Drifting with Sturgeon

by | Aug 7, 2022 | fly fishing for bass | 1 comment

Wisconsin-fishingIts hard to explain how invigorating it is to go fishing on new water almost every time I go fishing.  And to be able to do it from home – unreal!  The newfangled adventures around every corner had me bouncing from bed at 4:45 AM this morning to meet up with my friend Bob Butler to float yet another Wisconsin river.


flyfishingNo doubt the days are noticeably shorter already, but by the time we made an hour drive, launched, did our own shuttle, there was more than enough daylight.  If anything, we felt like we should have started an hour earlier.


smallmouth-bassThe fishing was stellar out of the gates.  I fished my Winston 5-weight Air 2 and had two dry flies on.  I’m experimenting with creating an ideal two fly dry fly rig for smallies similar to my hoovering double Chernobyl rigs I used in Idaho for trout.  Today I had a Ben Byng popper on the point and 3ft up my leader I had a Cicada dropper.  On my first cast a nice smallmouth devoured my popper and I landed him.


bass-fliesBut my seemingly devastating two fly smallmouth concoction would die on me after the first hour.  It did generate a lot of eats but the higher the sun got the less the hard fighting bass of the north showed interest.  Before we knew it, both Bob and I were dredging streamers in deep runs as our only way to catch them.  We caught about a dozen smallies and one rock bass up to 13”.


sturgeonAlso found in many of the deep runs were lumbering lake sturgeon.  Some like the one you can barely see in this photo were 4ft long or more.  Every year I seem to focus on a special fish species.  Perhaps after my incredible March visit to the Columbia River, 2022 will be the year of the sturgeon.  I suspect eventually I’ll get one of these prehistoric natives on a fly.  Even if I don’t, seeing them a few feet below your boat is a sight to behold.


WinstonBob and I tossed the musky rods as well.  Today was the coolest day we’ve had since May.  We hoped the temperature drop would put a few of these top of the food chain giants on the move but it was not the case.  We didn’t even move a pike.  Nonetheless, today was a fabulous day on the water with an old friend.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Matthew Norton

    The Winston 5WT is getting a work out up here!

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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!