Hi Everyone, I hope you’re all having a great build up to the holidays and enjoying yourselves immensely. I recently did an interview via Skype with Zach Mathews of The Itinerant Angler, and the result was this podcast he now has live on his website. Anybody interested can check it out by clicking here, or on the photo. It runs about thirty minutes, and covers a little bit of the story of how I ended up down here, as well as a good bit about the fishing and the country and the low-cost Trout Bum packages we offer though Patagonia Unlimited. Hope you enjoy!
So I went fishing on my own this last week, wandering about in the truck and haunting campsites both out in the middle of nowhere and in the midst of it all just up the road on Lago 3. I enjoy this time of year so much, despite, or perhaps even partially because of the change in weather. The light turns the same orange as the leaves do in October up home, while the leaves down here on the Alamos turn yellow, and the ones on the Nires and Lengas up in the hills show a deep red, like clotted drops of blood from unfortunate deer, dried on the toes of Philip’s boots every fall in Taylor county. It is cold, for sure. And the wind is blowing.
The first night out at boca camp with Paulino under the bridge there was snow. There were also big male brook trout angry enough to attack my new tube flies just at dusk. The flash from the camera makes it look as though the sky was darker than its moment was in truth, and the same goes for the photo of the big buck brown in the blurry picture taken on the cliffs at Lago Tres; legal light had not yet ended.
I even fished a couple of new lakes (new to me) that required some creative driving, and which displayed no footprints or tire tracks whatsoever on their peripheries, but produced very nice rainbows nonetheless. Also my tent karma seems not to have changed. While out on the lake one morning at dawn my dear friend Wanda’s incorrigible gelding decided it didn’t too much like the placement of my camp, apparently pitched in the creature’s own preferred bedding down place on Vasco’s hill, and he proceeded to stomp and eat the tent until I discovered him and chased him off. All the poles are broken, and the material ripped to shreds. Oh well. Yes it is cold, as I’ve said. But the colors! The colors are just amazing.
Now it’s back to the office for a while before I can get out on the water some more. Everybody who feels like it please drop me a line; I miss you all a great deal and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Hey everybody – whew! Sorry, yet again, for how long it’s been since my last update. We’ve had clients in hand more or less non-stop since the first of the year, and while we’ve been having a great time with them out on the water and in front of the fire at the lodge, there just hasn’t really been any chance for me to get into town and get online. And we’re not done yet! I’ve got a bit of a break coming up in April which I’ll be using to explore some unknown water and also try my new tube flies out at Boca Camp on Vintter with Paulino and the gang. Then we’ve got still more nice folks coming down to thumb their noses at the “economic downturn” rhetoric up there in North America while they have loads of fun catching beautiful huge wild trout in Argentine Patagonia, where we have practically no economy whatsoever, and don’t care to.
I’d like to express my very sincere thanks to all the great anglers and travelers that have fished and toured with us so far this season for talking the time to come down, and to my excellent friend Dave Teffeteller for all his hard work in putting those trips together for them from the office up north and then helping out with organization, hosting, puppy delivery/midwifing and fishing companionship from the office down here last month. Come back Dave!
There have been too many great moments out on the water to even try and list them all on the blog individually, so I’ll let this minimal photo montage speak for itself. Everybody be good up there, and send me an email this week while I’m in Esquel to receive it; I look forward to hearing from you all soon.