Archive | March, 2015

Entertaining at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

blog-March-28-2015-1-mossy-creek-flyfishingblog-March-28-2015-2-jeff-currier-speaking-in-vaTo say I had a fun day of entertaining the fly fishers of Virginia on Saturday for the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing 12th Anniversary Party is an understatement.  The day was an absolute hoot from 8AM till the wee hours Sunday morning.  I gave the PowerPoint presentations “Trout Bumming the World”, “Fly Fishing Warmwater” and “Fly Fishing through Midlife Heaven”.  Big fish pics get me fired up and I filled the time in between shows with some knot demos and even went outside to teach fly casting in the wind despite frigid temperatures.

 

blog-March-28-2015-3-jeff-currier-fish-artNot only did I pull off five gigs, but I drew on several fly boxes and a wall.  Yes, a wall.  The Mossy Creek fly shop has a wall already decorated by Tim Borski, Gary Borger, Brian O’Keefe and Kelly Galloup to name a few.  I worked from a precarious position for nearly two hours filling a space with a rising Snake River Cutthroat.

 

blog-March-28-2015-4-jeff-currier-tarpon-artworkFor the evening encore, I caught some of the 2015 f3t for the third weekend in a row then joined the entire Mossy Creek staff and all local Madison Trout Unlimited members under 40 for an evening of closing the local establishments of downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Needles to say I’m a bit knackered after such a great day but with absolutely no complaints.  A special thanks to my Mossy Creek hosts Colby and Brian and their staff and all those who came out for the event.

 

blog-March-28-2015-5-jeffcurrier-cutthroat-artWhile we’re on the subject of speaking, this was my last gig of the 2015 winter season.  If you’re part of a fly fishing club or putting a fly fishing day together this fall or next winter, always keep me in mind as your fly fishing speaker.  I have more programs and subjects available than any other speaker out there and hiring details are here.

 

Buckle up – next blog I’ll be headed for the Middle East with the Winston, Simms, Abel, Ross and SA arsenal.  Could I be sporting some queenfish by weeks end . . . . .?  Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing the New River in West Virginia

March 26, 2015

 

blog-March-27-2015-1-flyfishing-west-virginiaWednesday was long.  I had a busy morning around Victor then caught the 1:20 flight from Jackson to Denver and on to Washington DC.  At 11 PM I was met by Colby Trow, one of the founders of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing and we drove two hours to his place in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  I’m here for two days of fishing and to teach and entertain for their shops annual conclave on Saturday.

 

 

blog-March-27-2015-2-flyfishing-in-west-virginiaAfter a very short sleep, Colby and I met up with his brother Brian and drove for 2 ½ hours to the boat launch in Sandstone, West Virginia on the hardly discovered, second oldest river in the world, the New.  Here we met their long time friend and guide Duncan McGrath.  Duncan knows the New and he and his brother Phil kindly offered to float along with us in their raft and try to steer us into some nice smallmouth bass and possibly even a muskellunge.

 

blog-March-27-2015-3-flyfishing-the-new-river-in-wvThe winter back here was one of the coldest snowiest on record so the smallies are deep and sluggish.  I was informed ahead of time they may not be chasing the fly well.  Nonetheless, I packed my 6-weight Winston armed with a fast sinking Scientific Angler Uniform Sink Type 5 and a handful of Clouser Minnows to bounce along the bottom.  I also brought along a Winston SX 10-weight in case we ran into the muskies.  Debacle struck however at the boat launch when I learned that in my sleep stupor earlier that morning I took my reels out of my duffle at Colby’s house and they never made it back in.  What an idiot!  Luckily I had friends to cover me.

 

blog-March-27-2015-4-musky-fliyWe pushed off in t-shirts and the guys started me chucking an eight inch musky streamer on my 10-weight.  On my third cast a solid smallmouth chased down the jumbo fly and grabbed material everywhere but where the hook was.  The bronze colored fish got wise and disappeared fast but things were looking up in the first minutes.  Of course, that’s only if this wasn’t the old “boat launch” jinx.

 

blog-March-27-2015-5-flyfishing-the-new-river-in-west-virginiaTwo fishless hours later the wind cranked and out came the fleece.  Colby made a call upstream to Duncan’s boat to see if they had any better luck.  Duncan and Phil were fishing tubes on spin rods and said they caught a few smallies but it was slow.  Soon the weather went south and we were hunkered down against some railroad tracks sheltering from a thunderstorm.  Duncan and Phil caught up to us and we drank a few brews and waited out the lightening.

 

blog-March-27-2015-6-fishing-in-west-virginiaCatching fish on fly wasn’t in the cards.  After the storm temps plummeted to the low 40°s and the rain dragged on.  Despite excellent raingear I’d have much preferred my G4z waders.  We pulled the rafts out on a slippery old wooden ramp and hoisted them up to our trailer and headed to a cabin Duncan rents.  Soon Brian was grilling us a chicken breast feast while we thawed out.

 

March 27

 

blog-March-28-2015-7-west-virginia-trainsIt was a full on “Monsoon Currier” night.  Rain pelted our cabin endlessly.  At times it was louder than the trains clanking down the tracks a mere 50 feet from my bed.  I couldn’t help but picture the New River rising to horrific heights by morning.  Fortunately the rain stopped at 6AM and although the New mucked up, it remained fishable.

 

blog-March-28-2015-8-new-river-sandstone-west-virginiaThe temps dropped further for Day 2.  It was in the low 30°s when we pushed the rafts off and there were a few snow flakes threatening.  Phil opted out and Brian hopped in with Duncan while Colby and I stayed together and went on a musky mission.  Lousy weather is often ideal for theses toothy monsters.

 

blog-March-28-2015-9-flyfishing-with-colby-trowDespite both of us working ourselves senseless, Colby rowing and me casting the 10-weight with a fly that should’ve worked, not a creature would stir.  After five relentless hours, I picked up my lighter rod and bounced delicious looking crayfish patterns on bottom for another two hours – not even a touch.  You need to know when to surrender.  Colby and I changed gears and drank three straight beers and enjoyed the rest of the float.

 

Across river Duncan and Brian worked just as hard but with spin rods.  Even the dark side didn’t clean up.  They landed a largemouth bass, a smallie and a walleye.  The walleye was a pleasant surprise and a first for Brian.

 

blog-March-28-2015-11-jeff-currier-flyfishing-in-west-virginiaIf I caught fish every outing I’d be bored to death with this great sport.  Sure, I’m a long way from home and a few special natives from West Virginia would’ve been nice.  But it wasn’t meant to be and I can’t argue with our efforts.

 

blog-March-28-2015-12-jeff-currier-flyfishing-in-sudanThe good news is that the two days were a needed tune up for what’s next in my fishing world.  For all my readers who are chomping for something fishy and exciting, buckle up, on April 2 I’m off to DubaiSudan – Dubai and Oman.  I believe this adventure will make up for three months of work blogs!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

A Weekend in Canada

blog-March-21-2014-jeff-currier-speaking-in-canadaA fun weekend in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada with the Chinook Waters fly Fishing Club has slipped by in a flash.  I drew on a heap of Cliff Fly Boxes, entertained and taught seminars all Saturday then whooped it up with club members for a showing of the f3t fly fishing film during the evening.  I also ate a plate of poutine that left me rather full!  A big travel day up, a full day of speaking and a extended travel day home that didn’t get me to my bed till midnight has slumped back in my easy chair trying to figure out if I should run, ride the bike or just rest up today.

 

Next on my agenda includes fishing.  On Wednesday I’ll fly to Virginia to meet up with the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing boys.  They are generously treating me to two days of fishing.  For what I’m not yet sure.  Then Saturday it’s another all-out day of seminars at their shop.

 

blog-March-21-2015-jeff-currier-in-canadaIf you’re in the Mossy Creek VA neck of the woods be sure to swing by and join the fun.  This weekend my seminars include the eye opening “Trout Bumming the World” followed by some knot demonstrations.  For the knots I’ll be concentrating on how to tie up a European nymph leader and fishing three flies at a time.  Then we’ll talk some “Warmwater Fly Fishing”, go outside and bang out “Fly Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul” and end the great day with some world travel and my PowerPoint Presentation “Fly Fishing through Midlife Heaven”.  Hope to see you there!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

2015 Roosterfishing Trip Cancelled Again

blog-March-18-2015-1-sam-vigneri-flyfising-for-roosterfishMy annual roosterfish trip to Baja isn’t so annual lately.  Last year I missed the body-bashing trip for the first time in years because I took on a mahseer project in Bhutan.  Then three weeks ago my 2015 trip was cancelled because my roosterfish companion, Sammy Vigneri, slipped on ice and broke his leg severely.

 

blog-March-18-2015-2-jeffcurrier-roosterfish-artBut not all is lost.  Instead of eliminating roosterfish completely off the books for 2015, I received an order to paint one for John McMinn.  John’s handsome rooster had some brilliant colors fading from iridescent greens to purples and the fun project got me as close to a rooster as you can get.  John just received the watercolor and was completely stoked!

 

I’m now packing for the Chinook Waters Fly Fishing Club Conclave in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.  I’ll be their guest speaker this weekend.  I was there in 2012 and all I can say is these folks like to have fun.

 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAJust in case you live nearby, I’ll be doing presentations on Warmwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fishing Photography and Knots.  Then I’ll end my day presenting “Fly Fishing through Midlife Heaven”.  Then the club follows the day up with a showing of the F3T.  I saw the flick last Friday and it was superb as always.  It should be an awesome work weekend!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Open Season on Victor, Idaho Meadow Voles

blog-March-11-2015-1-meadow-volesFor those of you on the East Coast, I’m sorry, but our weather here in Idaho has been no less than phenomenal.  Other than one day it’s been in the 50°s and 60°s for the two straight weeks I’ve been home.  The one cold day it snowed 8” and I got in a fantastic cross country ski.  All the snow melted the next day.

 

blog-March-11-2015-2-meadow-vole-damageWhen the snow leaves the yard there’s an awful mess caused by meadow voles.  This year is the worst on record.  My lawn is chewed to pieces, there’s holes everywhere, tree roots gnawed, aspen trees girdled and tulip bulbs eaten.  I’ve declared all-out war on the tiny rodent pests and my air rifle is at my side.  They’re not easy to hit but as you can see above I’ve reached American sniper status.  I can’t tell you how many I’ve shot at this point.  And they don’t go to waste.  The magpies are thrilled with the fresh carnage.

 

blog-March-11-2015-3-mikey-wierA reminder to those of you living in my area, March 13, this Friday night, the Fly Fishing Film Tour hits Jackson Hole (f3t).  The entertaining group of fly fishing flicks will show at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.  Doors open at 6PM and the movie starts at 7.  Tickets are available at WorldCast Anglers, Orvis of Jackson Hole or purchase them on line.

 

blog-March-11-2015-4-jeff-currier-&-mike-dawesFor those not in my area, the f3t is on tour and can been seen in most major US cities.  Here’s the schedule so you can catch the entertainment in your area.  If you have any interest in carp on the fly be ready for the last segment – Carpland – in which Mike Dawes and I have provided some Blackfoot Reservoir mirror-monsters!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Relishing Home Time in Victor

blog-March-4-2015-1-flying-over-wyoming-on-deltaSomeone commented at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show last week, “Man Currier, you’ve been on the road since early January”.  Then he laughed and said, “No that’s not true, you’ve been on the road since you quit the fly shop in 2009!”

 

blog-March-4-2015-2-jeff-currier-and-masi-warriorThe dude was correct.  In October 2009 I walked out the door of the fly shop after 23 years and caught a flight to Baja three days later.  I never looked back.  I’ve been going hard for five straight years fishing and speaking.  And gratefully I’m making a living at it.  It’s been fun, very rewarding and yes, I am one of the luckiest fly fisherman in the world.

 

blog-March-4-2015-3-flyfishing-in-sudanThe Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show was excellent.  From there I drove down to Fresno and did a custom PowerPoint presentation for Fresno Fly Fishers entirely about my trip last March to the Red Sea off Sudan.  If you didn’t see the blog for Sudan start here.  The off the wall topic drew a much larger crowd than expected and I got everyone pumped including myself.  I’m headed back for Sudan in April.

 

blog-March-4-2015-4-evening-grosbeaksIn the meantime I’m relishing time at home in Victor.  There’s nothing like kicking back with a fresh pressed cup of coffee and watching the birds at the feeder followed by a day at the home office.  Break times are skiing, biking and watching college basketball and spring training games.  This actually might be a fun year for this Cubbie diehard.

 

blog-March-4-2015-5-jeff-currier-and-mossy-creek-flyfishingAlthough I hope to wet a line on my home waters this month, I’m mostly preparing for my next two gigs.  I’ll be the guest speaker at the Lethbridge, Alberta Fly Fishing Conclave on March 21st then the following weekend at the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Open House in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Both gigs will be great fun and yes, I’m sneaking in two days of fishing while in VA.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

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