Blanked on the Last Day

by | Mar 31, 2023 | fly fishing the Columbia River | 1 comment

Columbia-RiverGranny and I planned to leave for Victor, ID today for a week of seeing friends in our old town along with a few final errands to be done.  BUT the weather is horrible once again and many of the mountain passes in eastern OR are snowy messes not worth attempting today in the Ruby Van.  Instead, we stayed here in White Salmon, WA an extra day and Mike and I went out and fought the winds and rains of the Columbia River.


While Mike managed two small smallmouth bass on his nightcrawler tipped jigs, I was blanked on the fly.  I fished my heart out and had one fish on.  It felt like a smallie but I lost him.  Bottom line, I met my first skunking on the Columbia River in over a dozen trips over the last three years.  I am bummed!  But that’s fishing.


The weather looks better for tomorrow so Granny and I will head for ID early.  We’ll take our time and camp two nights along the way.  It will be cold, but it will be nice.  While we are really looking forward to returning to WI here soon this has been a great visit to OR thanks our amazing friends the Robertson’s of Bend and Mike and Beata of White Salmon.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Tad


    Safe travels!


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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!