” in town the weather has changed.  We awoke to a drop in temperature and a steady drizzle.  Mike was very enthusiastic with the more normal conditions.

 

blog-June-10-2016-3-corrib-lough-irelandWe practiced on Lough Corrib exactly as we’ll fish during the tournament.  That’s from a classic old wooden style boat drifting in the wind.  In each boat will be two competitors and a controller (judge) that measures fish and controls the boat with oars and motor.  Both anglers cast off the same side of the boat and neither can cross a cast to the others water which is from the center of the boat to the front or back.

 

blog-June-10-2016-4-wet-fly-fishing-in-irelandThe great thing about competing on the world stage is learning new techniques.  You might think a guy like me knows all methods to catch trout but trust me there are always new tricks to absorb.  While I’d attack a lake like Corrib back home with a three fly streamer or nymph rig, Mike assures us this doesn’t work here but rather it’s all “wet fly” fishing.  Basically they fish more traditional flies such as a Royal Coachman wet or Mickey Finn six feet apart with and intermediate line.  You cast far then strip short and fast lengthening strips as you go.  At the end you raise the rod and let the flies dangle for a few seconds then recast.

 

blog-June-10-2016-5-fishing-guide-mike-drinanThe wet fly lake fishing method flat out covers water and that’s the name of the game when fishing is slow.  However, we had two boats and six of us busting out long casts, stripping fast and changing wet flies.  We saw a few fish boil in the waves but not one of us connected by lunch time.  Mike felt bad but assured us that if a fish was going to bite it would be with the wet fly method.

 

blog-June-10-2016-6-fishing-guide-mike-drinanMike and Joe Humphries were in my practice boat after lunch.  Though Mike is our guide I encouraged him to fish also so I could watch him.  There’s minute tricks to stripping and fishing in general that can’t be explained so sometimes it’s best to watch.  The weather got nicer as the day progressed and we were getting desperate for that first fish.

 

blog-June-10-2016-7-flyfishing-for-european-perchWhen it’s tough is when I usually come through.  My persistence paid off and I brought hope for the team by landing a small 10” brown trout (big enough to count next week in the competition).  Though I didn’t snap a photo of the tiny brown trout I did manage a snapshot of this tiny European perch that came a few casts later.

 

blog-June-10-2016-7-flyfishing-in-irelandAn hour before completing our day Mike landed another brownie.  By days’ end Mike and I each landed one and each had another on.  It was certainly a fun day if you like a challenge like I do but if today was tournament day there would be a lot of disappointment.  Jay, Scott and Jerry went all day without a touch.  Hopefully the weather continues to become more Ireland like in the days to come.

 

blog-June-10-2016-9-world-masters-flyfishing-champiionshipsWe ended the day like all days in Ireland should be ended.  We hit an Irish Pub called the Anglers Rest Hotel in Headford.  We enjoyed a few Guinness and crushed some fresh haddock fish and chips plates.  Difficult days of fishing must all end on a high note!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing in Ireland

Irelandblog-June-9-2016-1-flyfishing-ireland has always been on my “to fish” list but I must say I wasn’t bouncing off the walls with excitement before leaving home this week.  I was concerned that perhaps I’ve traveled too much lately and travel lost its charm.  But false alarm, when I woke this morning I was like, “Holly crap in in Ireland!”  I was stoked.

 

blog-June-9-2016-2-mike-drinan-fishingAs you know I’m here to compete in the World Masters Flyfishing Championship for Team USA.  The fun but competitive event starts on Monday with ceremonies and parties.  The fishing consists of four three hour sessions on lakes.  Being that not one Team USA member has fished in Ireland, Jerry Arnold, our team sponsor and captain generously brought us in early and hired a guide to show us around.

 

The guide is Michael Drinan.  Mike is from two hours south of the Galway area and he’s fished this area his entire life.  He’s also fished competitively for many years including the Ireland Nationals and been part of the Irish Worlds Team.

 

blog-June-9-2016-3-fishing-irelandWe drove about two hours into the hills of Western Ireland.  I’m not exactly sure where we went but I know we passed through the cool little town of Oughterard.  Narrow roads and tons of traffic took us that far but then we had beautiful open country with green pastures covered with sheep and small fogged in mountains.  It’s exactly what I always imagined Ireland to look like.

 

blog-June-9-2016-4-fly-fishing-irelandOf the fours lake sessions we’ll compete on next week, two are from a boat and two are from shore.  The three hour long sessions from shore will be 50 meters long and that’s your beat.  That’s not a ton of space to work with so you must manage your space, tactics and time carefully and this is how we decided to practice today.

 

blog-June-9-2016-5-team-usa-flyfishingThe lake we chose was one of many scatterings of small lakes along the roadside.  The pond size body of water was a gorgeous little thing with weeds, rocky crops and drop offs.  We wadered up and out came heaps of flies from my teammates and Mike showed us what he thought would work best.

 

blog-June-9-2016-6-flyfishing-in-IrelandWe’re fishing for wild brown trout.  For the most part these browns are more like brook trout back in the US because they’re so small, but like the rest of the wild fish of Europe, they’re spookier than any trout you ever met.  I put more emphasis on not spooking these incredible creatures than choosing the correct fly.  While most the guys went with leeches and nymphs and waded out in the lake I rigged up my 4-weight Winston and headed to my own area and went to work with dries close to the edge.

 

blog-June-9-2016-7-brown-trout-in-IrelandI keep my flies simple.  I put on a size 14 Parachute Adams on the point and a size 16 Elk Hair Caddis on the dropper.  As I suspected on about my first cast I had a small brown trout eat the parachute.  A fish needs to be 20 centimeters to score and be released unharmed.  That equals slightly less than 8” and before I knew it I’d caught three of the little fellas.

 

blog-June-9-2016-8-jeff-currier-flyfishing-in-irelandAfter I fished my area thoroughly with dries I switched to nymphs.  Then I followed up with some leeches and experimented with streamers.  Dries were by far the best with four measurable fish on them, then one on a nymph and three on tiny leeches.

 

blog-June-9-2016-9-guiness-beerI ended up catching most of the fish today.  While my teammates picked up a few measurable fish they learned they need to be a bit more methodical in approaching a 50-meter piece of water.  Three hours can be too long if you beat it down in the first half hour by wading and tossing big flies.  This is why we’re here a few days early to practice.

 

We hit a fantastic restaurant and pub tonight on the way home.  I got grilled hake and it hit the spot.  We returned to the Connacht Hotel for a couple Galway Hookers and I just returned to the room.  Its great fun to be back in Europe competing in the Worlds.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Arrival to Galway, Ireland

blog-June-8-2016-1-fly-fishing-in-irelandI arrived in Galway, Ireland around noon today.  I’m here as a member of Team USA for the World Masters Flyfishing Championships.  There are four of us on the team that includes my longtime friend Jay Buchner, other friend and fly fishing legend Joe Humphrey’s and Scott Robertson who I don’t know well but competed against in the first ever National Fly Fishing Championships back in 2004. Then there’s our Team Captain, manager and generous sponsor, Jerry Arnold.

 

blog-June-8-2016-2-fishing-in-irelandAs always Victor, Idaho to Europe is a haul but not too bad when compared to some of my wild off the grid Africa trips.  I was feeling strong despite the 7-hour time change and 25 hours of travel.  I moved into my room at the Connacht Hotel where I’ll be sharing with Scott and wandered down to the hotel bar to visit with Jay.  Jay has been here with his wife touring before the fishing gets serious.

 

blog-June-8-2016-3-galway-hooker-beerThe World Masters Flyfishing Championship is a new division of the Fips Mouche World Flyfishing Championships.  The World Flyfishing Champs have taken place annually for nearly thirty years while the World Masters just began in 2015.  I was hand selected for the team because back in the late 90’s I competed for Team USA in the Worlds.  I had a good track record that included a bronze medal in Spain.  As soon as word got out that I was 50, old enough to be on the team, I got the invitation.

 

Although I wasn’t tired when I got here, we just finished up a nice dinner and of course, a few Guinness and a local beer called Galway Hooker.  It’s been an awesome start to what should be a fun adventure.  I’ll talk more about the tournament tomorrow.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Return to the World Championships of Flyfishing

blog-June-6-2016-1-victor-idahoThere’s no tougher time to leave home for me than June. While some anglers can’t wait for July for the rivers to clear I like now because it’s green and everywhere you look is alive! It’s also the most enjoyable time in my yard with my trees in full bloom and prime time on the dry fly waters of the Henry’s Fork. This includes my favorite day of the year, opening day of the famed Railroad Ranch.

blog-June-6-2016-2-world-champion-fly-fishermanBut in January I got a call from an old friend, Jay Buchner. Jay was my teammate when I fished for Team USA in the Fips – Mouche World Flyfishing Championships back in the day. Jay was the first guy to high five me after receiving my bronze medal in Spain. In the call Jay asked me to return to competition as a member of Team USA for the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships held in Galway, Ireland.

 

 

blog-June-6-2016-3-flyfishing-irelandWhen Jay offered the dates I was reluctant to miss the opener of the Henry’s Fork Ranch. But the incredible opportunity is entirely sponsored. Now that’s different!

Tomorrow at this time I’ll be headed for Ireland. More to come in my day by day accounts. Wish us luck!

My Henry’s Fork Marathon will meet in the Last Chance parking lot at 7 am on June 21st.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Chicago Cubs Birthday for Granny!

blog-May-30-2016-1-wrigley-fieldMy readers certainly remember my big 50th birthday last year.  Mine was all hardcore fishing with friends on my beloved Henry’s Fork.  Granny was happy to do the same but instead we went bigger.  We went huge and did three Chicago Cubs games over Memorial Day weekend!

 

blog-May-30-2016-2-Murphys-BleachersThe celebration begins for my lady.  First game was against the PhilliesCubs win!

blog-May-30-2016-3-cubs-baseballDay 2 we had great seats behind the Cubs dugout against the Dodgers.  This was Granny’s official birthday day and the Memorial Day celebrations on the field were incredible!

blog-May-30-2016-4-cubs-win-jeff-currierCubs win again!

blog-May-31-2016-5-wrigley-fieldBleachers seats for the night game against the Dodgers.  It’s the ESPN game of the week.

blog-May-31-2016-6-jeff-currier-doug-glanvilleI meet ESPN’s baseball analyst Doug Glanville.

blog-May-31-2016-7-wrigley-fieldCubs lost this one but two out of three aint bad!  What a way to spend a long weekend!

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

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