Posts Tagged ‘Dry Fly Fishing’

Patagonia Backroads – Catch Magazine

May 3, 2011

As we mentioned in our last post, friend / photographer / fly tackle sales rep Jon Covich took a trip to Arroyo Claro Lodge in Argentina in January.  However, Jon wasn’t there solely for the great fishing on the Chubut, Carrilefu, and Rivadavia Rivers.  He was also in Patagonia to take photos – and boy did he capture some exceptional images while staying at Arroyo Claro.  Jon’s photo’s were so good that he was invited to do a photo essay on his trip in Catch Magazine, an online magazine focused on showing the beauty of fly fishing through the finest in fly fishing photography and cinematography.  Catch is a truly unique online publication and we love it here at Angler Adventures.  Click here to access Catch Magazine’s 17th issue, click on contents (lower left) and then ‘Photo Essay – Patagonia Backroads’ under the ‘Unique Essays’ heading to experience the entire essay.  Until then, here’s a small sample:

Fly Fishing the Chubut River, Argentina

The Chubut River

“…Rio Chubut, our longest float trip, will be our first excursion and it will take four days to cover sixty miles.  The river holds the strongest rainbow trout in the country and we catch them all on dries.  The summer weather is very dry, the high desert kind, and at times with a wind that sweeps the barren hills and is, thankfully, partially blocked by the willows that border the river…”

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Arroyo Claro Lodge – Photo Essay

May 2, 2011

Our friend, Jon Covich posted a great photo essay and recap of his January 2011 trip to one of our favorite Patagonia fishing lodges, Arroyo Claro Lodge, on the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog.  Jorge Graziosi, pioneered fly fishing for trout in the Chubut Province of Argentina, and built a handsome lodge overlooking the beautiful Carrilefu RiverThe Rivadavia, El Canal Spring Creek, and Lago Verde are all within 30-minutes drive.  Jorge offers a 4-day float / camping trip on the remote Chubut River.  Why 4 days?  That’s how long it takes to get to the next road.  Still, the trip is comfortable enough to please even the most discerning anglers and the fishing is off the charts.

Beautiful Rainbow from the Carrilefu River, Argentina

Nice Fish - Photo by Jon Covich

 

Fly Fishing in Chile – Big Flies and Big Browns

December 13, 2010

Fly Fishing in Chile is known for big brown trout taking big surface flies.  This is especially true in the Coyhaique area of Southern Patagonia.  Typically anglers thinking about Chile imagine the splashy rises of trout taking 2” – 3” imitations of Cantaria Beetle, the largest beetle in Chile.  This season offers something new, potentially a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The Quila Bamboo in the Paloma River Valley is seeding – an event that happens about every 15 years (estimated to take 60 years for the bloom to return to the same area).  This “bloom” creates an explosion in the mouse population due to the abundance of food (Quila Seeds).  This acute rise in rodent populations is a well-known phenomenon in South America, which has been scientifically documented since 1552. 

Nice Brown from Cinco Rios Chile

Cinco Rios Chile is already exploiting the situation and catching large browns on mouse imitations, however owner Sebastian Galilea expects the fishing to peak in late February / early March when the rodent population is at its peak and the supply of Quila seeds has declined.  Anyone who has fished the Arolik for Rainbows or Labrador for Brookies can testify to the voracious strikes on mice when skated over fish from an opposing bank or overhanging branch.  The Paloma River, the Magote, the Rio Simpson, the Boca de Leon, and the Elizadle all have visible increases in the rodent populations and are proving productive when fished with a mouse imitation.

Cinco Rios$3,675 US per person based on double occupancy & two anglers per guide

January 1 – 15 – 4 anglers

January 15 – 22 – 2 anglers

January 22 – 29 – 6 anglers

January 29 – February 19 – 2 anglers

February 26 – March 5 – 6 anglers

Paloma River Lodge – $3,250.00 US per person based on double occupancy & two anglers per guide

January 1 – February 12 – 8 anglers

February 12 – March 12 – 4 anglers

The Largest of Chile's 7 beetle species

Cantaria Beetle of Southern Chile

  Estancia del Zorro – $3,675 US per person based on double occupancy & two anglers per guide

While Cinco Rios’ sister lodge may not get to experience the boom in mice, the estancia is home to the famously productive Zorro spring creek.  These are the last spots available for the 2010 – 2011 season:

February 19 – 26, 2011 – 2 rods

February 26 – March 5, 2011 – 6 rods

March 5 – 12, 2011 – 2 rods

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