It’s too Early for Snow!

by | Oct 15, 2022 | fly fishing Lake Superior | 4 comments

Currier-flyfishingIt’s always bad when the weatherman calls for a west wind in October but instead you get blown from the north.  Well, that’s what happened starting late yesterday afternoon and it followed through into the evening.  I slept in the Ruby Van last night at Howie’s in Iron River and woke up to 3” of fresh white stuff.


The bad thing about the snow was that Howie, Mike Neuman and I are fishing Lake Superior again.  Last month we faced a deluge of rain, today we faced uncomfortable cold, wind and a snowy boat.  After I finished shoveling Mikes Lund it was a whopping 29°.  We dragged our feet a little sipping too much coffee around the Howie house but found ourselves headed for the big lake around 10:30 AM.


Bayfield-HarborWe launched from the Bayfield public dock.  We were bundled up big time to say the least.  I wasn’t cold but I was stiff with all the extra layers.  We all were.  But as we eased out from the harbor and looked around, we were happy to be there.  Though we were under cloudy gray skies, the trees gleamed a million shades of reds, yellow and orange.   It was mesmerizing and even better, it appeared we had the humongous lake to ourselves.


Apostle-IslandsNeuman’s boat is a solid craft so despite some wind and rolling waves, instead of heading into the more sheltered Chequamegon Bay, Howie suggested we head out to the Apostle Islands.  These remote Lake Superior Islands are known for the beauty and crystal clear waters.  And over the years Howie has taken some outstanding big browns and splake while casting into the shallows from his boat.  Our first stop was the west side of Madeline Island.  It was pretty rough.


Howie-flyfishingIt seemed as though the bouncing waves were to our advantage however.  I had a follow from a small trout five minutes in.  He threatened to eat one of my streamers but veered away before doing so.  I had a couple strikes from other smaller fish then I finally hooked a splake.  But before I got him to the net he came loose.  No big deal at that moment.  Howie assured me big fish were coming soon.  This splake was only about 13” but it would have at least taken the skunk out of the boat.


Lake-SuperiorLet’s just say, I should have caught that splake.  The three of us cast and fished relentlessly over the next five hours until we were nearly in darkness.  We hit a mile of Madeline Island shoreline then moved over to the east side of Basswood and cast to every rock, overhanging tree and off ledges but nothing.  The giant lake was strangely dead today.  Luckily, the foliage continued to not disappoint!


Great-LakesWe’re back after it in the morning.  We’ll aim to fish the mouth of the Sioux and Onion Rivers where we caught the pike last month.  Perhaps we can get more pike and maybe the browns, splake and even some salmon will be there as well.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Jim Fisher

    Welcome back to the Midwest Jeff! Get ready for ice in your guides! LOL!

  2. Lance

    Wow.. tough fishing!! That wet cold is hard to take for us dry cold western mountain people… Living back there is going to toughen you up. I envision more tropical trips in your future.

  3. Jeff

    Yup yup and yup. It will be good to toughen up. And more tropical trips sounds even better!

  4. Howie

    Oh man that was an epically brutal day of fishing. Could it possibly get worse? hmmmm….

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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!