Arrival Day in Knysna, South Africa

by | Nov 11, 2015 | Uncategorized

blog-Nov-11-2015-1-flying-to-george-south-africaGranny and I have flown through a 48-hour time warp from the onset of winter in Victor, Idaho to the heart of spring down here on the bottom of the African continent in Knysna, South Africa.  We are staying the next four days in this area with my friend Craig Smith and his wife Coreta.  I met Craig while fishing in Egypt for Nile perch in 2008 then we fished there again in 2010.


blog-Nov-11-2015-2-george-south-africaAs you can imagine, jetlag after such a journey is huge.  South Africa is nine hours ahead of Idaho time and in a completely different hemisphere.  As always, we follow my rule of fighting jetlag by getting on schedule at our new location immediately.  This means that no matter how tired we are we stay awake till at least 9 PM.


blog-Nov-11-2015-3-knysna-south-africaAfter our arrival at around 10 AM in George, South Africa Craig picked us up and we drove for his home town of Knysna.  Upon arrival we met his wife Coreta and they showed us around their beautiful home on the Knysna Lagoon.




blog-Nov-11-2015-4-jeff-currier-&-craig-smithGranny and I were beaten from travel but Craig and Coreta kept us busy so dozing wasn’t an option.  We began the visit with lunch at one of their favorite lunch spots, East Head Cafe.  Craig and I pulverized mushroom burgers while the ladies ate fresh fish.  After lunch Craig and I fished shrimp patterns through some deep holes on the Knysna River with the incoming tide in hopes of catching anything but we had no luck.


blog-Nov-11-2015-5-knysna-elephant-parkJetlag hit hard and our bodies wanted to sleep after fishing at around 3 PM but Craig took us to Knysna Elephant Park and we walked with tigers (just kidding).  This place was amazing and we learned much about an animal we’ve been around much the last ten years.  As spectacular as it was, I was not at ease walking with these monsters.  While Granny was comfortable petting the huge animals I jumped in for a quick pic then got the heck back.


blog-Nov-11-2015-6-knysna-south-africaWe returned to Craig’s and met up with Coreta around 6 PM.  Continuing to help keep us awake, Coreta led the way to their friend’s house for an enjoyable cocktail hour overlooking the bay.  The place was gorgeous and we watched the sunset.  Craig and I drank a few South African Castle beers while the ladies sipped good South African wine.


blog-Nov-11-2015-7-knysna-south-africaI must say the highlight of the day was dinner.  Our wonderful hosts took us to their favorite restaurant on the picturesque little waterfront of Knysna named Cafe Mario.  Coreta recommended we get anything with calamari because Mario’s has the best squid imaginable.  They were right and I can honestly say it was the best calamari I’ve had in my life!


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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!