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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.

 

 

 

 

3 of Patagonia's Best Breweries

3 of Patagonia's Best Breweries

At Patagonia Trout Adventures we like to enjoy a cold beverage after a great day on the river and what better way to celebrate than by supporting the local breweries and hard working families of Chile.  Chile produces some of the finest hand crafted German influenced style craft beers and have been known to impress even the most seasoned beer experts.  So let us introduce you to three of our favorite Chilean breweries.

 

Austral Brewery-Punta Arenas, Chile

The history of beer in Chile began in this inhospitable region. In the late 1800s, Punta Arenas was a very small village with a promising future, where the families that would transform the city into a commercial pole were already established.

In 1896, José Fischer, a German brewmaster arrived in Patagonia and settled down there with the idea of making this beverage based on malted barley, for the colonists. Thus, the southernmost beer in the world was created, and Fischer gave it the name of Patagona. As it had an excellent quality, it soon became popular all round the region.

By 1916, Fisher's undertaking was already offering 6 varieties of beer and, in 1961, it was a very interesting business for the Chadwick family, who purchased it from the Fishers to merge it with their company, Malterías Unidas. In the late ’90s, Malterías became a partner to trade and distribute its trademark Austral all through the country.

The legendary Patagonia beer today is known as Austral, with its green label or can. Its name was changed but not its location, as the brewery still remains in the same site where it was founded 110 years ago.

 

Kuntsmann Brewery-Valdivia, Chile

The history of the Kuntsmann Brewery dates back to 1516, when William IV , Duke of Bavaria, issued a purity law which stated that all Kuntsmann beer be brewed from only 4 essential ingredients ; water, malted barley , hops and yeast.

The first German settlers arrived in Valdivia in 1850 , and brought with them knowledge of how to brew beer, expanding in the city and in Chile. 

In the 90s, Armin Kunstmann and his family decided to make their own beer, with the desire to regain the lost Valdiviana brewing tradition with the earthquake. Initially, Armin Kunstmann beer began as a hobby at home, with the help of their family and closest friends. However, the Kunstmann family left behind their small production space in 1997 and motivated by his inner circle, Armin Kunstmann ventured into building a microbrewery, the Brewery Company Valdivia Ltda, overlooking the process, located in the sector Torobayo, Fog way.  The strategic vision of Armin Kunstmann, placed the brewery next to the best waters of Valdivia, one of the most tranquil and clear rivers in the world, coupled with ingredients that have became a hallmark in each one of their beers with features that respect the rule of the Purity Act.

 

Kross Brewery-Curacavi, Chile

In 2005 we opened our own brew house called: The Brewery.  We chose to build our brewery in Curacaví, Chile.   We chose this area most importantly for the quality of the water. Under the brewery there is a groundwater table from which we extract the water to make our beers.

The brewery has been changing over time, thanks to all of you who have had to enlarge more than once while implementing more technology to have the best possible beer and remain faithful to our style. We currently have a monthly production capacity of 250,000 liters.  We have a team of 26 people working in differerent parts of the brewery.  

Kross beers are made with 100% natural ingredients, and do not use preservatives or additives. Each bottle and barrel that leaves our brewery has more hops and malt industrial and we'll take the time to ripen. The ingredients we use are domestic and imported to ensure that the beer is in your glass is the best.  This is when we detail every step of a beer:

 

We love to enjoy good locally crafted beer and we love to support local business.  We hope that you have found out a little more about the great brewers of Chile and hope that you will put one of these vendors at the top of your list of beers to try while fly fishing with us at Patagonia Trout Adventures.  You can also follow us at our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram.  

Cooking Riverside With The Disco In Patagonia.

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

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. Where is that and what does it mean?

Patagonia

Where is Patagonia?

 

Map of Patagonia

 

What does Patagonia mean?

  • The name Patagonia comes from the word patagón[3] used by Magellan in 1520 to describe the native people that his expedition thought to be giants. It is now believed that the people he called the Patagons were Tehuelches, who tended to be taller than Europeans of the time.[4][5]
  • The Argentine researcher Miguel Doura observed that the name Patagonia possibly derives from the ancient Greek region of modern Turkey called Paflagonia, possible home of the patagon personage in the chivalric romances Primaleon printed in 1512, ten years before Magellan arrived in these southern lands. The hypothesis was accepted and published in the New Review of Spanish Philology in the 2011 article.[6]
 

The Political Divisions of Patagonia

  • At a state level, Patagonia lies inside two countries: Chile and Argentina. Both countries have organized their Patagonian territories into non-equivalent administrative subdivisions: Provinces and departments in Argentina; and regionsprovinces and communes in Chile. Being a unitary state Chile's first level administrative divisions—the regions—enjoy far less autonomy than Argentine provinces. Argentine provinces have elected governors and parliaments, while Chilean regions have government-appointed intendants.
  • The Patagonian Provinces of Argentina are NeuquénRío NegroChubutSanta Cruz, and Tierra del Fuego. The southernmost part of Buenos Aires Province can also be considered part of Patagonia.
  • The two Chilean regions indisputedly located entirely within Patagonia are Aysén and MagallanesPalena Province, a part of the Los Lagos Region, is also located within Patagonia.

We hope that this has cleared up any confusion that you have had about Patagonia and has answered some of your questions about the area.    Follow us at our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram for more information, tips, and tricks on fly fishing Patagonia.


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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Welcome To Our New Patagonia Fly Fishing Website and Blog

Welcome to the new website and blog of Patagonia Trout Adventures!  We are very excited to show you around our website and introduce to you to our diverse fly fishing programs.  Our list of rivers, lakes, creeks, and lagoons are endless and the dry fly fishing that we have in our area is outstanding.  We invite you to check out our different options and explore our pages as we have lot's of great information for you to browse while dreaming of casting a size four dry fly to a free rising Patagonian trout.  Our aim on this very blog is to give you tips, tricks, and the overall experiences that you will have while on your trip to Patagonia.  We want to introduce to you the culture, history, flora and fauna and share with you why Patagonia has been regarded as one of the best places to fly fish in the world.  This resource will be great for you to follow along with and will be a great place to day dream about your next trip to Chile.

We also want to invite you to follow along on our social media outlets.  We are very active on Facebook and Instagram and love sharing information about fly fishing Patagonia, Chile with our followers.  Follow us today!