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Patagonian-Base Camp Report for WE 1/2/2015

Published January 7th, 2015 by Jean Chaintreuil

Marcel reports on the week ending January 2 at Patagonian-BaseCamp ...

December the 21st, the official start of summer in Patagonia, but for whatever reason, the weather gods decided to make it the start of winter. After a fantastic spring, the rains hit hard and temperatures dropped like a rock. And so did the fish. Dry fly fishing was over and we had to turn to fishing streamers most days of the week. Not a real punishment in our waters, because that’s how you run in to the “big ones”. And they came out. On the Rio Claro, Rahm caught a 21 and a 23 inch brown, Paul did great on the Palena and landed his 20-plussers. But the best story was told by guide Zach, guiding Steve and Virginia through the waters around TempleCamp.

Zach tells: After having run the rapids in the Temple Canyon and eating lunch between waterfalls on a boulder overlooking the river, we continued downstream and caught a 20 inch rainbow visibly feeding within a calm pool on the edge of the current. Less than 10 minutes later we were 100 yards downstream, fishing a trough between a steep wall and a gravel bar, and out came a thick brown attacking the fly. Steve hooked the fish solidly, but it shook the fly on the second jump, and all three of us sighed in disappointment. However, no more than 20 feet downstream two fish that looked like northern pike surged from the depths and slashed at the fly, cutting through the water’s surface for several seconds. One appeared to have taken the fly and yet there was no pressure on the line. As I held us in place, Steve threw out another cast, and once again the two fish came up charging and snapping at the fly, but no hookup. I didn’t have a clue what they were. King salmon was my only guess. We repeated this process 6 or 7 more times, the fish missing the fly each time, and then we returned upstream to rest them a couple minutes. When we drifted back down, Steve threw out another cast, and then several more, though without results. We agreed on one more cast and we’d move on. He cast against the wall and put a big mend in the line and let the fly sink and then swing back around. He had twitched it nearly back to the boat when his rod doubled over with the weight the powerful mystery fish, which a couple minutes into the fight showed itself to be a healthy, 28 inch brown trout in his prime.

Dan, on his third trip here, after a week of fishing spontaneously decided to add three extra days to his stay. It might have had to do with the fact that on his official last day the sun came back and the rivers were all just in top condition again. He opted for an extended Rio Palena float. This allowed us to do some exploring of some nice back channels and tributaries. The weather was great and dragon flies were all over. Fishing one of the small lagoons of the river was just spectacular as we saw a number of huge browns leaping all the way out of the water in an attempt to grab on a dragon fly in full flight. Dan got really enthusiastic and took “deep wading” to the next level. He had a ball, a nice cool-down and some nice fish.

The Patagonian-BaseCamp lodge in Chile is fabulous. Fishing is fantastic through the end of April; the rainbow and brown trout fishing is always excellent. You will not be disappointed at the Patagonian-BaseCamp. These dates currently are the available dates for the coming season:

January 23 to 30 - 2 rods
March 20 to 27 - 6 rods

The lodge fills fast, with may anglers repeating year after year. The Travel Adventures escorted trip to Chile and BaseCamp is February 20 to March 6, however, no spots are currently available. Sorry. We are currently investigating an escorted trip in late January 2016. It is not too early to call us.


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