A Snowy Day on Jenny Lake

by | Oct 30, 2018 | fly fishing Jenny Lake | 3 comments

flyfishing Jenny LakeI was sweating on my last cast Thursday down Louisiana.  Not today.  Holly crap did winter come quick to the Yellowstone Country!  With Jenny Lake season coming to a close tomorrow, Boots Allen, Tim Brune and I had to go fish Jenny regardless of the snow.

 

Tim Brune on Jenny LakeIt’s actually beautiful when you’re dressed for it.  And if you like having a fishery to yourselves, days like today are the ones.  After the short hike to my lake trout spot we geared up and went to work.

 

fly fishing for lake troutNormally we can see the lake trout cruising the shelf in October.  But with thick clouds and white reflecting light we couldn’t see anything.  We waded out and cast our chartreus streamers off the drop-off.

 

Jeff Currier flyfishing Jenny LakeCasting off the drop-off is good for a chance at a big laker from the deep.  But after a while I wanted to catch one.  I wanted a nice 18 incher for tonight’s dinner.  If you just want a fish then the best approach is to cast parallel with the drop-off where usually the smaller lakers patrol.

 

Though there’s always a chance for a big laker, I use my 6-weight Winston and the Scientific Anglers Intermediate Sinking line, the Sonar Stillwater.  I like a straight 10 foot long piece of 0X fluorocarbon for a leader.  Hands down, the best color streamers for lake trout are either chartreus, yellow or white in color.

 

Jeff Currier lake trout fly fishingIt didn’t take long.  I got that first fish of the day and swiftly conked him over the head.  I’m 99.9% catch and release but when it comes to a fresh lake trout from cold waters on a snowy day . . . that’s a different story.  I even whacked another for my neighbors who supply Granny and I with vegetables all summer long.  Between the three of us we landed four small lakers.  A very slow day on Jenny Lake.

 

fresh lake troutWinter has started in my neck of the woods.  The weather looks sketchy for the next week.  I’ll definitely get out somewhere again soon but the rest of this week will be for catching up on stuff.  In ten days however, it will be off to Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

3 Comments

  1. jac

    Jeff, recovering from back surgery last week and for the first time I was content sitting in my recliner enjoying your beautiful,simple blog. Having fished Jenny Lake in warmer weather, Suzanne and I use to canoe along the left bank and then tie up at the north end, get out and wade and fly fish. Great memories, thank you Jeff. Our love to Granny. Jack & Suzanne

  2. Jack L. Meredith

    Jeff, recovering from back surgery last week and for the first time I was content sitting in my recliner enjoying your beautiful,simple blog. Having fished Jenny Lake in warmer weather, Suzanne and I use to canoe along the left bank and then tie up at the north end, get out and wade and fly fish. Great memories, thank you Jeff. Our love to Granny. Jack & Suzanne

  3. Tad Einloth

    That is a good day of fishing!

    Tad

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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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