4/13/2013

The Chimehuin Boca "Fever"

As part of this amazing sport I love, we can find a lot of old books with great stories of the most famous fly fisherman which came to Patagonia many years ago.
One of them, Joe Brooks was the creator of the known Boca fever term, in reference to the Chimehuin Boca and the special feeling of fishing there.
A couple of days ago, the weather turned really bad, windy, rainy and cold, which means for every fly fisherman, it´s the boca time! A couple of calls later and I had a partner to head to that beautiful and full of great history of Argentina fly fishing place.
The day, really windy and cold but without rain, so we thought the perfect day to catch a really nice brown.
You need to cast long and through your left shoulder unless you are left handed caster, with a long cast to reach the best spots.
Depending on where you are, it´s necessary to deal with huge eddies, cross current, trees in the back cast, rocks near the surface and some more obstacles making it a real challenge to fish there.
We started really early and we were almost getting into the lake and then going downstream almost getting in to the channels.
A couple of flies lost and the first brown hit my streamer, a nice brown with silver tone, maybe on the 18", very powerful and we guess just entered from the lake.
A new round and at this point trying to make everything perfect, looking for a really good swim of the streamer, giving to him some live movement during the drift, and on the second strip the line stops really hard and I set fast with the rod, making the big brown jump out of the water!
At this point, my head was going at a 1000 mph, my heart pumping really fast and I called my partner just to see the second big jump. The fight got really hard and I was remembering all the old stories I read about this place and I can almost feel like I´m living one of them while I was fighting that trout!

After a couple of long minutes, where the brown went to the middle of the current, deep into the pool and at last ran upstream I landed it near the bank in low water and my partner took this really nice pic where you can see my huge smile while I had those stories of many years ago in my head.
As soon as I put it back into the water, the brown swam slowly and downstream, back to the deep pool where I caught it.

As you can imagine, I´m going to come back to this magical place since I caught the "Boca fever"!

by Gonzalo Theill -
Patagonia Wild Waters Team

more fishing info at www.patagoniawildwaters.com

3/25/2011

Another great day in Patagonia!

We went for some action to one of the beautiful lakes we have near San Martin de los Andes.


The day was perfect with a chilly morning but the sun warmed up us all the afternoon.





 
The fishing was great since the first 3 hours the calm waters let us see the fly and it was really difficult to be calm when the trout were at only 15 inches from it and we needed to accelerate so they attacked!









It was amazing to see up to three trout following our flies!



They are in really good shape after summer eating, we didn´t weigh them but they where fat and heavy.





We landed in a small beach surrounded by all the native flora and fauna to take a break and enjoy great Argentine famous empanadas! Meat, chicken and ham &cheese flavors with some homemade cookies for dessert.










This yellow jacket joined us in the middle of the day.









Yesterday was the rainbow day, we caught only rainbows and nothing below 4,5 lbs!
We continued with a little wind in the afternoon, it was more difficult to see the trout but  they continued hungry attacking the flies.



The equipment was a 6 weight rod, with a type VI shooting head, 6 ft leader and streamers.






It was a gorgeous day in the middle of the fishing paradise enjoying  great company and a lot of action!

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2/28/2011

Season 2010 - 2011

This season started with perfect water level and that allowed great fishing until the last 2 weeks where the really hot weather made the trout feeding less than usual so we needed to take advantage of our experience and knowledge to go with our clients to the best possible spots.
We were fishing with streamers, nymphs and dries depending on the river conditions but this year the attractors shone more than usual.
We are getting into the last months of the season and one of my favorite times for fishing since the big browns start moving from the lakes into the rivers with the first fall rains making every cast a potential monster strike!
We enjoyed with our clients all the magnificent sceneries, great barbecues, lamb and goat, argentine wines and of course the amazing fishing with rainbows and browns in the cristal water streams we have all around.

We are going to keep enjoying the great Patagonia for the next months of the season!

2/26/2010

Mid Season Report

After  high water levels in all rivers at the beginning of the season as consequence of the late spring rains, the level has now started to go down and  it´s perfect, as has the water temperature which makes the Patagonian courses in great shape for all anglers who come to enjoy these beautiful fishing spots.
This week, we were fishing really well, especially at Huechulafquen and Epulaufquen Lakes where we enjoyed the weather and caught pretty nice brown and rainbow trout on dry flies where the star was the royal wulf.  We also got some on streamers like the zonker rabbit black on a  #6 hook. We used a  #5 line rod with floating, sinking tip and shooting lines.
After that, we went to a camp site at the Malleo River, one of the worldwide mecas of trout fly fishing, where we needed to put smaller flies on #16 / #14 hooks, we had to go to 4x tippet and improve our presentation, since this is a river with very clear water easy to wade and more technical. We used #5 rods since you can catch really good brown trout up to 5 pounds! The fishing started out slow but improved with some nice rainbows. We expect the arrival of the willow tree worm, which makes these waters explode every summer.
We continued north to the Quillen River where we stayed in  a warm and cozy house, fully equipped near the river and after getting settled  we ran to the waters with a #3 line rod,  #16 hook flies and 5x tippet.  At noon the fishing was amazing and the last 45 minutes of sunlight over the mountains where the activity  was unbelievable!!!
We fished with dry flies where the elk air caddis and the royal wulf shine. Also, the madam X in #8 hook at sunset received violent catches.
A great selection of Argentinian wines were a part of all dinners, as well as gin tonic and the last night we enjoyed an exquisite lamb barbecue, one of the owner´s specialties who received us as if we were part of the family.
We´ll continue enjoying this season great fly fishing with our clients and friends.

Tight lines.
Patagonia Wild Waters Team