Back Bay Species Bashing

by | Jun 16, 2019 | species bashing | 1 comment

Yeti-Jeff-CurrierIt was a windy one at 4:15 AM when I sat up from my sleeping bag on the camps porch this morning.  To head out in the canoe this early I need perfect calm conditions.  I took on a little more sleep then finally got up at 6.  I packed my Yeti along with my 4-weight and 6-weight Winston’s and paddled to Back Bay to see how many species I could catch before noon.


fish-New-HampshireI say before noon because there was big rain in the afternoon forecast.  I could feel it when I left the dock.  The skies were deep gray and I could smell the rain.  Nonetheless it was a pleasant trip across Wolfeboro Bay amongst the loons that I listen to each night.


bluegillI had my 4- and 6-weight rigged and ready.  I popped a Ben Byng popper for a half hour hoping for a nice largemouth bass on my 6 to start.  The largemouth didn’t happen so eventually I broke the ice with my 4 and landed several of these broad bodied bluegills.


smallmouth-bassI went back and forth with the big popper on the 6 and a Chernobyl Ant on my 4.  Here’s how I made out starting with a 13” smallmouth bass.

flyfishing-for-bassThe rock bass of Lake Winnipesaukee come way too easy.

largemouth-bassHe’s small but he counts – largemouth bass.

black-crappieThis is the first black crappie I’ve ever caught in Back Bay.

flyfishing-for-pickerelTime for a chain pickerel.  They love the lily pads.

yellow-perch-fishingI changed flies to a flash fly streamer for the pickerel.  Hiding in the lily’s was another species for the day.  The yellow perch.

chain-pickerelFinally I nailed a pretty little chain pickerel.  (Next week expect a big pike!)

pumpkinseed-sunfishNo day to Back Bay is complete without some pumpkinseeds.  Seven species this morning.  Not too bad!


The rain caught me around 11.  No big deal as its around 73°.  I took my shirt off and enjoyed the paddle back across the bay to camp.  I’ll get one more session in Back Bay next week before leaving New England.  Tomorrow its off to Cape Cod for stripers!

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Tad Einloth


    Good day of fishing.

    Beautiful fish!


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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!