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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


Fishing Buddy

I’ve been working a lot lately. That doesn’t mean I’ve been making a lot of money, but sometimes you have to put the time in first, instead of the very common philosophy that “when they pay me more, I’ll work more”.

Elbow grease for future reward is kind of a code I’ve tried my best to live by (being only human of course) since my Grandma Jessie said something that stuck in my mind… well, actually I think it must be burned in there because I heard it as a kid and after adolescence and the experimentation that goes with it it’s a wonder those brain cells still exist… Continue reading

Watch out Fly Gal!

Watch out Fly Gal!

We’re getting ready for fishing season to open here in Patagonia, and since we’ve got ants in our pants we took advantage of nice spring weather to practice our fly casting technique.

gif_doradoIn the Province of Cordoba, the Secretary of the Environment initiated a plan in December of 2008 for restoration of the golden dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) in the Tercero River; responding to the near extinction of this species in this water system.

Due to it’s connection with the Parana River, 96% of the fish life in the Tercero originates in the Parana.

Importance of the Project
The Dorado is a very important ecologic and economic species at both national and international levels. Today in the majority of the environments which the Dorado inhabits, the human impact has significantly diminished its population and in many cases caused the disappearance of this and other associated species.

In the medium and long term, and with intelligent management of future populations of this species, it is possible to advance a Sustainable Use Program that permits the development of small economies at the local and regional levels. An example of this would be through the promotion of tourism such as fly fishing, and catch and release policies.

Work Methodology
The restoration of the dorado (S. brasiliensis) populations in the Tercero Rio water system it being done through a series of phases that have been deemed “participative”, since various social, government and non government sectors may be able to join work teams, that are being developed, as observers or active participants.

Kudos to the Environmental Secretary and the Province of Cordoba.

If you’d like to practice your Spanish and read more about this and other programs in Cordoba, you can click on the image at the top of this post and visit their website.

Living in Patagonia

Living in Patagonia

I am very excited to announce that friend and fellow blogger, Jamie, from Living in Patagonia (http://livinginpatagonia.com) will be sharing a weekly picture on Sport Fishing Americas.

For some time now, I’ve been admiring the weekly pictures posted on this blog. Jamie and Shanie are a couple that moved from Lake Tahoe, California to the Patagonia of Argentina.Through their blog, they share their experiences and the beautify of the region.

Sport Fishing Americas is how I share my passion for fishing throughout the Americas, and one of my favorite places is the Lakes Region of Patagonia. The “Picture of the Week” will be a great addition to SFA and another way to share  the beauty of Argentina, with the help of new friends.

If you haven’t already, be sure to click the Entries RSS, be sure to do it now so that you get all the updates, articles and pictures.

This Saturday will be the first post. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got for us.

…no pressure Jamie 😉

The Ministry of Ecology, Renewable Natural Resources and Tourism in the province of Misiones, prohibited fishing (sport and commercial) in the Uruguay River yesterday.

The prohibition will last until the water level rises and conditions improve.

Rio Uruguay in Missiones

Rio Uruguay in Misiones

Argentina has been suffering from a drought for many months throughout the country and this is one more example of the impact it is having on the country. It has also had a serious effect on crops and livestock.

In any case, locals can still fish for “substance” since there are many indigenous people living throughout the province. For this reason, locals can still fish with a “hand held line” [linea de mano] and only from the coastline or from a rowing canoe.

The sad reality is that due to lack of enforcement and a strong campaign regarding conservation means that locals and Paraguayans, who are not considered under the jurisdiction of the “Fauna” (Fish and Game) authorities, will continue to use netting and other means to catch more fish than they can eat, in order to sell them in local markets.

This is a disappointing and ongoing problem in Argentina’s poorer and lesser known provinces. The lack of understanding leads to less likelihood of fishing tourism in these provinces.

Golden (freshwater) Dorado

Golden (freshwater) Dorado

Provinces like Misiones and Corrientes are home to a huge variety of fish (such as Golden Freshwater Dorado, Pacú and others) that could support and draw fishing and eco-tourism in greater numbers than is currently the case. But until there is money in the provinces to fill gas tanks for Fish and Game authorities and awareness greater awareness about preservation, these regions will continue to be there own worst enemies.

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