What To Bring – Clothing, Gear, Etc.
Recommended clothing and accessories:
- Polarized sun glasses, and binoculars
- Breathable waders, felt or rubber-soled wading boots without studs. (We recommend new or bleach-washed boots to prevent the spread of whirling disease and New Zealand mud snails.)
- Good quality breathable rain jacket
- Capilene fleece pants
- Sweaters, fleece jacket, capilene underwear (layering system)
- Fleece or wool fingerless gloves and stocking hat
- Wool wading socks for waders and Neoprene wading socks for wet wading
- Long sleeved quick-dry fishing shirts, quick dry fishing pants, and shorts
- Fishing hat, sun gloves, sun block SPF 30+ and lip sunscreen
- Personal medications, ibuprofen, allergy medicine, etc.
- US Currency, credit cards, valid passport, and copies of passport
- Camera and film, or digital camera and battery charger with spare batteries
- Rods: 4 to 6 weights. A fast action 6-weight is ideal for Patagonia. A 4 or 5 weight can be used for spring creeks when calm. A 5 or 6 weight for sink tips and streamers.
- Leaders: 7.5 foot or 9 foot 0X and 3X (3 of each)
- Tippett: 0X – 5X regular monofilament and 3X – 5X fluorocarbon
- Sinking Lines: Rio, Scientific Angler, or Teeny 200 grain sinking tip line (one will do)
- Floating Lines: New or like-new RIO or Scientific Angler weight forward floating lines
- Small hip pack or vest with nippers, forceps, fly flotant, line cleaner, etc.
- Beetles: (8-16) Black and peacock
- Chernobyl Ants: (6) black/tan
- Grasshoppers: (8-10) a good variety
- Flying Ants: (14-16) Black
- Dragon Flies: (a few will do)
- Elk Hair Caddis (14 and 16)
- Parachute Adams: (14-18) with high visibility posts
- Bead Head Prince: (14-18)
- Bead Head Pheasant Tail: (14-18)
- Bead Head Copper Johns: (14-18) copper and red
- Scuds: (14-18) Olive
- Midge: (18-22) various nymph patterns olive/black
- Wooly Buggers: (2-4) black, brown, and olive
- Wooly Buggers: (2-4) black, brown, and olive with white rubber legs
- Zonkers: (2-4) olive, black, natural, grey
- Double Bunnies: green/white, grey/white, natural/white (a few will do)
- String Leeches: Heavy lead eyed dark colors (a few will do)
Dry flies for Patagonia are probably larger than you are used to. Flies tied with foam and rubber legs work great in our fishing areas. The best colors seem to be black, peacock, and tan. That being said, it is often times necessary to match a particular hatch and some small dries are also needed. Try to buy (or tie) dry flies that are highly visible for your benefit. If you bring a good selection of the flies listed above, you’ll be in great shape!
Although we dry-fly fish most of the time, it is necessary at times to nymph fish and streamer fish depending on rivers and fishing conditions. Nymphs will normally be dropped under a dry fly and also will be used for sight fishing. A good selection of nymphs and streamers could make your day or even your trip. Remember big flies catch big fish!!!
As you would expect, our spring starts in November, with water often in the low 50’s. The fish are still looking for food below the surface. Streamers and nymphs are the go-to choices, although a few of our stubborn purists have prevailed at midday with a number of small to medium drys! Even during this cool but sunny period an indicator/dropper combination is most effective.
Fishing All Season
Spring and fall are excellent times to use a medium wgt sinking line. A Teeny 250 gr. is a good choice. By late December, given any consistency to the eventuality of warming weather, we’re all fishing wgt forward #5 floating lines with 9′, 4X – 6X leaders.
The fish – browns, brookies and mostly rainbows – are moving through the rivers, either in preparation for or just after the spawn. These spring/fall migrations provide excellent opportunities for landlock salmon, which for some reason become quite scarce January – March.
Fall is a lovely season comparable to North America, with cool clear mornings and hungry fish still feeding. It can be cold and rainy, too, so bring along warm, dry clothing.
After the dry fly season, we go back to the tried and proven – streamers, content to enjoy the last few weeks of yet another rewarding version of Patagonia’s best!