Saturday, October 4, 2014

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina: Steelhead and Sea Run Brown Trout

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Each year, I receive a handful of inquiries regarding anadromous fishing in southern Patagonia.  To date, 100% of the inquiries goes something like this:

Hi Mark.  We are planning a trip to southern Patagonia.  We would like to DIY fish for Sea Run Brown Trout, on the Rio Grande.  Can you please help us, and what are your rates?

After reading their emails/questions, my initial thoughts are:

  • If the Rio Grande was an affordable and accessible DIY fishery, I would have written about it.
  • I don't service the Rio Grande, so I can't offer rates.
  • Why are anglers so fixed on fishing the Rio Grande? 

My reply to the inquiries goes something like this:

Thanks for contacting me.  Unfortunately, I do not offer DIY services on the Rio Grande.  This is a great anadromous fishery; however, due to total cost and inaccessibility, it is not my first choice for southern Patagonia anadromous DIY fishing. Have your consider either Rio Gallegos or Rio Santa Cruz.  Are you aware that you could easily combine a Sea Run Brown Trout and Steelhead trip?

That being said, the purpose of this post is to bring attention to (2) great DIY rivers, that offer incredible anadromous fishing opportunities, in southern Patagonia.  And, guess what?  Both rivers are only two hours apart from each other.

The Two Hour Swing

That's right, only a two hour drive separates these fisheries. This might be the only place in the world where you can DIY swing flies for Sea Run Brown Trout and Steelhead.  For me, the possibility of combining such a DIY fishing trip, trumps all interest in fishing one river, for one specie (i.e. the Rio Grande).

What's Next - How to Plan?

I have written in detail about DIY fishing the Rio Gallegos and Rio Santa Cruz.  Rather than copy/paste or re-write, I think it's best to simply provide you the links.

Part 1 of a three part series, Rio Gallegos:

Part 1 of a three part series, Rio Santa Cruz:

Final Word

If you are a DIY angler, and if you are willing to travel this far, I would highly recommend extending your trip, to include both rivers.  In southern Patagonia, and in my opinion, they offer the best DIY angling opportunities.

Thanks for reading.

Gone Fishing,