Archive | July, 2014

Iceland Here I Come!

blog-July-31-2014-1-icelandicflyfishermenIf there’s one place I’ve been striving to get to the last 25 years it’s Iceland.  Many customers that I served during my fly shop days in Jackson, Wyoming went to Iceland annually.  The stories of its beauty and the numbers of Atlantic salmon they caught was mind blowing.  But so was the cost.


I worked some angles to get there.  As you know my customer/friends have generously taken me some great places over the years.  Iceland came up several times, however it never transpired.


blog-July-31-2014-2-atlantic-salmon-artworkBut I always believed my time would come.  And through the simplest of things, sketching Atlantic salmon on Cliff Fly Boxes at the Somerset New Jersey Fly Fishing Show, I met some top guys who run Icelandic Fly Fishermen (IFF).  We became friends and they became aware of all my travels.


50 countries and I hadn’t been to Iceland! They shrieked.


blog-July-31-2014-3-flyfishing-in-icelandIngo Helgason and Icelandic Fly Fishermen are having me as their guest for the next two weeks.  We’ll be chasing Atlantic salmon and I’ll be documenting the trip day by day.  As usual, I won’t have internet much of the time but I will post every chance I get.  Within a few days after the trip the complete journey will be up.  Stay tuned – this should be incredible!


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Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Never too Early to Think One Fly

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Jackson Hole One Fly is approaching fast.  It’s a sad fact in a way because it means summer is disappearing, but it’s also very exciting.  The One Fly is the only competitive fly fishing I get anymore and I find it exhilarating.  And this year I’ll be defending my title. . . .



I fished with my friend Gary Eckman today.  Gary is the founder of The Good Times One Fly Team and he sponsors me to fish on his team.  This year we have a new member, Cooper Eckman, Gary’s son.  Cooper, Gary and I fished together a bunch several years ago but then Cooper got away from the fishing.  Now he’s eighteen and I’m thrilled to say he’s back.


blog-July-25-2014-3-cooper-eckmanI hosted todays fishing on a sneaky little river of mine.  I had a goal, get us all practicing keeping fish on.  When you’re fishing for fun and hook a small fish you usually lose them – sort of on purpose.  The truth is they come off easy because they flip around so much.  In the One Fly each small fish equals 2 points and if you catch a bunch you get bonus points.  For instance, catch forty fish and you get a 50 point bonus.  So its 2 x 40 = 80 points plus the bonus 50 points = 130 points!  It adds up.


blog-July-25-2014-4-jeff-currier-&-cooper-eckmanIf landing every fish you hook still doesn’t seem like a big deal – The Good Times Team missed 3rd Place last year by less than 100 points and 2nd Place by 105 Points.  If all four team members landed a dozen more small fish each – wham – we get a team medal.


Our practice went well.  Cooper was slightly rusty at first but he caught on fast and landed a bunch of fish on dry flies.  A few more times out and he’ll be a dangerous competitor this year and he’ll help get us on the podium.


blog-July-25-2014-5-icelandicflyfishermenI’m not sure when I’ll get out again.  I am buried with projects.  But the blog is about to get wild .  I’m leaving the country again next Friday.  This time it’s to Iceland for Atlantic salmon and visit my friends of Icelandicflyfishermen.  Get ready!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Ladies Day on the Renteria River

blog-July-23-2014-1-flyfishing-with-the-ladiesAlthough I rarely make a cast, “ladies day” is one of my favorite days of the year (2013, 2012).  I row Granny and our friend Jessica Chitwood down a river I’ve been meaning to explore.  Some years it’s a bust but sometimes the girls roust a good number of fish.  This year I chose the Renteria River and in addition added a third lady to the boat, friend Pam Parkins (Rob Parkins wife).


blog-July-23-2014-2-flyfishing-with-jeff-currierWe got an early start because it’s a long haul to the river and as you can imagine organizing three wild women ready to have a good time can be a task.  Even with the early start I wasn’t squeezing the boat under a dangerously tight swallow infested bridge until 8 AM.  It was a creepy one but once we cleared the obstacle the rest of the day was a synch.


blog-July-23-2014-3-jessica-chitwoodFishing with the ladies is a 100% dry fly day.  Somehow ladies drinking beers and sipping wine isn’t a good combo for casting streamers or multiple nymphs.  This rule is generally fine being that it’s mid July and you can count on fishing big dry flies or at least parachute Adams with results anywhere in Idaho.


blog-July-23-2014-4-flyfishing-for-brook-troutThe Renteria produced a good outcome.  I’m guessing the ladies caught twenty or more trout including brookies, rainbows and the random cutthroat.  Had the wine consumption been trimmed at lunch the afternoon session could have been a bit more successful.  But the ladies were passengers with me for the drive home so they raged and at least another twenty trout were missed because of late hook sets (or no attempt at all) and shake-offs because line control was a thing of the past by 2 PM.


blog-July-23-2014-5-ladies-dayI usually Google Earth all water I’ve never floated before floating.  Had I done so I would have noticed the small lake we had to pass through today.  Had it been windy, rowing through the lagoon like place could have been a difficult situation to say the least.  Luckily the short lake crossing was a relaxing cigar break – yes – Jess surprised us with Cohiba cigars.


blog-July-23-2014-6-damsel-fliesDuring the crossing we witnessed an insane damsel fly hatch.  If I was a better photographer I’m sure this photo of the blue damsel resting on a floating seed could have been a classic!


blog-July-23-2014-7-jess-chitwood-flyfishingI kept the ladies out late.  I wasn’t reeling the boat up on the trailer until 7 PM.  Sure, we could have fished the evening caddis hatch, which I’ll admit was getting strong as we left, but if I did I’d of been loading the girls in the Exploder like sleeping kids.  They put in a full day and were completely worn out.


blog-July-23-2014-8-jessica-chitwood-flyfishingAnother fun ladies day is in the books.  Next time on the water will be Friday with my good friends Gary and Cooper Eckman.  You should know by now Gary is the reason I get to fish in the One Fly.  His son Cooper hasn’t been on the blog in a few years so I’m really looking forward to a day with him.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

ICAST 2014 – Orlando Florida

blog-July-19-2014-1-icast-show-orlando-floridaI’m just back from the Fly Tackle Dealer (FTD)/ICAST show in Orlando, FL. This was an event that I didn’t want to leave Idaho for – not with all the great fishing going on near home.  But, it turns out I had a great trip and I got to play with some fantastic new products from the companies I endorse.


blog-July-19-2014-2-winston-fly-rodsLet’s start with Winston Rods.  They have a several new products, the Micro Spey and the Nexus rods.  I didn’t get to toss the Spey rods however folks were raving about them.  I gave the Nexus 5- 6- and 8-weight rods a workout on the indoor casting pond.  The Nexus is not made of Boron but rather 100% graphite.  The unique black colored rods were a delight to cast and I best describe them by saying Winston combined their legendary action with a faster taper through the lower half.  They range from 3- to 12-weight and sell for an affordable $475.  I highly recommend you visit your nearest Winston dealer and give them a try yourself.  They should be in stores by December.


blog-July-19-2014-3-jeff-currier-art-for-winston-fly-rodsWinston is adding two T-shirts with my art on them, a brown trout and a rainbow trout.  These are not my usual watercolor fish but rather fish I did in pastel.  I wanted to do something different from what I sell on my own web store and I’m thrilled about how they turned out!


blog-July-19-2014-4-ross-animas-reelNext of interest is the new Ross Animas fly reel.  This is Ross’s first new product in several years and all I can say is that once again they’ve made another fine fly reel we’ve all come to expect.  This reel is light weight, large arbor, has an impregnated Teflon drag system and is completely anodized.  I don’t just mean the reel house and spool either, the Animas is the first Ross reel to have a fully-anodized machined aluminum handle with reverse taper for superb gripping.  The sizes start at 3-weight and go all the way to a 12-weight and retails are around $250.


blog-July-19-2014-6-scientific-anglers-fly-lineLast but not least, due to the success of the Sharkwave GPX and Ultimate Trout fly lines, Scientific Anglers has already designed additional tapers to the Sharkwave line selection.  They now offer the Siege, Saltwater Titan for big flies (which I secretly fished in Bhutan) and an all around saltwater taper.  There are several other new fly lines as well.  To learn more about them visit or better yet, pick up a copy of their stunning new catalog.  This year the catalog is a full on fly fishing magazine and I think you’ll enjoy my Bolivia article about golden dorado.


Further big news is that owner of Simms Fishing Products, KC Walsh, asked me to join the Simms team.  I already wear and use numerous Simms products so this was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made.  I am thrilled to announce I’m officially endorsing Simms!


That’s it for now.  Wednesday is ladies day on the water.  This year I’ll take Granny and Jessica Chittwood on the Renteria River.  I imagine the girls will give me a workout like they do every year – should be fun though!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Life on the River

July 11-13, 2014


blog-July-11-2014-1-sam-vigneriIf you’ve been reading the blog for awhile you know about Sammy Vigneri.  Sammy is one of my best friends going all the way back to when we were working together in a fly shop in 1987.  Sammy went to school for about twelve years after that and became a Gynecologist.  He works like a nut but he does well and treats me to Baja fishing trips on a regular basis.


blog-July-11-2014-2-flyfishing-wyomingIf I had the dough I’d take Sammy on a trip but the fly fishing business doesn’t leave you with much extra change.  However, there are some trips right here in Idaho that when done right are equivalent to a world destination.  I took Sammy to the Nunya on a three day overnight and forced him to forget about his stressful job.


blog-July-11-2014-3-flyfishing-the-wind-river-rangeOur fishing was great overall.  The breakdown was like this.  Friday Sammy needed a few hours to get warmed up.  Despite trout fishing his whole life he hasn’t been recently because he works too much.  Twitching hoppers just right to entice brown trout from the deep took a few hours to master.


blog-July-11-2014-4-flyfishing-wyomingAbout the time Sammy had the perfect “twitch” down, thick clouds with rumbles of thunder and constant drizzle turned on the fish like I’ve never seen before in my life.  Brown trout were rising everywhere you looked and Sammy landed an astonishing thirty plus, all on dries, and most ranged from 16” to 19”.  That doesn’t include the misses on strikes and browns that shook the barbless fly on their fourth jump.  Seriously, I’ve never seen browns feed on top like they did Friday.


blog-July-11-2014-5-sammy-vigneriIt rained all Friday night.  By Saturday morning the Nunya rose more than a foot and became murky.  River conditions went from excellent to severely difficult.  On top of our challenging conditions, the trout were full from yesterday and likely off the feed.  We enticed only a few fish up to dries.  Fortunately we were able to muscle out about fifteen nice browns and cutthroats on streamers.


blog-July-12-2014-6-wyoming-sunsetSammy and I suffered through some miserable storms Saturday night.  Sammy bought some of the thickest rib eye steaks you ever saw.  We ended up grilling them in the rain under nerve racking flickers of lightening.  Our plates literally had standing water on them as we cut into the delicious meat.  What was most incredible was that even though we were amidst a storm overhead, the sun found a break in the clouds hundreds of miles away to the west as it set and cast stunning beams of light on our riverside camp.


My rain fly sagged on my tent during the night and the feet end of my sleeping bag got soaked. I’ve had a lot of this in 2014 so the discomfort didn’t faze me and I slept through it like a king.  This morning we awoke to clear skies and a haze of fog over the river.  Miraculously the river level looked about the same as did the color.


blog-July-13-2014-7-fly-fishing-in-wyomingAlthough the river remained high and colored, the fact that it remained stable since yesterday was the key.  Trout adjust to the conditions given and must eat to survive.  I knew that today they’d be back on.  Sammy landed another fourteen hefty Nunya brown trout before we hit my custom take-out at noon.


blog-July-13-2014-8-nunya-river-flyfishingWhat a trip with Sammy.  What a week it’s been with five days on the Nunya (Tue and Wed with Granny, then Fri, Sat and Sun with Sammy).  I’m afraid that’s my fishing for a week as I’m cleaning gear tomorrow then Tuesday off to Orlando to the Fly Tackle Dealer Show.  My next definite day on the water will be a week from now for another one of my favorites, “ladies day” on the river.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Floating High on the West Fork of the Nunya

July 8 & 9, 2014


blog-July-9-2014-1-flyfishing-in-wyomingThis summer has been a blur.  In fact this year has been a blur.  I’ve hardly done anything normal as far as fishing goes.  Yea, there were a few days on the Henry’s Fork but normally I fish there ten times in June.  It’s been bass, carp, Bhutan, saltwater and a million things other than trout fishing back home.


blog-July-8-2014-2-camping-in-wyomingThis week was time for something that Granny and I love to do.  Something we do because we live in the Yellowstone Country.  Tuesday and Wednesday was our annual overnight float down the Nunya.


blog-July-8-2014-3-brown-trout-fishingIf you aren’t familiar with the Nunya, backtrack on my blog to 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  And there’s another 20 years of stories but they’re before blog times.  Granny and I have been fishing here for a very long time.


blog-July-8-2014-4-winston-fly-rodsGranny and I loaded up the Exploder Monday night and headed for the brew pub nearest the river.  We met up with a friend and got the fishing and water levels report.  The water was up but the bugs were hatching.  Where Granny and I usually go was too high to float and expect to catch fish so we rearranged things and floated a stretch we haven’t done in ten years.  Things worked out just fine.


blog-July-8-2014-5-jeff-currier-in-wyomingWorking out the  Ross Gunnison

blog-July-8-2014-6-flyfishing-wyomingThe average Nunya brown trout

blog-July-8-2014-7-granny-currier-guiding-wyomingBeing guided by Granny

blog-July-8-2014-8-flyfishing-with-granny-and-jeff-currierVino camping time

blog-July-8-2014-9-granny-currierGranny with one of many browns that fell for the dry

blog-July-8-2014-10-smoking-mosquitoesNatural mosquito repellent at camp

blog-July-9-2014-11-flyfishing-for-brown-troutI may have to come back this week!

I apologize for the lack of detail on the last couple blogs.  I have been suffering from TERRIBLE computer issues.  Not just my computer itself but also my internet service.  At this time next week I should have a new computer and already have a much better internet service that doesn’t go down every time lightening strikes.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Storm Triggered Carp on Blackfoot Reservoir

blog-July-3-2014-1-flyfishing-for-carpI headed back to Blackfoot Reservoir to get Skip Brittenham into a few more carp while he’s here on his 4th of July visit.  Fishing started slow but gradually they started to eat.  When the first clouds filled the sky we only had one landed.  Then rumbles of thunder came from the west followed by strong westerly gusts.  I saw some carp start rolling in the waves.  Thinking it was our last shot before the storm, I had Skip wade out and cast.  The first three casts in a row he caught a 10lb plus mirror carp!  We ended up landing seven!


blog-July-3-2014-2-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-carpJeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Henry’s Fork Marathon 2014

blog-July-1-2014-1-flyfishing-the-henrys-forkWe all have big fishing days from time to time.  I don’t mean fish catching wise, but rather a long hard fought day on the water.  You might get an early start and get home for dinner or you might leave after lunch and get home at dark.  You rack up a good 8-10 hours and call it a great day, or at least a hard effort.


blog-July-1-2014-2-jeff-currier-on-the-henrys-forkMy Henry’s Fork Harriman Ranch Marathon is 15 hours of fishing.  In fact, in my younger days 25 years ago when I started my marathon, it was an 18 hour day leaving the Last Chance parking lot at 5 AM sharp and returning around 11 PM.  In June there’s enough daylight to do this.


blog-July-1-2014-3-osborne-bridge-hernys-forkThese days it’s still a long day of fishing but we leave the Last Chance lot between 7 and 8 AM and get back between 9 and 10 PM so we can celebrate at TroutHunter (see Marathon 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).  Although a few hours shorter, the one thing still required to consider it “The Marathon” is that you walk all the way to the Osborne Bridge and back, about a 10 mile round trip when you factor I all the zigzagging you do crossing the river fishing.


blog-July-1-2014-4-henrys-fork-marathonAnyone is welcome to come along.  Granny always goes.  She’s never missed one in all the 25+ years.  In fact the Marathon specifically takes place on a Tuesday because it’s her day off, usually on the longest Tuesday of the year.  July 1st is unusual but we missed the longest Tuesday of the year last week because Granny and I were in New Hampshire bass fishing.


blog-July-1-2014-5-erik-moncada-colton-scoffieldAfter a nice night around the fire at the gravel pits Monday night, Granny and I drove into the Last Chance parking lot around 6:30 AM.  I brewed some coffee and Marathon regular of three years, Jon Yusko (JY) came shortly after.  Also along was Erik Moncada (2nd Marathon) and Colton Scoffield (1st) of Boise and one of my Victor pals, Tim Brune (1st).


blog-July-1-2014-6-harriman-ranch-henrys-forkThe weather for the 2014 Marathon will go down as the most enjoyable.  There wasn’t a breath of wind, no clouds and plenty warm.  These aren’t exactly the best conditions for hatches and fishing, but that’s not always what it’s about.


blog-July-1-2014-7-coulton-scoffield-henrys-forkIf you grade our fishing for the entire day, I’ll give it a B-.  The morning session was ok.  Granny and I cast to four big fish.  I lost both mine after the second jump.  Granny lost one after one jump and missed the other eat altogether.  As a group, there were three nice fish landed before we reached Osborne Bridge.


blog-July-1-2014-8-jeff-currier-harriman-ranch-henry's-forkWe reached the bridge at 3 PM.  From 1 till 7 nothing happened.  It was hot.  At 7 PM a hatch of PMD’s, drakes and caddis came off and the fishing went nuts.  I landed two nice fish and hooked and lost another five.  Keeping them buttoned on today was not in my cards.  I had almost no refusals on these finicky fish all day using the Thorax Mahogany Dun.


blog-July-1-2014-9-ranch-on-the-henrys-forkJY and I were last off the river reaching the parking lot at 10:15 PM.  Brune beat us in by a matter of minutes.  The other guys and Granny packed it in at 9.


We celebrated at the Trouthunter with delicious Last Chance Burgers and beer.  I must be getting slightly older because I’m exhausted and sore – but in a rewarding happy way.  Marathon 2014 is in the books.  I hope to see some new participants for 2015!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing