Last Fishing Day of 2019 Happens in Dubai

by | Dec 18, 2019 | fly fishing for queenfish

Ocean-ActiveI didn’t want to get my expectations too high that we’d fish Dubai today.  The weather has been cruel much of this trip.  Nick Bowles and I bagged fishing yesterday due to wind and today’s forecast had more of the same.  But we went to bed crossing our fingers, and lo and behold, when we woke up, it was ok to go.  The fishing gods gave us a break on my last fishing day of 2019.


flyfishing-DubaiWe left Nicks house at 7 AM.  Its winter here in Dubai too so it doesn’t get light early.  7 was perfect.  We hit the marina where Ocean Active Fly keeps their boats and met up with Nick’s captains and his friend, Mohammad Al Faour.


I’ve heard Nick talk of Mohammad for a few years.  He’s been catching queenfish with Nick since he was 16.  It was nice to finally meet him and share some time on the water.


Jeff-Currier-DubaiIt wasn’t exceptional weather by any means.  We had wind and big swells where we wanted to fish.  This is where the big queenfish have been hanging around.  Unfortunately we had to fish closer to shore right in front of the Burj Al Arab.


Jeff-Currier-queenfishBut the queens were there and we found them fast.  It’s been a few years since I stuck a queen in Dubai.  It felt good to have my Winston bent deep.  I looked around to Nick and the guys and smiled and said, “Man what a cool place to fly fish”.  It is.  Dubai is one of the most unique saltwater fisheries in the world.


Mohammed-Al-FaourMy queen was small but his partners he was swimming with weren’t.  As I landed my small queenfish Mohammad went tight and his fish jumped right next to me.  He had a dandy.


fly-fishing-DubaiQueenfish resemble jacks but aren’t.  When you look at them carefully they’re quite a bit different and actually have a completely unalike fight.  Queens tend to run and jump while jacks often dive and never jump.  Either way it’s a win win for any fly fisher and soon we had Mohammad’s fish in hand.


We only got to fish until around 11 AM but we were successful.  I picked up two small queenies and Mohammed landed two nice ones.  All I all a fantastic last day of fishing for 2019.


fish-DubaiAfter fishing Mohammed suggest a quick stop at one of his favorite restaurants for some local food.  He took us to HumYums which looked great.  The only problem was there was no room to sit because the place was packed.  Luckily Mohammed had some pull and a waiter ran out and took our order from the truck and shortly after we were eating like kings.


Dubai-anglersThis afternoon I packed my bags.  I fly out at 2 AM.  Nick and I chilled out under the sun in his backyard.  Then tonight, Nick was invited to dinner by well-known daimondeer, Richard Vainer.  And as my last event of the trip, I got to join.  Let’s just say Richard treated us to one of the most amazing dinners and some of the most delicious red wine I’ve ever experienced in recent memory at the 5 Hotel and Maiden Shanghai Restaurant.


I just boarded my flight out of Dubai.  First stop will be Amsterdam.  With a little luck I’ll be in Victor, Idaho in about 30 hours.  What a trip.  Lots of challenges but lots of fun and success came as well.


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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!