Archive | February, 2017

Another California Fly Fishing Tour Begins

No rest for the wicked.  I barely get in the door at home on Mondays before leaving again on Wednesdays.  I like it though because I love my job.  While tomorrow night some of my California friends will catch my “Warmwater Fly Fishing” presentation at Tracy Fly Fishers here in California, those who don’t can catch me this weekend at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show and next week in Bakersfield or Fresno.


As always, I’ll be giving several PowerPoint presentations (schedule below) and demoing on the Fly Casting Pond.  And of course, I’ll have plenty of my famous coffee mugs and beer steins as well as every color Sharpie you can imagine and boxes to draw on.  Feel free to bring your own box, computer or whatever.  Hope to see you there!


Here’s my presentation schedule for the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show:


1:00 – Autograph Booth

2:00 – Release Room – “Tricks & Tactics for Fly Fishing the World’s Best Flats”

4:15 – Inside Pond – “Fly Casting 101”


11:15 – Outside Pond – “Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul”

1:00 – Autograph Booth

3:00 – “Fly Fishing for Carp – A 20lb Fish near Home”


11:00 – Autograph Booth

12:45 – Inside Pond – “Fly Casting 101”

3:00 – “Streamer Tricks for More and Larger Trout”


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Winter Continues to Steam On By

Exhausted would be an understatement as I make my way home from Indianapolis this morning.  But you know I love it.  I just got done speaking and sketching on fly boxes for three days at the Indianapolis Boat, Travel and Sport Show.  The show was fantastic and I had a great time teaching and entertaining, but big shows (this one dwarfs the usual fly fishing shows) drain you.


Then this morning I checked out of my hotel at 4 AM, had an hour drive through pea soup fog, returned a rental car then caught my 6 AM flight from Indi towards Idaho.  I rarely put myself in such travel hell but with little time at home lately the early flight might allow me time for a ski this afternoon.


Next in line is a ten-day California tour.  It begins Thursday night speaking to Tracy Fly Fishers where I’ll present “Fly Fishing Warmwater – Bass, Pike, Carp and More” followed by Friday through Sunday at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show (I’ll post my Pleasanton Show seminar schedule Wednesday).  Then I’ll relax Monday and Tuesday and return to the stage in Bakersfield for a Carp talk then Fresno for Streamer Tactics.


Normally on this CA tour I head out on the Delta for a day of striped bass fishing with my friend Ben Byng.  Not this year.  The rains have doomed most fishing opportunities for this trip.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

The Indianapolis Sports Show Feb 17-19, 2017

Here we go again!  It’s time for the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show.  I did this show last winter and thoroughly enjoyed.  If you’re in the area swing by and catch one of my presentations!


Here are my seminar times for this weekend.  Click on the presentation titles for full details:


4:00 – “Warmwater Fly Fishing – Bass, Pike and More”


12:00 – “Trout Bumming the World”

3:00 – “Fly Fishing Jackson Hole”


12:00 – “Fly Fishing Tails from Africa”

3:00 – “Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum”

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Frigig Cold & Wind Shorten Last Day on the Ice

Wind shook the Chippewa Retreat Lodge starting in the wee hours.  By the time I got up to meet the guys for ice fishing, everyone but two of the guides, Joe and James, bagged the idea of fishing.  I layered up and off we went.


We didn’t go far from the lodge and it wasn’t to a lake.  We fished a wide section of the river.  Ice conditions were poor with thin ice and slush on top.  We walked with caution but safely got in six tip ups and over a two hour period managed to land five pike.


The wind can be not only cold but just plain annoying.  We packed it in around 11 AM.  It was a great weekend of ice fishing in Wisconsin and there was no need for a full day today.  We spent the rest of the day playing pool and dice and just flat out had a great time.  And of course, George took us to dinner one last time.  We ate at the White Oak Grill next to Chippewa Retreat and had one last epic feast!


I’m flying home today then back in a plane for work this weekend.  I’ll be speaking at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show.  I’ll post my speaking schedule on Thursday.  Hope to see some of you there!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Musky Through the Ice

What a difference a day makes.  The wind stopped and there were splashes of sunshine as we took to the ice here in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. The temperature also rose.  It was 22° before we had all our tip ups in.  This is way above average for northern Wisconsin in February.


A few of us went on a crappie hunt.  Crappie are very active fish under the ice in the dead of winter.  The problem is you must find the school in order to catch them.  The best way is to drill a line of holes and drop down tiny jigs.  Fish the hole from top to bottom.  If you don’t hit a fish move.  When you finally hit that first crappie you’re in for a treat.  We hit a few in an area and managed to land about ten of average size.



Unlike yesterday where we spent most the day in the ice shack, we lounged around outside.  We grabbed the lawn chairs and spread them out like it was a summer afternoon.  We sipped beers and watched for flags.  It doesn’t get any more relaxing that this.


While we caught numerous pike and a scattering of yellow perch, there was one flag to remember.  The flag popped on our furthest tip up from where we had our party.  Rather than charge for the flag myself, I offered it to the guys.  Everyone seemed lazy so off I went.





When I got to the tip up the fish wasn’t running at all.  In fact whatever fish it was had only taken a few inches of line.  But I had a feeling as I went into action.  At that time the spool began to spin frantically.  Normally you’d let it stop then strike the fish but this one didn’t stop.  I reached in and set and it was game on.


If you’ve never hand lined a strong fish I’ll tell you it’s a unique feeling.  You need to have a magic touch or one swift headshake and they’ll break you off.  It’s even more likely when you have a toothy critter like a pike.  I gently fought the fish to the surface for times.  We saw flashes below our ice hole but then the fish would run back out 30 feet of line and I’d work him back.  At last I got him – a small musky!


A muskellunge through the ice is a rarity.  In more than thirty years of Wisconsin ice fishing this handsome member of the pike family is only my second on a tip up.   Pretty cool stuff.  After this quick photo I released him unharmed.  All I can think about now is how bad I need to get back here in October with my fly rod like I last did in 2012.


It was another magic day on the ice.  We continued to enjoy ourselves from the lounge.  Joe fried up our pike and perch and along with it we had shrimp, scallops and lobster tails.  I wonder what the guides are serving in the warm destinations around the world today?  Probably not quite as good.  One more day.  Loving it here in Wisconsin!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Ice Fishing In Wisconsin 2017

No doubt fly fishing is my passion.  But I learned every type of fishing along the journey and its likely why I know what I’m doing with a fly rod no matter what fish I’m after.  And still to this day one of my all-time favorites is ice fishing for Northern pike, walleye, perch, crappie and bluegill with tip-ups and light jigging sticks.


I’m up in the Great Northwood’s of Wisconsin with longtime friends on an ice fishing trip as a guest of George Hillenbrand.  George has been flying us up to Manitowish Waters to stay at Chippewa Retreat Resort almost every winter since 2007.  In case you’ve never been, northern Wisconsin is one of the best kept secrets in the lower 48.  I studied at Northland College in Ashland from 1983-87 and can honestly say they were some of the most enjoyable fishing years of my life.


Today was a cold windy one on the ice.  The temperature was likely 15°.  Toss in the wind and for sure the chill kept things well below zero.  This may not sound fun but to make things comfortable we also have ice tents for jigging and a well built and equipped shack to keep warm in.  It helps further that George hires guides (good friends) to handle most of the cold finger work.


In comparison to other years today’s fishing was slow.  There were six of us which in turn means we had eighteen tip-ups on the ice.  Each tip-up is baited with a live minnow and when a fish takes the bait the flag of the tip-up pops.  We probably had around fifteen flags total but landed only a few pike and a couple perch.


I’m a catch and release man at heart but when ice fishing in Wisconsin these fish get eaten.  Despite our slower than normal fishing we managed more than enough cookie cutter pike to make a meal.  Our head guide Joe Peska made us his normal lunch to die for of fried fish straight out of the ice hole with heaps of French fries to go with.


It was a wonderful day on the ice that ends with another feast.  Every night George takes us to one of the fine restaurants in the Manitowish Waters area.  George orders enough appetizers of shrimp, scallops and lobster tails to feed a group of twelve.  All six of us however managed to crush it all then we followed up with prime ribs.  After dinner out came the deserts.  I devoured this incredible creampuff desert!


I’m exhausted and feel like I might pop!  Stay tuned for tomorrow. . . . .


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Avalanches Continue to Play Havoc with Me!

I made it to Chippewa Retreat Resort in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin tonight.  It’s a miracle.  I was scheduled to fly out of Jackson Hole this morning but we’ve had so much snow that Teton Pass was closed.  I went to drive around the pass at 3 AM and Snake River Canyon slid and closed that road.  Quick on my toes I called Delta and they gladly changed me to depart from Idaho Falls and it was happy times from their all the way to WI.


Let the ice fishing games begin!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Show Break Shifts to Wisconsin

It was a lovely week being home here in Victor, Idaho.  Most of the days I shoveled however I had a couple great backcountry ski jaunts as well.  It should be a great year for the trout with all this snow.


Tomorrow it’s off to Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin to Chippewa Retreat Resort for one of my favorite trips of the year.  Expect fun filled blogs of ice fishing, fresh fried pike and walleye, beer and big dinners at the best restaurants.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing