Reminisce Fishing Day

by | Jun 29, 2021 | fly fishing Lake Winnipesaukee | 3 comments

lake-WinnipesaukeeI almost always do my last New Hampshire Lake Winnipesaukee smallmouth bass fishing session alone.  Its much more than a fishing morning.  I reflect on the trip and go much deeper than that.  I reminisce on my entire fishing life.  It all started here.  More than 50 years ago I was in this same Old Town Canoe (my dog with me at all times) casting poppers to the same exact rocks.  Dad, my grandparents, all my aunts and uncles were alive.  They’re all gone now but the fishing is almost the same.  Surreal.


flyfishingOk enough of that.  I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect morning when I launched at exactly 4:06 AM.  It was already 79° and it was the calmest the lake has been the entire trip.  I sipped coffee from my Yeti and paddled and took it all in.  I went straight to one of my “money” spots.



My 6-weight Winston was armed with a black Ben Byng popper.  First cast I caught a cute little redbreast sunfish.  It’s amazing they can fit a bass popper in their mouth.  Shortly after I hooked up with one of my cherished smallies.


It was a great fight beginning with an immediate leap.  Then at least three more before diving and literally towing my canoe.  The smallmouth here fight harder than in most places.  There may have been another jump and another surge but soon I was holding a 15” smallie.



After a quick admiration of this amazing fish, I returned him.  He left with a quick snap of the tail leaving a few droplets of Winnipesaukee on my face.  I reeled it in.  A perfect ending.  I’ll be back in Idaho tomorrow.  And just maybe, maybe the PMD’s will be hatching on the Teton. . . . .


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Lance

    Fishing with pals is always great but your right, reminiscing fishing days alone on waters bring back those special people in our lives we have lost, those happy and sad memories, life reflections, laughs and tears. Inspiring read… Thanks Jeff.

  2. Jeff

    Thanks Lance

  3. Tad Einloth


    It is great that you can revisit your childhood fishing spot 50 years later.

    Not so easy for me – I grew up in South Florida that was paradise in 1967, but now all my favorite fishing spots in Boca Raton have either been asphalted over or made inaccessible to the public.

    The Good Old days – I will always remember them.


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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!