Cherishing the Long Days of June

by | Jun 26, 2024 | fly fishing Wisconsin | 1 comment

fly-fishingI cherish the longest days of the year and don’t waste a minute of them.  I was checking my email at 4:20 AM as the birds were going off and daylight was bringing northern Wisconsin to life.  I love it.





Fly-FishingMy main fishing buddy Bob Butler likes to get up early too.  After I finished my twilight hour office work I headed for Bob’s and soon we were on the way to the river.  The unusual thing however was that Granny was with too.  When she ended up sick a couple weeks back she missed out on a few of these precious mornings.  Not today.



flyfishingIt’s about an hour drive to this river and this was our first visit since last fall.  There was hardly a cloud in the sky and the forecast was for a light breeze and comfortable in the low 70°s.  Everything was nearly perfect.  Nearly.


What is not perfect are the water conditions of the North Woods.  Wisconsin has experienced above normal rains all of June and our rivers are presently too high to provide great fishing.  Though we gave it our best, we experienced a very slow day.



Slow is different than skunked however.  I was the lucky angler to pluck out three smallies and move a small musky.  I’m happy to say while all three bass were chunks, this one was a true hawg.  Only a spec under 18” but fat.  And best of all, he posed with his dorsal raised high.  I think it really adds to a photo of any fish.



Currier-fly-fishingWe were off the river by 1 PM and back to Hayward before 3.  That’s when I got a text from Tim Nolde to see if I wanted to try and hit the Hexagenia Hatch tonight on our nearby trout river.  Only a nut would say no to that so I went.  Long story short however, despite being a beautiful night with once again, “nearly perfect conditions”, we saw three smaller mayflies and not a single trout.  Water is high everywhere.


WisconsinIt was an 18 hour day.  I’m a little tired and that’s going to be it for fishing for a few days.  Granny and I are building a berm in the back yard with trees and flowers.  Friday I see the Dermatologist.  A precautionary check up due to the mass amounts of sunshine I experience.  And then it’s the weekend and I generally work at home and listen to baseball.  We’ll see.  Regardless, I’ll be up before the crack of dawn every day till the 4th of July and there will be some fish on this blog soon!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Howie

    That is an awesome full day of wisconsin 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!