A Fishing Reality Check

by | Jul 14, 2023 | Fly Fishing Warmwater | 2 comments

fly-fishingFishing has been ridiculously good for weeks now.  Wednesday was one of my best days of the year.  I was bound and due for a fishing reality check.  Sure enough, today was the day.



Wisconsin-fliesBob Butler and I made it to the river at about sunrise.  There wasn’t a ton of sun to see due to smoke from the Canada fires.  The body feels it – it’s kind of like having a bad allergy that you just can’t kick.  And regardless of a mostly blocked sun, it was hot.  Too hot for most fish no matter what fly.


We had three or four fish chase down our flies and eat.  One was a smallish 25” or so musky that hit my Man Bear Pig at full speed but somehow avoided getting hooked.  The only others were smallies.  Bob and I each landed one.  Neither large enough to be worthy of a photo.  It was the toughest fishing day in at least a month.


otterToday’s top highlight was a big softshell turtle working the mud and weeds right near our boat.  Unfortunately the odd creature buried itself before I got a photo.  The other highlight was a family of otters.  The adults led us away from their pups.  They make a funny noise trying to threaten you as they lead you away.


fish-artThat’s it for fishing for a few days.  I’m going to stay home all weekend and catch up on things including rest for my shoulder.  One of this weekend’s highlights will be Red Sox vs Cubs and while I listen to the games I’ll be doing some painting.  I decided it’s time to have a bluefin trevally available on all my products in the near future!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. howie

    Even though we compete for the fish, you gotta love those otters! They often make the day for me when I run into them.

  2. Jeff

    I like them to Howie. Honestly, when I’ve caught them red-handed, 90% of the time they have a sucker.

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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!