A Spur of the Moment Evening Float

by | Jun 22, 2023 | Hayward Fly Fishing Company | 2 comments

Stu-NevilleWhen Granny and I made our move to Wisconsin official, it was amazing how many local fly fishers reached out and welcomed us.  We got advice on places to fish, some folks offered to take us fishing, and Stu Neville, owner of the Hayward Fly Fishing Company, Stu offered to promote my art, sell my books in his shop and he even put on a “Currier Christmas” event at his store last December just like WorldCast Anglers did back in my Victor, Idaho days.


HFFCThough Stu and I have hit the Anglers for dinner and tipped a few brews together during my first year, until today we hadn’t fished together.  But I got a text around 4 PM this afternoon with an invite to join him and his store employee, Levi, for a short float to test out his new boat.  I was in!


Currier-NevilleI won’t mention where we floated but it’s a place I’ve hit before.  The difference this time was that we didn’t push off until 8 PM and I’ve yet to fish this river in the evening.  Also, I had Stu behind the oars.  He knows every nook and cranny and it took about five minutes to christen the boat with its first fish – a nice little river smallie.


Hayward-FlyfishingIt got dark on us fast despite being the “second longest day of the year”.  This particular river bottom is thick with trees and by 9:30 I was having trouble gaging my casting distance and in general, seeing where the heck I was casting.


It was a great evening over all.  We landed about six fish between us before it got too dark.  Surprisingly, a largemouth bass was the largest catch of the night and there were no pike.  That’s fishing.  We pulled off the river about 10 PM.


WisconsinIts almost midnight now and I have an early one tomorrow.  Granny and I will be giving Nelson Lake our first crack.  We aim to be there at sunrise in the Blue Bathtub.  The shoulder is feeling better and I’m fishing harder than ever lately.  Life is great!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Howie

    Glad the skeeters did not carry you off!

  2. Jeff

    Oh they tried!

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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!