|Big-Bad and full of Steelhead!|
Our mission at First Cast Fly Fishing is to provide no B.S. Do-it-Yourself (DIY) information and to also host trips for DIY anglers. That being said, and as you probably know, there are thousands of DIY places to fish in Patagonia. We strongly encourage you to do your own DIY trip, but if you don't speak the language and your time is limited, then maybe working with us is a good idea. Regardless of your decision, let's talk about one of my favorite species: Steelhead.
If you missed part 1 of this three part series, please click the following link: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/04/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina-rio_18.html we
Most anglers don't come to Patagonia targeting Steelhead. Anglers are consumed with float trips targeting wild Brown/Rainbow Trout. Other angles are driven to catch Sea Run Brown Trout. But what about Steelhead? Is it possible to DIY walk-wade for Steelhead, in Argentina? Without any hesitation, the answer is YES-YES-YES!
|Great fish, but they get bigger-stronger-faster!|
How to DIY Rio Santa Cruz and Piedra Buena
One of the key features of this fishery and DIY opportunity, is the surprisingly pleasant town of Piedra Buena. I have been traveling South America since 1999, and I must say, Piedra Buena is one of the nicest towns I have visited. Well established tourist towns like San Martin de los Andes and Junin de los Andes, would be wise to follow PB's lead. Seriously, this town has a movie theater and a raceway! Bottom line, this place is clean, civilized and there is an obvious effort to make this an oasis in what would otherwise be flat barren desert.
|Population approximately 5,000 people. Founded in 1859.|
|Guanacos and Santa|
|Throughout the town, there are dozens of sculptures.|
Lodging in Piedra Buena
If you work with First Cast Fly Fishing, we don't make money off your lodging. We give you a choice of DIY lodging options and you sleep where your budget and personal comforts allow you. However, we do visit and review each lodging option offered. In the end, we pick the best DIY hotels; those that are safe-clean-quiet and close to grocery stores, restaurants, public transportation.
Camping Paid vs. Camping Free
|It's a bit cramped, and might be a bit noisy with larger groups, but it's your only option for in-town camping. Hot showers, WiFi, and more. Tent cost $50 pesos.|
|Camping Vial...Quincho = a place to cook, entertain, and eat. This quincho is impressive!|
|Camping Vial...Dormis = a room with beds, nothing more. Don't have a tent or want to find shelter from the wind, this will be your cheapest option in PB. Cost is about $75 pesos/per person, 4 beds per room.|
|Camping Vial...water front views!|
DIY or Hire a Guide
At First Cast Fly Fishing, within our hearts we are true DIY anglers. We encourage every one to experience a DIY angling vacation; however, from our experience, there are times that doing it alone, is simply not worth the hassle. Bottom line, in far away places such as Piedra Buena, it's best to hire a local guide to help you achieve the ultimate goal = catching a Steelhead. So, if you have doubts about flying across the globe, attempting to speak a foreign language, and figuring out the secrets of a river that is 380 kilometers long, you may want to read about our DIY Rio Santa Cruz guided programs, in Part 3.
Thanks for reading Part 1 and 2. To read part 3, please follow http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/04/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina-rio_2237.html
Saludos y Abrazos Amigos,