Northern Pike – The Bay of 40 Pluses

by | Sep 9, 2021 | Midnight Sun Trophy Pike | 3 comments

midnight-sunI woke up to the sound of humming engines today.  This means the Midnight Sun Patriot Catamaran was on the move to a new spot.  We only have two days left on this amazing northern pike trip so our move was three hours heading back towards Galena, AK on the Yukon River.


flyfishingThe drive was restful.  We’ve been fishing hard for five days and to kick back, drink coffee and eat a nice breakfast made by Wade, all while cruising the backcountry of Alaska – it was cool with all of us.  We arrived around noon and secured the mothership before starting our day of fishing.


Yellow-Dog-FlyfishingMy first plan of attack was to tie on one of Sammy’s new favorite flies, the Man Bear Pig, but Scott handed me a big red and white pike fly he tied last night.  I was fishing with Wade so I held it up to him for approval.  Wade was all about it.


pike-flyRed and white are famous pike colors but I was somewhat reluctant thinking back to all the pike Sammy caught with me two days ago on his Pig.  But you always listen to the guide – the new fly went on.


wood-bisonWade took Sammy and I on a 30 minute ride to a sheefish hole.  We tossed flies into the turbulent currents and boils but no luck.  Scott was there with Steve and Therese and we pulled out together and rode another 20 minutes to a massive lake.  What’s neat, along the way we ran into a herd of wood bison.  A couple of these animals wore Game & Fish tags and it turns out they are part of a restoration program.


big-pikeThe huge lake was beautiful.  The sun was peaking and the lake was glass.  The shoreline is somewhat mountainous and the birch trees are near their full fall color.  Before we entered the lake we casted around the entrance.  My big red and white fly nailed a 44” first cast and I followed it up with this 46”.  Not a bad way to start the day!


pike-fliesWe all fished this lake for the remainder of the day.  While we had one slow period for a couple hours, most of the day provide constant action.  There was a particular bay Wade took Sammy and I and we caught eight pike between 40” and 44”.  We named it the “Bay of 40 Pluses” and that hour in there may in fact be the best hour of pike fishing any of us will have the rest of our lives!


Vigneri-Currier-flyfishingRain kicked in around 6 PM while in that remarkable bay, but the fishing continued to impress.  Even after we left.  At one time Sammy and I doubled up with 44 inchers.  We tried to get a double fish photo but it was too deep to hop out.  Instead, we floundered hanging over the side of the boat only to pull a few muscles and not get a photo.  It was fun trying though.


hosted-flyfishingMidnight Sun keeps track of pike landed that are over 40”.  Between both boats, today we landed nearly 40 pike over 40”!  That’s incredible.  Of course, Sammy ended his day with a 47”.  That’s his fifth 47 incher this week.  I’m locked at 46”.  Steve at 44”.  Only Therese has Sam tied with a 47” of her own.


fish-alaskaWe didn’t get back to the Patriot until almost 10:30 tonight.  It was dark and raining hard.  We’re drenched but smiling – Wade just threw a few big sirloins in the frying pan.  The big meal should warm us up nicely.  Tomorrow is our last day of fishing here on the Yukon Drainage of Alaska.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Lance


    I have got to give that a try… that is some fantastic pike fishing!

  2. Jeff

    If you can wait a couple years Lance I’ll be headed back too. And if you go next year, you will likely want to go back again anyhow!

  3. Tad Einloth

    Incredible Day !


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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!