The Coldest Fishing Day in Recent Memory

by | May 2, 2024 | fly fishing Chequamegon Bay | 1 comment

smallmouthIt’s certainly a dream to travel the world and fly fish, but I very much enjoy my wide open new world of fishing here in Wisconsin.  Honestly, I’ve been chomping at the bit for spring to arrive here so I can get started.  I learned a lot about my new waters last summer and expect to do better on them this year.

 

 

flyfishingToday was the first of three days fishing on one of my old favorite places, Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior.  This is a fishery where on any cast you could catch your largest smallmouth bass, walleye, pike, brown trout or varieties of salmon.  Every solid strike makes your heart skip a beat or two because you just never know.  The only problem with this three day trip is that whenever Howie, Mike Neuman and I get together to fish Chequamegon, we take a beating from the weather.  Today’s kick off was a clear indication our rough luck has not left us.

 

fly-fishingWe got absolutely poured on.  While that doesn’t sound like a big deal for a posse of three hardcore anglers, add in the high of 41° and the 10 to 15 mph winds and think again.  Maybe my brain is numb from the freezing temperatures, but I think today was one of my coldest days fishing in years.  And Howie and Mike feel the same.  Years!

 

 

Chequamegon-BayWhat made things extra tough was that our high expectations were shattered early.  We were on the water around 10 AM and the wind was already so strong we could hardly hold the boat long enough to fish the places we wanted to fish.  Furthermore, the rain was such a deluge you needed windshield wipers for your sunglasses.

 

 

HowieBy 3 we hadn’t seen a fish.  Howie was freezing.  I was soaked from the waist down because I carelessly didn’t have the up zipper on my rain pants secure.  Neuman was just plain frustrated with his life record of fish caught from Chequamegon Bay.  The misery forced Howie to drink an ice cold beer.

 

There’s never any complaining from this crew.  We just keep casting.  At late afternoon we found ourselves in the Sand Cut Slough hiding from the teeth of the wind.  This slough is not the place you’ll run into the salmon and huge brown trout.  The slough is pike water.  We tied big flies on the wire and stripped steadily in 3-10 feet of water.  The action was miserably slow but persistence paid off and I came tight with my first smallie of the year, landed without a net.  We forgot the net.

 

Currier-smallmouthThat smallie would be it.  The big slab of a smallie gave us hope but two more hours of strong efforts produced nothing.  We left the lake at 6 PM, probably our shortest Lake Superior day of all time.

 

 

 

 

fly-tyingTonight we smashed a big dinner at Howie’s and spent the evening warming up.  The guys tied some flies next to the woodstove and I’m writing todays blog.  We’ll get after it again in the morning but I’ll just tell you now; the forecast doesn’t look good!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Howie

    Holy crap, it cant get any worse than that can it?

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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!

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