Arrival in Oman – Day 1

by | Apr 15, 2015 | fly fishing Oman | 2 comments

blog-April-15-2015-1-muscat-omanOur Swiss Air flight was two hours late due to a mechanical leaving Dubai last night.  We arrived in Muscat, Oman at 2 AM.  By the time we cleared Omani customs, changed over money and then taxied to the Ibis Hotel it was 3 AM.  Some of the mosques we passed on our taxi ride were stunningly beautiful which luckily kept us awake.


The travel must have really taken its toll.  We slept till 10 AM.  I swear I’ve never slept that late in my life.  Once up I saw the time and panicked because we had lots to do.


blog-April-15-2015-2-omani-rialGranny and I are renting a car and heading south to fish and camp the beaches of Oman for the next eleven days.  Our chores were pick up the rental, grocery shop for food and camping supplies and meet an American by the name of Ray Montoya that not only calls this place home, but also fly fishes.


In planning for this trip I cruised the internet for information on fishing in Oman.  There’s very little out there.  What I found however, led me to the blog of Ray.  Ray and his wife Kerry are teachers and have lived in Oman for thirteen years.


blog-April-15-2015-3-ray-montoya-of-omanLong story short, I contacted Ray via email and he generously gave info to help us plan for the trip.  Best of all, he invited us to his house for a visit and to borrow some camping equipment upon our arrival.  Granny and I have traveled the world in “wing it style” for years.  You’d be amazed at the luck like this we’ve had!


The visit with Ray and Kerry was a godsend.  Ray loaned us a cooler, camping stove, some camp chairs and cots.  Cots are a necessity because you can’t sleep in your car because it’s too hot.  You can’t sleep on the ground because if you camp on the beach the sand is torturous.  And if on the desert, snakes and scorpions will get you. Furthermore, camel spiders are bigger than small dogs!


blog-April-15-2015-4-renting-a-car-in-omanIn addition to loaning us gear, Ray marked up my map with some places to try fishing.  He also suggested camping places and towns where we can resupply on the trip.  Last but not least, Ray and a pal of his, Peter Coetzee, are fishing the next three days.  We’re going to camp together tomorrow night and I’m sure that over the campfire we’ll gather even more info.


Its midnight.  We’re back to the Ibis hotel one more night and heading south in the morning.  We have our car, groceries, camping gear and a map – should be good to go!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Howie

    I think I remember a night or two after the boarhead you slept in… Then again I think that was me and you were already on the ore dock. Safe travels “monsoon”. Cannot wait to read about it. Hugs to Granny!

  2. Jeff

    Hey Howie. Your were the best college roommate of all time!


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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!