Where I come from (New Hampshire), Patgonian flies would be considered HUGE, and only used for saltwater fishing for Blue’s and Stripers. But here in Patagonia, no fly fisherman worth his salt, leaves home without them. Why? It’s a well-known fact; the majority of trophy brown trout are caught on large streamers! One of favorite rod's to throw big streamers goes as followed: Scott Fly Rod/S4-906/4-FB with fast sink line (200 grain) and a 15-25lbs/5ft leader. As the season progresses (slower waters) I'll change my set up, but you can read more about that in other blog entries. As for casting techniques, the idea is to cast the fly to the shore and strip 2-5 times and then cast again…all while standing from a platform in a raft floating down a wild Patagonian river (it’s really awesome!). The local calls this casting technique/style “kissing the branches.” So, when you are told to “kiss the branches,” or cast closer to the shore, it means the area where the land literally meets the water…. not 3-5 feet away from the shore. By utilizing this technique, you’ll be targeting large Brown’s resting along the banks of the rivers. For some folks, it will take some time to learn and adjust. But, no need to be an expert…you’ll adjust in not time and catch lots fish. And, by using some of my favorite flies, you might even catch that fish of a lifetime!
Enjoy... and Happy Holidays!
PS. If I had to pick one fly...anything large, black and weighted will work...especially flies in last the photo!
|Consider smal Streamers in Patagonia. Photos taken by Gustavou Sarthou
|Many flavors to choice from. Photos take by Gustavou Sarthou
|All three are deadly...don't forget red eyes! Photos taken by Gustavou Sarthou.