Sunday, February 23, 2014

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Chile: New Hampshire Young Buc's Walk, Float, Travel

This season has been unusual in two distinct ways.  One, we have been catching lots of Brown Trout, and many of them have been between 20"- 30".  Just the other day we caught this BPB (big patagonia brown).

The other unusual aspect, we have had five anglers/clients under the age of thirty five years old.  In fact, three anglers were under twenty five years old.  This may not seem odd to the average Joe, but it's a well known fact that in the U.S.A., fly fishing amongst youth, is virtually dead (or severely struggling).  For instance, groups such as Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers are struggling to engage the next generation.  So, it makes me wonder why we have had a high amount of young U.S.A. anglers visit us this year?  My guess, the next generation is not interested in joining groups such as Trout Unlimited, but there are a good handful of them fly fishing, independently on their own. Regarding the fly fishing biz in Patagonia, I also think the younger generation anglers do not want to stay at a lodge (they want something real and an affordable value).  Well, that's enough on that subject.

Currently, we are hosting Kyle and Jeremy, both from Franklin, New Hampshire. I met these two anglers in Plymouth, New Hampshire; at the Pemmigawasset Trout Unlimited chapter meeting (I was given my slide show presentation, "Fly Fishing and Traveling Patagonia").  Back in the U.S.A., Jeremy and his dad own/operate  and Kyle and his dad own/operate

My native brethren signed up for a walk-wade, float, and adventure travel program...the whole sha-bang!

Part Four: Adventure Travel... 

Kyle and Jeremy's 'Excellent' Adventures
Futaleufu, Chile

As I said before, the whole SHA-BANG!  A quick visit to Chile offers the traveler/angler a true perspective of Patagonia.
From Bariloche, Futaleufu is easily accessible from Trevelin; and about 4 hours drive time. 
Downstream = Chile and Rio Futaleufu.  Upstream = Argentina and Rio Grande.  Either way, get ready for some amazing H2O and scenery! Photo by Kyle Matzke.
This is not your easy walk-wade river.  But, if your legs are strong, and your heart is willing, you can spend a day fishing in paradise. Photo by Kyle Matzke.
The Hereford's don't see too many Americans. Photo by Kyle Matzke.
When the water is low, we simply jump from rock to rock.  There are a few spots that you can wade, but one wrong step and you may find yourself in the Pacific Ocean (it's really not that bad). Photo by Kyle Matzke.
Kyle Matzke on the Rio Futaleufu. Photo by Kyle Matzke.
Jeremy said that he almost went to culinary school. As soon as I he said that, I told him to lend me hand.  He glady accepted and ... 
(Photo by Kyle Matzke).
Jeremy soon took over cooking duties and I had a moment to sit back and relax. Photo by Kyle Matzke.

Fishing with FCFF in Patagonia

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