Dry Fly

Cooking Riverside With The Disco In Patagonia.




What is a disco and how do you prepare it?

A disco is a round metal cylindrical shaped cooking disc with three legs underneath it that suspend the disco about 18" inches above the hot coals of a well built fire.  It is a very commonly used item in Patagonia and is something that you will experience while fly fishing with Patagonia Trout Adventures.  

The disco has deep roots in Patagonia and has been used by the pioneers and first settlers of the harsh environments of Southern Chile.  The disco gets it's name from the hubcap off of an old tractor.  You know the hubcap on the front end of a small tractor that is generally around 20" inches.  The farmers used to use the old hubcaps off the tractors as a source for cooking their meals.  It was an efficient and fantastic way to cook a lot of food at one time and prepare delicious campfire fare quickly.  The tradition caught on quickly with the locals and is a very commonly used item in popular restaurants today.  


How do you prepare a disco?

First, you have to start out by building a very hot fire for at least 10-15 minutes.  Let the wood burn down to red hot coals and now you are looking good to start the disco.  Next place the disco over the hot coals and next grease the entire pan with 1 cup of Olive Oil and let the pan and oil heat up for a minute or two but be careful not to burn the oil.  Tastes awful.  Next come the ingredients of the dish.  The ingredients are listed below.

  • Chopped White Onion: Sliced
  • Red, Green, and Yellow Bell Pepper, Sliced
  • Aji Pepper, Sliced
  • Sliced and Cubed Top Sirloin
  • Cubed Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Chilean Mini Sausages
  • Large Portion White Rice
  • Red Wine
  • Favorite Spices
  • Large Stirring Utensil

Putting the dish together

So first you start out by adding the onions, crisp them up a bit for a minute or two and add spice, next take your onions and spread them on the outside edge of the disco exposing the center, now take your sliced assortment of peppers and place them in the center of the disco, crisp the bell peppers and add the magic spice, now mix the onion with peppers and again distribute on the outside edge of the disco, next comes the aji pepper and the chicken breast, again cooking for a few minutes, then mixing and distributing on the edge, next the sirloin, sausages and a splash of red wine, cook the sirloin all the way through and when it's done you know it's ready to be finished.  The last part of the dish is the white rice.  You want to use a generous portion here as this is what brings the entire dish together.  Finish heating the rice and then stir all the ingredients together and simmer for another minute or two and you are all set.  Take the disco off with a pair of gloves and prepare to enjoy a classic Chilean disco.  

We love cooking with the disco while on our overnight trips in Patagonia and makes for a great meal and highlight of a trip with Patagonia Trout Adventures.  You can learn more about Patagonia by visiting our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram.  Thanks for reading.

3 Top Ant Patterns For Fly Fishing Patagonia

3 Top Ant Patterns For Fly Fishing Patagonia

The flying ant hatches that we have in Patagonia are amazing.  The smoke stack formations that line the river bank during the fall are staggering and when you run into this hatch every fish in the river will be looking for a dead drifted ant and can put some very large fish in your hands during this time period.  So you had be prepared with a good selection of parachute ants in sizes #14-#20.  We like all black, black/red combo, and sparkle ants as they seem to receive the most attention from our Patagonia free rising trout.  We are going to list three of our favorite ant patterns for Patagonia and hope that these patterns will help put a few more fish in your hands.


Black Parachute Ant

Hard to beat the good old black parachute ant.  This fly has been responsible for more fish that I can remember in my net and is a great all around representation of a flying ant.  It's very easy to see with the big white post and displays a perfect profile of a spent ant in the water column.  We like to fish these in sizes #14-#20.  


Two Tone Parachute Ant

The two tone parachute ant is another great pattern and should be a staple in your dry fly box for fishing Patagonia.  We like the subtle difference in this fly with the two contrasting colors and the high vis parachute post, it is just a bit different and sometimes is the answer when the fish have become a bit wise to the black ant.


Sparkle Ants

We like to fish the sparkle ant over very opportunistic fish that seem to hooked on flashy is better.  We generally will throw a double dry set up with the sparkle ant and have the larger sparkle ant as our lead fly or attractor and then we will tie on something like a small #18 black parachute ant as a more exact imitation to fool some of those wary trout.  We love this system and has been  highly productive while fishing over flying ant hatches in Patagonia.


We hope you have gained a little insight and knowledge on ant patterns in Patagonia and we hope that you can use this knowledge on some of your home waters as well.  You can also follow us at our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram for more information, tips, and tricks on fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.






4 Items That You Should Have In Your Boat Bag.

4 Items That You Should Have In Your Boat Bag

These next four items we are going to give you are critical pieces of gear that you should have with you at all times while fly fishing from a boat or walk and wading the streams.  They have saved my butt a number of times and hopefully will help you on the stream one day.


Loon's UV Wader Repair

This UV wader repair is great and works very well in the field for on river repairs and dry's with the UV rays from the sun which means you are back on the water in less than 5 minutes.  A critical piece of gear for you on the river.  Don't leave home without it.


Mucilin has been around for a very long time and has been providing multiple uses in a fisherman's arsenal for many years.  Mucilin is one of the best fly line floatants on the market and will help to keep your floating tip of your fly line riding high on the water.  The other great use for Mucilin is it works great as a dry fly floatant in a pinch and can be substituted for Aquel, Gink, or any other gel type of fly floatant.  So Mucilin on my fishy friends and don't leave home without the Mucilin.

Fire Starter Kit with 2 BIC Lighters

We always have a fire starter kit in our boat bags in Patagonia and one of our favorite fire starters that we carry with us is a small pill container of saw dust and small wood chips soaked in diesel fuel.  This fire starter will light in any condition rain, snow, sleet, or whatever else gets thrown at you.  We speak from experience and this has saved our butts in the bush of Alaska to the wilds of Patagonia, Chile.  We also always carry two Bic lighters in a ziploc bag inside of a waterproof pill container for our means of starting a fire.  Bic lighters are the best and will light in almost any condition.  I recommend carrying the lighters in separate pill containers just in case one of them breaks or leaks you still have means of  fire.  Don't forget your kit or you could be sorry on a cold lonely gravel bar in the middle of the mountains.


The Buff, Sun Protection

We use the buff every single day that we are on the water in Patagonia.  We have a very strong U.V. Index in the southern hemisphere and protecting your skin and your body throughout the week will benefit you immensely and also allow you to have a better fishing experience because you aren't worried about burning your skin and that awful pain that accompanies a bad burn.  So before heading down to Patagonia make sure you pick up at least one buff headwear if not two just in case.  They are worth their weight in gold and you will be patting yourself on the back for bringing this indispensable item.  

We hope that you will take note of these essential items that you should have with you everyday and this helps to prepare you for the unexpected while in the field.  You can also follow us at our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram.





Patagonia's Cantauria Beetle

Patagonia's Cantauria Beetle

Fishing The Cantauria Beetle

We have all kinds of really large terrestrial insects in Patagonia and they provide the groceries for our free rising terrestrial loving trout.  But our favorite beetle that we love at Patagonia Trout Adventures is our Cantauria Beetle.  It is one of the biggest, baddest, and largest terrestrial insects that are found in South America and is a joy to throw a size 4 dry fly to the bank all day as you watch trout after trout come and smash your beetle pattern right off the surface.  We are spoiled rotten in Patagonia and throwing this fly on 2X is a pretty standard call insuring you won't lose that trophy brown trout to the logs.

We generally start to see our first flight of Cantauria Beetles in the end of January and they do not stop until the end of March.  This is one of the most insane hatches that I have ever seen and the sheer size and numbers of beetles during this mating time period is staggering.  It would be the equivalent of throwing a Salmonfly in June in Montana, except instead of a week or two of throwing the big bug we get almost six weeks of non stop beetle action and our trout become hypnotized by the beetle juice.  Magic!

One of the crazy kickers to this hatch is that the male Cantauria beetle's only hatch every other year which means that the amount of beetles will vary from year to year, but the consistency of fishing the beetle will always be productive, as our trout do not forget the size and taste of this tasty trout snack.  Now, there are always female Cantauria beetles that hatch every year and provide a consistent diet to our trout, so therefore no matter when you come there will always be some Cantauria Beetle action for you to enjoy.  Got Beetle?

At Patagonia Trout Adventures we have several different hand tied creations that we will have available for your use but we also recommend picking up a few store bought bugs to bring on your trip just to have a little variety.  Here are three flies that you can find at your local fly shop or online that imitate the Cantauria beetle very well and are proven patterns in Patagonia..


Our Top Three Cantauria Beetles


  • Grillo's Cantauria Beetle Size 2

  • Gypsy King Size 4

  • Peacock Royal Chubby Chernobyl Size 4


Cantauria Beetles are one of the coolest bugs on our planet for trout and we hope that this article has helped to provide a little insight into the Cantauria fly fishing opportunities in Patagonia, Chile.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Dry Fly Fishing

5 Ways To Improve Your Dry Fly Experience In Patagonia

In Patagonia we are always trying to improve our dry fly game and here are 5 simple adjustments that you can make that will help you achieve dry fly success.

  • Over line your 6 weight fly rod with a 7 weight WF floating fly line.

The reason that we like to do this in Patagonia is that we fly fish on big rivers with some stiff winds with even larger terrestrial insects buzzing around and having the proper setup will maximize your fishing experience and time on the water enabling you to punch that cast through to that sipping brown trout on the bank.  Simple.  Overweight by one and be done!

  • Practice that reach cast.

I know, I know.  You have heard this one before but you will appreciate your hard work and practice when your guide turns to you and says holy sh!$.  There he is, cast, that's the biggest fish I have ever seen, and you deliver the goods and get the reward.  Brown trout of a lifetime.

  • Wait for it.

Timing is everything in dry fly fishing and nothing could be quite as tough as waiting to pull the trigger on a gator brown trout that rolls on your beetle pattern in slow motion.  Just let him eat it.  The key is to only set the hook once the fish has his mouth all the way around the fly and his nose has turned all the way down in the water column.  Now Set! Boom, just like in the video.

  • Peel the bark.

When we refer to peeling the bark in Patagonia we are referring to getting your dry fly as close to the downed trees and structure along the river bank as possible.  When we say peel the bark that means cast your dry fly as close as humanly possible to the structure or bank.  It is the difference between good and great and this simple adjustment in your tactical approach will put fish over 2 feet in your hands consistently in Patagonia.  Peel the bark and reap the rewards.

  • Set directly straight up to 12 o'clock, quick and firm.

We are so blessed to fish dry fly's ninety percent of the time in Patagonia and hook sets are one of the most important parts of your dry fly game.  Setting directly straight up quickly and firmly will produce laser quick hook ups with just the right amount of pressure not allowing you to break your tippet on the hookset.  Setting back further than 12 o'clock generally leads to lost fish and broken tippets, so tell yourself straight up to 12 o'clock quickly and firmly and this will improve your hook up ratio while dry fly fishing in Chile.

We think that these simple tips will improve your dry fly game by leaps and bounds and will bring you closer to that goal of reaching dry fly stardom.  Happy headhunting.

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