Big Carp Bash on Blackfoot Reservoir

by | Jul 26, 2016 | Uncategorized

blog-July-26-2016-1-bauer-flyreels-jeff-currierThe last thing I should’ve been doing today was fishing because I’m headed for a unique part of the Amazon in 30 hours and I’m not ready.  But I couldn’t waste Granny’s day off packing.  Instead we took off for a long day of carp fishing beginning at one of our secret spots followed by Blackfoot Reservoir.  The forecast was for the 90°s and little wind.  Much like ten days ago when Tom Hansen and I both got skunked.

blog-July-26-2016-2-fly-fishing-for-carpAfter a hefty-unhealthy-carb-fat filled breakfast we hit the first carp spot of the day.  Here requires no waders.  Only my 6-weight Boron III X, 75 yds. of backing on my Bauer RX 3, a SHARKWAVE floater, a Chernobyl Ant and a nymph dropper.  Because I should be packing rather than writing, I’ll just tell you in photos, the mirror carp were hungry and in an hour we landed four of these fine-looking fellas despite the screaming traffic behind.

blog-July-26-2016-3-jeff-currier-blackfoot-reservoir-carpIf the carp bite is on here than it should be on Blackfoot Reservoir as well.  The unique fish are larger there so at 11 AM we pointed the Explorer and went.  Granny opted to be staff photographer and I went to work dropping a friend’s ingenious crayfish pattern in the many puffs of mud from feeding carp.  It didn’t take long for intense action to begin.

blog-July-26-2016-4-mirror-carpIn two hours I hooked eight of these strangely scaled oversized minnows.  Landing fish of this size in a weed filled lake from shore is another story.  I landed only half what I hooked.  But I promise you.  Four beautiful mirror carp on the fly on Blackfoot Reservoir in only a few hours is true success!

blog-July-26-2016-5-jeff-currier-flyfishing-for-mirror-carpA fish like this 100 feet from the Exploder – I’ll take it any day. . . .

blog-July-26-2016-6-baby-carpThe rare but cute baby mirror carp.

blog-July-26-2016-6-mirror-carp-fly-fishingEvery mirror carp has his own spectacular scale pattern worth photographing.

blog-July-26-2016-7-bauer-reels-for-carpSo long Idaho.  It’s off to the unknown for more amazing fish species!

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Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


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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!