A Bear, A Porcupine and Smallmouth Slabs

by | Aug 15, 2022 | fly fishing for smallmouth bass

Wisconsin-fishingFall is in the air.  Bob Butler and I met at 5 AM in pitch dark.  A month ago, we didn’t need headlights at 5.  We drove an hour dodging deer the whole way to our boat launch on the unnamed river.  Even at 6 AM, though dawn was breaking, it wasn’t easy to see.  We launched and did our shuttle.  We pushed off just before 6:40 AM as the sun attempted to burn through the thick fog.


flyfishingI took the oars first and insisted Bob toss his 9-weight with his musky fly.  August is premature to expect a musky bite but because of the crisp feel we thought an early musky was possible.  Instead, it were the smallmouth that took a liking in the 8” long sucker fly imitation.


bass-on-flyWhile we didn’t exactly spank the smallies on the musky fly, we had lots of interest.  Enough that after an hour of chucking the big fly rods without even a pike sighting we backed off to our bass rods.  I fished a black woolly bugger Clouser like fly on my 6-weight.  I stripped and flipped all the deep runs with my Sonar fly line.  We still didn’t catch a lot, but the ones we did catch were very nice fish.  I love the dark cheek streaks!


bearGorgeous smallmouth all day long were not today’s highlight for me.  Yeah man, they were fun, but we had an amazing wildlife day as well.  I won’t even touch on the birds but keep in mind Wisconsin is part of the Mississippi Flyway.  Our birds are incredible.  But amongst numerous whitetail deer we saw a porcupine drink and best of all, a medium size black bear cross the river.  The phone camera doesn’t pick him up without a magnifying glass but he was closer than he looks.


Jeff-Currier-smallmout-bassI had to record a podcast tonight with Rob Snowhite who guides Northern Virginia and Washington DC.  With this in mind Bob and I needed to be off the water by midafternoon.  3 PM was about perfect for a day that started by waking up at 4:17 AM.  But you got to milk it – every dang minute of this fantastic journey!


Granny is off the next few days and though I know we have work to do on our fixer-upper, I bet we’ll go fishing too!


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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!