Its a Long Way to Borneo

by | Nov 21, 2023 | fly fishing for the red kaloi in Indonesia | 2 comments

flyfishingSeems like I was making my last Wisconsin cast minutes ago but the reality is I’m in the KLM Lounge in Amsterdam making the best of a long layover about 36 hours later.  I left Duluth on the 6 pm flight to Minneapolis yesterday then last night caught the redeye to Europe.  In about six hours I’ll fly from here to Singapore (13 hours!). Then Singapore to Jakarta, Indonesia.

If all goes well I’ll find a hotel in Jakarta late Wednesday night then Thursday afternoon I’ll meet up with friend Austin Kane and we fly to Balikpapan, Borneo.  And that’s not all.  We’ll overnight there then Friday we take a local flight to the village of Melak and meet our guide/host, Fajar Setyawan.  I’m not exactly sure after that.  I believe there’s some 4×4 driving time and a long boat ride.  I’m hoping for first cast to be no later than sunrise Saturday and perhaps with luck it will be Friday afternoon.

AmsterdamThe goal for this trip to the jungles of Borneo is to catch the extraordinary looking Borneo Red Gourami (Osphronemus septemfasciatus) on fly.  Also known as Red Kaloi or Kalou.  This wild one would be a solid addition to my long species list.  And of course, there should be a few other species lurking too.

Stay tuned for what should be a lifetime adventure.  I don’t know how fast my reports will roll out being internet will likely be an issue.  But I’ll be writing and documenting it all and they will post when they can.  For now, I just as well kill this layover off with some good Euro brew.  I’m not a Heineken drinker but drafts do taste excellent here in Amsterdam.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Glenn Ueda

    Always look forward to your posts Jeff but this one really has me intrigued. I grew up with an aquarium full of gouramis; blue, pearl, kissing, etc but none of a size that would bend a fly rod. Have a great adventure!

  2. Jeff

    Thanks Glenn. Yeah this trip has me pretty excited. Hopefully we get the job done and we all can get a good look at this cool creature!

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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!