Dry Fly Fishing Chile

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.

Also, check out our link at http://www.patagoniatroutadventures.com/blog-patagonia-chile-fly-fishing-lodge//incredible-travel-special to learn more about our current incredible travel specials that we have going on right now!!

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 www.patagoniatroutadventures.com 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!


3 Top Dry Fly's For Fly Fishing Patagonia

3 Top Dry Fly's For Fly Fishing Patagonia

One of the questions we get asked most often by our guests is what fly's should I bring to Patagonia, Chile.  That is a great question and one that we would like to provide for you to increase your chances of hooking that dream Patagonian Trout of a lifetime.

Beetles, Mouse Patterns, and Large Foam Attractors should be at the top of the list and these particular flies seem to put the biggest and baddest trout in the net for us day in and day out for our guests.   Sounds like a fairy tale to most but in Patagonia, Chile this is simply the groceries that these magnificent creatures prefer to eat.  So why not feed them a drowned rat or a monster size beetle imitation.  IT Will Blow Your Mind!!

Here are 3 of our favorite patterns that will put fish over 2 feet in your hands consistently.  Take note and be rewarded with Monster Patagonia Trout.

  1.  The Gypsy King-A pattern designed by one of the most innovative and creative fly fishermen in Patagonia, Rance Rathie, owner of Patagonia River Guides in Argentina.  This pattern is a perfect imitation of a Cantaria Beetle and also works well as a cross over pattern for Dragonfly's.  Dead drifted, Popped, Or Stripped this fly is awesome!

  2. The Morrish Mouse-A fly that has proven itself the world over and continues to produce quality fish that leave memories engrained for a lifetime.  This pattern was developed by Ken Morrish and has been a staple in Alaska, Kamchatka, and Patagonia for many years and will continue to do so.

  3. The Chubby Chernobyl-Who doesn't like to fish the chubby.  This fly is a guide's favorite the world over and has a cult like following and we are part of the tribe.  It is such a great fly for it's float ability in rough waters and can be tied to imitate just about any type of large terrestrial.  It floats like a cork, will float a large weighted nymph and is very easy to see.  


We hope that you have enjoyed reading about some of our top dry flies here in Chile and invite you to try one of these patterns out the next time you are on stream.  These flies are tried and true and I guarantee will put a smile on your face while on your next journey to Patagonia, Chile.

You can contact us at anytime at anytime at www.patagoniatroutadventues.com to talk about organizing your next dream trip to Patagonia, Chile.

Till then, Catch N Release 4 Peace


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.







3 Top Beetle Patterns For Fly Fishing Patagonia

3 Top Beetle Patterns For Fly Fishing Patagonia


One of our favorite tactics in Patagonia, Chile is to employ the dry fly.  It is without a doubt our favorite way of catching a trout and is at the heart and soul of our sport.  We fly fish a lot of different types of foam terrestrial patterns in all shapes, sizes, and colors and there are times when going with a smaller less obtrusive pattern can be the answer for success when casting over big wary trout in sight fishing scenarios.  We are going to share with you three smaller beetle patterns that we really like and hope that you can use these patterns for fooling some of your local residents.


The Longhorn Beetle


The longhorn beetle is a great foam beetle pattern that floats like a cork, is easy to see, and is a fish catching machine.  We like to throw this fly when fish are keyed in to smaller beetles and we generally will see this type of activity on our lakes and river back eddy's in Patagonia.  This fly will fool most any fish keyed into terrestrial beetles and will surely win it's way into your fly box.


The Fire Beetle

Oh how we love the fire beetle.  We fish this fly in sizes 12-18 and is a proven beetle pattern for fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.  We find this fly very useful for the fact that it floats very well in heavy hydraulic back eddy's and has a high vis yellow post that makes it easy to find on the water.  The small rubber legs and red ice dubbing make the fly really pop and the fish agree also.  So give the fire beetle a go the next time you find yourself fishing a terrestrial hatch.


Jake's Gulp Beetle

Jake's Gulp Beetle is a great beetle pattern and one we reach for often when fishing smaller terrestrial beetle hatches in Chile.  This pattern is very simple but the things we like about it are the profile, the irresistible rubberlegs, and that it rides half in and half out of the water.  It is a very natural looking pattern in the water and fools all but the wariest of trout.  


We hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the flies that find our anglers with bent rods and big smiles while fly fishing with Patagonia Trout Adventures in Patagonia, Chile and hope that one of these patterns finds a home in your fly box too.  You can also follow us on our Social Media outlets on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest to learn more about fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.  Thanks for reading.