Take it Easy on the First Day Back

by | Jun 19, 2024 | fly fishing in Wisconsin | 1 comment

fly-fishingOnly a week ago my girl was getting home from two surprise days in the hospital.  While she’s still not 100% and will have further testing in weeks to come, it was time to get her out of the house.  She worked this week and if you can work you can certainly fly fish.




We loaded the Ruby Van late yesterday to head camping but just as I was hooking up the boat a thunderstorm kicked in.  I googled the forecast and the call was for severe storms and hail overnight.  Well, we just built a garage to help protect our groovy van so instead of leaving last night and making it subject to the hazardous elements, we stayed home and left this morning.  I’m so glad we did because the storms were bad all night and heavy rain didn’t stop today until around 9 AM.


flyfishingOnce we finally hit the road it got pretty nice.  We drove about an hour to drop the blue bathtub (our Idaho boat) on a new lake.  Granny already announced she wasn’t fishing hard today so this lake looked ideal for an adventure that not only involved a lake but also a journey up the river that feeds it.  We could basically do more puttering around with 3.3 horse instead of actual casting.


Ben-Byng-fliesPuttering is exactly what we did.  We ran the entire length of this lake (two miles) and surprisingly, due to all the rain and highwater, we were able to ride upriver at least another mile.  While fishing stunk, the scenery was fantastic.  We saw beavers, deer, I can’t confirm it but possibly a bear that streaked off a bank before I could ID it.  A few loons and a bunch of good spring birds from phoebe to orioles.  It was just an all-out nice day.


flyfishingThough we only landed one rock bass when we were fishing, Granny jumped a smallie on a popper to reckon with.  I’ve caught a lot in my day and this fish wasn’t an inch shorter than 19”.  She may have had a 20” plus river smallmouth which is probably why he escaped.  River smallies, as mentioned last week, are tough competitors.


We ended the day with the Ruby Van parked at a stunning camp.  It’s become our favorite since we arrive here in WI.  While the mosquitoes were horrific, as to be expected in June in Wisconsin, our new grill helped cook a steak to die for.  We are camped and plan to be back on the water first thing tomorrow.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Howie

    Great to see Granny fishing!

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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!