The End of an Epic Borneo Fly Fishing Adventure

by | Dec 3, 2023 | fly fishing in Borneo

borneoIt didn’t rain last night here in the Borneo rainforest therefore we were able to fish a few hours today before starting our long journey home.  Unfortunately, despite not raining, the Jeromai River was still flowing huge and the color red.  Though we’ve pulled a few Hail Mary’s out of such water this week, you don’t fish it with a ton of confidence.

 

Austin-KaneI opted out of fishing a massive dry fly for the red kaloi.  Austin has let me have the front of the boat a ton this week to fish for them.  Instead, I let him have that duty and I strung up my 6-weight with my fast Scientific Anglers Sonar and tied on a very flashy streamer.  Something that often gets attention in the mud.  I hucked it from the back of the boat when I wasn’t hindering Austin.

 

tinfoil-barbI started landing a quick tinfoil barb and felt success brewing.  But I landed only one more over the remaining few hours of the trip.  Austin fished his giant 3/0 Chernobyl the entire time and never raised a fish.  We called it a day shortly after noon and returned to camp to hit the road.

 

bee-troublePacking up camp wasn’t much fun.  First of all, it’s always a bummer when trips come to an end.  And the bees, which were terrible yesterday, were maddening today.  They didn’t like the movement of packing and we all got stung a bunch more times.  Made leaving a little easier!

 

fly-fishing-BorneoRegardless of many hardships this week, it’s a thrill to be this far off the grid fly fishing.  This has been an amazing adventure and a successful trip with a great group of dudes.  I caught my red kaloi and in addition added the tinfoil barb and my miraculous catch of the Sultan barb.  All new species for my list.  They should put me at a total of about 455 now.  500 is definitely obtainable within a few years.

 

Currier-KaneNow begins the long journey home.  As far as US time goes, my last cast was at 11 pm Saturday WI time.  I get home around 1 am Thursday.  I guess I have a passion for exotic fish!

 

A special thanks goes out to  Austin Kane and Fajar Setywan for inviting me!

Be sure to keep tabs on my Instagram for more pics – @jeffcurrier65

fish-decalsIn the meantime, please visit my webstore for “Christmas Gifts for the Angler that has Everything” and stuff those stockings with my fish decals from “Pescador on the Fly”.

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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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