2023 Year in Review

by | Dec 31, 2023 | fly fishing the world | 1 comment

flyfishingBeen a nice visit up here in Wolfeboro, NH over the holidays with family.  I hardly ever settle down for long anywhere and I almost never go a few weeks without my fly rod in hand.  Granny and I have been hanging low, eating too much, watching lots of football, sleeping in and believe it or not, its so warm we have been canoeing.

 

During the day I’ve been getting ready for the Show Season Tour.  I’ve been doing art.  I update all my presentations and then recite them a few times to make sure they’re ready.  My first gig is next weekend January 5-7 at the Marlboro, MA Fly Fishing Show.  Then its Denver, NJ, Atlanta, Minneapolis and on for a Canada tour.  Its going to be a busy start 2024 for sure.

 

There will be lots of fishing travel as well for 2024.  I have two big trips on the books already.  I’ll be back to Bhutan for golden mahseer in April and both Granny and I will be fishing West Cape York Australia with Josh Hutchins of Aussie Fly Fisher in September.  There’s a bunch of my usual escapades as well and spots where I plan to fit in something crazy!

 

bass-on-flySpeaking of 2024, I never really closed the books on 2023.  The year was solid and somewhat normal.  The first of its kind since 2019 when began the Covid craziness and then Granny and I made the move.  Though friends and family thought we were out of our minds to leave Idaho and the Yellowstone Country, we could not be more happier in Hayward, WI.  2023 marks our first full year here and we absolutely love the huge change!

 

A deeper rundown of 2023 goes like this:

 

Granny-CurrierI fished 124 days:  37 for trout, 69 for warmwater species, 11 in saltwater and 7 in the rainforest of Borneo.  I fished at least six states, three Provinces of Canada and left the country six times.

 

I caught 40 species on the fly – 9 were new ones that include the white sucker, American shad, silver redhorse, river redhorse, burrito grunt, bullseye puffer, Sultan barb, tinfoil barb and last but not least – the red kaloiMy total is 455 give or take one.  I will update my exact count soon.  Every year of my fishing life I’ve added new species but I must admit, the list of additions gets smaller every year.  My ultimate goal is 500.  Of course once I reach that it’s off for 600!

 

While all the new species were incredible I had a few favorites that weren’t new:

 

Currier-WalleyeMonster walleye from the Columbia – The smoking yellowfin tuna of Baja – Giant channel cats from Manitoba – Granny’s hefty pike from Gangler’s in Manitoba – Big bull trout of the Metolius – Winning the Silver Medal in the Worlds in Kamloops Canada – Coaster brook trout off the Canada side of Lake Superior – More muskies this year than last – Granny’s jumbo WI largemouth – Living large with the new Striker raft – And I could go on and on.  2023 was a dang good year!

 

And none of all this good fishing would be possible without the best sponsors in the fly fishing industry.  Thank you Simms, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing, Yeti, Scientific Anglers, Outcast Sporting Goods, Winston Fly Rods, Bauer Fly Reels, Costa, Aire Whitewater, Flyfishers International and Kate’s Real Food

 

That’s all I have time for.  Happy New Year everyone!

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Lane

    nice fish! That walleye is a trophy

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!

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