Category: Salmon

A couple of weeks ago I posted an article written by Martin Maffioli of MyM FlyCast in Tierra del Fuego. I promised to take a shot at translating the tale for my English speaking friends. What follows is what I hope to be a pretty fair representation of Martin’s account of a trip he took at the end of last years fishing season with his good friend Sebastian.

Since Trout Season is now opening again for the new year, I’m sure Martin and Sebastian are already back on the water looking to relive a little (or a lot) of last year’s experience. For the moment at least, I’m living vicariously though this experience and others. I think I’ll have to do something about that very soon…


Toward the end of the fishing season, my friend Sebastian called me and we started talking about his desire to do some fishing, but his call had an ulterior motive as well. After some time, he finally confessed his desire to achieve a personal record; the largest trout of his life. I didn’t hesitate for a moment and we started to put the trip together. Soon we had reserved our location, one of the most spectacular fishing spots on the planet: the Río Grande.

Why the Río Grande? Because it has the best Sea Run Brown Trout (or “inmates” as they have been referred to a Spanish bibliography). Stocked in the 1930s, they are born in the river and at the appropriate age they migrate into the ocean to feed and grow. Meanwhile they take on a silver coloration in order to adapt to the environment and eventually return to the river, usually to mate and reproduce. Very often this does not depend on the maturity of the fish. Unlike Salmon, Trout don’t die in the process and may return several times over the years. Another advantage of the Río Grande is protected and free from pollution, excess food sources, nets or natural competitors.

The pool we fished during the morning of our trip is located in Sector 10 and is known as the “Ojo Negro” (Black Eye). There, Sebastian caught three trout of 4, 6 and 5 kilos on a #7 Sage, intermediate line and Green Machine fly.

After lunch we went back to our pool. Sebastian was shocked to see so many trout leaping about. We decided to use a similar set up to what we had used in the morning: #7 rod, extra fast line, 2.5 meter leader and the Green Machine.

Sebastian caught 4 more trout in this order; 5kg, 4kg, 6kg & 3kg until about 8pm; the magical hour of sunset, at which time we decided to change the line for a sinking 3, 1.8 meter leader and a “humpy” fly tied with a salmon hook number 4.

On one of his first casts, just as the tip of the pole started a few light taps and as the line began to tug slightly, the surface of the water exploded! A magnificent trout leapt into view. After the amazement and the spectacular runs and jumps, the 20 minutes of adrenaline were burned in Sebastian’s mind… and the camera. A spectacular 7 kilo brown trout (15.4 lbs).

By Martín Maffioli


River Run Brown: +15lbs

Tierra del Fuego – Argentina


This week comes courtesy of friends at Rios Claros. This snarling monster was caught in Trevelin, which is in the Argentine province of Chubut.

20 Kilo Salmon - Rio Futaleufu

Caught by Henry Thomas on a fly called “ALASKABOU” to which he added a rattle and a second hook. In the following picture you can see the fly near the gill plate.


According to the Associated Press there will be no fishing season for some producers in Chile.

The quake that hit on Saturday has left behind damaged fleets and ports and couldn’t have hit the salmon industry at a worse time.

Atlantic Salmon Fish Farm

The three to four month fishing season was just starting for 760 small-scale fishermen in Talacahuano.

This region produced four per cent of world’s annual catch of seafood, some two million metric tonnes.

The majority of Chile’s salmon industry has escaped major damage as it lies hundreds of kilometers south of Talcahuano, however the sector’s transportation chain has been thrown into a crisis.

Fresh salmon must be driven in refrigerated trucks for 900 kilometers (560 miles) along the now damaged road to the airport in Santiago to be loaded onto cargo planes flying to the US and elsewhere.

The airport, meanwhile, hasn’t reopened to commercial flights.

Some Chilean salmon suppliers are trying to set up a trucking route to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kimberly Gorton, president of Boston-based seafood distributor Slade Gorton & Company Inc told The Associated Press. But that route is twice as long, and trucks would have to navigate high mountain passes.

Still, no one knows how long it will take to repair all the damaged bridges and highway pavement on Chile’s highway.

“Clearly what’s going to happen is a reduction in supply is going to cause an increase in prices,” Ms Gorton said. “It’s sad because Chile is so dependent on its fishing industry for exports.”

Source: 5mpublishing

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