Cold Front Continues to Hamper Flyfishing in Belize

by | Nov 15, 2018 | Turneffe Flats Lodge | 2 comments

Granny Currier Turneffe Flats LodgeAfter yesterday we’re used to torrential rain so the drizzle this morning wasn’t bad.  The weather sort of faked us out like it would be ok today.  That’s because the wind was howling straight from the west and at Turneffe Flats Lodge your protected.  But when we left the lodge with our new guide, Erwin, and ventured from the protection of the atoll, we felt the first 30 mph gust.  Yikes!

 

 

fly fishing for snapperLet’s just say, Granny, Erwin and I fished as hard as you can under these challenging conditions.  From 7:30 AM till 4 PM.  The one and only fish we got was this tiny mangrove snapper.

 

rough seas in BelizeSomehow it was fun though.  It takes good company to make a day like today fun but Erwin is a champ and my wife is bad ***.  They remained confident and worked hard all day.  Best of all Erwin runs a flats skiff over big waves so gently its like you’re on a waterbed.

 

Bill Drewry fly fishing for boxfishWe returned to Turneffe tonight to learn everyone struggled.  Conditions are just flat out as difficult as they can be.  There was one unique fish caught however, Capt. Bill Drewry, owner of Peninsula Outfitters in Washington, landed the hard to catch spotted trunkfish.

 

Turneffe Flats LodgeThere are fishing days where the highlight is dinner and cocktail hour.  Tonight was one.  Luckily Turneffe and every angler in this week’s group understands that and we had a chicken barbecue dinner to die for.

 

Jeff Currier flyfishing for horseye jacks

Photo by Brandon McMahon

Dinner was so invigorating that several of us headed to the Turneffe dock to fish under the lights afterwards.  It was no less than a gale out there.  It was so bad we had to laugh.  However, I had to stop laughing when the spool of my Bauer Reel popped out then bounced off the dock and into the ocean.

 

Jeff Currier diving for his reelDuring the day I loosened the spool nut to get the Bauer label upright for a photo.  I never re-tightened it and now I had a huge dilemma.  I couldn’t just lift it up because the line unraveled.

 

I had two choices: hand over hand all my line and backing till I got to the Arbor knot or dive in.  As much as I didn’t want to dive into the black ocean under stormy conditions, I didn’t want to make a tangled mess with the first option.  Without allowing myself a minute to chicken out – I was in and after two blind dives where I felt around the bottom, I got my spool back.

 

Mangrove snapperI even stayed out there and fished and in fact when all was said and done it was only me and my new friend Dave Boyd.  We both left at 9 PM.  And the only fish caught was by me and it was another little mangrove snapper.

 

Tomorrow is the last day.  How nice it would be to stick another permit under some sunshine. . . . . .

 

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2 Comments

  1. Jack L. Meredith

    The two of you are “one-of-a-kind”, never failing to always “tell it like it is” and making us wish we were there , until you jumped in! Granny, did you ever dream years ago that the journey with Jeff would be this exciting?
    Happy Thanksgiving, Jack & Suzanne

  2. Jeff

    Happy TG Jack and Suzanne – we miss you guys! And I’ll speak for Granny; she had no idea what she was getting into!

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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!

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