Always Catch a Fish on Your Birthday

by | Oct 18, 2021 | fly fishing for false albacore | 2 comments

false-albacoreWhen Rick Wilsterman and I left the harbor from Chatham, Massachusetts here on Cape Cod, it was obvious the birthday gods were with me.  The wind was howling and there no other boats out.  Yeah, our pursuit seemed crazy, but in the cut from bay to ocean, birds were diving and the false albacore were busting.


flyfishingThe albies were feeding so furiously, catching one seemed certain. But getting to them was a chore.  It looked like an easy drive but the wind was relentless and though Ricks boat is solid,  it seemed like we were getting blown around in circles.


Jeff-Currier-saltwater-flyAs Rick maneuvered his boat the best he could, my casting flailed.  I can cast straight into a stiff wind but not only was the boat moving wildly, but so were the albies.  But on my second cast I managed to back cast right on a leaping albie.  One strip and I yelled, “Fish on!”


Jeff-CurrierRick told me later he thought I was joking.  False albacore, like all the tuna family, are finicky.  But I had one and this fish took off deep into my backing.  It was all I could do to balance myself in the boat as the battle took place.


false-albieThe great thing about false albacore is that although the first run is furious, the next couple are less than half the first.  Then in fewer than five minutes you have your fish.  And let me tell you, if haven’t caught them yet, do so, they are one of the prettiest fish species out there.




The funny thing about this fish on the second cast is that it was our one and only for the day.  The fish continued to feed for an hour but we couldn’t get another to bite our fly.  At about 11 am they disappeared and we fought the wind and searched for more.  No luck.


It only takes one fish to make my day and I got him.  Even better that it came on my birthday.  Now its time for a big dinner with Rick and his wife along with a very chocolatey desert.  The wind forecast is for it to continue.  But so will we.  Rich and I have one more day together then I’m off to my clinics and speaking gigs.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Brian I

    Happy belated birthday! Gotta love finding that one willing fish in less than ideal conditions.

  2. Tad Einloth


    Happy New England Birthday!


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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!