A Windy One Fly Fishing Lake Winnipesaukee

by | Jun 18, 2014 | Uncategorized

blog-June-18-2014-1-flyfishing-lake-winnipesaukeeI couldn’t wait to guide Granny to my old smallmouth bass water this morning out from our family camp here on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee.  But all night long I could hear the west wind picking up speed.  At 5 AM, the normally placid Wolfeboro Bay was covered in whitecaps.


blog-June-18-2014-2-lake-winnipesaukeeI pressed some coffee and got Granny in my canoe by 5:30 anyhow, rigged with a popper on my 5-weight.  My top smallie spots are outside Wolfeboro Bay towards the broads but as we rounded the point the wind spun my Old Town canoe out of control.  It didn’t matter how hard I dug, there was no way we were continuing.  We paddled chaotically back to camp disappointed.


blog-June-18-2014-3-becky-rose-flyfishing-new-hampshireEven the protected Back Bay was screwed by high wind.  By mid morning wind gusts were reported up to 30 MPH.  There was no sense in trying to fish from the canoe anywhere.  We hopped in my dads old F350 with my sister Becky and drove to several small ponds looking for crappie and pickerel.  After hours of trying various spots, all we caught were some tiny bluegill and baby largemouth.  Serious angling wasn’t in the cards today.


blog-June-18-2014-4-flyfishing-wolfeboro-new-hampshireMy sister’s family lives in Wolfeboro near my folks.  My niece Sierra got out of school at 3.  Sierra has been on the blog many times catching fish on her pink Ross Youth Outfit (today she had the luxury of using my 4-weight Winston LS).  After a visit with her I could see she was anxious to wet a line so I took her down to the Back Bay docks where we’d be protected from wind.


blog-June-18-2014-5-flyfishing-for-rock-bassThe Back Bay docks of Wolfeboro hold heaps of warmwater fish species.  If you ever find yourself here and you’re without a boat, don’t hesitate to hit these docks.  I put on a Chernobyl Ant for young Sierra and watched her go to work.


blog-June-18-2014-6-jeff-currier-niece-sierra-roseSierra quickly figured out casting wasn’t necessary and she dapped her fly off each and every dock.  If you want to get a kid into fishing, this is the way to do it because with a set of polarized glasses they can see each fish coming for the fly.  And the smaller sunfish species are relentless.  Most come until they are caught.  Sierra landed a bunch of the non native rock bass that have taken over Wolfeboro and some bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish.


We salvaged today.  The wind was extremely bad.  Not only that but temps have dropped to the 60°s.  We can only hope that conditions improve tomorrow so Granny and I can get the canoe back out on the water.


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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!