My Favorite Smallmouth Bass Haunt

by | Jun 18, 2020 | fly fishing for smallmouth bass

Lake-Winnipesaukee4 AM comes fast in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire when you haven’t adjusted yet from MST time.  Therefore my fishing partner in crime today, Granny, was out for heading on a smallie feast with poppers early this morning.  In fact, the 4 AM departure yesterday was too much for everyone except for Montana.  So it was only the two of us and we paddled from camp to my favorite smallmouth bass haunt.


loonsLast year at my fabled spot, a place I’ve now been chasing smallies with poppers for over 45 years, Montana took five beauts in one morning.  Her first ever really big smallies on fly.  But today, it would be my turn.


Jeff-Currier-bass-fishingIt was one of those morning where despite working hard to get Montana in prime position to catch them before I’d even make a cast, they simply wouldn’t cooperate.  Then I’d launch a cast and bam!  Nice smallie on.


bass-fliesWhile the smallies here on Lake Winnipesaukee are gorgeous, the average ones are about 3” smaller than the ones last week on Lake Mille Lacs.  Nonetheless, these feisty bronze-backs crush hard body poppers like they are going out of style!


smalliesMontana and I fished from 4:15 AM until about 8:45 AM.  We did all our fishing within one mile of camp.  We rousted at least ten smallies but boated only four big ones.  Unfortunately, young Montana didn’t land any.


kids-flyfishingMontana had a learning experience however about grabbing the leader.  She did in fact get a big one to the side of the canoe but in her struggle to get a handle on lipping him, she decided to lift the smallie up by her tippet.  One head shake and he broke her off.  The good news however is the bass shook her barbless popper out and seconds later we retrieved it to fish another day.


rockbassMontana did land a heap of rock bass.  And I’ve taught all my nieces and nephew to treat all fish equal.  She was stoked with this morning.  This nice rock bass got a kiss before his release.


jeff-currier-flyfishingThe sun began to scorch the Lakes Region before 8 AM.  Its been a hot couple of days here so far.  But you won’t hear a complaint from me.  That raw cold Rocky Mountain weather was getting old. Besides, this heat and humidity makes all my war wounds of life go away.  Perhaps that’s just because here I’m in heaven back on my home waters!


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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!