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Patagonia has more than it’s fair share of “secret” fishing spots, and Rodrigo was kind enough to share some photos of one of his spots.  Good luck trying to find it!

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Reports and photos keep coming from all over the world, this time it is  from Alejandro Martello -one of the best Sea trout and Atlantic salmon guides that we know and a superb photographer- who has been guiding in Iceland for a few years already, on a incredible and unique Atlantic salmon river, the crystal clear water Midfjardara.

About two weeks ago I was chatting with Alejandro, he told me that the fishing was excellent at that time, fish were coming in big numbers and some of them were over 20 pounds. Over TWO THOUSAND fish  has been landed so far and more fresh fish is coming into the river, which is even better. The biggest fish landed so far was 107 cm long, approx 26 pounds or more. Rabbi, the owner of the operation, has put a lot of effort to begin with the catch and release policy, thanks to this, he is very optimistic on having strong runs of multi winter fish (2+ year old fish) on the following seasons.

The operation counts with approximately 120 km of river and endless pools, what is really interesting about it is the way to fish it, most of the fishing is done with single handed rods (#6 – #8 weight rods) using a technique called “rifle hitch”. Years back, this technique was only used by fly fisherman in the pristine water rivers in eastern Canada. Basically the fly drifts on top of the water making a turbulence with the shape of a V, with the purpose of irritate the fish. We can say this is the finest Atlantic salmon fishing and the most exciting too.

The Lodge has been totally renewed for this season, each angler counts with his own single room and a first class cuisine and service.

There’s still some openings in late season on very good rate, please if you have any further question about this fishing operation please don`t hesitate to contact us to info@farawayflyfishing.com

Thanks Alejandro for the stats and amazing photos.

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More than five hundred years have passed since Fly Fishing got popular as a fishing method and one of the first  detailed reports of this art was written by Dame Juliana Barnes in the late fourteen hundreds.

British fly-fishing continued to develop in the 19th Century, with the emergence of fly fishing clubs, along with the appearance of several books on the subject of fly tying and fly fishing techniques. In southern England, dry-fly fishing acquired an elitist reputation as the only acceptable method of fishing the slower, clearer rivers of the south such as the River Test and the other chalk streams concentrated in Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset and Berkshire.

Now a bit of my story!

You would think that as a “Faraway Fly Fisherman” I would not  be very attracted by one of these suburban rivers, but actually, it was one of my main angling goals, fishing the River Test was a dream for me.

All started in Argentina a couple of years ago, when we met Roger in the Ibera Marsh, we were fishing for “Golden” Dorado. After guiding him a couple of times in Iceland and the past year in Tierra del Fuego for Sea Trout, we  became good friends. After a great week in Tierra del Fuego, we talked about fishing his property, where the River Test runs trough and of course, I was not going to miss that chance!

Almost half a year later (few weeks ago) after fishing along with Barrett in Oregon and after some other short trips, I flew to London. I was very impatient to fish or just to see the River Test and after a spending a night in London I drove down south to the small town called Romsey in Hampshire. Unfortunately Roger couldn’t come fishing the first days but we managed to do some fishing together the last ones.

Rogers property is lovely.  An old house built in the 17th century with a beautiful garden of a few hectares and right behind, the River Test. This beautiful chalk stream runs through cities and small villages for more than 60 miles. Clear water,  underwater vegetation and some gravel patches are the main characteristics of this stream, being perfectly suitable for sight fishing.

Only dry fly fishing is allowed at this time of the season, due this, June is not the best month for fishing this stretch. Mayfly hatches were almost over, but anyway, I was lucky to hit a few hatches while I was there and catch several Brownies and Graylings. Surprisingly the fish sizes were very decent, fish between one to almost four pounds.

After fishing some of the most popular trout spots in US and England, made me realize that fishing in these “popular” rivers filled with history, can be as exciting as fishing in the most remote and untamed places where I had the chance to fish before.

Unfortunately I couldn’t take many pics but check a few below,

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