Morning Surf in Santa Barbara

by | Oct 9, 2013 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

blog-Oct-9-2013-1-fly-fishing-the-surfLast night all went smooth speaking at the Santa Barbara Flyfishers.  I’ve spoke there before and have gotten to know many of the members.  Our host was Joe Narkevitz and during dinner before the meeting he offered to take me fly fishing in the surf early this morning before I head south to speak in Anaheim to the Fly Fishers Club of Orange County.  I took him up on his offer.


blog-Oct 9-2013-2-fly-fishing-santa-barbara-californiaI was tired when I woke up.  Yesterdays early morning flight from Idaho followed by driving in Los Angeles traffic and finally speaking at the club took its toll.  Nonetheless I was up and ready when Joe pulled into the parking lot of the Franciscan Inn.  I bought a season license to have for this trip and we walked down the town pier and then balanced the plank to the beach.  The weather was a rare cloudy, drizzly and the coolest temps Joe and his friend Mark had seen since last winter (Monsoon Currier strikes again).


blog-Oct-9-2013-3-surf-perch-flyExpecting to be lucky with a surfperch, I didn’t over do it in rod.  I’ve packed an 8-weight Ross RX along for this trip but this morning I grabbed my 7-weight rigged with my Uniform Sink.  My leader was my usual level one of straight 16lb tippet.  Joe gave me this delicious looking fluorescent orange Mole Crab pattern.  Orange is a good fly color for surfperch.


blog-Oct-9-2013-4-Joe-with-lizard-fish-santa-barbaraLet’s just say the bright fly worked.  The three of us worked along a drop off that’s actually the manmade channel for boats.  And although we didn’t catch a bunch of glamorous fish, we got into a bunch of tiny California lizardfish.  You take what you can get!


blog-Oct-9-2013-5-lizardfishIt was a vigorating morning.  I love a change of pace and already I’m looking at the map for this trip to see other beaches I might try.  But now its focus on the brutal drive to Anaheim where I’ll speak tonight followed by tomorrow at the Pasadena Casting Club.  Friday it will be back to fishing.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Erik Moncada

    Cool fish Jeff!

  2. Jeff

    Yea man. Would like to have him in a tank at home

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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!