JEFF CURRIER’S TRAVELING TIPS
With over forty years of experience fly fishing the world, Jeff Currier has quite possibly fished more countries and caught more species on a fly rod than any person alive. He’s an active lecturer, published author, a well-known artist, and the subject of numerous films, articles and media projects. Jeff is constantly traveling and developing new techniques for catching the most exotic fish imaginable in places where even the most avid adventurers are hesitant to go.
An IGFA World Record holder, Jeff has fished in over 55 countries and caught over 375 species of fish on a fly. The oldest member of the Yellow Dog Ambassador team, Jeff can now die happy having watched the Cubs finally win a World Series.
For international trips, I never try to carry on my rods, reels or flies. Overseas TSA-type entities are too unreliable and unpredictable when it comes to carrying these items through security, and I once missed a connection flight in Paris trying to re-check my rod tubes. I always pack all tackle in my checked luggage. If I’m nervous about too many connections, I’ll split my stuff into two bags so that if one bag doesn’t show I’m still in good shape. Remember that reel handles can break in your checked luggage. Pad them well. I line them up with the handles facing each other and either wrap them in clothes or put them in a padded reel case.
Take a lot of photos. Great photos are the ultimate souvenir from any trip. They don’t cost anything, they’re easy to share with others, and they don’t take up space in your luggage. When taking photos, be sure to wake up early. It’s the very best time for photos due to soft and warm morning light. It’s also a good time to interact with locals, and sketchy areas are less dangerous in the morning!