Last Day Fly Fishing in Oman

by | Apr 30, 2015 | Uncategorized

blog-April-30-2015-1-flyfishing-in-musandam-omanMusandam, Oman is most famous for is its enormous sized giant trevally (GT).  I’ve gone hard for the GT’s for only a few hours each day here then been side tracked with dredging, milkfish and other fish.  There’s nothing wrong with chasing everything but now was time to focus on GT’s because conditions were perfect.


blog-April-30-2015-2-strait-of-hormuzToday we not only went to what I’ve labeled the “gateway” from the Gulf of Oman to the Strait of Hormuz, but it was calm enough that we went through the rocky passage then another twenty minutes out into the Straits.  We went to what Ocean Active calls the Military Base, a mere 21 miles from the Iran coast.  A special place that few guests reach due to time, weather or rough seas.


blog-April-30-2015-3-strait-of-hormuzWe were so close to Iran that we shared the waters with Iranians.  As we arrived at the Military Base (the base is situated on a massive island rock) you could see Iranians in their small fishing boats crossing the Strait of Hormuz to fish the Omani waters.  It’s technically illegal, but the Omani’s don’t hassle them as long as they use hook and line and not nets.  I can respect that.


blog-April-30-2015-5-winston-fly-rods-and-abel-reelsCameron had me start popping along the farthest northern island in all Musandam.  There were rocks and bait and a current rip moving so strong it simply had to have big GT’s in it.  I was relentless in my pursuit especially after a mini trevally (MT) (a GT under 10 kilo) exploded on my popper and I missed him.  But long story short, I chucked my 12-weight for seven straight hours, first with my sailfish popper, then I downsized to this popular concoction and finally I dredged a giant chartreuse Clouser.  Despite some of the finest looking water I’ve ever dropped a fly in, the mammoth GT’s would not cooperate.


blog-April-30-2015-6-granny-currier-in-omanGranny doesn’t care about catching unearthly beasts.  She stuck to the “let’s have some fun” program.  While I was laboring she kept my 9-weight bent most of the day dredging a small Clouser down deep from the back of the boat.  At one spot she caught so many fish in a row she attracted the attention of some Iranians who had to join in the fun.  Granny out fished them ten to none!


blog-April-30-2015-7-flyfishing-for-rainbow-runnerGranny picked up several new species for herself.  She caught a handful of halfspotted grouper, Russell snappers and a few more of her favorites, the orange-spot trevally.  She also landed this small rainbow runner, one of the finest baits in the ocean.


It was sad times at the Musandam base tonight.  I broke down my rods and cleaned the salt off them. Today may have been the last day of fishing on this classic adventure.  There’s a chance the 9-weights will come back out in Dubai but that remains in the air.


blog-April-30-2015-8-jeff-currier-rigging-for-trevallyThe last three days of the trip go like this.  Tomorrow we return to Dubai and Nick Bowles house.  Tomorrow night I’m doing my PowerPoint presentation “Fly Fishing Through Midlife Heaven” for Nick and his Ocean Active customers.  Then two days taking in the sights of Dubai with Granny.  Hopefully I’ll get out with Nick one last time for queenies and have one last crack for the elusive golden trevally.


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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!