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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-25-2015, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Patagonia or New Zealand Trip

Hello all I am planning on either going by myself to Patagonian Argentina/ Chile or New Zealand, but leaning towards Argentina for a few months probably starting around January. I backpacked the area around Bariloche a few years ago, and I deeply desire to return. I am 30 years old and single and would like to find some employment down there, however I hear it is quite difficult to impossible in Argentina but Chile might be an option. If I am unable to find any employment I would still be able to travel for a few months fish bumming. I have no experience with New Zealand and would like to know which you would suggest over the other. I was thinking about purchasing a car down there but feel I might be better off buying a motorcycle to travel around. I would appreciate any input, thoughts, suggestions, places to fish or comments you have that might aide me in my travel. I was thinking about taking 3 rods with me: 9' 5 wt Hardy Zenith with 5 wt Rio grand line, 8 wt TFO BVK with an 8 wt SA bonefish line and 300 grain SA sinking line, Sage method switch 7119-4 11'9" with 525 grain skagit max short and 10' mow tips in floating, Intermediate, T-8, T-11, and T-14. Would it be worth my time to purchase an outbound short line for the switch rod? Thanks for any help, or comments you can offer and let me know if anyone is interested in joining me for a bit.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-21-2015, 06:28 PM
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I have had this discussion a lot with all kinds of trout bums, and i would say its at least 75% in favor of NZ. I even guided for a while with a kid from Chile who grew up fishing Patagonia and says NZ is a better place if you have a limited amount of time. I've been to NZ 3 times for a total of 16 weeks, and its that good, and maybe better.

Reasons in favor of NZ:
Easy logistics
Higher density of rivers/lakes
More kinds of water
Bigger fish (excluding sea run browns of South America)
More fish
more places to stay
more fly shops

Reasons in favor of Patagonia
more adventurous (aka difficult)
Huge sea runs
better food
less crowded

If you need more specifics, shoot me a PM and ill be happy to chat
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 04:44 PM
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this is a discussion that comes up often on message boards and forums on both sides of the Pond.

from what i know, much of patagonia is private water and DIYing is difficult to do. NZ however, is very the exact opposite.

if you really want big sea run browns self guided, i'd suggest the Falkland Islands off Argentina - english spoken, cheap food & lodgings and most waters are public. flights are with LAN from Santiago or Punta Arenas.
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