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3 Top Mouse Patterns For Fly Fishing Patagonia Chile

3 Top Mouse Patterns For Fly Fishing Patagonia Chile

One of our favorite tactics for targeting bigger brown and rainbow trout in Patagonia, Chile is by skating a mouse.  There is nothing that is more exciting than watching a big two foot brown come off the bank and inhale your mouse fly off of the surface.  This is one of the best takes in fly fishing and should be at the top of your list of things to accomplish.  Our favorite patterns are fly's that have three very important qualities.  Profile, Lot's of Foam, and sharp trout sized hooks.  We have put together three of our favorites and hope that you give them a go the next time you reach for a mouse pattern.

 

The Morrish Mouse

 
 

The Morrish Mouse is undoubtedly one of the all time top producing mouse fly's in the world.  This fly was invented by Ken Morrish from the Pacific Northwest in the U.S.A.  and has been terrorizing large trout every since it hit the fly bins.  We really like this fly for it's natural looking profile but the overall maximum floatability and the minimal maintenance on the water are the reasons that we think that you will really like this fly.  

 

Mr. Hankey Mouse

 

Oh Mr. Hankey.  How we love thee.  You always float.  Zero maintenance. You chug like a college beer drinking champion and you always seem to catch big fish.  This fly was invented by Jeff Hickman on the  Kanektok River in Alaska and has proven it's fish catching ability the world over.  You will quickly fall in love with this pattern and will prove it's worthiness in your lineup.

 

The Darth Skater Mouse

 

The Darth Skater is a another great pattern from the vise of fellow friend and pioneer Bill Marts who developed this fly for fishing in Alaska for big surface feeding rainbows.  I was with Bill on his first initial trials of the fly in Alaska and the fish responded with reckless abandon to his patterns and from that day forward they have become a staple in our fly box.  The creativity and thought that went into this mouse tube fly is ingenious.  

We hope that you have enjoyed reading about our favorite mouse flies for fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.  You can also follow us on our social media outlets on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for more information on fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Top Trout Nymphs For Fly Fishing Patagonia, Chile

5 Top Trout Nymphs For Fly Fishing Patagonia, Chile

 

We fish a variety of nymphs at Patagonia Trout Adventures when the moment presents itself and we are fully armed with an assortment of bead head and non bead head nymphs at all times.  We fish these flies under a dry fly on most occasions in Chile but we also will fish these flies deep with split shot and an indicator for really getting down deep in the strike zone.  We are going to share 5 trout nymphs that have been productive for us and hope that these flies will find you tight to a few as well.

 

The Bead Head Prince Size 12-14

The prince nymph is a great fly and is one of our top producing flies year in and year out.  The prince nymph is a creation by Doug Prince and he came up with this great fly in the 1930's.  This fly has been producing trout and filling up smiling anglers nets for years and will continue to do so with it's mesmerizing powers.  We feel that this fly best imitates smaller stonefly nymphs in Patagonia.  Use this fly on smaller rivers or behind a big streamer in a lake or lagoon and reap the rewards.

 

Gold Bead Copper John, Size 14-18

 

 

The copper john is a fish catching machine in Chile and is always a fly that we have in the arsenal.  This fly comes in an array of colors and I am convinced that all of them work.  Their realistic mayfly profile is undeniable and the trout love to eat this tiny trout snack throughout the year in Patagonia.  We personally like to fish green, black, red, copper, blue, chartreuse, yellow, pink, purple, and any other color combination that you can come up with.  That is how much we believe in the fly.  

 

The Montana Prince Nymph, Size 12-14

 

This is a steady producer for us throughout the season and is just a tricked out version of a prince nymph with double wire, two tone rubber legs, peacock herl, and black biots what's not to like about this fly.  We like fishing this fly during the heat of the summer and into the fall as it steadily produces results and has accounted for it's fair share of large trout.

 

 Jig CDC Soft Hackle Flash Back Pheasant Tail, Size 12-14

This is a great all around mayfly attractor fly that has been very productive for us and we really like the added fish catching mojo of the jigged hook, tungsten bead, and cdc soft hackle feather.  It is a great twist on an already proven pattern and is another one of our favorites at Patagonia Trout Adventures.

 

The Brassie, Size 16-22

The brassie works very well on very selective and larger fish in Patagonia.  We like this fly for it's simplicity but also for it's ability to sink below the surface film quickly because of the heavy wire body.  We fish this fly during intense midge hatches on rives, lakes, and lagoons and has proven it's worthiness in the fly box more times than I can count.

 

We hope you have learned a few new patterns and can rotate a few of these patterns into your fly box.  You can also follow us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram for more tips and tricks on fly fishing Patagonia, Chile with Patagonia Trout Adventures.  Thanks for reading.

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 Top Stonefly Nymphs For Fly Fishing Patagonia

4 Top Stone Fly Nymphs For Fly Fishing Patagonia

There are tons of stone fly nymphs in the rivers of Patagonia and having a fly box stuffed full of these trout snacks is something that you should consider mandatory in your arsenal while on a trip with Patagonia Trout Adventures.  We love to fish with nymphs and one of our favorite tactics while on the river is to throw a big foam dry fly and hang a big juicy stone fly nymph off the bend of the hook at about twenty inches.  We are going to list today four of our favorite tried and true stone fly patterns that have been responsible for countless fish over the 20" inch mark.  Check'em out.  We think that you will agree.

 

Pat's Rubberleg Stonefly

 The Pat's Rubber Legs is a great stonefly nymph pattern that simply puts a lot of fish in the boat.  Fish this fly under a dry fly or an indicator as a nymph or behind a streamer when fishing from a boat and reap the rewards. The Super Floss legs flex pulse in the current adding life to the fly, and the plus side is that you can change the chenille color to match any shade of stonefly. Black, brown and coffee are all solid choices when fly fishing in Patagonia, Chile.

 

 

The Double Bead Twenty Incher Stonefly

 

The Double Bead 20 Incher Stone is a great fly for Patagonia and sinks like a bomb once hitting the water thus getting you down in the strike zone quickly.  We like fishing this pattern under a dry fly or behind a streamer when fishing from a boat.   The effectiveness of this fly is undeniable and you will want to make sure you are loaded with a handful of  twenty inchers loaded in your fly box.

 

 

Delektable Mega Prince Stonefly

 

The Mega Prince is one of our favorite stonefly nymphs and performs extremely well in a dry/dropper combination and has been one of our go to patterns for many years in Patagonia.  It is heavily weighted, realistic, and is a fish catching machine.  The creator of the fly is Dan Delekta over on the Madison River and this pattern has been proven throughout the west and Patagonia and continues to be a top fly for many top pro fly fishing guides.

 

 

Gold Bead Rubber Leg Bitch Creek Stonefly

 

The Bitch Creek stone fly has been around for a long time and their is a reason.  Most people have forgotten about it's mesmerizing powers that it seems to cast upon trout.  It has many things that add to it's effectiveness but we think the white rubber legs and the realistic profile of the fly are it's key highlights.  We also love that it is heavily weighted, has a gold bead, and two different contrasting colors of orange and black chenille that give off a very natural look to the fly.

We hope that you have found a few new secret stone fly patterns to add to your fly box and that you can find a few extra trout in your hands because of it.  You can also follow us on our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram for more tips and tricks on fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.

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5 Top Dry Flies For Fly Fishing Patagonia, Chile

5 Top Dry Flies For Fly Fishing Patagonia, Chile

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

The Fat Albert

The Fat Albert comes from the vise of Brent Taylor of Kansas City, Kansas; used as the dry in a dry/dropper rig. From the looks and construction of this fly, I can tell you that thing floats like no tomorrow. 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 hopper, stonefly adult or cicada with equal aplomb. Try this fly with black and tan foam or even orange and black for a couple different combinations sure to catch the fishes eye. It seems that Mr. Taylor was also a guide in Chile for a time, which falls right into place with this flies general characteristic of an enormous terrestrial.  

 

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. 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

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 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.

 

Parachute Rubberleg Chernobyl Ant

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 

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 creepy crawly bug 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 you should be throwing during the summer in Patagonia.  Also, check us out on our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram and give us a like if you enjoy reading our content about fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Streamers For Fly Fishing Patagonia

Top 3 Streamers For Fly Fishing Patagonia

Here at Patagonia Trout Adventures we love throwing streamers.  It is one of our favorite things to do while fly fishing in Patagonia and is at the top of our list for guests to enjoy.  This is one of our favorite tactics when we are searching out the biggest fish in the river.  The One.  The one that you have came for eats streamers and you had better start practicing your streamer game or you could end up with a sore noggin and a bruised ego.  Our guides are well trained in trophy trout hunting techniques and will put you over plenty of opportunistic fish and can teach you the proper techniques to present the fly to fool that trout of a lifetime.  We take great pride in educating our anglers and technique and proper presentation are the focal points of our streamer instruction.  We have put together three of our top streamers for fly fishing Patagonia and we hope that one of these flies will put that trophy trout of a lifetime in your hands.  Until then start practicing your cast and stripping technique and be ready for the shadow of the one.

 

Sculpzilla

The sculpzilla is a great pattern to fish as it is an articulated fly that imitates sculpins and large baitfish, has great movement in the water, and is heavily weighted in the head which gives it a jigging like action that makes it irresistible to predatory fish.  We like to fish the sculpzilla in an array of colors but we think the top 3 color choices are olive, black, and tan.  

 

 

The Chile Bugger

 The fly was designed specifically for Chile and is a fish catching machine.  It has all the components that a fish in Chile looks for.  A gold bead, black marabou, white rubber legs for plenty of movement, black crystal chenille for that irresistible shimmer, and a palmered webby grizzly hackle fiber.  You can fish this fly all across Chile and Argentina and fishes also quite well on the streams of South Western Montana.  Fish it and reap the rewards of the Chile Bugger!

 

The Home Invader

 

This fly is one of the deadliest flies to hit the Patagonia trout scene in the last ten years and has been invading homes of big brown trout the world over.  We like to fish this fly in a few colors and our favorites are natural/tan, black/purple, white/tan, and olive.  

 

We hope that we have been able to show you a few of the best streamers for fly fishing Patagonia and hope that you can use these streamers to fool a few trout on your home river.  You can also follow us at our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram for more info., tips, and tricks on fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.

 

 

 

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.

You can also follow us at our Social Media outlets on Facebook and Instagram for more info. on fly fishing Patagonia, Chile.


 

 

 

 

 


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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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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