Double Trouble

by | Jun 27, 2018 | bullfrogs

At 4:20 am I sat up to see how Lake Winnipesaukee looked for my morning fishing with my nieces.  I’m glad I was awaken by the first singing bird.  It was a strikingly beautiful dawn.  Without hesitation I woke up the girls who were sleeping next to me on the camps porch here in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

 

From what I hear, normally teenage girls don’t jump from bed at any time let alone 4:20 am.  But my nieces do.  That’s because I was taking them to Back Bay.  And it’s a good thing they jumped because this sunrise spectacle ended less than five minutes later.

 

Sierra was with me again but also her best cousin, 14 year old Montana, who belongs to my brother.  These two girls love fishing.  Love turtles.  And also love bullfrogs.  We heard a bullfrog and it was requested to find him.

 

After we found him I gave the girls instructions on how grab a bullfrog and catch him.  They were indeed puzzled and unsure, undoubtedly thinking this was an Uncle Jeff joke.  But Sierra rolled up her sleeves and said ok.  If you’ve caught frogs before than you know it takes practice.  Not for Sierra.  She nailed one on her first try ever!

 

Today’s target fish were bluegill and pumpkinseeds.  One thing the girls do request are pretty fish and we all know the smaller sunfish qualify.  These colorful fish are also hypnotizing to watch eat a Chernobyl Ant – especially if you’re Uncle Jeff!

 

 

 

 

The young ladies slayed a mix bag of both sunfish species.  After catching the two pumpkinseeds in the previous photo, I couldn’t resist setting up this photo.  I recon these girls will be nothing but double trouble!

 

We caught one other fun critter.  Early in the morning I snuck up on what I expected to be a musk turtle.  I thought I saw a protruding head the correct size.  It turns out I saw the entire turtle – a quarter size snapping turtle.  I grabbed him and we had our turtle for the day.  I caught one this size when I was about 8 years old and had him as a pet for 24 years!

 

After we released the micro snapper we rapped things up fishing wise.  We’d made big plans to stop in the famous Yum Yum Shop for the even more famous frosted gingerbread men.  They were closed!  The girls settled for cookies and drinks from the coffee shop.

 

 

 

 

It’s all about the adventure and I shared one that I suspect the girls will always remember.  They helped me paddle back to camp and though dying to get back for swimming they patiently let me hit one of my smallmouth haunts along the way.  I picked up a small one but a perfect specimen nonetheless.

 

I’m afraid the weather is supposed to turn on us again starting late tonight.  Stay tuned. . . .

 

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!

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