Return to My Idaho Carp Waters

by | May 30, 2019 | fly fishing for carp | 5 comments


This weekend is the annual Johnny Boyd Carp Classic on Blackfoot Reservoir.  The tourney is a fundraiser for a fly fishing industry person in need.  This year it’s for fishing guide Travis Rydberg who was in a car accident 18 months ago.  This is a fly fishing only tourney that has gone on for 15 years.  I have missed only one and that’s because I was fishing for mahseer in Bhutan.


Trevor-Wine-fishing-guideI’m not going to lie; this is one of my favorite events of the year.  Yes, I get to fish carp, but most importantly I see a ton of friends that I only see a couple times a year.  We fish together, eat together and share a couple orange whips around the fire too.


There are 30 three man teams.  My teams name is “Could Be Worse” and has consisted of Ben Smith, Trey Scharp and myself.  Last year Trey backed out last minute and this year he can’t make it either.  Hopefully Trey can make the dates work again eventually but for this year we have a new addition, Trevor Wine.  Trevor is one of my Victor buds and he’s a guide for WorldCast Anglers.


Blackfoot-CarpBen can’t get up to Blackfoot until late tonight but Trevor and I headed to Blackfoot today to practice fish and arrived before noon.  We stopped for our first look off the highway expecting to see fish but there were none.  It’s probably a good thing because it gave me time to realize I didn’t have my Idaho fishing license yet.


carp-on-flyThat led us to Soda Springs which is only 15 miles from Blackfoot.  I got my license and then we decided to fish the small carp lake on the edge of town.  We parked at my favorite spot and rigged up and headed into the tall grass around its edges.


smallmouth-bassThere were carp but the lake was high and other than ones literally in the shallow water and weeds where you couldn’t cast to them, they were hard to see.  I waded out to a spot I know they pass by often and made some short casts with a crayfish pattern.  To my surprise I landed a smallmouth bass.


fly-fishing-for-bassThat smallie wouldn’t be my only one.  I went on the catch a dozen of the chubby bass.  And I do mean chubby.  They were obese!  Apparently they’ve taken hold in this lake do to the abundance of crayfish.


carp-fishingIt was nice to bust up some smallies even though they were small.  But it was carp we were after so Trevor and I moved to a shallow area of the lake where I suspected we could spot a few mirror carp regardless of the high water.  Sure enough there were a ton.  But they proved not as easy to catch as they looked.




Out of hundreds of passing carp I only saw a couple actually feeding.  They were sucking grass on the lakes edge.  The rest were swimming along chasing one another.  I believe carp spawn more often than most fish but spring is their official spawning time.  Most were not hungry for anything.


Trevor and I fought hard to catch a few.  I landed three all which were around 5-8lbs.  Trevor landed one.  These fish we caught all came on different flies so we learned nothing as far as “cracking the code”.


We headed back to Blackfoot Reservoir around 5 PM to look at a few more places then set up camp.  There are already a few teams here.  All are here to claim a good camp and practice before the event.


Carp-ClassicTrevor and I had brats planned for dinner but my great friends Gary and Leslie Green along with Marty and Janet Downy had different plans.  They invited us to their camp and fed us barbecue ribs and a heap of delicious snacks.  It’s so good to hang with old friends especially before a spectacular Blackfoot Reservoir sunset!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Kevin Yoshida

    Good luck Jeff! How’s Granny doing?

  2. Jeff

    Thanks Kevin. Granny hit the Dr the minute we got home and based on tests (not X-rays or scans) she didn’t break anything or tear anything. She has a bone bruise and impingement. She got a cortisone shot and as of tonight she’s still in pain.

  3. Lance Tomar

    Hope that shot did the trick for Granny! Never like to see anyone hurt a casting arm! (Coming from experience).. there might be some distant rumour about this climbing gate story.. like it might have involved a drunken stupor and the Mexican police …
    If so.. proud of her! Haha..
    Welcome home and hope the tourney goes good for everyone. Sounds like a great cause.

  4. Lance

    Hey Jeff, My wife was reading my last post here and she pointed out I’m a idiot that I really needed to make sure everyone reading knew I was completely joking about my “distant rumor” wise crack. I owe Granny a apology. Sorry about that..

  5. Jeff

    Lance, I thought it was pretty funny. I’d accuse any of my friends of the same!

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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!