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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…

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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

MyMFlyCast.com.ar

Tierra del Fuego – Argentina

 

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If pictures are worth a 1000 words, video must be worth a million…

If you can watch this and resist the urge to start planning your next fishing trip…

…you’re not human.

If you’ve been thinking about trying to become a fly fisherman, this my be what pushes you to take the next step.

Enjoy!

We are now approaching the end of the fishing season in many of the provinces in Argentina. Depending on the province, the season will be over by the end of April or May. Opening season and “Cierre de Temporada” are the most exciting times for planning a fishing trip with friends or family in Argentina. The fishing can be very difficult since the weather is in transition, but the quality and quantity of the fish can make the effort worth while.

Alfredo Romero is heading out to San Martin de Los Andes to close out the season, and has promised me a story and pictures. I’m looking forward to those pictures as much as I am envious of Alfredo. You see, he’s not only a good fly fisherman, he’s also a very good photographer. So get ready to see some great shots in the upcoming story from Alfredo.

BPF #3

Baltic Pike Flies

Issue 3

BPF Issue 3

Baltic Pike Flies: Issue 3

Pontoon float (update)

A while back I posted an article (Float) on personal flotation alternatives, such as belly boats, pontoon boats and the like. Well I finally made up my mind to go out and get one since I’m currently motivated by the upcoming trout season here in Argentina.

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Pontoon float

I did quite a bit of research and found that there were many sellers out there selling the same products, so I guess you’d have to say that they were actually re-sellers. What was surprising was that the existence of a “middle man” didn’t necessarily mean an inflated price. The prices were all over the place for basically the same items.

I was eventually able to procure the object of my desire, and did so from a reseller (CoverBonanza.com) and not directly from Classic Accessories. I paid about $329 dollars for my sage/grey pontoon float and another $68 dollars for shipping to my father’s place in New York. Since I live in Argentina, I had to include it with my checked baggage at the airport. I’d called ahead and was told I’d have to pay $100 for oversize baggage. Getting through customs in Argentina turned out to be easier than I thought. I guess they were tired of hassling passengers that day. Anyway, since I’m not an Argentine citizen I wouldn’t be subject to tax, but that doesn’t always stop them from giving you a hard time on the off chance that you might palm them a $20 peso note… Continue reading

I really hate not publishing an article between the weekly PoW, but I haven’t yet finished a post about Lake Trout in Upstate New York and I’ve come across two great shots that I wanted to share… So this week its a “double feature”.

The first shot is a Northern Pike of over 33 lbs. caught by Truls Svendsen who is 13 years old and lives in Norway. This is the biggest Pike ever caught in that country on a fly. He tied the fly himself and called it a “Muppet fly”. After catching this fish, and a few others (18 and 28 lbs.) his older brothers subsequently told him he could no longer fish with them…

33lb Northern Pike caught on "Pike Muppet" fly

33lb Northern Pike caught on "Pike Muppet" fly

The next shot is also from Finland. A fellow blogger, Simon Graham, loves to fish for pike as is a phenomenal photographer. I visit his blog to learn how to tie some fantastic flies, and mostly so see his amazing photography. You can see more of Simon’s photographic work at Fishing Blogdom.

kuusijarvi canoe

kuusijarvi canoe

Looking at this shot, I can almost sense the pike on the far shore and I can’t wait to go fishing again… Continue reading

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