Labrador – The Best Brook Trout Fishing on Earth

by | Aug 6, 2015 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

blog-Aug-6-2015-1-flyfishing-for-pikeOn a brutally cold morning for August, even up here in Northern Labrador, Andrew, Granny and I and Ninja Média’ man alias Bill made our way back up Andre Lake from McKenzie River Lodge to the Come Back River.  The boat ride to the Come Back is much longer than yesterdays, pushing 1 hr 20 min.  To break up the wet ride, 45 min in we stopped to toss big flies at northern pike.


blog-Aug-6-2015-2-pike-on-the-flyI had phenomenal northern pike fishing back in June.  The piking was so good that the random 30” pike this week here in Labrador hasn’t gotten much of my attention.  But for Granny, she’s all about them.  And it makes perfect sense.  I didn’t realize it but she hasn’t pike fished in more than ten years.


blog-Aug-6-2015-3-jeffcurier-simmsfishing-productsAndrew stopped the boat at a narrow cut where Andre Lake meets Montgomery Lake. Montgomery is about a foot higher in elevation and a stiff current exists as the colder lake pours into Andre.  The area is shallow and there’s lots of weeds.  We were sheltered from the waves and wind but I can assure you it was still cold as a witches butt in January!




blog-Aug-6-2015-4-pike-fishing-in-labradorGranny grabbed my 6-weight Winston Boron III Plus.  A 6-weight may sound light for pike but these new Winston rods are ideally for saltwater fly fishing and their lightweight and stiff action make it so the 6 can handle Labrador pike.  Granny chucked her first cast, stripped like a mad woman and came tight in seconds.


blog-Aug-6-2015-5-labrador-pikeI had Granny rigged with straight 30lb fluorocarbon and wire shock tippet so she was able to put the heat on these pike.  She landed the first pike with ease and on her next three casts landed three more with the biggest being 30”.  It’s strange to me that the pike fishing isn’t a bit more highlighted here in Labrador because it’s very good.  Although the pike we caught this morning were small by pike standards, I’m certain that if we focused on them we’d find a few good ones.


blog-Aug-6-2015-6-labrador-brook-troutAfter a half hour of piking around, Andrew made it clear that we’d want to maximize our time at the Come Back River as it’s full of McKenzie River sized brook trout.  We reeled in and crossed the small Montgomery Lake then into a tiny bay and to the mouth of the Come Back River.  I hopped out and cast a Yellow Sally into a current seam I couldn’t resist and landed a proper brook trout to start the day.  Labrador brook trout fishing was about to become no less than insane!


blog-Aug-6-2015-7-granny-currier-flyfishing-labradorToday was undoubtedly the best day of brook trout fishing that Granny and I have ever experienced – HANDS DOWN.  In fact I don’t see how we could ever beat it.  It wasn’t like we caught them every cast and it wasn’t like we didn’t need to work for them.  But we caught over twenty huge brook trout!  The fishing was so good that we’re going to end our brook trout fishing today.  And tomorrow, our last day, we’re going on a full on hunt to catch ouananiche salmon.  Stay tuned!


blog-Aug-6-2015-8-flyfishing-in-labradorA special thanks to Paul Ostiguy and McKenzie River Fly Fishing Lodge for bringing Granny and I to Labrador!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Janet Holmes a Court

    Marvelous writing…so exciting !

  2. Jeff

    Janet, visit Granny at her store and lets try to connect! So glad you are enjoying the brook trout posts!

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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!