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Happy Holidays From Patagonia Trout Adventures!

Happy Holidays From Patagonia Trout Adventures!  

We would like to wish all of our followers and fellow guests a Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate this special time of the year.  Family, tradition, and spreading the love are the highlights for us in the Southern Hemisphere and we hope all of you have a safe and fun filled holiday season!!

Thank you for following along and we hope to see you on the water soon.

5 Top Dry Flies For Fly Fishing Patagonia

5 Top Dry Flies For Fly Fishing Patagonia


5 TOP DRY FLIES FOR Chilean Patagonia

We are going to list five of our favorite dry flies for fly fishing Patagonia, Chile this summer.  These patterns are proven patterns and should be a staple in every Patagonia fly anglers arsenal.


The Fat Albert comes from the vise of Brent Taylor; This fly can be fished solo or in a dry/dropper rig. From the looks and construction of this fly, I can tell you that this thing floats like a cork. There are about 9 millimeters worth of closed cell foam stacked on this fly, which makes for that magic proportion of a whole lot of foam and a little bit of hook. The overall profile of the Fat Albert could imitate a grasshopper, stonefly adult or a cantaria beetle. Try this fly with black and tan foam or even yellow and brown for a couple different combinations is sure to catch the eye of a trophy trout. The creator of the fly Brent Taylor has been a guide in Chile for a long time and this fly has truly been a game changer for the last ten years.  If you look into any Chilean Patagonia fishing guides fly box I guarantee you he will have a few of these bad boys stashed away.


The Gypsy King

Created by Patagonia River Guides owner, operator, and guide, Rance Rathie, this fly is constructed of foam, elk hair, peacock, and rubber legs that bounce and move with the most subtle movement. It is deadly in multiple different angling situations in Patagonia, Chile. It floats like a cork and can hold up even the heaviest tungsten-bead dropper plunging to the depths. Not too flashy and not too drab, the Gypsy King grabs the attention of trout in large rivers and lakes but doesn’t spook those in smaller and more intimate environments.



The Chubby Chernobyl comes from Idylwilde Flies out of Portland, Oregon. The Chubby is a take-off on the standard Chernobyl Ant, but with a much needed improvement; a big poly yarn wing that aids in flotation and visibility! This a great go to pattern in Patagonia, Chile and one that you can hang the biggest stonefly dropper in your box off of and it still will not sink.  Great visibility and a fish catching machine.



This fly was the winner of the 1995 Jackson Hole One Fly Contest. It was designed by Mark Forslund and Allan Woolley, guides on the Green River below Flaming Gorge, Utah. Originally designed as a Mormon Cricket imitation for cutthroats, it has been successful throughout the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina. The high density foam gives the fly excellent flotation and the rubber legs give it life-like action. Use a twitching action to help make the legs move around. Many variations are possible with this pattern using various colors of foam, thus it is referred to as a "Mutant" ant and thus it's name,  Parachute Rubber Leg Chernobyl Ant. Best time to use this fly is from Late Summer to Fall from January until the end of April.



Amy's Ant comes from the vise of the illustrious Jack Dennis and is named after his daughter. This fly is a foam laden, rubber-legged fish catching machine and has come on strong as a Guide's favorite in Patagonia, Chile lately.  We love the profile and high vis post that this fly has and makes it one of our go to patterns when we are fishing a single dry on the bank in Patagonia.


We love throwing dry flies and we hope that these patterns have given you some insight on what dry flies that you should be throwing during the summer while fly fishing Chile.

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Smile. Because Every Day In Patagonia, Chile Is A Gift!

We Love To Smile.  It's so easy to do.  It's contagious and breathes life into your soul.  Just look around you and see those that are smiling.  They influence, inspire, and create warmth when you are around them.  

In Patagonia we always carry a big grin and it's not hard to do when the landscape, crystal clear rivers, and monster trout are with in driving distance.  We love to share those magical moments with our guests and we do that every single day when we are on the water or off.  It is a trait that comes so natural to those that see the glass as half full.  There is always the positive outlook and we at Patagonia Trout Adventures are over the top about looking at the big picture and seeing the positive light rather than the negative.

In Patagonia, Chile we are blessed with numerous and still completely undiscovered water sheds.  This is another reason to smile as every single fly fisher dreams about being the first one to fly fish a secret creek or river.  It is the adventurer in our soul as fisherman and we love to inspire those around us to dream big.  

Dream big and goods thing will happen.  You only have to believe in your pursuit and make sure that you are smiling along the way.  No one likes to hang out with a negative nancy.  So I encourage you to surround yourself with the positive, exclude the negative, and good things will happen.  

Thanks for following along on our journey and we hope that you find a time to smile today and make someone else around you feel your good vibes.  Until then keep smiling.  

Check out our website at to sign up for your dream fly fishing trip.  Smiles come at no extra charge and we promise we will have you grinning from ear to ear.

Until then, Catch N Release 4 Peace and Keep It Clean Patagonia!


German Brown Trout On The Release in Patagonia. Catch N Release 4 Peace

Brown Trout.  They are the pinnacle of trout fishing and they are our favorite fish to target in the river.  Of course we love all of our hard fighting trout but the brownie is the one that haunts our dreams at night and are always in search of the one.  The best way to get one of these giants takes time.  The pursuit of such a species is an absolute addiction and we have got it really bad.  

Thankfully here in Patagonia we have an overabundance of above average size brown trout.  They are true predators here in Southern Chile and are at the top of the food chain.  Thankfully we do not have any large birds of prey like our rivers in Montana and what that means for our anglers is that these fish will expose themselves in the shallowest of water.

 They do not have to hold in deep slots during the day as they have no other predators to contend with from upstairs which gives them the confidence to attack a stripped streamer or mouse fly on the surface in the brightest conditions.  This is one of the things that makes fishing in Patagonia, Chile so special and is one that we do not take for granted.  We simply capitalize on the opportunity and consistently bring fish in over 24" on a daily basis.  Not to say that every fish that you catch in Patagonia is over 6 pounds but your opportunities at such a fish are given to you multiple times throughout a day of fishing in Chilean Patagonia.

 Hopefully you don't wet the bed when the big one decides to crush your fly.  Remember, strip set and then lift.  No trout sets here Larry, or you have to listen to your fellow buddies give you shit all day about that crappy hook set and the one that got away.

We are going to give you 3 tips on improving your catch rate for donkey size brown trout.

  1. Strip Set, Strip Set, Strip Set!!  Enough Said.
  2. Don't Stop Stripping!  Keep pulling all the way to the boat and figure 8 his ass if you run out of line!
  3. Put the wood to em and don't let him break you off in the logs.  We would rather see you die trying rather than letting that fish of a lifetime school you in the structure.

We hope these tips on fighting trophy brown trout help you land the fish of a lifetime, and always, Catch N Release 4 Peace.  Because that brown trout does matter and we want to see those genes carried on to the next generation of a predator.

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Until then thanks for following along.

Chilean Patagonia Rainbows Being Released Daily. Catch N Release 4 Peace

Chilean Rainbows are some of the hardest fighting fish that we have ever had the pleasure of doing battle with.  They are a work of art and each and every specimen is unique.  These fish are a testament to what cold, clean water fisheries can produce.

Our vision to protect these wonderful fish is very simple.  Educate the masses, lead by example, and smile as that Rainbow swims to live another day.  With each and every person that we can inspire that, is one more fish that will spawn and make more of these fantastic Chilean Rainbows.  

If catching fat trout on dry flies in the Andean Summers is what you dream about, then spreading the word is your duty as an angler.  Share, Inspire, and I promise others will follow in your footsteps.  It is a wonderful feeling to show someone how Catch N Release fishing will only enhance their experience on stream and the good karma that you produce for yourself is also worth it's weight in gold.  It's funny how many more big fish you will find in your nets just from being an honest, conservation minded angler.  Catch N Release 4 Peace and watch your basket fill up with monsters of the stream.

Thanks for following along on our journey to educate the fishing community about Catch N Release 4 Peace.  We hope that you find inspiration in our writings and share with at least one angler on stream the positive effects of letting em go.

Until next time, keep on releasing and we will keep on preaching.

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Sending One Back Home To Patagonia. Catch N Release 4 Peace

Sending another beautiful Rainbow Trout back home in Patagonia makes us so thankful for the fisheries that we have at our fingertips here in Chile.  They are some of the most consistent and abundant dry fly fisheries left on our planet and sharing them with you is our dream come true.  

We are in the business of promoting cold clean water and introducing others to the life changing sport of catch and release fly fishing.  These core values are at the heart of Patagonia Trout Adventures and are what drives us into the future.

In fact with out cold clean water and pristine fisheries there is no future. That is why we believe so much in educating our youth and promoting Catch N Release 4 Peace.

We are on the band wagon and would love for you to hop on too!!

Here are 3 Things That Cold, Clean, Water can do for your soul

  1. Rejuvenate.  Let that cold clean water run underneath those feet.
  2. Inspire.  With out cold clean water we would not have the epic travel experiences that entail on chasing down big trout in clear water.
  3. Educate.  Cold, Clean, Water helps us pass on the fire to our youth.  Our future generations depend on it.  Protect and Conserve and fill your soul with happiness.

We love sharing our thoughts on catch and release and really hope that your soul is enriched by wading in cold, clean, water.  It is a true privilege and one that should never be taken for granted.  With out enforcement and education the rivers are at the mercy of man.  And we all know what that is all about.  So please pass this on to a friend or tell someone about Catch N Release 4 Peace and you just might inspire someone else to join the tribe.

Thanks for following along.  Visit us at to learn more about fly fishing in cold clean water in Patagonia, Chile.

Patagonia Rainbow Trout Tail Slapper. Catch N Release For Peace

Chilean Patagonia Rainbow Trout are some of the strongest and most acrobatic fish that we have ever seen in our travels.  They love to hunt Dragonflies.  Literally.  They are addicted to the candy like a kid at a candy store.  They love the groceries that are available to them on a daily basis.  They put shit eating grins on our clients faces and never seem to let up.  

At Patagonia Trout Adventures we believe and preach on the pulpit about catch and release because it matters!  We conserve, preserve, and educate by leading by example.  You would too if you saw a Rainbow Trout hunt and track down your dry fly and literally jump three feet out of the water after hooked.  It truly is jaw dropping and we always carry Depends Adult diapers for our clients in the boat that always seem to shit there pants after that first experience with a wild Patagonian Rainbow Trout.  We embrace the moment and high fives and baby wipes are the norm.

Here are 3 Reasons Why Catch N Release Creates More Peace

1.  Because your grandchildren will smile when they have Trophy Trout to catch.

2. Because you won't have to hear those stories about how the fishing used to be.  

3. You will have a great excuse to call in sick for work because you have to go for your therapy 

     session in Patagonia.  Creating Peace for Catch N Release.


We really enjoying sharing the concept with our tribe and are on the constant attack of why catch n release is the only way to go.  Go with the flow and your fly fishing days will be forever blessed on the water.  

Sharing is caring and the more we talk about it and spread the word the more that get's heard.  

Till then folks thanks for following along and always remember Catch N Release for Peace.

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Patagonia Brown Trout Make Us Smile

We love brown trout at Patagonia Trout Adventures.  They make us smile for many reasons.  Here are 5 reasons why we love to chase them.

1.  They are the Boss of the River

2.  They are like the trash man.  Cleaning up the neighborhood on a daily basis

3.  They are on night patrol and never let anyone sleep soundly

4.  They are true hunters.  Just like my Montana Brothers

5.  They smell fear and attack it with a vengence


These are qualities of a true predator, whether it be fly fishing, life, or business.  We love there approach to life and we follow in there foot steps.  Thanks Mr. Brown Trout for the education.


For more information on how to chase the boss in Patagonia contact us at Patagonia Trout Adventures to set up your 2017 fly fishing expedition.

Patagonia, Chile Sustainability and Awareness For Our Rivers

The season in Patagonia, Chile has begun!!!  We are so excited to show our guests this season what Patagonia fly fishing is all about and are chomping at the bit on the arrival of our first guests of the season. 

Some of our most important goals this season is not only to show our guests the best fly fishing but also to bring awareness to the sustainability of one of the last great dry fly fisheries in the world.

Patagonia, Chile in the last few seasons has seen an increase in water born diseases being spread by traveling international fly fishermen and we want to be the first to say that this is a serious problem and we want to stop this dead in it's tracks.  We do not like to sugar coat or pretend like it isn't there.  Some other fly fishing operators in Patagonia, Chile choose to turn there head and look the other way in order to not lose profit margins.  We at P.T.A. are not those individuals.  We believe in cold, clean water and wish to bring awareness to this issue.

As a fly fisherman we as individuals have taken on a special code or for a better description a stewardship for our rivers.  A gate keeper if you will.  It is our responsibility to share information about how we can protect and prevent our cold water fisheries and how we can prevent the spread of water born diseases.  

One of the most important things that we can do as travelling anglers is to effectively clean and wash our wading gear before we ever leave our home country.  I will describe one of the most efficient and effective ways that we can clean our gear in the next few paragraphs and we encourage you to follow these simple steps in order to preserve our fisheries that we all cherish so dearly.  

We want to also show you the most effective ways to clean your gear with the most organic and natural solutions in order to not contaminate our water ways with more chemical based compounds such as bleach or any other type of harmful solutions.  In the end all of the solutions go back in to our water sources and totally negate everything we are standing up for in our sustainability and awareness of clean water.

Here is our favorite organic recipe for cleaning and disinfecting your gear.  

Salt by far is the most effective and natural way to clean all of your wading gear and we firmly believe in this recipe.  Do not use bleach, 409, or any other type of chemically produced products to clean your wading gear.  They are just as harmful to our environment and you might as well be dumping chemicals into your favorite river.  Use your natural resources.  Mother Nature thanks you!  Keep it Clean folks.

Salt               5% Solution

2 cups per 2.5 gallon water OR 1 pound per 5 gallons of water

Greater than 1 Hour for felt non-metallic items

Drying  greater than 48 hours for all gear

5% Salt Solution Felt soled boots will have to soak at least 1 Hour or more. 2 cups of salt per 2.5 gallons water OR 1 pound of salt for 5 gallons of water will be used.

All gear must be rinsed with warm tap water after soaking.

Rock salt, water softener salt, or regular salt are all great choices to use in this organic cleaning solution.  


We hope that you will consider this type of cleaning system for any river system that you travel to and we at Patagonia Trout Adventures have a strict policy on the inspection and decontamination of our guests wading boots.  

At the lodge we have a complete washing station complete with all the necessary items to decontaminate any and all types of fly fishing gear to be used while in Patagonia.  We strongly urge you to do this before coming down but if you do not have the time we will gladly assist you with this process.

We thank you for reading about our concepts and beliefs on sustaining our cold clean waters of the Patagonia.  Until next time, keep it clean.