Musky on the Fly

by | Oct 12, 2018 | fly fishing for musky | 2 comments

Jeff and Granny Currier fly fishing for muskellungeIt’s been since 2012 since I came to my old stomping grounds of Northern Wisconsin in October to fly fish for muskellunge.  It’s crazy I waited so long because I enjoy everything about fly fishing for musky.  The toothy fish is hard to fool with the fly and when you do its hang on tight.  They can hide in tiny remote rivers yet obtain sizes of more than 50” and 40lbs. Best of all, this time I brought along Granny to try and catch her first.


Bill Sherer We Tie It Fly ShopWe’re fishing with my friend and longtime musky guide, Bill Sherer.  Bill owns the We Tie It Fly Shop in Boulder Junction.  Bill was fly fishing for musky long before chasing these beasts became popular and is therefore booked up a year in advance.  We met Bill at his shop at 9 and he was tying sucker flies.


fly fishing WisconsinThere weather up here isn’t good.  The region was crushed with a week of rain prior to our arrival.  Most the rivers are far above their banks.  Many of Bills haunts are unfishable.  It’s also freezing cold.  Normally temperatures would be in the low 50°s but today we had a high of 32° along with the first dusting of snow.


flyfishing for muskyI travel and fish enough to know I’m going to hit harsh fishing conditions time to time.  We laughed about the grueling weather and hopped in our rental and followed Bill to one river he thought would be our best shot to fish in the high water.  It was a beautiful drive with leaves in full color.


musky fishingWe pushed off on the river at 10:30 AM.  I know this sounds late but at this time was 29°.  We weren’t in a rush.  Any river sections in the wind-open areas the trees were cleaned of leaves and it looked more like late November than October.


Winston Salt AirWhile I cast to everything from the back of Bills custom pontoon boat Granny preserved her hands from freezing and only hit places where Bill had the utmost confidence.  I’m not one to cast with gloves but Granny did a good job in the cold with my new Winston Saltwater Air 8-weight.


flyfishing for pikeIt didn’t take Granny long to roll a musky and miss him. I followed up and did the same.  Musky are hard mouthed fish that are difficult to hook.  Furthermore, they eat your massive fly then glide towards you.  You need to strip set as fast as you can and multiple times.  If you can’t get tight strip setting you have no choice but to then set with the rod.  But be sure to set to the side instead of up like on trout.  By lunch we missed five muskies and landed one small pike.


Granny Currier fly fishingThe day wasn’t getting warmer and in fact by lunch it was getting colder.  Cold doesn’t hurt this old ice fisherman too bad but it slows me down.  Poor Granny was suffering miserably.  Bill broke out his heater at lunch so everyone could warm up.





Jeff Currier flyfishing for musky

I wish I could tell you we landed a musky in the afternoon.  While Granny observed the final hours of the day Bill led me to regular musky spots and I froze the tips of my fingers fishing hard.  Apparently, the afternoon was too cold for the fish.  I caught a pike and we saw one more musky.  I missed her.


Wisconsin fly fishingDuring the show season I often present “Warmwater Fly Fishing” programs.  In this fun presentation I have a segment about fly fishing for muskellunge.  I always suggest dedicating three full days.  One day you’ll catch a few.  One you catch one.  And one day you’ll get skunked.  Our skunk is out of the way!


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  1. Tad Einloth

    Winter has come early to Wisconsin. Some of my friends were reporting considerable snow fall over the weekend.


  2. Jeff

    The weather has been brutal. Headed back out today.

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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!