Torrential Rain Hinders Filming “Atlanticus”

by | Sep 1, 2017 | Uncategorized

The rain was relentless until 4 AM this morning.  We got up about that time and powered some coffee and snacks then loaded the boat for a full day of filming.  The rain stopped completely at 4:45 and at 5, when the glow of daylight began, we shoved off.  Our goal was to put some “Jungle Tarpon” in the air for Grant Wiswell’s upcoming film, “Atlanticus”.


The mighty jungle river was swollen and a color deeper than melted chocolate.  Fast current put our guide on edge as he motored downstream dodging new snags, submerged hidden trees and floating logs, all a danger to the motor and could flip the boat.  Tarpon, snook and the resident freshwater cichlids are adapted to feed in these conditions but flies must literally hit the fish in the face.


Despite discouraging conditions we remained optimistic.  Dylan went to work first and as he did the rain started again.  Filming in the rain isn’t much fun and risky to Grants high quality filming equipment.  Tom Enderlin held an umbrella over Grant as he filmed all morning long.


Dylan and I rotated casting turns.  We saw a mere two tarpon roll so we concentrated on places Tom sees tarpon regularly – just hoping.  We cast our 12-weights relentlessly until 11 AM without a strike or even a swirl behind the fly.  Rather than fight the battle all day we returned to camp for a three-hour lunch and siesta.  It was a tough morning to say the least but fortunately the rain stopped and the skies looked better for the afternoon.


Though it didn’t rain anymore, the late afternoon/evening session didn’t go much better.  On a positive note, we saw more rolling tarpon and the river drops fast here when it doesn’t rain.  Tomorrow could be perfect and Grant found this cool place where we can fish from shore.  A hook up and fight with a 100lb tarpon from shore on this small river would add some life to the already superb looking film.


I didn’t mention it to start todays blog but this morning when I flicked on my bathroom light in a 4 AM sleep stupor, I thought is saw a large spider scurry behind the sink.  I brushed the sighting off as nothing but a bad dream and went fishing.  Tonight, Julius II (Julius I was one in Tanzania in 2013), was waiting for me.  The sickeningly huge arachnid was t-boning a 2” cockroach.  I considered smearing him but my flip flop wasn’t large enough and the mess likely would’ve spattered all over me.  I left him alone.  Needless to say, I didn’t fall asleep easily.


A special thanks to Grant Wiswell and Castaway Films for inviting me on this fantastic trip and to Jungle Tarpon Reserve and Tarponville for making our visit possible!

Jeff Currier Global Fly 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!