Archive | October, 2013

Bound for Africa

blog-Oct-30-2013-1-flyfishing-for-tigerfishAt this time tomorrow I’ll be zipping across the planet with tigerfish fever!  I’m headed back to Africa, Tanzania to be exact, to the camps of Tourette -Fight it in Africa on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers.  In fact I’ll be right where Confluence Films and I made the impressive segment for their 2011 film, “Connect”.

 

I’m hosting two groups of anglers for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures on this trip.  As always I intend to post stories and pictures from each day.  But as usual at these off the beaten path destinations, the internet doesn’t exist.  Therefore I’ll post the adventures day by day upon my return.  I will be back on November 18th.

 

blog-Oct-30-2013-2-confluence-films-waypointsWhile I’m away – DO NOT MISS the November 8th premiere of Confluence Films new movie, “Waypoints”.  The final segment is my spring trip to India with Misty Dhillon of the Himalayan Outback.  To see if the tour is near you visit Confluence Film Tour.  To see the “Waypoints” trailer – click here.

 

Obviously while I’m away I can’t respond to email or phone calls.  But please send your messages and I will get to them upon my return.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Confluence Films Presents – “Waypoints”

blog-Oct-27-2013-1-WaypointsAlthough I’ll be in Tanzania at the exact location Confluence Films filmed me tigerfishing in the movie “Connect”, I’ll be throughout fishing communities in spirit on November 8th.  Confluence is about to premiere their next incredible movie, “Waypoints”.

 

blog-Oct-27-2013-2-Golden-MahseerOn November 8th “Waypoints” will show at various locations worldwide.  All ticket sales on premiere night go towards selected fish conservation projects.  “Waypoints” features five spectacular fly fishing locations; St. Brandon’s Atoll, Alaska, Venezuela, Chile and my friend Misty Dhillon and I fly fishing for mahseer in India.

 

blog-Oct-27-2013-3-Misty-Dhillon-and-Jeff-CurrierYou may remember the blog when I visited Misty, owner of the Himalayan Outback and one of the most knowledgeable anglers in the world on the magnificent golden mahseer.  We floated and waded more than 100 miles of the mighty Mahakali River in the heart of the Lower Himalaya in search of a true monster mahseer.  And during every minute of the journey, cinematographer Chris Patterson and director/photographer Jim Klug kept the cameras rolling.

 

blog-Oct-27-2013-5-Jim-Klug-and-Chris-PattersonBoth Chris and Jim feel that this is their best film yet.  I can’t imagine topping their previous films.  Each one has left even the adventure angler like me drooling for more.  To learn if “Waypoints” premieres near you visit Confluence Film Tour.  And if the pictures alone don’t excite you, here’s the trailer –  Waypoints.

 

Enjoy!

 

blog-Oct-27-2013-4-Jeff-Currier-fly-fishing-the-Mahakali-River(To get a copy of “Waypoints” you can order from the Confluence Films website or CONTACT ME when I return from Africa on November 18th)

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Wet Wading with Moose

blog-Oct-26-2013-1-fly-fishing-in-IdahoI’ve been packing for three weeks of hosting Yellow Dog clients in Africa for tigerfish the last couple days.  I leave on Thursday and not back until November 18th.  I not only need to be prepared for my own fishing but when hosting you need a lot of extra stuff so that if a guest is short on something or unprepared I can come to the rescue.  You really need to be on your game.  On top of all this planning, I will be without phone or email for almost three weeks.  I have so much crap to do!

 

blog-Oct-26-2013-2-mooseThat being said, it’s been 60º every day for a week.  So today I couldn’t take working inside and instead floated my old webmaster, Ken Holder and his lady Nati down the Sveum.  You can almost always expect a blanket blue-winged olive hatch this time of year, however, today it was so nice there were only a few on the water.  We caught some fish but by far the “moosing” was the best!  And can you believe I wet waded comfortably today?  True!

 

blog-Oct-26-2013-3-Confluence-films-WaypointsDon’t forget November 8th is the world premier of Confluence Films latest, “Waypoints”My spring mahseer fishing is the grand finale of the movie.  It will be showing at the Pink Garter Theater in Jackson hosted by American Rivers.  For the rest of you, have a look at the Tour for the location near you.

 

Is it ever too early to plan for Christmas?  I don’t think so.  My friend Harvey Cohen of FishArtGifts.com is the place to go for the angler who has everything.  Here we offer more forty products and you can get any fish I’ve painted on them.  Be sure to check it out blog-Oct-26-2013-4-Jeff-Currier-peacock-bass-coffee-mugif you haven’t recently.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The Annual Guide Get Together

blog-Oct-21-2013-1-Rainbow-troutTwenty years ago I started a tradition while running the Jack Dennis Fly Shop.  The annual event was an end of the season bash with my shop and guide staff.  We put at least six boats on the South Fork and fished to Heise Hot Springs.  There we had a huge celebratory dinner and stayed in the cabins they rent.  It was one of the “funest” events of the year, and best of all, every ounce of the event was paid for by the company.

 

blog-Oct-21-2013-2-flyfishing-wyomingAll fly fishing business folks that work together rarely get to fish together during the season.  Its work work work to make hay while the sun shines.  As manager I felt it was important to get everyone together at the end. The Jack Dennis Fly Shop is now gone but I’m pleased to say a few of the guys that worked for me, Scott Smith, Trey Scharp and Mark Fuller bought out the JD guiding permits and started their own new guide service called Grand Teton Fly Fishing.  The guys are continuing the end of the year party and best of all, they invite me along.

 

October 20, 2013

 

blog-Oct-22-2013-3-Tom-MontgomeryInstead of going to the South Fork we headed to central Wyoming to the same place we fished together last year.  It’s Indian summer with temperatures in the 60ºs.  If a late season trip has been on your mind, do it.  Any one of us on this trip will tell you the best time to fish the Yellowstone Country is October.

 

We had eight of us along and so we towed three boats.  I rode up with Tom Montgomery, a regular on the blog.  Tom and I are the oldest in the group and although most of the guys arrived Saturday and Sunday and got on the water quick, we casually strolled into town at sunset Sunday night and smoked stogies while watching fish rise till darkness.

 

October 21, 2013

 

blog-Oct-22-2013-4-flyfishing-in-WyomingMonday was a different story.  Regardless of a rowdy night, this morning we got serious.  We put the boats in around 10 AM to acres of rising rainbows, browns and cutthroats.  There was a baetis hatch that rivaled the best I’ve seen and we arrived just as the tiny mayflies emerged.

 

blog-Oct-22-2-13-5-rising-troutFor nine hours we had rising fish feeding on baetis.  It was the never ending hatch which you can expect this time of year.  Because the insects are small however these fish weren’t easy.  First of all the trout are selective and you must present your minute fly perfectly.  Seeing my fly is getting harder these days due to aging eyes and managing the drag-free drift took an hour to fine-tune.  Then the fact that there are so many naturals makes it hard to actually get the fish to eat your fly.  Nonetheless, when you spot a big head feeding, you lock in and fish till you get him.

 

blog-Oct-21-2013-6-Max-with-WY-rainbowI’ll bet we caught hundred fish amongst the eight of us Monday.  Honestly we could’ve caught more but the festivities consisted of many gravel bar stops with beer and food.  It’s great to get together with friends and often times the hanging together is as good as the fishing.

 

October 22, 2013

 

blog-Oct-22-2013-7-rising-troutOn Tuesday the group split up and we all fished on foot.  Tom and I stuck together and waded to an area where we saw hundreds of rising fish Monday.  We didn’t do so well at this place yesterday so we both had ideas of redemption.  Once again we got started at 10 as this is the time the hatch starts.  Sure enough the fish were up everywhere.

 

blog-Oct-22-2013-8-European-dry-flyI’m a much better finesse dry fly angler on foot.  In fact most of us are.  Boats often spook fish as fish not only see the boat coming but they can feel the vibration and hear the oar strokes.  If you don’t think the biggest fish drop and hide you’re crazy.  Even on foot these swirling trout weren’t easy to catch.  But once focused I got one of my sneaky yet simple as can be CDC-Euro-Vladi dry fly patterns tied on and got the trout to cooperate.

 

blog-Oct-22-2013-9-releasing-a-rainbowTom and I had intentions of beginning our four hour drive home before dark but that didn’t happen.  With less than a five minute break for a beer and a wrap, Tom and I head hunted aggressively feeding bows and cutts for another full day.  Fishing was spectacular!

 

What a party and annual get together with friends.  I’m thrilled my boys have kept the tradition of working hard all summer and making a point to get everyone together in the fall.  October fishing here is as good as it gets.

 

blog-Oct-23-2013-12-Jeff-Currier-in-AfricaI’m not sure but have my doubts about getting out again locally till late November.  But have no fear as the blog will soon explode with leaping tigerfish.  I leave for Africa a week from today.

 

Be sure to mark your calendar for November 8th.  You may remember my trip for golden mahseer this past May.  I was the angler in India for Confluence Films latest movie, “Waypoints”.  On November 8th “Waypoints” premiers worldwide.  This is the night to see the spectacular film as all ticket proceeds will go to fish conservation.  To see the nearest location for you to see “Waypoints” on November 8th visit Confluence Films Website.

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Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing for Shovelnose Guitarfish

blog-Oct-17-2013-1-shovelnose-guitarfishLast year while speaking at the Simms Ice Out in Bozeman, Montana I met Alex Ramirez, a fly fishing guide and instructor.  Last night while speaking to The Sespe Fly Fishers in Ventura, California Alex surprised me by showing up.  He’s since moved from Montana to the Ventura area and catches a lot of fish in the local surf.  Naturally I quizzed Alex about the current surf action and out came the words, shovelnose guitarfish.

 

I forgot to mention while fishing the surf down in San Diego on Monday I saw some of these crazy shovelnose guitarfish.  They appear to be half shark and half stingray.  I cast to them but couldn’t get them to eat.   Can you get them to eat a fly? I asked.

 

blog-Oct-17-2013-2-flyfishing-for-shovelnose-guitarfishAlex has gotten the shovelnose to eat his fly before but was honest in telling me that you more often snag them by accident.  He went on to tell me however, that there were a lot of the bizarre critters around and that if I joined him this morning we just might get lucky.  Naturally I wasn’t going to pass up such an opportunity.

 

I had to travel today to San Fernando Valley, California so I could speak tonight to Sierra Pacific Flyfishers.  With the potential bad traffic between Ventura and here I gave only one hour to fish this morning.  But as luck has it, one hour would be enough to get my hands on a shovelnose.

 

blog-Oct-17-2013-3-flyfishing-california-for-shovelnose-guitarfishI met Alex at 10 at the Ventura beach.  We each tied on Clouser type flies and began casting to the waves.  We let our flies sink to the bottom and slowly stripped them in.  Shovelnose are true bottom feeders so to have any chance at all your fly must be in the sand.  Within minutes Alex was hooked into something big.

 

blog-Oct-17-2013-4-Alex-Ramirez-with-shovelnose-guitarfishWe were using 7-weights.  I had my Ross Rx and my Evolution 3.  As I watched line clear off Alex’s reel I wondered if I was under gunned.  But before long Alex began to gain on his fish.  Sure enough, in came a shovelnose guitarfish hooked in the tail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

blog-Oct-17-2013-5-shovelnose-sharkSnagged or not snagged I didn’t care.  I couldn’t wait to check out this unusual creature.  They really are ray like.  The eyes are on the top and the mouth is on the bottom.  They are perfectly designed to cruise along and extrude crabs out of their holes in the sand.

 

blog-Oct-17-2013-6-Jeff-Currier-hooked-to-a-shovelnose-guitarfishAfter a few pics I got back at it and within ten casts I hooked up.  I could tell right away I’d foul hooked a guitarfish of my own.  You can tell when a fish is hooked funny by the way they fight.  Often the fight is much harder than normal and this shovelnose was getting the best of me with my light saltwater outfit.  I remained patient and kept steady pressure and five minutes later I surfed in my first shovelnose guitarfish.

 

blog-Oct-17-2013-Jeff-Currier-with-a-shovelnose-guitarfishAlthough I will not add today’s catch to my species list because he was fouled, it was a thrill to hold on to my first shovelnose guitarfish.  They are truly a sight to behold.

 

A special thanks to Alex for taking me out this morning so I could experience this cool new fish.  I’m most certain we’ll be doing this together again next time I’m down here.  I promise, some day I’m gonna make one eat!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Chasing “Beans” in the Southern California Surf

blog-Oct-14-2013-1-Jeff-Currier-and-Steve-Piper-the-California-surfGranny and I rolled in to Encinitas, California late yesterday afternoon.  We came down here because tonight night I speak to Golden State Flycasters.  Our early arrival gave us a little time to screw off including a night on the town at the local sports bar where we watched a thrilling Sox Tigers game.  Then today we got up early and fished the surf with friend Steve Piper.

 

blog-Oct-14-2013-2-Jeff-Currier-with-spotfin-croakerSteve Piper is a cool guy that fly fishes the surf on a regular basis.  Steve took me out a few years ago and I landed my first spotfin croaker.  The spotfin is an unusual surf dwelling drum considered by many as one of two prized fish down here.  The other is the California corbina.

 

blog-Oct-14-2013-3-Torrey-Pines-fly-fishingWe met up with Steve casually at about 9.  The fishing place was by no means a secret.  There were surf fishers about and hundreds of folks walking the beach.  The waves were perfect for fly fishing.  They weren’t too big and therefore it only took a 50 foot cast to get past the churned up murky water from the stirring sand.  Even a rookie like me could read the water and see the troughs and deeper cuts.

 

blog-Oct-14-2013-4-flies-for-surf-perchAlthough I have a good California surf fly collection these days, Steve generously loaded me up with a few of his specialties and within minutes I was on to a school of barred surfperch.  Barred surfperch are the most common of several species of surfperch.

 

blog-Oct-14-2013-5-barred-surf-perchWhile cranking in the handsome little perch, I saw a larger fish.  I’m no expert on this California surf but it looked like a corbina.  I’d heard the corbina fishing was lousy this year so I questioned my sighting.  Sure enough I spotted another and this time confirmed it.

 

blog-Oct-14-2013-6-Jeff-Currier-corbina-artworkI’d had my fill of perch so I slowly eased my way from the surf to the beach hoping not to be seen by the next cruising corbina.  Corbina are a fish that creep right up to where the waves break on the beach and eat crabs.  This is a dangerous place for any fish to hang out because of fishermen and the occasional osprey.  Therefore corbina are extremely spooky.

 

Steve noticed my change of fishing tactics.  He wandered over and shouted, “Did you see a “bean” (nickname for corbina)?  When I told him I did he lit up and took a similar position a short ways down the beach.

 

blog-Oct-14-2013-7-Jeff-Currier-casting-the-California-surfWe both ended up with several casts to cruising beans but neither of us had luck.  Beans are tough, in fact experienced saltwater fly fishers rate them near the top as far as difficult fish to fool into eating a fly.  I’ll strongly agree.  I’ve yet to catch one.  Today however I came my closest ever.  I had two serious looks and follows to the point where I know if I had all day I’d of got one.  Shucks!

 

blog-Oct-14-2013-8-osprey-eating-a-corbinaWhile Steve and I got corbina skunked, this bold osprey didn’t.  Yes, that’s a corbina he’s chomping on!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing for California Carp

blog-Oct-12-2013-1-Fly-fishing-with-Nathan-McelmurrayThe speaking to Fly Fishing Clubs down here in Southern California is going well.  I’ve done three nights of talks and next week I’ll do four more.  But this weekend I’m off and I got out fishing today.

 

I couldn’t tell you where we were.  Take two turns and go through a traffic light and I’m lost here in Los Angeles.  Therefore I can’t tell you where the heck my friend Nate Mcelmurry took me fly fishing for carp today here in Southern California.  What I can tell you however is that there were plenty of carp and even a few bass.

 

Nathan and I originally planned to fly fish the surf.  But over beers last night at his CoronaDel Mar apartment he mentioned of some impossible to catch carp nearby.  I lit up, “Carp?  Near here?”

 

That’s all I needed to hear.  We changed gears and today we spent a good six hours fishing for the impossible carps.

 

blog-Oct-12-2013-2-flyfishing-for-carp-in californiaNo fish is impossible but they can certainly be hard.  When we pulled into the ghetto looking carp spot I was quick to notice the shallow clear water and there wasn’t much of it.  Then as we set up another fly fisher showed up and some bait guys with cans of corn.  No doubt these carp would be smart.

 

blog-Oct-12-2013-3-carp-fliesThere was an abundance of the big bronze fish.  Nate and I began with a short walk.  There were carp easing their way along the flats and in the deeper water there were puffs of mud from bottom feeders.  I rigged up my favorite Blackfoot Reservoir fly, a chartreuse headstand.

 

The first three times I attempted to present my fly to the carp they spooked before I made a cast.  When this is the case patience is the virtue.  I hid behind a willow in a narrow channel and waited like a blue heron.  I even cast my fly out and let it sit on a two foot deep sand bar.  Sure enough after about ten minutes a pair of 8lbers came through.  I gently stripped my headstand and one carp spooked while the other took a half hearted look before catching up with his pal.  No luck but I knew my strategic tactic of hiding and laying my fly on bottom before the carp arrived might work.

 

blog-Oct-12-2013-4-fly-fishing-for-carp-in-CaliforniaI had several more similar shots at incoming carp.  They simply didn’t want the headstand.  I switched to a crayfish looking fly that’s never done anything for me despite how good it looks.  First cast I caught a small bass followed by a much more serious look from the next three passing carp.  Finally the fourth carp that came by sucked in my fly.

 

blog-Oct-12-2013-5-California-carp-placesLanding a carp in this particular spot was doubtful.  Even with strong 3X tippet I couldn’t stop this carp as he went through the reeds like a bonefish on a mangrove flat.  I had him for a good two minutes before he got completely stuck then surged and busted me off.  Bummer!

 

blog-Oct-12-2013-6-fly-fishing-corona-del-marI had one other eat but he spit the fly.  Nate too had some eats but could not land one either.  It was a great day of carping in California nonetheless.  I ended the night on the CoronaDel Mar beach dodging beach bums on my back cast but had no luck.  Any day of carping or fly fishing the surf is a great day.  When you do both on the same day it’s incredible!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Morning Surf in Santa Barbara

blog-Oct-9-2013-1-fly-fishing-the-surfLast night all went smooth speaking at the Santa Barbara Flyfishers.  I’ve spoke there before and have gotten to know many of the members.  Our host was Joe Narkevitz and during dinner before the meeting he offered to take me fly fishing in the surf early this morning before I head south to speak in Anaheim to the Fly Fishers Club of Orange County.  I took him up on his offer.

 

blog-Oct 9-2013-2-fly-fishing-santa-barbara-californiaI was tired when I woke up.  Yesterdays early morning flight from Idaho followed by driving in Los Angeles traffic and finally speaking at the club took its toll.  Nonetheless I was up and ready when Joe pulled into the parking lot of the Franciscan Inn.  I bought a season license to have for this trip and we walked down the town pier and then balanced the plank to the beach.  The weather was a rare cloudy, drizzly and the coolest temps Joe and his friend Mark had seen since last winter (Monsoon Currier strikes again).

 

blog-Oct-9-2013-3-surf-perch-flyExpecting to be lucky with a surfperch, I didn’t over do it in rod.  I’ve packed an 8-weight Ross RX along for this trip but this morning I grabbed my 7-weight rigged with my Uniform Sink.  My leader was my usual level one of straight 16lb tippet.  Joe gave me this delicious looking fluorescent orange Mole Crab pattern.  Orange is a good fly color for surfperch.

 

blog-Oct-9-2013-4-Joe-with-lizard-fish-santa-barbaraLet’s just say the bright fly worked.  The three of us worked along a drop off that’s actually the manmade channel for boats.  And although we didn’t catch a bunch of glamorous fish, we got into a bunch of tiny California lizardfish.  You take what you can get!

 

blog-Oct-9-2013-5-lizardfishIt was a vigorating morning.  I love a change of pace and already I’m looking at the map for this trip to see other beaches I might try.  But now its focus on the brutal drive to Anaheim where I’ll speak tonight followed by tomorrow at the Pasadena Casting Club.  Friday it will be back to fishing.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

On the Road Again

The 2014 speaking circuit begins early for me this year.  This morning it’s off to Southern California to begin a ten day speaking tour.   As always when I head to Southern Cal, a few rods and crab patterns are packed for a few early mornings in the surf.  Should be fun.

 

Just in case you live in Southern Cal or happen to be in the area here are the details on my schedule.  Most clubs welcome visitors.

 

October 8, 2013
Santa Barbara Flyfishers – Santa Barbara, California
Jeff will be doing one of his favorite presentations “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum”.

October 9, 2013
Fly Fishers Club of Orange County – Santa Ana, California
Jeff will be doing one of his favorite presentations “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum”.

October 10, 2013
Pasadena Casting Club –  Pasadena, California
Jeff will be doing one of his favorite presentations “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum”.

October 14, 2013
Golden State Fly Casters – San Diego, California
Jeff will be doing one of his favorite presentations “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum”.

October 15, 2013
Wilderness Fly Fishers – Santa Monica, California
Jeff will be doing one of his favorite presentations “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum”.

October 16, 2013
The Sespe Fly Fishers – Ventura, California
Jeff will be doing one of his favorite presentations “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum”.

October 17, 2013
Sierra Pacific Flyfishers – San Fernando Valley, California
Jeff will be doing one of his favorite presentations “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum”.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

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