Archive | July, 2013

Switching of the Lodges

blog-July-3-2013-1-Tsimane-LodgeToday we traveled from Secure Lodge to Tsimane’s second lodge, Pluma Lodge.  The word is that Pluma has the better fishing of the two.  I’m not at all disappointed with our days at Secure Lodge but the guys, whom I’ll add have been here at least three times each, said these first three days were the worst fishing they have experienced in Bolivia.

 

blog-July-30-2013-2-Jeff-Currier-BoliviaTo change lodges involved a boat ride, a plane ride, another boat ride and a four wheel drive jeep ride I’ll remember as one of the gnarliest.  In fact the plane ride was right up there also because I didn’t have a seat and sat back in the luggage compartment.  It was so hot it was almost unbearable; luckily it was literally a twenty minute up and down flight.

 

blog-July-30-2013-3-Pluma-LodgeThe jeep ride took at least an hour.  The so called road is muddy from a rain that took place two weeks ago.  The tire tracks through the mud are 18” deep and full of water.  I can’t imagine what it must be like during or right after a big rain.  I know it’s not good because recently a group was trapped in Pluma an extra four days.

 

blog-July-30-2013-4-Pluma-LodgeThe travel day was all part of the adventure that included seeing another chunk of Bolivia.  And the Pluma Lodge, like Secure Lodge is located in absolute paradise.  How they built this place this far out in the Bolivian Amazon should be ranked as one of the Great Wonders of the world!

 

blog-July-30-2013-5-Butterfly-in-BoliviaWe had this afternoon to relax so I left my rod behind and went for a walk with Tom and Dale while they fished.  I brought only my camera.  There are amazing butterflies here and getting a photo of one took my afternoon.  This picture is of a small one – but what a wing design.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Day 4 – Hunt for Pacu

July 29, 2013

 

blog-July-29-2013-1-Pacu-artTime is flying.  This is our last day at Tsimane’s Secure Lodge.  Tomorrow we’ll relax in the morning then fly to the other Tsimane Lodge, Pluma Lodge, further downstream in this same river system.  The good news is that the next lodge generally has the best fishing.

blog-July-29-2013-2-Upper-Secure-River-BoliviaToday Skip and I fished Beat 1 with guide Sebastian.  Our game plan was to catch some pacu on the fly.  Beat 1 is the only Beat upstream of the lodge and as we headed there the river got small in a hurry.  Small and clear to be exact with canopies of trees overhanging most of it.  The further we went the prettier it got including a stunningly beautiful canyon.

blog-July-29-2013-3-Jeff-Currier-Golden-Dorado-Fishing-in-BoliviaAlthough this was a pacu hunt we definitely hit the opportune looking golden dorado spots.  These locations looked much more like places I’d find huge New Zealand brown trout.  The terrain is remarkably similar however you make that first cast and almost immediately you have five charging dorado.  Most the dorado up here were 2-5lbs but I stuck this more than respectable fish on a black and red whistler.  The fish was corralling bait in less than six inches of water.  His strike was unreal followed by numerous jumps with the lush green jungle behind him.

blog-July-29-2013-4-Jeff-Currier-Golden-DoradoThe pacu fishing was tough.  The best way to catch pacu is to fish the back slow sections of a run under the trees where fruits, leaves and seeds fall.  This time of year is not the best for ripe seeds and fruits to fall, nonetheless you can still find pacu sunning and eating something on the surface if you go to the prime places.  The bad news however, most of Sebastian’s “go to” pacu spots didn’t have the usual sight fishing opportunities today.

We got one good sight casting opportunity however.  There were three pacus feeding on a leaf, much like grass carp.  Skip shot a perfect cast to them with a grass fly concoction.  The fly landed between all three fish but they refused.  Meanwhile as I watched that scenario unfold, my fly was hanging off the side of the boat.  When Skips fly went out of the zone on the pacus I cast mine only to hear one of our Tsimane boatmen shriek.  There was a huge pacu was about to eat my dangling fly right next to the boat.  No one saw him until I ripped up my fly to cast.  My fly was airborne and a huge pacu was looking at me as if to say why did you take that from me?  A true nightmare for a guy that wants to catch a pacu as much as I.

blo-July-29-2013-6-Jaguar-tracksSight fishing opportunities were far and few between so on the way back down river we cast blind to Sebastian’s favorite pacu water.  On one of my cast a couple fish came out of the deep to follow my fly.  They were pacus.  For pacu you do short fast strips so I did just that and one ate my fly.  I strip set hard, felt the tension and just as fast the fish was off.  I groaned and cast again and this time one of the pacus followed but didn’t eat.  That was it.  Many more casts but the pacus were too smart.

Skip and I didn’t get our pacus today but it was a wonderful day regardless.  The scenery on the upper river may in fact be one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever fished.  The upper Secure River is truly beautiful.  I should mention we saw an otter, a deer of some sort and plenty of jaguar tracks.  That’s not to mention the incredible birds around every corner including some colorful toucans.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Day 3 – Warming Up in Bolivia

July 28, 2013

blog-July-28-2013-1-Tsimane-LodgeThe temperature was noticeably warmer this morning, a good sign for sure.  Skip and I slammed some breakfast with the guys then we all headed to our boats and then our Beats.  Today Skip and I had Beat 3 which is where Eric and Dale had far more action then Skip and I experienced yesterday in Beat 2.

 

blog-July-28-2013-2-Golden-Dorado-fisihngAlong with the change in Beats is a change of guide and boat controllers.  Today we had Guido who I’ll say right now, like Fernando he was excellent.  It was about an hour boat ride to the start of Beat 3 so we kicked back and took in the scenery during the ride.  The boat ride highlight was watching Tsimane kids shooting sabalo with bow and arrows.

 

blog-July-28-2013-3-Jeff-Currier-Golden-DoradoOnce we got to our fishing water, Guido had us out and casting immediately.  I was chucking my 9-weight Ross RX with a floating SA Chardy line.  On my second cast I hooked up.  You knew the strange drought had to end.  The dorado wasn’t a big dorado but one thing about these guys is that they know how to fight.  Within a second they are high in the air and expect at least three more jumps in the next five seconds.  This particular fish took me in a tree infested area and I had to put the screws to him or he’d win in the snags.  We use straight 40lb mono with 40lb Rio Wire Shock Tippet for a reason.

 

After battle I slid my first fish of the trip up on the bank and very carefully removed my fly.  Golden dorado have voracious teeth and I know from experience they can take your finger off.  Once I safely had him under control I posed for Guido with my first fish of Bolivia.  More importantly the skunk was off.

 

blog-July-28-2013-4-Skip-Brittenham-Dorado-FishingThings rolled from there.  I landed several smaller dorado.  If a spot looked good Skip and I would land our flies and get at least a look.  I got a look and possibly and eat from a dorado that looked to be over 15lbs.  The huge predator exploded and chased my fly out of shallow water from behind a rock.  I thought he ate it but never felt him as I stripped like a maniac.  It was an awesome fish that left me begging for another chance for an hour.

 

blog-July-28-2013-5-Golden-DoradoJust before lunch came the big fish of the day.  I was up stream with Guido when we heard Skip yell for help.  Sure enough we looked down just in time to see his big dorado jump.  Skip was in a precarious position far out in the river and getting pulled to deeper water.  Equally bad was that his fish was heading into an area of fallen trees.  Guido and his boatmen rushed to the scene while I watched from a far.  By the time they got to Skip he was soaked to the neck hanging on to the very tree his dorado was stuck in.

 

blog-July-28-2013-6-SKip-BritenhamThat’s when the games began for Guido and his boys.   Skips fish was still on so Guido started to carefully untangle the dorado from the tree without causing the fish to go ballistic and break off.  Branch by branch he finagled while Skip, dripping wet, watched.  At last, to the surprise of all the line was free and the now tired dorado was boated.  He was about 16lbs (Being that I was on shore I do not yet have a picture).

 

blog-July-28-2013-7-Yatorana-fishing-in-BoliviaWe caught a heap of nice golden dorado today.  The 16lber was the only one over 10lbs but we landed at least eight over 5lbs.  Skip put on an epic performance landing most of the nice dorado.  All in all we boated more than 25 dorado and I added in this peculiar fruit eating yatorana.

 

Today was a great day for most of us.  Skip and I put at hurt on the dorado.  Dale and Eric were in Beat 1 and caught a lot of small dorado but more importantly Dale caught a pacu.  For the record, I would really like to get a pacu on this trip.  Beat 2 where Tom and Tom fished, where Skip and I fished yesterday, was horrible.  It may be a fact that this part of the river is fishless.

 

That’s it for tonight. I’m absolutely exhausted.  Tomorrow its search for pacu!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Day 2 – Cold Front Continues

blog-July-27-2013-1-Fly-Fishing-In-BoliviaIn spite of being exhausted from two days of travel from home to Tsimane Lodge here in Bolivia, I didn’t sleep much last night.  It’s because I get excited like a little kid waiting for Christmas when I’m about to enter and outstanding fishing venue.  I tossed and turned and looked at my watch a hundred times.  Finally, when daylight came through the cracks of the room I jumped from bed.

 

blog-July-27-2013-2-Tsimane-lodgeIt was cold.  Once again it was far cooler than I’d expect for golden dorado fishing.  But as the sun came up so did the thermometer and by 8 AM we were cruising into the 70°s.  After breakfast Skip and I climbed aboard our dugout with our guide Fernando and his two Tsimane Indian helpers and headed downstream.

 

We headed to Beat 2.  Here at the first lodge at Tsimane fishing operations there are three Beats.  You spend three days here therefore one day on each beat.  From Skip’s previous experiences here, Beat 2 is the best so we were extremely pumped.

 

blog-July-27-2013-3-Stingray-GuardsYou fish here both in and out of the boat but mainly by wading.  It’s the Amazon so no need for waders.  All you do is bring your wading shoes from home.  However you also need stingray guards.  Most are unaware but the Amazon has plenty of freshwater stingrays that if they get you it will more than ruin your trip.  Most the guys in our group have the guards because they come here every year but I borrowed a set from the lodge.

 

blog-July-27-2013-4-fly-fishing-for-golden-doradoWhen the boat stopped Fernando set Skip and I up to fish a great looking run.  Neither of us hit a fish at this first spot, nor the second, third and on and on.  That exhilarating feeling we woke up with slowly diminished as we thoroughly pounded prime looking water without a strike for hours.  The fish were nowhere to be found and even some of the passing locals informed us that the fish were not around.

 

blog-July-27-2013-5-sabaloThe truth is the dorado are around, but the cold temps have chilled the water and knocked off the dorado bite.  Skip and I cast relentlessly at log jams, tailouts, wooded banks and any other prominent dorado habitat but nothing.  We had one thrill however which is indeed a good sign, a dorado blitz that lasted about five seconds.  Sabalos (see pic), the resident baitfish that reach more than 20 inches, started leaping from the river like mullet in the ocean running from roosters.  It was an incredible sight because here they were getting chased by dorado.  The dorado were all over 10lbs yet in four inches of water.   They were screaming across a sand flat with sabalos fleeing as best they could.  I could see the eyes of these dorado as the water flew.  Both Skip and I got our flies right in the blitz but not a strike.  Not a strike!  How could they not eat under the circumstances?

 

blog-July-27-2013-6-Dorado-fishingThe feeding frenzy ended as fast as it started and Skip and I were left with flies in tact.  It was a real surprise, bummer – we, including Fernando and his helpers just couldn’t believe it.  Some days fishing simply doesn’t go your way so we took a nice lunch break in a shady spot on a beach.

 

blog-July-27-2013-7-Golden-doradoOur afternoon session didn’t improve much but Skip shook off the skunk.  He landed this gorgeous little dorado.   The fish took a size 2/0 black and chartreuse streamer the second the fly hit the water.  As gorgeous as this little dorado is, he’s not why folks come to Bolivia.  I would go on to take a complete blank on my first full day of fishing in Bolivia.

 

blog-July-27-2013-8-Tom-Hansen-&-Huge-Golden-DoradoA blank in Bolivia is rare.  Members of our group have had a few over the years but usually it’s because of high muddy water, not cold water.  Luckily, my blank was the only blank.  While only a few fish were landed amongst our group, both Tom and Eric landed dorado over 20lbs.   These are incredible dorado anywhere but from this small river – spectacular!  Here’s Tom and his monster!

 

blog-July-27-2013-8-Jeff-Currier-in-BoliviaI’m by no means crushed from my beating today.  If you keep playing cards you’re going to lose.  Today I lost.  It’s good to be humbled and for this humbling day I’ll be better tomorrow.

 

We just finished a fantastic meal in the lodge with red wine and amazing stories.  Now I’m being serenaded by frogs – I mean a ton of frogs.  There’s also a little something scratching on the outside of our cabin by the head of my bed.  The way it’s squeaking it might be a bat.  This place is awesome!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing in Bolivia – Day 1

blog-July-26-2013-1-Fly-Fishing-in-BoliviaYesterday I forgot to mention a couple things that I normally do when entering a new country.  When I got off the plane in Santa Cruz, Bolivia I was shocked at how cool it was.  The temperature was in the low 40°s and last nights cold temp was 39°.  Indeed its technically winter here in the Southern Hemisphere but word on the street is that this is the coldest anyone can remember.  Fortunately the cold front will break today and despite the cold night yesterdays high was near 70°.

 

Though there are disagreements between the US government and the Bolivian government, the folks here are warm and friendly.  Not thinking about it I ventured out on a walk yesterday in an old pair of well embroidered “Team USA Fly Fishing” shorts.  No one treated me poorly and in fact all were welcoming and enjoyed engaging conversation.  I wish my Spanish was better.

 

I’m flying into camp in an hour.  Today is not scheduled as a proper fishing day but perhaps I can play around the lodge pool.  The rest of July 26 to come.

blog-July-26-2013-1b-Fly Fishing-in-BoliviaThe flight into Tsimane Lodge was marvelous.  There wasn’t an ounce of wind and there were clear blue skies as far as you could see.  This meant we could see peaks of the Andes to the west and the Bolivian Amazon to the east.  The flight from Santa Cruz took exactly two hours.

 

blog-July-26-2013-2-Fishing -in-BoliviaWe landed on a narrow grass strip to an audience of locals.  They don’t see much from the outside world so when the plane lands it’s always a big deal.  The river was next to the landing strip so we unloaded our gear from the plane right to long dug out boats and made a short run to the lodge.

 

blog-July-26-2013-3-Tsimane-LodgeThis group is hardcore so when we arrived at the lodge rods started going together fast while the “welcome drinks” evaporated.  I’m a man of tons of gear but Skip takes the crown on this trip.  Most impressive are the stacks of fly boxes he has, every one of them absolutely chalk full of dorado flies.  Before you knew it most of us were trying to land the first dorado from the camp pool.

 

blog-July-26-2013-4-Tsimane-Lodge-PoolLike any lodge in the world, the camp pool gets hit hard and despite many casts from us only a couple dorado flashes were seen.  After lunch Tom and I went on a jungle walk upstream for four hours only to catch one tiny dorado.  The truth is that none of the good water is near camp so there’s nothing to worry about, we’ll get to the good water from the boats starting tomorrow.

 

blog-July-26-5-Fly-fishing-BoliviaActually, there is a little concern.  When the plane dropped us off it retrieved last week’s guests.  They suffered through some heavy rains and the cold front that is presently on its way out.  Their fishing was terrible.  I think today’s slow fishing around camp can still be attributed to the cold.  However, the forecast continues to look in our favor with warming and no rain so hopefully every day will get better.

 

This place is absolutely beautiful.  The jungle is thick and the terrain is made up of rolling hills and incredible rocky crops.  The lodge is elegant.  The task of putting it this far in the jungle had to of been a feat.  I’m so glad I’m getting this opportunity to be here.

 

blog-July-26-2013-6-Tsimane-LodgeI’m rooming with Skip as we are the two guys that don’t snore.  If it’s true than I luck out because evidently there are some pro snorers in the group.  Skip and I will fish together the first three days starting with beat 2 tomorrow.  Beat 2 is supposed to be the best of this lodge.  Speaking of which, we fish here at Lodge 1 for three days they we will fly to another for another three days.  I’m the only guy that hasn’t been here before so I’ll just kick back and enjoy!

 

Tomorrow the games begin!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Arrival Day in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

blog-July-25-2013-1-fly-fishing-in-BoliviaIf you told me a year ago I was headed to the Bolivian jungle in summer of 2013 I’d have told you you’re crazy.  Its not like I didn’t want to go, in fact the opposite, I’ve been dying to go.  Bolivia is quite possibly the greatest fly fishing in the world.  Not just the best golden dorado fishing in the world but those who have fly fished the world claim Bolivia is the BEST FLY FISHING IN THE WORLD!

 

The hold back for me has been that Tsimane Lodge is expensive and they don’t offer the standard hosting program where the host goes free, an angle I’ve used for many years to see the world.  Tsimane Lodge is virtually off limits to a fishing bum like me.

 

About this time last year I received a Facebook advertisement from Tsimane Lodge.  Normally I toss them.  I get too jealous of the photos of anglers posing with magnificent dorado and pacu.   But on this particular day I opened it.  It turned out the anglers were some of my old customer/friends from my fly shop days, Tom Hansen and Skip Brittenham, neither whom I’d seen or talked with in a couple years.

 

The pictures and fish Tom and Skip were holding were stunning.  Somehow I wasn’t jealous but rather happy to see it was them and not some dudes I didn’t know.  I shot them each an email simply to say hi and tell them how fantastic it was to see them holding giant dorado in Bolivia.  That’s all it was – I seized an opportunity to say hi.

 

A week later I received an email from Tom telling me about the pics and the trip and how great Bolivia was.  At the end of his email was an invite for 2013.  It was an honor to be in invited, but I politely emailed him back telling him how I’d love to join but price was out of my league.  His response dropped me – Tom and Skip were offering to treat me!

 

blog-July-25-2013-2-Santa-Cruz-BoliviaAfter a long day and night of travel, this morning we find ourselves in Santa Cruz Bolivia.  We’re relaxing at the Los Tajibos Hotel for the day.  There’s also another old friend here, Dale Kinsella.  Dale too is customer became friend.  Dale and I once fished together in New Zealand.  In fact, Dale and I were on one of the scariest backcountry helicopter rides that managed not to crash (at least a two beer story).  There are also two other of their friends whom I met last night on the flight down.  They are Eric and Tom – great guys.  We have a fun group.  We fly into the jungle early tomorrow morning and then the adventure begins!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Things to do before Fly Fishing in Bolivia

blog-July-21-2013-Jeff-Currier-Muskellunge-artI thought I’d get out fishing near home this weekend but instead my next cast will be for golden dorado in Bolivia.  I’ll be leaving on Wednesday and should get my first cast there on Friday afternoon.  It’s all dependent on the never predictable jungle weather.

 

In the meantime I’ve been busier than ever.  Mostly I’ve been organizing my winter 2013-2014 travel schedule.  I have a speaking tour to southern California in late October and then I’ll be immediately to Africa to host my Tanzania tigerfish trip most of November.  To start 2014 I’ll be entertaining at the famous Fly Fishing Shows and speaking at several fly fishing clubs in between.  If your club needs an event speaker for 2014 now is the time to contact me.  See all my presentation offerings at my new website.

 

Speaking of my new website, I’ve been working on it constantly.  It launched June 1 and new things are being added daily.  Browse around and check out my most recent Cliff Fly Box art, view a sample of a PowerPoint Presentation and get ready to view my species list.  I’m gradually listing all the species I’ve taken on the fly.  Once that’s done I’ll be adding info about each fish, my personal experience with them and last but not least, how to catch them.

 

I  painted the muskellunge this weekend and he’s now available on my coffee mugs and the rest of the products at my growing fish products store.

 

A few more things to get done then this blog will be live from Bolivia!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Teton Canyon – do not Try this at Home!

blog-July-15-2013-1-Teton-CanyonThe rattlesnake infested Canyon of the Teton River keeps even the most adventurous fly fishers from casting there.  Not only are there snakes, but the hike down in is treacherous.  Loose rocks and gravel and slippery grasses can all cause you to lose your footing and you could bounce more than 750 feet down cliffs.  If you make it down safely and enjoy a rattlesnake free day, you still need to get back out.  The hike up puts you back face to face with all the dangers you experienced going in and it’s an exhausting climb.

 

When I was younger none of the above stopped me.  I slipped and fell only a few times.  Luckily I never slid or bounced far.  And I only had one close call stepping on a Western rattlesnake.  My foot set inches in front of his head.  My luck was that he’d just swum the river and his cold blooded body was temporarily shut down.

 

blog-July-15-2013-2-Floating-Teton-CanyonOne way to avoid rattlesnakes and the hike out is to float the Canyon.  Sounds simple but trust me, it’s not.  There’s no boat launch but rather only a 750 foot slide.  And the float through the canyon consists of continuous rapids.  Bottom line is you need to know what you’re doing, own a raft you don’t care about (because the chance of popping it on the slide and the float is high) and you need to be an expert in rowing whitewater.

 

blog-July-15-2013-3-Fly-Fishing-in-IdahoNot long after sunrise today Mike Dawes of WorldCast Anglers and I were cinching down our gear for the intimidating launch of his two man raft.  I’d never floated Teton Canyon before however for Dawes it’s a routine.  In fact it’s such a routine that when I offered to help lower the raft he simply said stay back and don’t get run over.

 

blog-July-15-2013-4-Launching-the-boatFor the next 35 minutes I watched Dawes finagled his boat down the most precarious boat launch I’ve ever seen.  It was a spectacular sight.  He had a long rope attached that he used for steering.  Often times he’d hold on slightly too tight and get dragged to the ground.  Fortunately he never tumbled and slid more than a few feet.  Other times he’s lose his grip on the rope altogether and the raft would disappear in a cloud of dust.  We’d helplessly watch, catch up to it again and hope the rubber ducky would be in one piece.  Usually we’d find it stuck against some trees or wedged between some rocks.

 

blog-July-15-2013-5-do-not-try-this-at-homeThe final leg of this incredible launch ended perfectly.  Mike dislodged his raft from some rocks and with gravity it took off on its own one last time.  It slid magically right down to the edge of the river and stopped no differently than if we put in at a normal boat launch.  Dawes smiled and asked if it was time for a breakfast beer.  How could it not be?

 

blog-July-15-2013-6-Mike-DawesAs for our fishing it was no less than incredible, that is if you like catching tons and tons of fish.  For the most part they’re not big however we caught plenty like the one Dawes is holding in this picture.

 

blog-July-15-2013-7-Teton-CanyonOur fishing day was superb but honestly for here it was an ok day.  I’ll bet we caught 40 fish and this included one double on a streamer.  40 fish in six hours that is.  We both had to be off the river at 3.

 

blog-July-15-2013-8-Mike-DawesA day in Teton Canyon is a must for every fly fisher.  But seriously, have your act together.  Everything I mentioned in the first paragraph is accurate. If wading the Canyon is your plan please be careful.  Wear the best hiking tread you own and watch out for snakes.  If you think you’re going to float the canyon then think again.  The slide is not only hard to locate but the 750 foot drop is real.  You can not just do it on your own.  If you miraculously made it to the river in one piece making it down the river is the next obstacle.  In all my years of fishing I’ve found more chunks from destroyed rafts in Teton Canyon then any other location!

 

blog-July-15-2013-9-Mike-Dawes-fly-fishingThe best way to do the Canyon is to float it with WorldCast Anglers.  You won’t get Dawes but several of his guides specialize in the Canyon.  Because of low water its likely there will be only a week more of float fishing here.  Just keep it in mind for next year and plan to target June and July.

 

Today was likely my last fishing day till I get to Bolivia next week.  I have more work to get done than I’ve had in years.  But Bolivia will more than make up for it.  Stay tuned!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Ladies Day on the Rizzo River

blog-July-10-2013-1-mooseI look forward to ladies day each year on a lesser known fishery.  The ladies include Granny and our friend Jessica Chitwood.  Last year we fished the Sveum River which gets little pressure yet actually produced a few good fish for us.  Today we gambled on the Rizzo.

 

blog-July-10-2013-2-Jessica-ChitwoodThe ladies enjoy this day because they are both buried in the summer retail madness of Jackson Hole.  They use today to get away from it all and therefore prefer a float down a river that gets little traffic.  It doesn’t matter how good the fishing is.  All they want is a nice float and some nice weather along with food and a few tasty beverages.  The fish are a bonus.

 

blog-July-10-2013-3-fly-fishing-IdahoThe only hardship the girls had today was that I got them up early.  Granny and I met Jessica shortly after 6 AM.  I called it early because not only was it predicted to be extremely hot but we also had a long drive from Victor.    When we arrived at the boat ramp there were PMD’s hatching and a few small fish on them.

 

blog-July-10-2013-4-Brook-TroutThe girls fished energetically and well.  I always make them catch a handful of fish before their first break and today they had fifteen or so to the boat in the first hour.  None of these fish were big fish but we didn’t expect big fish.  The Rizzo is a brook trout fishery with the occasional small rainbow or cutty.  But these trout love dry flies whether you match the hatch with a thorax PMD or twitch a Chernobyl or hopper.

 

blog-July-10-2013-5-Jessica-ChitwoodI rarely keep track of the numbers of fish caught, at least when they’re small.  But today keeping track was fun just to try and reach a big number.  The ladies landed 47 fish all on dry flies!  Most were brook trout and rainbows with one 16” cutthroat.  Jessica even landed a dace of some sort – he was a massive 2”.

 

blog-July-10-2013-6-fishing-in-IdahoYou certainly don’t need big fish to make a great fishing day.  And in fact today I enjoyed rowing all day over the fishing.  The ladies had such a great time.  Good food, good beverage, good swimming, and good weather – perhaps we should have ladies day again next week!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Practice for Pacu – Carping Again

July 8, 2013

 

I wandered back to my carp lakes to fly fish with Tom Hansen.  It was Tom’s idea to treat me to Bolivia later this month with Skip Brittenham who I took carping on Saturday.

 

blog-July-8-2013-1-fly-fishing-for-carpConditions didn’t favor carping today.  Last night we experienced major thunderstorms with rain and wind.  Undoubtedly the surface temperature of the first carp lake was colder than normal.  Carp prefer warm water.  At 8 AM with Skip on Saturday there were carp everywhere, today there were none.

 

blog-July-8-2013-2-fly-fishing-for-carpLuckily that changed by noon but so did the weather.  There were carp but also high winds blowing precisely in our face.  I learned that Tom is a heck of a caster and he is as passionate about catching fish that he sees as much as I.  He didn’t seem to care about the wind and persistently cast to carp after carp and finally hooked and landed a nearly completely scaled mirror.  I snuck in a few cast today as well and landed two on a Chernobyl and one on a Vladi nymph.

 

blog-July-8-2013-3-Tom-HansenLess than three weeks from now we’ll be fishing dorado together in Bolivia.  However there’s another fish I want to catch badly there that lumbers along like a carp, that’s the pacu.  Pacu is a large fruit and nut eating piranha looking fish.  There’s several species of pacu found in the Amazon basin of South America but the one in Bolivia is the big dog.  I need one!  This carping is good practice.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

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