Early Season Fishing on the Columbia

by | Mar 9, 2022 | fly fishing for walleye | 2 comments

flyfishing-WashingtonGranny and I arrived in White Salmon, WA last night and are staying with our friends Mike and Beata LaSota at their vacation house.  It’s a pretty region right in the Columbia River Scenic Area.  Granny and I squeezed in a quick hike.  It was a cool dreary day with bone chilling wind to go with.


Columbia-RiverToday was nicer but still cold.  It was a casual day that began with a long hike along Coyote Wall.  After lunch and a rest, Mike organized his boat and he and I headed out on the Columbia River with hopes to nail some walleye so he could make us fish tacos for dinner.


Mike-LasSota-flyfishingMike and I go way back.  I mean like around 30 years.  He was once from MI and used to come out for a month every summer and stay with Granny and I in Victor, ID.  We had a swell time then and since have done a number of incredible trips together.  In fact, one of my best trips last year was in April when I came here and fished with Mike on the Columbia River.  We got into a few nice walleye and I slayed some chunky smallmouth bass.


walleye-on-flyDue to the morning activities we didn’t hit the water until about 3 PM.  It was perfect though because late in the day is actually best for walleye as they feed mostly as the sun sets.  While normally Mike is a hardcore fly fisher, he prefers spin fishing the Columbia.  He tries to convince me to grab a spin rod to jig with a nightcrawler, I stubbornly toss flies.  My walleye rig of choice is my Winston 6-weight with the Scientific Anglers Sonar Titan Sink Int/Sink 3/Sink 5 fly line.  Then I attach two flies to a level piece of 0X Fluorocarbon.  My point fly is a heavy jig type fly or Clouser and my dropper is a flashy Kreelex.


Jeff-Currier-walleyeMike and I fished hard.  I’m here nearly a month earlier than last year and cooler water temperatures appear to have fishing less productive.  We hooked only one fish and saw very few on Mikes fish finder.  But, our one bite happened to be on my heavy streamer and best of all, was a studly walleye.  It only takes one nice fish to make it a day!


walleye-fliesWe called it as the sun tucked behind the mountains.  The temperature plummeted to the upper 30°s.  We retreated to Mike’s and as planned, he cooked up our walleye and we made fish tacos.  I’m 99% catch and release.  I even put back walleye on occasion.  But not today’s.  Its back on the water tomorrow!


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  1. Tad Einloth


    Looks like you all had a great time – nice walleye!


  2. Jeff

    Hi Tad, Yeah we are excited to get a few days on the water here in OR.

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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!