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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 to talk about organizing your next dream trip to Patagonia, Chile.

Till then, Catch N Release 4 Peace


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.





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.