Back On the Queenfish of Dubai

by | Dec 11, 2021 | fly fishing Dubai

Ocean-Active-FlySunrise came early in Dubai today.  I was glad.  It was time to get up and chase down some queenfish with friend Nick Bowles, founder of Ocean Active Fly.  Nick and I first met and fished back in 2014.  After that one day on the water Nick had me move out of my hotel and into his house.  We’ve been buds since and every time I pass through Dubai I stay with the Bowles family and we fish.


Ocean-Active-FlyNick has another friend Mark Taylor and his friend Trevor visiting as well. Mark and I fished together in Oman in 2019.  Nick brought the big boat and all four of us hit the water together.


Currier-queenfishingSeveral of my Seychelles guests stopped with Nick a few weeks ago on their way to my hosted trip.  All of them slammed the talang queenfish and had a blast.  I had no doubt we were about to lay into a bunch of fish.  My assumption was correct.  Once the sun came up Dubai harbor came to life with queens busting bait in every direction.


queenfishYou can be surrounded by feeding queenfish but they still don’t jump on the line.  These large-eyed sight feeders love to follow and investigate a fly.  They often drive you crazy with their selectivity.  But Nick does this enough he has tricks.  He likes size 1/0 to 2 blue and white Clousers and the best way to present is to cast slightly past the school and strip your fly in.  A couple fast strips to get their attention then when you see a serious follower, slow down.  Its like feeding a streamer to a brown trout – if you’ve ever done that.


Ocean-ActiveWe absolutely crushed the queens.  We don’t count so I’m not sure if we caught 30 or 40 but I do know we posed with doubles, triples and Mark cleverly set up his camera to catch all four of us with a fish in hand.  Fishing was truly incredible!


Dubai-101We packed it in at about 11 and took a boat ride into the city.  Its become tradition after a good day queenfishing with Nick.  We hit the 101 One & Only the Palm for good food and beer.


Nick-BowlesTonight we had a few drinks on Nicks roof overlooking the city.  This place is truly a sight to behold.  I don’t care for cities but I love Dubai.  Then we closed down this great day with one of Nick’s and his son Zach’s homemade seafood, chicken, sausage paella.  Life is good on the far side of the world!

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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!