Picture this for a moment, if a 14 year old boy (me) had never been kicked out of a private school located in New Hampshire, for a stupid teenage prank, I would have never met my high school best friend, Barry Cusson. If I had never met Barry, now a surgical orthopedic physician assistant, he would have never told his co-worker, an operating room nurse about my Patagonia fly fishing and travel adventures. In turn, she would have never told her fly fishing husband, a retired opthalmic surgeon, about my DIY walk-wade-float fly fishing trips in northern Patagonia (Argentina). So, if Marc Richman, (see blog post, From Maine to Argentina: DIY Patagonia Fly Fishing) did not come to Argentina to fish with me and Gustavou, and then travel to Chile by bus to meet his wife and stay for a week at a lodge called Martin Pescador (which is run by a couple from Maine), then Julia DeCiantis (from NYC), the head chef at Martin Pescador and her boyfriend Jeffers Lyon, would have never done the following DIY and float trip with FCFF. But before, I offer details of their trip, by now, two things should be obvious:
- Who would have thought that my teenage prank would have resulted in the below trip for Julia and Jeffers!
- The power of referrals are priceless. So I would like to say the following...
- I made a stupid mistake at 14 years old, but if I had not, this would not be happening!
- Thank you Barry Cusson for always being a GREAT friend!
- And, THANK YOU, Marc Richman for coming to Argentina and then telling Julia and Jeffers to come fish with me and Gustavou!
What the reader does not know... Barry, Marc and myself, now live within 20 minutes of each other. Not entirely the strangest occurrences, but something at least worth mentioning.
Now about fishing...
Julia and Jeffers are originally from Connecticut and Trinity College gradutes. They now live in Brooklyn, NYC, but are thinking about a move out west (hard to fly fish in NYC). Julia is a trained professional cook, who has recently finished her first season working at a Chilean fly fishing lodge. Unfortunately, she did not have anytime to fish in Chile, so based on Marc Richman's recommendation, she and Jeffers decided to visit Argentina and fish the waters surrounding Junin de los Andes. Jeffers (named after Jeffers Montana, of which his great grandfather founded) worked in a Wymong fly shop at one time, and currently works with a CT based family business that makes women's sandals and leather belts. Both are wonderful people and we were very fortunate to have them opt for our DIY walk-wade and float trip combination programs. We feel the combination packages offers the angler the best opportunity to see, feel and fish Patagonia. But, don't take our word, please read and enjoy the photos below...
|Julia and Jeffers (now referred to JJ in the post), welcome to Patagonia's best DIY walk-wade river. Be prepared for beauty and great fishing!|
|Moments after JJ and Gustavou started their float trip on the Alumine, Julia catches her first rainbow on the Alumine.|
|The last cast of day, Julia hooks up with a nice brown. Great job guiding Gustavou!|
|Julia with the fish of the day!|
|This boy took the dry on Julia last cast of the day. I was there and watched it...as a guide, you could not ask for a better way to end the day.|
We only had three days to work with JJ, but as you can see from the photos, JJ covered a lot of water, caught lots of great fish, and in the end, experienced the best that Patagonia has to offer. Not a bad start for Julia, the beginner. And, not so bad for Jeffers, the advanced angler. That being said, we apologize for sounding like a broken record, but we believe the custom designed DIY walk-wade and float trip combination programs that we are offer, are the BEST options for future Patagonia anglers.
Once again, on behalf of FCFF, we thank you for working with us; and we hope to see ou next season.
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