Archive | February, 2014

And the Show Season Winds Down

blog-Feb-26-2013-1-flyfishing-showsThat was an intense two months!  I left for the Denver Fly Fishing Show on January 2nd and didn’t look back.  Sure I slipped home a few times, but even when I had a week off I flew to Northern Wisconsin and ice fished.  2014 has been non stop.

 

The Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show was exceptional.  The show kept me busy with presentations and between talks I decorated Cliff fly Boxes and chatted it up with the Californians, most of which I’ve known for many years.  Folks love the new products especially the frosted beer mugs.  Our store website is finally working well and orders are off the hook after each show.  The weekend was wonderful and thanks to everyone that paid a visit.

 

Monday night I spoke about “Saltwater Fly Fishing” to Fresno Fly Fishers for Conservation.  The show went great, then yesterday Granny and I drove straight back to Idaho – a little over 15 hours – 880 miles.  We were absolutely beaten down the last few days even before the drive and we slept until almost 9 today (I rarely sleep past 6 AM).

 

blog-Feb-26-2014-2-Victor-IdahoWe spent the day shoveling and doing errands.  The day in Victor, Idaho brought on true spring fever with no wind, rich blue sky and a temperature that felt like 50º.  I’m not sure what the temp was but its fantastic to be home – so nice we celebrated watching the sunset from the snowy driveway.

 

blog-Feb-26-2014-3-driving-in-NevadaNext on the agenda is catch up, taxes and relax.  The next gig is Wednesday night, March 5, at the Upper Bear River Trout Unlimited Chapter in Evanston, Wyoming.  My presentation will be “Fly Fishing Through Midlife Heaven”.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

blog-Feb-20-2014-redwood-national-parkGranny and I had a nice visit with friends in Portland, Oregon Monday and Tuesday that included a visit to one of my favorite restaurants, Jakes Crawfish Grill.  Yesterday we drove down to Eureka, California.  No particular reason for going to Eureka other than why not?  We’re in route to the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show and Interstate 5 was boring us.  We made a side trip down the 199 from Grants Pass, through the Redwood forest and along some coast.   It was a wonderful drive that ended in some superb brew pubs in Eureka including the unique Siren.  So unique that I tried an18% alcohol brew.  Tasty but dangerous!

If you can make the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show please track me down.  I’ll be doing art amongst the fly tiers and below is my presentation schedule:

Friday – 12:30 – Release Room – “Trout Bumming the World”

2:15 – Casting Pond – “Fly Casting 101”

Saturday – 12:15 – Casting Pond – “Fly Casting 101”

Sunday – 11:00 – Release Room – “Fly Fishing Saltwater – Bonefish to Billfish”

I hope to see you there!

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

MONSTER Golden Dorado

blog-Feb-19-2014-Tom-Hansen-doradoFriends Tom Hansen and Skip Brittenham, the guys who treated me to Bolivia for huge golden dorado last summer have returned from a trip to La Zona.  They caught more huge dorado than ever before including dozens of fish over 40bs!  The best however, this extraordinary 58lber caught by Tom.  The released monster was carefully measured and will be submitted for the IGFA World Record.  Congratulations Tom!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Another Show in the Books

blog-Feb-17-2014-Interstate-90Granny and I threaded the needle driving from Victor to Seattle Thursday and Friday to get to the Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show.  It’s not just the East getting battered by storms, Victor Idaho received more than two feet of snow before we left and they’ve gotten more since we left.  We made it though and then worked a rainy weekend under the fluorescents here at the show.

 

The Show went well.  Lynnwood is the smallest of the shows but it’s these shows that I enjoy most because there’s more time to visit with everyone.

 

This morning Granny and I head south down the 5 to Portland, Oregon where we’ll catch up with friends Beata and Mike LaSota.  Mike and I go way back but we haven’t caught up in a few years.  Not only will we see each other the next couple days, Mike will be traveling to Dubai with me in a few weeks for some fishing there followed by this years most amazing adventure, an exploratory trip to Sudan and the Red Sea.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show

blog-Feb-13-2014-Jeff-Currier-Dodge-Aspen-flyfishing-carI’m questioning my travel to the Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show as I write.  We are having a blizzard here in Idaho and judging from the weather map, it’s nasty from here to Lynnwood, Washington.  The challenge is that I’m driving there (14 hours).  I’m driving there so I can bring along a bunch of my product then continue on to Portland, Oregon to visit friend Michigan Mike then on to California to speak in Pleasanton then Fresno.  What the heck, I love adventure.  After I post this I’ll set out for the Northwest!

 

If you can make the Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show please track me down.  I’ll be doing art amongst the fly tiers and below is my presentation schedule:

 

Saturday – 11:15 – Casting Pond – “Fly Casting 101”

3:00 – Catch Room – “Improve Your Fishing Photography”

Sunday – 10:30 – Catch Room – “Trout Bumming the World”

I hope to see you there!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Ice Fishing Wisconsin 2014

blog-Feb-10-2014-1-weather-manitowish-watersShe was a frigid one up in Northern Wisconsin this weekend.  Yes, indeed the entire US has been cold this winter but trust me, Northern Wisconsin is colder than most places.  Our high temperature over three days was 0° and we only averaged -10° during our fishing time.  Doesn’t sound too bad?  Then toss in a 15 MPH wind.  It was brutal standing outside waiting for flags on tip-ups to pop.  When it’s this cold the inside of your nose freezes and the frame of your sunglasses gets so cold they give you a headache.  But when the fish are biting, somehow, you simply don’t notice.

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-1-icefishing-in-wisconsinGreat friend George Hillenbrand treated me and Rick Schreiber to our annual Northern Wisconsin trip.  The last few years this has been a fall muskie fly fishing trip but prior to that we went ice fishing.  Just to mix it up, we’re back to ice fishing.

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-2-jeff-currier-icefishing-in wisconsinWhile you might prefer the open water fly fishing trip for muskie, I love either.  In fact, after a grueling January under the fluorescent lights speaking and talking it up at the Fly Fishing Shows, being off the grid on the ice in Northern Wisconsin was perfect.  No cell phone and no email, just fishing, eating, and a few beers while hanging with friends.

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-3-fish-finderFishing was good for the conditions.  Just like fly fishing open water, cold whether and bright sunny days aren’t always the best.  You may wonder how this affects fish under the ice but it does.  First of all, bright sun penetrates right through the ice.  Even with the three feet of snow, under the ice is a lit up world of weeds and warmwater fish looking for an easy meal.  So not only was the bright sun a factor but we dealt with high pressure and yes, the extreme cold thickens the ice as you fish and the fish notice.

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-4-ice-fishing-for-pikeGeorge’s party included six of us and three local fishing guides, Joe and James Peska and Brett Jolly.  The trio have become much more friends than guides over the years.  The leader of the guides is Joe who knows these waters better than most.  Not only does Joe organize our ice holes where the fish are, but he cooks up a few of our fish as we go.  I can honestly say there is no better meal in the world than fresh fish through the ice along with Joe’s homemade fries.

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-5-icefishing-for-northern-pikeFriday was our coldest day.  Most of us hung out in Joe’s ice shack drinking beer and smoking cigars.  But when a flag went up we raced each other to catch the fish.  Although Friday was a slow day, we managed about ten small northern pike.  Everyone froze their hands landing at least a couple.

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-6-icefishing-for-bluegillSaturday warmed up a couple degrees.  I began by chasing down a few northern’s on tip-ups before grabbing the jig rod.  I slipped into the ice tent with Rick and Larry.  Inside was a sight to behold and required a few deep breaths before entering as there was a stream of cigar smoke only seen in movies.  Luckily the jigging was excellent and we nailed a couple dozen bluegill.  I lucked into a nice pumpkinseed, my favorite of all sunfish.

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-7-jeff-currier-sharpie-artworkAs always, I brought along the sharpies I use to decorate Cliff Fly Boxes with.  Naturally while warming up in the ice shack with Joe I broke them out.  I drew him up a replica of a monster brown I caught out of Lake Superior all the way back in 1984.  That memorable Wisconsin brown seemed like an appropriate choice.  And if I do say so myself, the magic marker brown trout enhances the wood paneling of his shack nicely.

 

Sunday isn’t an official fishing day for us, however, if anyone wants to go George hires the guides.  Naturally I’m game to go out and Rick joined me.  Sunday was a gray windy morning and we only lasted out there for about three hours.  We pulled in two small walleyes and a yellow perch.  That in fact reminds me, the strangest catch of the weekend was a perch I caught Saturday.  The yellow perch was unique because he was missing his stripes!

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-8-yellow-perchNormal Yellow Perch

blog-Feb-10-2014-9-yellow-perchSaturdays Yellow Perch

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-10-smokeys-restaurant-wisconsinIn addition to three fun days of fishing George took us out every night to the finest restaurants in Northern Wisconsin.  The first worth mentioning is Smokey’s where we’ve made a name for ourselves because of all the food we order.  In particular, we order a heap of lobsters – just for an appetizer!

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlso worth mentioning is my favorite restaurant of all, the Little Bohemia Lodge.  Not only is the food and service tremendous here, but there’s some fun history as well.  Famous gangster John Dillinger escaped the FBI from here while having dinner in 1934.  The bullet holes in the windows are still there!

 

blog-Feb-10-2014-12-icefishing-manitowish-waters-wiThat’s it.  I’m flying home for a few days before heading back on the road Thursday.  My first stop will be the Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show in Washington.  I hope to see some of you there!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Ice Fishing at Chippewa Retreat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe temperature was 17 below zero in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this morning.  Cold enough that our A319 Airbus couldn’t get its engines started.  We had to sit on the tarmac for 30 minutes while mechanics applied extra heat.  Finally we made it to Salt Lake City where we continued on to Minneapolis and then into Wausau, Wisconsin.

 

I’m presently based out of Northern Wisconsin at Chippewa Retreat in Manitowish Waters.  Tomorrow we start two days of ice fishing.  My love for ice fishing surprises my newer friends.  But the truth is I’ve been doing it since I was a kid and in my twenties and thirties I was hardcore.  In fact, the real charm about being up here in Northern Wisconsin is that these are my old stomping grounds.  I am a Northland College grad and ice fished these frozen lakes at least three days a week all winter long back in the mid 80’s.

 

Thanks for those who tuned in to Fly Fish Internet Radio last night.  I had a great time and hope everyone enjoyed the show.

 

Stay tuned for the Manitowish Waters ice fishing report!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fish Internet Radio – Fly Fishing Bolivia

blog-Feb-5-2014-Jeff-Currier-in-BoliviaBe sure to tune in to Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio because I will be the guest tonight at 7:00 PM (Mountain Standard Time).  The subject of our talk will be fly fishing for golden dorado at Tsimane Lodge in Bolivia.  I’ll be talking about my recent trip, tackle and tactics and of course how to get yourself down to Tsimane Lodge in Bolivia.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen first thing tomorrow it’s off to Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin for a couple fun days on the ice with long time friends.  We’ll be after northern pike, walleye, perch, black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and whatever else will set off our tip-ups.  To see exactly what I’ll be getting into check out 2010.  Stay tuned!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

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