Guided Fly Fishing

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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3 Sinking Lines For Fly Fishing Patagonia

3 Sinking Lines For Fly Fishing Patagonia

We fish a lot of sinking lines in Patagonia, Chile whether drifting from a boat and pounding the banks or working the bays and reed lines of a secret laguna, it is a great way to find some large Patagonian trout.  Today we are going to show you three of our favorite sinking lines that we like to bring with us when we go out for a day on the water.

 

RIO INTOUCH 15' TYPE 6 SINK TIP LINE

This is one of our favorite fly lines from Rio fishing products that we really like to use while fishing from a boat and hammering the banks and log structure that is so awesome and fun to fish in Chile.  This line is just perfect for presenting the fly quickly and into the strike zone while also not having to long of a belly in the front taper, which causes tons of hangups and lost flies to the downed logs and structure that lines the river banks.  The shorter tip allows you to strip the fly over the logs by simply raising your rod tip and then dropping it back down allowing the fly to sink and then stripping it back to the boat.

 

 

Rio Density Compensated Sink Tip, 24 ft. 300 grains

 

 

We really like this line from Rio and we like to fish this line mostly on lakes and lagoons while fly fishing in Patagonia, Chile.  It has a really nice long 24 foot belly that really gets down in the strike zone and keeps it there which is so critical in lake fishing.  Keeping the fly in the strike zone is exactly what this line will do for you which equals more fish in the boat.  It takes some practice to throw this line as the front 24 feet of the taper is a bit of a workout after a few hours of slinging streamers like a mad man.

 

Jim Teeney Series Teeney T-200

 

We  really like the versatility of this line from Jim Teeney and is one of our most versatile sinking lines that we have in our bag of tricks.  This line works very well for river or lake situations and has a very nice taper that is very easy to cast and is a hallmark design of the Teeney series of fly lines.  We like the 200 grain series lines for their ease of casting and their versatility.  

 

We hope you have learned some new tricks on how to increase your odds with these three sinking lines and hope that you can put a few fish in your net because of it.  You can also follow us at our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram for more information 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'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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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.


Yerba Mate? Patagonia's Version Of Coffee

 

Yerba Mate Tea

The Yerba Mate Tea is one of the most interesting and well known tea drinks that you will taste while on your trip to Patagonia.  This tradition of drinking tea is well rooted in the Patagonian traditions and screams authentic culture and is a must try for our guest at PTA.  The basic recipe for an authentic Yerba Mate is simple.  Loose Leaf Yerba Mate, Bombilla (Metal Straw), small mate cup, and hot water.  Get a group of friends together and enjoy the healing powers of Yerba Mate.

What is Yerba Mate?

Wikipedia:  Yerba mate, Ilex paraguariensis, begins as a shrub and then matures to a tree and can grow up to 15 metres (49 ft) tall. The leaves are evergreen, 7–110 millimetres (0.3–4.3 in) long and 30–55 millimetres (1.2–2.2 in) wide, with a serrated margin. The leaves are often called yerba (Spanish) or erva (Portuguese), both of which mean "herb". They contain caffeine (known in some parts of the world as mateine) and also contains related xanthinealkaloids and are harvested commercially.  

 

The Bombilla (Metal Straw)

What is a bombilla?  (Metal Straw)

The bombilla is a critical part of the mate process and is used as the straw to drink the infused water from the loose leaf mate inside of your mate cup.  It is a very well thought out design and pays tribute to the craftsmanship of the locals.  Simply a metal straw with a small metal filter at the end.  Brilliant!

A bombilla (Spanish), bomba (Portuguese) or masassa (Arabic) is type of drinking straw, used to drink mate.[1] Bombillas contain a filter in the lower end to separate the mate infusion from leaves and stems. Traditional bombillas are made of alpacca silver, a metal alloy of copper and nickel, while other common materials are stainless steel and hollow-stemmed cane

 

The Gourd (Small Cup)

What is a mate gourd? (Small Cup)

The mate gourd is nothing new to the world and gourds have been used since before 13,000 B.C.  The mate gourd simply provides a cup for which to put your loose leaf yerba mate and hot water in and enjoy the contents.  Simple.

 A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae, particularly Cucurbita and Lagenaria or the fruit of the two genera of Bignoniaceae "calabash tree", Crescentia and Amphitecna.

The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without. Likely one of the earliest domesticated types of plants, subspecies of the bottle gourdLagenaria siceraria, have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC. Gourds have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film, and food.

 

Putting it all together

How to put it all together

The preparation of a mate is not hard and anyone can do it.  The only things that are the variables are how much yerba mate (caffeine) do you want to consume and if you want to drink the mate (amargo) which means bitter in Spanish or (dulce) which means with a teaspoon of sugar.  Either way you can not go wrong and you will develop your own personal taste for preparing a mate.  Happy drinking.

It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis, known in Portuguese as erva-mate) in hot water and is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called abombilla in Spanish, a bomba in Portuguese, and a bombija or, more generally, a masassa (type of straw) in Arabic. The straw is traditionally made of silver. Modern, commercially available straws are typically made ofnickel silver, called alpacastainless steel, or hollow-stemmed cane. The gourd is known as a mate or a guampa; while in Brazil, it has the specific name of cuia, or also cabaça (the name for Indigenous-influenced calabash gourds in other regions of Brazil, still used for general food and drink in remote regions). Even if the water is supplied from a modern thermos, the infusion is traditionally drunk from mates or cuias

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3 of Chile's Most Popular Drinks

While in Chile you will see and experience a number of different types of beverages but there are a few on our list that seem stand out from the pack so we have put together three of our favorites.  Salud!

The Pisco Sour

  • Chile's national drink and one that is a big highlight at the end of the fishing day
  • Made from the grapes of a vine called aquardiente.  Similiar to the Grapa grape
  • Oh, it's good.  So fresh and delicious and they make us smile.  Ingredients:  Pisco, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg Whites, and Powdered Sugar.  
  • Similar to Mexico's Margarita except we use egg whites in our pisco sour mix
  • Here is the wikipedia definition of a pisco sour. Click Here
 

Kunstmann Gran Toro Bayo

  • Our favorite beer of Chile and a true representation of an iconic Chilean hand crafted beer
  • Reddish copper in color with a smooth taste and full body    7.5 % ABV
  •  Delicious and creamy texture
  • Ease of Drinkability
  • Handcrafted in Valdivia, Chile
  • Check out their website here 

 

The Piscola

  • A Chilean Classic and one that is approved by the locals
  • Refreshing and Easy Drinking
  • Coca Cola on the rocks with a spalsh of pisco, A perfect combination
  • You can spice it up a little with ginger ale and a squeeze of lime, Captain's Choice
  • Could possibly lead  to a late night discotech dance session in Chile, You have been warned

 

We hope to introduce you to these national staples on your trip to Chile and will be one of the many ways that we are going to show you the cultural experiences that Patagonia offers.  Feel free to check us out on our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram accounts for more information on fishing Patagonia, Chile.  Follow us today!

 

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.

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