Smallmouth At the Solstice

by | Jun 21, 2018 | fly fishing for smallmouth bass | 2 comments

There’s no better way to start the longest day of the year off than with coffee at 4:30 am then pushing off the canoe to hunt big smallmouth bass.  And that is exactly how Granny and I started the day.  We went around Sewel Point on Lake Winnipesaukee to some of my favorite smallmouth holds.


The smallies were there.  Exactly when the summer solstice occurred, 6:07 am, I was holding this hefty smallmouth in the morning light.  He sipped the popper.  It doesn’t get any better than this.


Granny and I went on to land four of the big bass.  Unfortunately, I landed all four. You could say the girl got manhandled by the smallies.  She’d get this leaping monster right too the boat only to have him spit the popper in her face as she went to land him.


We spent the rest of the day with family.  My brother Greg arrived and we went to visit my dad.  Dad wasn’t at his best which makes it tough.  Greg and I will hit the largemouth bass early tomorrow morning.  Enjoy every minute you can.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Lance Tomar

    Sorry to hear your dad’s condition isn’t improving. I’m about to be face to face with a similar health problem with my aunt.. I’m off to Oregon in the morning to deal with her. Never a good thing. Your right, Enjoy every minute has more and more meaning every day!

  2. Jeff

    Thanks Lance. I know you know how to live too. Good luck in OR.

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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!