The Windiest Fishing Day in Recent Memory

by | May 3, 2024 | fly fishing Lake Superior | 2 comments

fly-fishingYesterday we fished in a deluge of rain and cold temps making for one of my coldest fishing days in recent memories.  So when I climbed out of the back of my Exploder at 6 AM this morning and saw a nearly completely blue sky, I was feeling pretty happy.  I wandered up to Howie’s house and met he and Neuman for coffee.  Howie said, “Don’t get too excited.  We got some serious wind today”.

 

flyfishingChequamegon Bay of Lake Superior had a wind forecast of 28 mph from the southwest with gusts to 42 mph.  Nearly a small craft warning.  The bulk of the wind wasn’t starting till around 11 AM so we left the house in a hurry.  We had hopes of getting a few solid hours fishing in before things got hectic.  We were idling out of Washburn Marina before 8.

 

 

fly-fishingWe weren’t so lucky to beat the wind.  We popped out from the protected marina to whitecaps and oversized rolling waves.  Lake Superior is freezing cold most of the year but frigid in May.  Even in full raingear the splashes and spray felt like crushed ice against your face and hands.

 

 

 

fly-fishingThe sad thing is that at this time the wind was likely only blowing at around 12 mph.  We made a run across the bay over to the lighthouse break-wall where we were somewhat sheltered from the southwest wind.  In summer this can be a great place to fish but we hit it hard for two hours and never touched a fish.

 

 

small-craft-warningWhen we stuck our nose back out to the open lake things weren’t good.  Those whitecaps were raging four footers and the wind itself had doubled in strength.  To say it was horrible is an understatement.  We’re lucky Neuman’s Lund is a Lake Mile Lacs boat so it can handle some speedy cold waves.  Nevertheless, the run back to the “more” sheltered part of the bay was a 20 minute back-bouncing tooth-shattering soaking hell.

 

fly-fishingWe must be crazy because we toughed this entire hurricane-like wind out all day.  We fished the mouth of Bono Creek for two hours.  Nothing.  Then we trekked with the raging wind behind us all the way around Houghton Point and tucked into the bay where the Sioux and Onion Rivers feed the Great Lake.  It was actually fairly nice as long as we stayed close to shore.

 

Mike-Neuman-flyfishingWe methodically fished this small area for at least six more hours.  Until almost 7 PM.  What’s amazing about this is that in all that time we never touched a fish.  Not one.  But we kept on trying and that’s why a miracle happened and Neuman went tight.  Barely tight but tight and it was a 10” Coho salmon.  I lunged for the net and put it to use just so we could say, “No skunk”!

 

 

 

 

Lake-SuperiorWe’re back to Howie’s now and his wife Sue made a spicy chicken curry to die for.  We broke open a bottle of red.  Howie and Neuman are sipping whiskey.  Our faces sting with windburn and my ears are ringing.  We have one more crack at the bay in the morning.  The forecast is for rain, cold but very little wind.  It’s sad when that sounds like nice conditions!

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

2 Comments

  1. Howie

    You need a better guide.

  2. Howie

    “Lunds are too wide”. They scare the fish!

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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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