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First Leg of the Tour Complete

blog-Jan-26-2015-1-blizzard-of-2015I’m not a big winter guy so it’s a delight to look at the calendar and see January almost gone.  When I get home this week I’ll actually notice it getting lighter earlier in the mornings.  I just hope it doesn’t give me spring fever because its way too early.

 

blog-Jan-26-2015-2-simms-fly-fishing-partyIn addition to January almost gone, I have my three biggest Fly Fishing Shows behind me and all were a great success.  This past weekend was the Somerset New Jersey Fly Fishing Show and it was excellent.  In fact, all three shows, Denver, Marlborough and Somerset will go down in the history books as the best.  The highlight of the weekend has to be however Simms night where me and many other Simms Ambassadors were treated to dinner at a top Cuban restaurant.

 

blog-Jan-26-2015-3-a-blizzard-in-wolfeboro-nhGranny and I drove the six hours from NJ all the way back up to Wolfeboro, NH on Sunday night.  It’s a good thing we busted out the miles because Monday was the arrival of a classic Nor’easter.  All roads from NJ to Maine were closed by noon on Monday.  Although down south they didn’t get hit nearly as bad as expected, up here in NH we got buried.  My brother lives in Amesbury, MA and he measured 28”!  Every business was closed except Garwood’s.  How convenient that was.  We sipped brews and watched the blizzard from comfy warm seats over a blustering Lake Winnipesaukee.

 

Baring no flight issues, tomorrow its back to home sweet Victor.  It’ll be nice to relax for a weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl.  Then Wednesday it’s off to Manitowish, WI for my annual ice fishing trip before on the Fly Fishing Show circuit begins again later in February.

 

Never stop moving!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The Somerset Fly Fishing Show 2015

blog-Jan-22-2015-1-hiking-in-new-hampshireIt was and enjoyable week up in New Hampshire with family the last three days.  But today it’s back to work starting with a long drive down to the Somerset, New Jersey Fly Fishing Show.  Somerset is the largest of all the Fly Fishing Shows and I’ll be there showing off the art and entertaining with a couple seminars.  The line up of speakers here is the best of all shows so I have only two talks.  Here’s my schedule:

 

Friday

 

11:00 – Release Room – “Trout Bumming the World”

 

Saturday

 

3:00 – Strike Room – “Trout Bumming the World”

 

See you there!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

January Fly Fishing Shows Whizzing By

blog-Jan-21-2015-jeff-currier-marlboro-flyfishing-showFor the first time in years we had near perfect weather for the Marlboro Fly Fishing Show.  Indeed it was cold but no snow and therefore no reason for New England fly fishers to stay off the roads.  And yes, the show was excellent.

 

I had a blast catching up with old friends.  Many were industry folks but I saw a lot of friends from Boston Fly Casters (A top club where I’ve spoken many times) and even some high school pals.  One was one of my best friends from high school, Carl Close, whom I had not seen in 29 years!

 

All my seminars went well and I’m presently relaxing up in Wolfeboro, NH at my folk’s house hanging with family.  Thursday it’s to the biggest show of the year, the Somerset Fly Fishing Show that takes place Friday – Sunday.  I hope to see many of you there!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Marlborough Fly Fishing Show 2015

Here we go again.  It’s the heat of the show season and I’m about to drive south for the Marlborough, MA Fly Fishing Show.  Despite being a smaller less busy show than the rest of the Fly Fishing Shows, Marlborough is my favorite.  New England is where I was born and I learned to fly fish here nearly fifty years ago.  Let’s just say this area provides many fond memories.

 

Best of all I enjoy talking to the New Englanders.  I’ve been doing this show for many years and I know many of the faces.  And now with my website, blog and especially Face Book, many friends I went to school with as a kid track me down to say hi.  The Marlborough Fly Fishing Show is great fun.

 

I’ll have a booth displaying my fish art on coffee mugs, steins and Cliff Fly Boxes.  I’m happy to say I have a hefty speaking schedule as well.  In past years I’ve been assigned two PowerPoint Seminars.  This year I’m entertaining with a PowerPoint presentation each day and I’ll be doing casting demos on Friday and Saturday.

 

Below is my schedule.  Be sure and click on the highlighted shows for details.  “Trout Bumming the World” isn’t detailed on my website yet but I promise you it’s a good one with photos and stories from New Zealand, Australia, Mongolia, Slovenia, Croatia, Wyoming, Bhutan and my incredible trip to Iceland back in August.

 

I hope to see you there!

 

Friday

 

11:30 – “Trout Bumming the World”

 

3:00 – “Tricks for Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul”

 

Saturday

 

11:30 – “Fly Fishing Saltwater- Bonefish to Billfish”

 

3:15 – “Fly Casting 101”

 

Sunday

 

11:30 – “Fly Fishing Warmwater – Bass, Pike, Carp and More”

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Denver Fly Fishing Show Done

blog-Jan-14-2015In a blink of an eye the Denver Fly Fishing Show is in the rearview mirror.  And what a show it was.  At a quick glance the show looked about the same as last year.  But as you meandered in deep you noticed major expansion.  This year there were numerous more exhibitors.

 

There were some excellent speakers this year including Gary Borger, A.K. Best, Ed Engle, Landon Mayer and Bob Jacklin to name a few.  And yes, my December preparation of updating all my PowerPoint Presentations and enhancements in my Casting Demos paid off.  On Saturday I had my largest crowd ever at “Fly Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul” which got me really fired up!

 

The new fish mugs were a hit.  I drew fish on ten Cliff Fly Boxes (not my record) and signed a bunch of books.  Needles to say I was physically and mentally exhausted by show close on Sunday night.

 

Exhausted or not, I still needed a full day at home Monday before leaving East on Tuesday.  After the show friend Harvey (Fishandgameartgifts.com) and I drove ten hours back to Idaho.  The roads weren’t friendly slowing me to a crawl due to packed snow and ice.  Even worse, at 3 AM the roads of Wyoming and Idaho are nothing more than avenues for elk, deer and moose.  I got in my own bed at 4 AM and was too tired to sleep.

 

I managed my way through the rest of Monday and ended the day packed and ready for the East Coast where I’ll do the Marlborough, MA Fly Fishing Show this weekend and the Somerset, NJ Fly Fishing Show next weekend.

 

Yesterday I flew to Manchester, NH and I’m presently sorting things out at my folk’s house in Wolfeboro, NH.  Man it’s cold!  I think its time to wander to Garwoods for a couple Pales and day dream about all the big smallies I’m going to exercise next June in the lake.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The Denver Fly Fishing Show 2015

blog-Jan-7-2015-1-flicker2014 will go down as my fishiest ever but my constant traveling forced many art, writing and other projects to the back burner.  Since I returned from the Seychelles on December 11th it’s been hours upon hours of painting, writing and updating seminars for the 2015 Show season.  I have no complaints.  Being home has been relaxing and despite the long work days, very restful.

 

blog-Jan-7-2015-2-jeff-currier-show-circuitTomorrow my near month at home comes to an end.  My winter schedule starts and I’ll be traveling constantly.  For the next three weekends I’ll be speaking for the famous Fly Fishing Show in Denver CO, Marlboro MA and Somerset NJ.  Starting Friday it’s the Denver Fly Fishing Show.  If you live near enough please come by and visit.

 

blog-Jan-7-2015-3-fish-art-coffee-mugsI’ll be doing my usual of coloring up Cliff Fly Boxes with sharpies as well as anything else folks bring me.  I’ll have a table somewhere among the fly tiers only my table will be covered in my well-known coffee mugs, beer steins and more.  If you’re familiar with these be prepared to check out some of the new fish available such as arctic char, yellowfin tuna, payara, channel catfish and walleye to name a few.

 

blog-Jan-7-2015-4-jeff-currier-casting-demonstrationsBetween the artwork I’ll be busy entertaining in the seminar rooms and demonstrating on the fly casting ponds.  Here are my seminar and demonstration times.  Click on any of the presentation titles for full details:

 

Friday

 

1:30 – Release Room – “Fly Fishing Warmwater – Bass, Pike, Carp and More”

3:15 – Pond 1 – “Fly Casting 101”

 

Saturday

 

10:30 – Release Room – “Fly Fishing for Carp”

12:15 – Pond 2 – “Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul”

 

Sunday

10:30 – Release Room – “Fly Fishing Saltwater – Bonefish to Billfish”

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

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Life Size Arapaima comes to Life

blog-Dec-29-2014-1-jeff-currier-fish-artwork-arapaimaIn March my friend Jed Mixter of Jackson, WY caught a 68” arapaima in Guyana and commissioned me for a life size painting.  I work in watercolor and I couldn’t find quality paper in this size to suit my style.  I spent hours on the internet looking for answers.  A few years ago I had fun with pastel and looked into the option of this for my medium on this arapaima. Sure enough I found paper.

blog-Dec-29-2014-2a-jeff-currier-fish-artMy next dilemma was that I’d never caught or handled an arapaima.  Jed’s pics were ok but pics do not do a fish justice.  You just don’t get a feel for the REAL colors.  By miracle, in November I went arapaima fishing and had the great pleasure of holding three of my own.  Upon return I was ready for this challenge and I spent the last three weeks completing the monster piece of fish art!

blog-Dec-29-2014-2b-jeff-currier-fish-artworkStarted with that crazy looking arapaima head.

blog-Dec-29-2014-3-arapaima-fish-artJust kept on going from there.

blog-Dec-29-2014-4-arapaima-artToo many scales on these amazing fish!

blog-Dec-29-2014-5-arapaima-artowrkThe tail would be the most challenging artwork of my life!

blog-Dec-29-2014-6-arapaima-art-by-jeff-currierAh. . . .  Success!

blog-Dec-29-2014-7-jeff-currier-arapaima-artworkThe arapaima was truly coming together after two weeks of consuming our kitchen!

blog-Dec-29-2014-8-jeffcurrier-arapaima-artworkCompleted December 28, 2014!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fine Memories from Farquhar in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-11-2014-1-flyfishing-at-farquharArrival to Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-11-2014-2-flycastaway-flyfishing-guidesFishing with FlyCastaway and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures

blog-Dec-11-2014-3-flyfishing-for-trevallyFirst day and first giant trevally

blog-Dec-11-2014-4-flyfishing-for-giant-trevallyRich starts off fast with a GT

blog-Dec-11-2014-5-flyfishing-farquharFly fishing the coral heads for all kinds of cool fish!

blog-Dec-11-2014-6-bumphead-parrotfishMonster bump head parrot fish posing with his catch of Tom and Wesley

blog-Dec-11-2014-7Fly fishing for Indo-Pacific permit

blog-Dec-11-2014-8-saddleback-grouperThe matchless saddleback grouper

blog-Dec-11-2014-9-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-grouperBlue African marbled grouper

blog-Dec-11-2014-10-flyfising-the-seychellesHooked up in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-11-2014-11-marbled-grouperBrown African marbled grouper

blog-Dec-11-2014-12-golden-trevallyHuff with the only golden trevally caught of the trip!

blog-Dec-11-2014-13-flyfishing-the-seychellesCasting to bumpies

blog-Dec-11-2014-14-flyfishing-for-sailfishThe “Spy” and a sailfish on fly!

blog-Dec-11-2014-15-napoleon-wrasseOne of two Napoleon wrasse caught this week.  Can you imagine a 400lber?

blog-Dec-11-2014-16-flyfishing-farquharCaught by surprise by GT’s

blog-Dec-11-2014-17-seychelles-bonefishingMark with another nice Seychelles bonefish

blog-Dec-11-2014-18-terry-graham-bumpy-fishingTerry catches the first bump head of the trip

blog-Dec-11-2014-19-jeff-currier-in-the-seychelles15 new species!  What a week!

blog-Dec-11-2014-20-flyfishing-farquharLast sunset this trip on Farquhar Atoll

blog-Dec-11-2014-21-farquharBack to work!

blog-Dec-11-2014-22-flycastaway-guide-teamClassic trip!  A special thanks to Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, FlyCastaway, Winston Rods, Simms, Scientific Anglers, Ross and Abel for making these trips possible and providing the gear that can handle the world’s top game fish!

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for more information.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Hunt for Scary Fish – Farquhar Atoll Seychelles

blog-Dec-9-2014-1-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-dogtooth-tunaThe colossal fish that destroyed me two days ago haunts me more than you can believe.  Of all the fish I’ve caught in my life, even the ones I’ve lost, NONE manhandled me like that.  We’re guessing dogtooth tuna but it maddens me that I’ll never know.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-2-flyfishing-in-farquharToday was our last day fishing here in the Seychelles.  I fished with guest Brad Thompson, better known as “Spy” and FlyCastaway head guide Tim Babich.  Most of you have seen the fly fishing movie “Waypoints” (If not you can contact me to buy one). Tim was the star of the St. Brandon’s segment.

 

Spy tossed a loop my way last night.  When Tim met with us to see what we wanted to do, Spy looked me in the eye and said get Jeff his doggie.  I quizzed him hard, “Do you really want to mess with deep water all day?  It could be boring.”  Spy convinced me he was ready.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-3-flyfishing-for-napoleon-wrasseTim has experience with dogtooth tuna.  He’s caught plenty and some on fly.  He said the best time to try is the end of the day.  Tim suggested we start our day bombing coral heads with sinking lines and try to catch a Napoleon wrasse along with an assortment of grouper.  Then hit prime time on the flats.  And then at 3 PM go to the “Dog Kennel”.  My god I could hardly sleep!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-4-flyfishing-the-seychellesWe headed out promptly at 7.  Tim searched for some specific coral heads he knew were rich with fish.  Once found we cut the engines and drifted.  We had some big roller waves but very little wind making conditions ideal.  The depth varied from 15 to 25 feet and you could see all the way to bottom.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-5-brad-thompson-flyfishing-the-seychellesSpy and I were stoked for some adventure.  Truly an adventure for Spy because I’m not sure he knew what to expect.  We both filtered through a few bluefin trevally that give you a good tug to start.  But when Spy hooked a sizeable white-blotched grouper, the shoulder wrenching pull put a giggle in him and I could hear his feet trying to grip the boat deck better than the norm.  As mentioned before, groupers, and all fish of the reef and coral heads give an initial pull that would offer a challenging venue in the Strong Man Competition!

 

blog-Dec9-2014-6-flyfishing-for-two-spot-red-snapperSpy catches on fast and he landed that white-blotched grouper and followed it up with this superb mean looking bohar (two-spot red snapper).  I promise you, this bohar had the Spy dancing in the bow.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-7-bone-snapperFrom the back of the boat I took on a little excitement of my own.  First off all I knocked off the bone snapper.  New species #11 for the week.  Problem is, bone snapper is the name the guides give this fish but I can’t find him on google to save my life.  If anyone can help here I’d be thrilled!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-8-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-marbled-grouperI also picked up a few of the usual’s such as small bohars, African marbled grouper and more bluefin trevally.  But as Spy was landing a small African, another larger African showed up to chomp his young friend for dinner.  Chaos broke out that naturally led to my fly separating Spy’s hooked fish and the large grouper.  I hooked him up and it was time for me to giggle and dance!  The ruckus got a wee bit serious for a minute when the African blue marbled grouper ripped under the boat and out the other side almost splintering my rod.  Happily, the 12-weight Winston wins again!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-9-napoleon-wrasseSpy and I worked the corals for four hours.  We were exhausted and our fishing got sloppy.  The grouper and snapper we caught this morning were fish of a lifetime and they wore us out. Some were huge for their species and all were stunning.  I can count the places in the ocean that still have reef fish populations like this on one hand.  But the fish of the morning was Spy’s Napoleon wrasse!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-10-brad-thompson-&-napoleon-wrasseFirst of all, very few Napoleons are caught on fly.  The fight from the Napoleon matched size for size with a grouper (and this is based on watching Spy battle) is much harder.  That says a lot.  Furthermore, Napoleon wrasse can obtain sizes over 400lbs!  100lb plus Napoleons are common in the Seychelles and quite possibly – “unlandable”.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-11-napoleon-wrasseSpy was lucky to get a small one.  This guy put the hurt on his 12-weight and there were few times I thought he lost him.  Honestly, I expected a 40lb plus potato grouper.  The colors of this amazing reef dweller as he came into sight of the boat was like an art show.  These photos DO NOT show how true the emerald greens, blues, grays and the lines on this fishes face look in real life.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-12-yellow-lip-emperorSpy and I weren’t sure we wanted to walk the flats because we were having so much fun on the corals.  But at 1 PM we were spent and needed lunch and a leg stretch so we walked a flat expecting triggers.  We saw a few but none were cooperative.  Unexpectedly I crossed a school of bumpies and as usual went nuts.  I had a look but my fly got stolen then broke off by a bluefin trevally.  I had time to retie another on and chase down the same bumpies.  Next good cast was intercepted by this yellowlip emperorNew species #12 for the week.  The bumpies were gone.

 

At 3 PM the bell rang.  It was time get in the ring and see if the dogtooth tunas wanted to cooperate.  I started having flashbacks from the monster of two days ago.  Was I going to put that memory to rest or get my butt kicked again?  Off we went on a boat ride straight out into the blue for five minutes to a high rise in the sea.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-13-flyfishing-for-dogtooth-tunaAny place, lake or ocean, where there’s a rise in depth surrounded by deep water there’s fish.  In this scenario there was bound to be monsters.  Tim carefully watched his GPS for depth and location.  We found some pinnacles that came up as shallow as 90ft.  That’s a long way to dunk a fly but the 700 grains with giant chartreuse Clousers made their way down.

 

The SECOND Spy and I reached as deep as we could get both of us got jolted.  Spy got tore up on this one while I battled in my first rainbow runnerSpecies #13 for the week.  Far more thrilling than my rainbow runner was the fish that chased it up from the depths close enough for a glimpse.  I’ll tell you this.  The fish was huge and Tim narrowed the sighting down to one of two things, a giant trevally or the mighty dogtooth!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-14-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-rainbow-runnerIf I look disgruntled in my rainbow runner hero shot it’s because I wanted my fly back down and down fast.  The rainbow runner is a favorite food of the dogtooth so let’s just say, there’s a good chance I just saw a doggie.  I’ll warn you now, if you ever fish in a boat with me and an event of this magnitude occurs, I lose my mind!

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-15-flyfishing-for-doggiesSpy’s fly was down in the vicinity.  I made it down in the zone quickly also but we were mortified to both hook into yellowlip emperors.  What were they doing out here? We got those off as fast as we could and went down again.  That’s when Spy connected to something big.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-16-brad-thompson-flyfishing-farquharWe assumed dogtooth.  It wasn’t a grouper because he didn’t run straight down.  But Tim noticed the circular battle, Spy had a giant trevally.  He’s caught more this week than anyone so it seemed only appropriate.  He not only landed this one but another right after.

 

We drifted and dredged that spot several times hoping for that doggie to show.  We caught more yellowlips, bluefin trevally and white-blotched grouper, but the rainbow runner I caught seemed like a fluke.  The doggie attracting school of rainbow runners must have moved and we needed to find them.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-17-jeff-currier-&-brad-thompson-seychellesWe tried spot after spot, each time catching fish but not what we wanted.  We caught several large white-blotched groupers and also got into a school of green jobfish.  This is the first one I’ve ever caught.  Species #14 for the week.  Granny caught one on bait in Madagascar in 2011.  Yet another beautiful emerald green fish.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-18-yellow-edged-lyretailI finally got my chance an hour into the quest.  I was stripping my fly as fast as lightening.  I got stopped violently half way up.  The fish sat for a few seconds.  Then he wound up and took off.  The power was amazing but the experience short.  My 130lb mono tippet was sheared off clean.  I lost either a wahoo or a doggie (doggies can be selective to wire tippet).

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-19-jeff-currier-yellow-edged-lyretailThat would be it for our chance at a dogtooth tuna on the fly this trip.  A new fish war has begun.  We dredged another hour till about 5:30.  Spy and I added yet another new species (#15), these gorgeous yellow-edged lyretails.  We found a hump loaded with them and caught four each.  Hard to believe bright flashy colors like these struggling on the end of our lines didn’t arouse some nearby doggies.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-20-lyretails-for-dinnerWe reeled it in and returned to camp for the last night celebratory barbeque party.  Coincidentally lyretails were on the menu (not ours!).  But if I lived here, I’d hunt them.  The lyretails were absolutely delicious.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-21-coconut-crabThe after dinner event is embarrassing to admit.  We all climbed aboard the camp tractor with headlamps and went out to see the rare coconut crab – the largest land crab in the world.  Our guide found a couple and I got the chance to hold one.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-22-coconut-crabI was the only dummy to enjoy the opportunity.  I guess my gamble with the rattlesnake last month wasn’t enough, I took over the crab catching duties – just for fun. We had one that ran and hid behind the tire of the tractor.  I reached under for him anyway.  It felt like I had him correctly where the claws can’t reach but I was wrong.  My thumb was too close to the front on his belly and he clipped the tip of my thumb.  These things open coconuts!  I lost all the skin on the tip of my thumb.  Quite frankly I’m lucky.  Lucky to have a thumb and lucky they don’t do the crab hunt during the fishing week.

 

blog-Dec-9-2014-23-flyfishing-at-farquhar-seychellesIt’s been an incredible trip.  Incredibly fun.  A fantastic group.  And I can’t say enough about the FlyCastaway guides on Farquhar Island here in the Seychelles.  This was the last day of fishing but tomorrow I’ll close the book with memorable photos.

 

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for more information.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Near Slam on Farquhar Island in the Seychelles

blog-Dec-8-2014-1-terry-graham-&-mettieu-cossonToday was back with FlyCastaway guide Matthieu Cosson.  Along with us another of my guests this week here on Farquhar, Terry Graham from Australia.  Terry is a hardcore flats angler that like me, likes to walk, explore and for the most part, not be guided.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-2-flycastaway-guide-matthieu-cossonThat being said, when we left this morning high tide made all flats far too deep to wade.  Therefore we went to the furthest south part of the Farquhar atoll and made a long drift in search of giant trevally (GT’s).  Terry took the bow while I played clean up man from the back.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-3-abel-pliers-and-bohar-snapperClean up man is something I don’t do early in the week because it’s distracting to the guide and the angler up front hunting the target species.  But we’re all in the groove now and I knew I could stay out of the way.  That is until this bohar snapper (two spot red snapper) played major havoc with me and my 12-weight.  You may remember the ones we caught last March in Sudan.  These things fight!

 

It didn’t take long for Terry to come through.  I haven’t seen nearly as many giant trevally as I expected this week but Terry seems to be a magnet for them.  Right after I landed the bohar, a ray popped up on us.  Rays cling near the bottom and as they swim disorient crabs, shrimp and smaller fish.  Because of this, rays often have other fish hanging with them like they’re a moving cafeteria.  This ray had a GT following.  Terry literally dropped a 25 foot cast and in one strip he was on.  This GT smoked Terry!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-4-terry-graham-fighting-a-gtAfter we released the GT it was my turn up front.  Terry went to work from the back.  It was the first time he’d cast for random species and he fell in love with it quick.  He too caught a nice bohar snapper and then followed it up with a bone snapper, a fish that I’ve never caught.  Meanwhile I patiently waited from the bow for the GT that never came.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-5-jm-klug-photoBy 9 AM it was time to wade the flats.  We were near the South Wreck, an area I’d not fished yet this week.  An area where the best bump head parrotfishing generally occurs.  Because Terry likes to cruise the flats on his own, Matthieu and I walked together.  He immediately spotted a giant triggerfish (also known as the Titan or mustache) in the ocean surf.

 

I only saw the peculiarly shaped fish for a split second before the next wave crashed over him.  Being the aggressive saltwater angler that EVERYONE should be, I already had my cast in orbit.  One strip and the trigger was on.blog-Dec-8-2014-7-titan-triggerfish-tailing

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-8-giant-triggerfish-in-the-seychellesTriggers have been tough this week.  Only one has been landed and that was a Picasso triggerfish by Rich.  The hook up with this trigger caught me by surprise and I wasn’t as prepared for battle as I should’ve been.  I stayed tight for about 15 seconds before that gut wrenching slip of the line occurred.  My triggerfish was going to the jagged coral.  Once that line escapes it’s tough to grab again.  Fortunately I didn’t have much line out and the trigger got on the reel and I stopped the spool from spinning in a nick of time.  Matthieu tailed the sneaky trigger just as he reached the coral.  Even more exciting, when Matthieu lifted him from the water the fly dropped out.  It never hurts to be lucky!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-9-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-triggerfish-iin-the-seychellesWe shot some hero shots of the cool looking triggerfish.  I’ve cast to numerous giant triggerfish not only here this week but also last March in Sudan.  I connected to several but each time had bad luck with either the hook pulling or breaking off on the coral.  The giant is a new species for me (#9).

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-10-crab-fly-patternEvery dog has his day.  And when it’s you, you recognize it.  I was so lucky on that triggerfish that I knew a bumpy was coming next.  They weren’t around at first but as soon as low tide occurred followed by the first surge of the high, in came the bumpies.  I stayed with the same crab (this exact one let me down on a permit trip in the Key’s once) despite the crushed in eyes from the powerful teeth of the triggerfish.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-11-jeff-currier-flyfishing-on-farquharThe first school I cast at one ate my fly.  The bumpy left the group and tailed on my fly perfectly.  I felt him eat it and strip set hard and missed him.  Evidently this is where I went wrong.  Matthieu advised me to let them eat the crab.  Then when the line takes off simply lift the rod.  Like I explained earlier this week, parrotfish mouths aren’t’ meant for hooks.  The gentle rod lift is the best technique for hooking them.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-12-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-parrotfishMiraculously it didn’t take long to fool another and I hooked him solidly.  But as also mentioned earlier this week, these big-foreheaded-bullies are all power.  Despite chasing him frantically and not letting this bumpy run far into my backing, he approached the coral.  I was pulling on him so hard that I was certain either my 30lb Flouro would break or my 9-weight would explode.  But neither, the cunning parrotfish fooled me by backtracking to a coral head I didn’t see.  Dang!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-13-jeff-currier-flyfishing-the-seychellesI normally get in shape for these trips but I was gassed.  All the beers I drank with Tim Brune in Guyana and the numerous campfire feasts with Granny on the desert caught up with me.  But Matthieu cracked the whip.  I was taking a breather and he jumped on me to get after the next school of bumpies that were tailing in the distance.

 

Matthieu was right.  Next week at this time I’ll be looking at snow.  I put my pounding heart and gasping lungs aside.  I wiped the sweat off my forehead and continued.  Could I hook yet another?  Bumpies can be nearly impossible to fool.  Yes!  I hooked into another in the very next school and I put the “Currier” to this one like never before.  Kudos to that 30lb Scientific Anglers Flouro – there’s no doubt most other flavors would have broken.  I stopped this guy and ten minutes of battle ended with my second bumpy of the week!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-14-hump-head-parrotfishMatthieu is great with the camera and we photographed the hearty bumpy for several minutes before I watched him return to his friends.  I was wet head to toe from crashing waves.  I believe that was one of my best “on foot” rumbles in years!

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-15-terry-graham-flyfishing-farquharTerry caught an assortment of miscellaneous fish on his hike.  He came to the excitement of my bumpy catch then went on to hook one of his own.  Unfortunately he didn’t sprint like a marathon runner and the leader broke on something sharp.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-16-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-white-blotched-grouperAll I needed was a bonefish for the Farquhar slam.  But in the afternoon tides became too high to wade and we messed around blind siding coral heads from the boat (you know by now I like that best anyhow!).  We racked up a handful of bohars and various groupers, mostly Africans.  I managed species #10 for the week.  This is a white-blotched grouper.

 

blog-Dec-8-2014-17-SeyBrew-beer-in-the-seychellesBeers are $6.50 each here due to the difficulty of flying them in.  I’ve been sticking to cokes and water.  But tonight, after a day of two new species, a bumpy and taste buds that can’t handle another coke this trip, I bought myself a Seybrew!  Tomorrow is the last day.

 

If Farquhar in the Seychelles sounds like a trip for you feel free to contact me or Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures for more information.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing