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One’s again the “Big Fish team” went for trophy fish, more exactly to catch big brownies to the middle Limay section.

The water level was high making the fishing pretty tuff, long distance cast and sinking lines were required but the guys knew how to catch them.

Big fish team also supports all efforts to preserve the wild fish and is one of the reasons why they fished this area, all the fish caught was kept for further studies that scientist are doing to preserve wild fish in Patagonia. Well done guys!

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Good news from Peto have arrived, fishing for dorado in the upper Parana is picking up, as it usually happens every year by the end of the winter.

Check out this beast that one of Peto’s client has taken from the biggest river in Argentina.

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Here at Faraway Fly Fishing we’re unabashed fishing addicts who try to squeeze in as much fishing in as many different places as humanly possible. Oftentimes this fishing wanderlust comes at the expense of strained relationships, ballooning credit card statements and even the occasional night spent on the airport floor. But looking back over the previous 12 months, I’ve realized that it was worth every bit. Below is a brief recap of some of the amazing places I had the good fortunate to fish last year.  Hopefully 2009 will be just as good!

At the start of 2008 I found myself guiding at Kau Tapen Lodge on the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego. It was a privilege to be guiding on what is undoubtedly the world’s best sea-run brown trout river and also one of the nicest lodges anywhere.

First 20+ lb fish of the season. January 2008

First 20+ lb fish of the season. January 2008

Head Guide and all around bad-ass, Matt Breuer

Head Guide and all around bad-ass, Matt Breuer

Photo by Pancho Panzer, owner/operator of Patagonia Fishing Hosts

Photo by Pancho Panzer, owner/operator of Patagonia Fishing Hosts

After a long but successful season at KT, I took the bus north across the Straight of Magellan to meet up with our good friend Rodrigo Amadeo on the Santa Cruz to fish for the elusive Atlantic Steelhead. We spent a total of 10 days on the river, eating asados and fishing hard when the conditions permitted. There’s very few places left in the world where you can spend several days fishing and floating some 200km of river and only see one other fisherman. Although the fishing pressure is light almost to the point of non-existent, like steelhead fishing everywhere you still have to put your time in. Luckily we hooked up a few times:

Rodrigo Amadeo with Atlantic Steelhead

Rodrigo Amadeo with Atlantic Steelhead

steelhead fishing the middle reaches of the Santa Cruz

steelhead fishing the middle reaches of the Santa Cruz

Rodrigo with hot santa cruz fish

Rodrigo with hot santa cruz fish

Los dos Boludos

Los dos Boludos

After 10 days on the river, it was back north to Buenos Aires for a few months.  Coming from a region of Patagonia with a population density comparable to the Sahara Desert to a city of 13 million inhabitants was an enjoyable, yet drastic change. I rented an apartment and starting teaching English.  Although it was an incredible experience, I gradually realized that a fishing bum such as myself doesn’t fair all that well for extended periods of time in a noisy, congested metropolitan.

My apartment on Avenida Santa Fe

My apartment on Avenida Santa Fe

Nonetheless, I was able to squeeze in a few days a fly fishing for golden dorado with our friend/guide Peto in an incredible region of Argentina near the Paraguayan border.

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Peto w/ big golden dorado

Peto w/ big golden dorado

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After 7 1/2 months in Argentina, it was time to return stateside for while. My first stop was the Deschutes River in Oregon, and then I rushed up to Southeast Alaska to catch the tail end of the fishing season up there. It had been two summers since I had been to AK, so I was excited to get up there again:

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Then I hitched a ride with my friends Mit, Laurie and Curtis on a halibut schooner from Ketchikan to Seattle. Cruising the inside passage is an experience that everyone should do at least once in their lives.

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That put me back in the lower 48 just in time for the October steelhead season. My favorite time of year in the Northwest!

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Calvin Fuller of Sandpoint outfitters with very small fish

Calvin Fuller of Sandpoint outfitters with very small fish

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Nico Trochine w/ Northwest steelhead

Nico Trochine w/ Northwest steelhead

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Nico and I were then graciously invited by Tom McMurray and Brandon White of Marine Ventures Foundation to fly to Jackson, WY and try our hands at some western trout fishing. Nico had never trout fished in the U.S. before, and although it’s not Patagonia, I think he was still impressed:

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The Tetons. Photo: Brandon White

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Native Cutt

Que Cara de Curo!

Que Cara de Culo!

dos marrones, dos boludos

dos marrones, dos boludos

For Thanksgiving I headed to the east coast to visit family and was able to meet up with Brandon of Lateral Line for a day of Chesapeake Bay striper fishing. I’d never fished for stripers before and although we didn’t find any big fish that day, it’s always cool to add another fish to species list.

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first striper

As if Jackson Hole and stiper fishing on the Chesapeake weren’t enough, Tom and Brandon invited me on yet another incredible trip, this time to Bair’s lodge in South Andros in the Bahamas. It had been a couple years since I’d been flats fishing, so needless to say I was very excited.  Renowned fisheries biologists Jack & Bonnie Stanford where also there, and it was a real honor for a layman like myself to pick their brains about fishing related topics.  Professor Stanford is a wealth of information and also the impetus behind the highly successful study on sea run brown trout in the Rio Grande. Having tagged and measured lots of fish for the study, I really enjoyed coming full circle by meeting the man behind the madness. We also had some great fishing, catching bonefish, barricuda and even a few sharks. The enormous 10lb + bonefish that I farmed still haunts me, even several weeks after the fact.

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Photo: Tom McMurray

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Photo: Tom McMurray

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reef shark, caught on a "flesh fly"

Captain Billy. Equally skilled at catching things in the water and out of the water

Captain Billy. Equally skilled at catching things out of the water as in the water

Guide Extaordinaire, Tee

Guide Extaordinaire, Tee

Lemon shark

Lemon shark

Tom w/ nice bone

Tom w/ nice bone

Well, that pretty much sums up the best trips of 2008. Can’t wait to see what ’09 brings. Stay Tuned

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A group of guides (ourselves included) from Patagonia spend several days  fishing some of the best corners  in Patagonia and scouting new locations. Starting in northern patagonia near the town of Bariloche, we worked south, covering some 3000km of rough patagonia road conditions in search of big trout. The conditions were unpredictable some of the time, but mostly we enjoyed sunny and calm weather, perfect for light-weight rods and sight fishing…

The scouting started in northern Patagonia near Bariloche, in places like the famous Limay river mouth, Manso river, Traful river and some small lakes like Guess, Los moscos, Nahuel huapi and many others. The fishing was good, the water level  was high and very cold but we managed to get some fish on dries!

Our first stop was the world-famous Traful, which is known for its run of land-locked salmon. These fish are often hard to find, so we were fortunate to get a few. Although not large, pound for pound they are some of the hardest fighting salmonids out there:

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Nice Brown from the upper Limay river

Nice Brown from the upper Limay river

After some good days in the “lake district” we headed south to chubut province in central Patagonia.

Nico and I had a very nice day at the Corcovado  river after a few minutes of walking, check it out…

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Nico with a monster of the Corcovado River

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Corcovado beauty

A couple of days later we decided to move further south to Rio Pico Area. For the first time the weather was so windy that it did´t let us fish the lakes but we managed to get to the rivers instead, and there was plenty of action!

We had very good fishing and even better, most of the fish were caught on dries!

Mads holding a nice colored rainbow

Mads with a nice catch!

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Beautifull browny!

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Good fighting rainbow!!

Amazed after our good fishing in Rio Pico area we kept on going south to Santa Cruz Province where we found “the hidden lakes” , a series of large lakes scattered across a rugged terrain of volcanic rock in one of Patagonia’s most remote and uninhabited areas. The techniques were pretty simple: sinking lines and streamer fishing. We caught lots and some of them very good size..

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Big Rainbow

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Ale holding a a beauty

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Nico couldn´t resist to hook one of this monsters

Our trip in patagonia finished in santa cruz, it was fantastic to see so many nice places  in such an immense and sprawling region, and as always  there’s still a lot of new places to go and fish that will have to wait until  next time! Next week we’re heading back to Tierra del Fuego and the Rio Irigoyen to get the lodge ready for a long season of sea trout fishing, and we’ll tell you about the fishing when we get there..
Tight Lines,
Alex and Nico

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