Four Types of Bass on the Fly in a Day

by | Jun 21, 2019 | fly fishing for bass | 2 comments

striped-bass-Jeff-CurrierFor more than twenty years my solstice was spent fishing for sixteen straight hours on the Henry’s Fork.  I called it my “Henry’s Fork Marathon”.  I might still have a Henry’s Fork Marathon in 2019 but it won’t be on the longest day of the year.  Instead, this year I found myself waking up in Cape Cod and ending tonight in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  So I made a fun new goal for today – catch a striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and a rock bass in the same day.


Bob-Lewis-striped-bassAfter a successful full day seminar for the Cape Cod Flyrodders yesterday I stayed with Bob Lewis so we could fish for stripers before I left back to NH today.  It was a damp rainy morning but we left the dock at 4:30 AM and went straight to Bob’s hot spot.


striped-bassAlthough we didn’t spank them like we did our first day here, I caught this striper that would make anyone’s day before 5 AM.  Boom!  Striper down.  I’m lucky we got him too because we fished till 9 and only landed one other.




At 9 AM Granny and my Mom (who were screwing around Cape Cod while I have been fishing and working) picked me up at Bobs boat ramp and I drove us the 3 hours back to Wolfeboro.  We nailed a nice lunch.  We visited Dad at the nursing home.  Then Granny and I loaded the canoe and set out on Lake Winnipesaukee for an evening fish with the popper rods.




It was a breezy one.  The weather hasn’t exactly cooperated for us this trip.  I couldn’t make it to my favorite smallie haunt so instead I had to prowl with the popper through mediocre waters.  Lucky for me, I caught this little guy.  He still counts!


Jeff-Currier-bluegill-fishingI knew the hard one would be the largemouth bass.  The only place near Wolfeboro on Lake Winnipesaukee that has them is my cherished Back Bay.  We paddled straight downtown under the bridge.  Unfortunately the Wolfeboro waterski team was practicing limiting us to where we could go without getting hammered by waves or worse, hit by a ski boat.


rock-bassI fished hard.  I caught a few bluegill, pumpkinseeds and one beautiful pickerel but I couldn’t catch the largemouth where I expected my best chance to be.  The next bass off the list was this fine-looking rock bass.


fish-New-HampshirePart of our evening plan was to park the canoe and head into Nolan’s bar and restaurant for beers and food.  Things close early up here so when the town hall bells rang eight times I decided it was time to head in.  There’s one spot on the way where I’ve caught largemouth before.  Lo and behold, I caught one.  He’s a midget but nonetheless, this guy closed the deal and I got all four bass.  Let’s call it the New England Bass Slam.


Granny-CurrierTomorrow is our last day in NH.  I hope to fish but I’ll probably spend most of it with Mom and include a long visit at the nursing home with Dad.  Dad is not doing well these days so it’s tough to leave.  If I don’t fish here tomorrow than the next posts start Monday on the big pike waters of Manitoba at Gangler’s Lodge!


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  1. Gary Boyer

    How’s Granny’s shoulder? I leave Friday for two months in Belize, woohoo!

  2. Jeff

    Gary, her shoulder is hardly better than the day it happened. She’s been miserable and not a single cast in NH or the Cape. Sad. She visited a specialist when she got home last week and on a strong physical therapy regiment for 4 weeks. If there’s no improvement its and MRI and likely surgery. They think its a torn rotator cuff and torn ligaments. Its an absolute nightmare for her summer. Your Belize trip is going to be epic! Please post on FB so I can check it out!

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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!