Practice for Pacu – Carping Again

by | Jul 10, 2013 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

July 8, 2013


I wandered back to my carp lakes to fly fish with Tom Hansen.  It was Tom’s idea to treat me to Bolivia later this month with Skip Brittenham who I took carping on Saturday.


blog-July-8-2013-1-fly-fishing-for-carpConditions didn’t favor carping today.  Last night we experienced major thunderstorms with rain and wind.  Undoubtedly the surface temperature of the first carp lake was colder than normal.  Carp prefer warm water.  At 8 AM with Skip on Saturday there were carp everywhere, today there were none.


blog-July-8-2013-2-fly-fishing-for-carpLuckily that changed by noon but so did the weather.  There were carp but also high winds blowing precisely in our face.  I learned that Tom is a heck of a caster and he is as passionate about catching fish that he sees as much as I.  He didn’t seem to care about the wind and persistently cast to carp after carp and finally hooked and landed a nearly completely scaled mirror.  I snuck in a few cast today as well and landed two on a Chernobyl and one on a Vladi nymph.


blog-July-8-2013-3-Tom-HansenLess than three weeks from now we’ll be fishing dorado together in Bolivia.  However there’s another fish I want to catch badly there that lumbers along like a carp, that’s the pacu.  Pacu is a large fruit and nut eating piranha looking fish.  There’s several species of pacu found in the Amazon basin of South America but the one in Bolivia is the big dog.  I need one!  This carping is good practice.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. David McKenzie

    What’s the deal with the ID mirrors? I dont think I’ve seen a run of the mill common from there. Those fish are really unique.

  2. Jeff

    I’ve never seen a common on Blackfoot but I have on other lakes. But your observation is correct, we have very few non-mirrors here and it is very peculiar. l like it though!


  1. Arrival Day in Santa Cruz, Bolivia | Jeff Currier - [...] opened it.  It turned out the anglers were some of my old customer/friends from my fly shop days, Tom…
  2. Fly Fishing the Itirizama River of Bolivia | Jeff Currier - [...] fishing partners and Skip, who I fished with the first three days, moved over with Dale and me with…
  3. Fly Fishing the Lower Pluma River of Bolivia | Jeff Currier - [...] the quick start, the dorado action never heated up.  Tom caught one fish all day.  I lucked into seven. …
  4. Fly Fishing for Golden Dorado | Jeff Currier - [...] Tom and I headed for a long eight mile hike to the Upper Pluma River with legendary Amazon guide,…
  5. The Wind Never Stops in 2014 | Jeff CurrierJeff Currier - […] Tom Hansen and Skip Brittenham are in Jackson Hole this week for the 4th of July so I took…
  6. Annual Ladies Day on the Bryant River - Jeff Currier - […] This being said however we caught a few.  Granny put my 4-weight Winston Boron III LS to work and…
  7. Out Smarted by the Huge Carp of Blackfoot - Jeff Currier - […] seemed right before I left Victor to meet my friend Tom Hansen for a day trip of fly fishing…

Welcome to the Blog of Jeff Currier!

Contact Jeff

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!