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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2008, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Fishing Chubut area, Central Patagonia

Dear all,

after some advice and tips is possible, please. I'm going to be visiting the Esquel/Trevelin/Bariloche area in a few weeks time and am trying to get as much info as possible, in particular; recommended patterns and in what sizes? must fish waters? e.g. are the Traful salmon worth targeting? What lakes should I concentrate on? etc.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance,

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-07-2008, 05:36 PM
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If you are going in the next weeks keep in mind current summer season has been too hot, rivers are clear but low (not extremely low but low at least) so best fishing chances for (large) trout are deserved to very early morning and very late afternoon routine.
Sure, you may fish all day, but soon you will learn big fish are not ready for you at mid day!
You will have to fish far and fine with floating lines and perhaps a sinking tip line, depending on rivers, with long leaders and small flies (dries wets and nymphs in 16-20 range, streamers 8 - 12 range).
Basic classic patterns for Argentina: dries: adams and elk hair caddis, nymphs pheasant tail and hares ear, streamers olive and black wooly bugger, olive matuka.
The area you are planning to visit is big country with different river systems so this info is very basic, is not the same to fish in Bariloche area compared with rivers around Esquel (Alerces National Park) Trevelin, and/or Central Chubut for instance
If you go for the first time guided services would make the difference between a good trip and a fair trip.
Enjoy your trip!
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Fishing Esquel-Bariloche area

Ditto the previous post. It has hot. I can only speak of lake fishing, but I see top guides bringing in 1 or 2 fish a day. They seem to be down between 25 and 40 feet and not animated. I've had some small amount of luck with San Juan worms. Surface activity seems to be limited to midge pupa and ovipositing Dragon flies (they're hip to the floaters.) Lately the surface activity has been very early in the AM or just at dark and after fishing is permitted. The guides tell me it's slow all over. Sorry I can't offer more encouragement. Try Arrojo Pescado.
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I would add the following comments to my previous post:
Northern and Central Patagonia best fishing months are March and April (some rivers and /or river sections are open till the end of May).
Springtime (December) is usually good, depending mostly on previous winter snow melting.
Regarding Southern Patagonia (Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego and Rio Gallegos) fishing is best in January and specially good in February (usually with less wind).
Present hot summer conditions has also reached the far South, anglers were catching the sea runs just with "small" nymphs last weeks at Rio Grande.
April- May are good months for Rio Santa Cruz steelheads
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2008, 04:19 AM Thread Starter
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Your information and news is fantastic, thank you very much singlespey and Chile66, very kind of you.

Some good news is that I wil only be arriving into Bariloche at the end of the month, and most of the fishing time will be in early March, which will hopefully be slightly cooler?

I have 2 weeks in this area, then I have 2 weeks down in Tierra Del Fuego, so that should be great.

I've never fished the Chubut area before, so this is going to be very new for me - really looking forward to visiting the Welsh towns too, that should be fantastic (being from Wales! )

Do any of the rivers still get a decent run of salmon? such as the Traful? or are they not worth targeting?

Thanks for the advice on flies too, this was great advice. It would seem that a lot of the flies I use in the UK should work there, so that's good news, saves some time having to make new ones!! he he.

What are the main hatches likely to be in early March? do terrestrials patterns still work? or do I need small mayfly patterns etc?

Best wishes and thanks once more for your help - I will make sure to post some pics upon my return.

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Hi Teifi,
Hope you will find better weather by the beginning of March. Rains and cold coming from the Pacific could make the difference, ending a hot and dry summer, but it is a matter not easy to predict.
4 weeks in the country is really good time, more than enough to visit several places and fish in many rivers.
Welsh colonization cities in Chubut province started in the Atlantic coast, were the welsh settled first, (Puerto Madryn, Rawson, Trelew) entering into the country alongside the Chubut river valley to the Andes (Esquel, Trevelyn). If you are interested in the colonization history try to get in bookstores at Bariloche a copy of some important studies (I guess some of them are written in english/spanish) about the welsh people in argentina.
Salmons in the Traful do not run, because they are the landlocked salmon variety (salmo salar sebago) introduced in the area at the beginning of the XX century. You may find them at Ržo Traful but also (if you are lucky to locate them) at Rio Carrileufu in Chubut.
Concerning flies, if summer conditions prevail, keep on small flies: mayflies, caddis, stoneflies, in nymphs and dry patterns; terrestrials (ants, beetles) also work fine, In sunny days and windy conditions western attractors like wulffs, madame X, stimulators, chernobyls, size 12 - 14 could make the difference. In big waters, cold weather with rain or wind, try streamers size 6- 10 in brown, olive and black tones.
Have a nice trip !!
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