Just Another Day in the Life of “Monsoon Currier”

by | Jan 21, 2021 | fly fishing in Belize

flyfishingI couldn’t believe my ears.  It was the sound of a steady tropical downpour.  I mean relentless rain pounding the roof of the Belize Permit Club.  Yesterday was beautiful and when we went to bed there were stars out, but now we were right back to where we started our week only worse!


Wil-flackNo doubt attempting to find a permit in early morning low light under dismal rain would be near impossible.  So we slept in till 6 AM.  Then we didn’t head for the flats until around 7:30.  You could say the hour boat ride to the flats was no laughing matter.  But what fun would that be.  You can’t control the weather.  Wil Flack, Tim Brune and I just took it with a smile.  Thank goodness I brought my Simms Gore-Tex bibs along with their best rain jacket.


BelizeThere’s no need to elaborate too much with today’s blog.  We saw three permit all day.  Honestly, the conditions were so bad we’re lucky we saw three.  Strangely one was aggressively feeding on a ray for so long Tim and I were able to take turns trying for him and changed flies numerous times.  But no luck.  We actually gave up on him which is unheard of with a permit but the steady rain turned to a downpour and the 20 MPH wind jumped to about 30.  It was no use.


yellowtail-snapperThe only fish we caught was this accidental yellowtail snapper.  They exhibit one of the prettiest yellows in nature.  Their vibrant buttery color still glows without sunshine.


Tim-BruneWe toughed it out till about 3 PM on the flats despite the excruciatingly hard conditions.  Then we made the ride back to Wil’s lodge.  The waves on the crossing were so big we took on a few over the top of us.  Even with our rain gear artillery we took water down the neck and up the sleeves.  We were so wet we needed to be rung out.


The good news however is that as we head to bed now we see stars again.  You can’t trust a forecast for Southern Belize however it calls for light wind and mostly sunny.  But I think I’ll sleep on that!


A special thanks for this trip to my friend Wil Flack and the Belize Permit Club.

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


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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!