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JAN2nd  – JAN9th, 2010

O V E R A L L   C O N D I T I O N S : We were fortunate to arrive when the water already dropped its level. The water was very high and muddy most of December.  The air temperature rounded from 5 to 15 degrees celcius. No rain.

R I V E R   C O N D I T I O N S :  Water level was very good during the whole week, dropping only a few centimeters a day.

F I S H I N G : The season started pretty well. The first day of fishing was right after the highest ties of January were over (full moon). There were lots of fresh and fat fish coming into the river during the high tie. Most of the catches were in pools that had a lot of logs in the water,  resulting in a good quantity of fish being lost. All of the fish were bright, silver and ready to make your drag burnt.

Sinking tips and floating lines were used this week, ranging from 2 to 5 inches per second. Mid sized and small flies were used, such as wonder bug.

More of half of the fish caught this week was after the sun was already down the mountains.

The size of the fish landed ranged from 5 to 22 pounds.

T O T A L  C A T C H E S : Three rods fishing 6 days caught 29 sea trout averaging 11 pounds and 1 of them 22 pounds, which was the biggest of the week.

E X T R A S : Robalo fishing was very successful during this week. A couple of hundred fish were caught, ranging from 3 to 9 pounds.

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Here’s Faraway Fly Fishing client Hugh Chesterton’s 22lb chrome sea trout that he got from Far End Rivers Lodge last week. The shit eating grin says it all! Nice work Hugh

Far End Rivers Sea trout fly fishing

Hugh's chrome 22lb sea trout!

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Once again the exploration group was becoming restless. After listening  to Alex and Luca’s overland adventure to the remote rivers of southern Tierra del Fuego , we decided that it wasn’t sufficient and we wanted to know ALL about the rivers till the end of the island. For all intents and purposes,  that probably meant that we were going to be the first ones to catch Sea Trout in the southernmost sea trout river ever fished. We knew that it wasn’t an easy proposition, and the main obstacle was going to be the logistics to get to the Policarpo river. Camping there for several days wouldn’t be easy either. The only way to get there was by helicopter, otherwise it would take two grueling days each way on ATVs over peat bogs, cliffs, rocks and ravines.

Tom, a guest at Far End Rivers Lodge and an adventurous fisherman obsessed with sea trout fishing, was the main one interested on this exploration.  Ever since his trip to the Irigoyen last year, he had been scheming and planning this exploration and things were finally coming together. After the logistic issues were solved we set up a date for the trip, and decided to depart from Ushuaia on march 23 rd.

The day finally arrived and after some hours of bad weather we could finally depart. The flight  didn’t take long, it was around an hour and a half.

The scenery was simply amazing,  something we’d never seen before. Dark green high grass covering most of the ground and sinuous rivers running through it. There are hills covered with trees surrounding the area. The “Lenga” tree grows differently here than in most of the places that I’ve seen them – they grow in forms of shields covering the ground and themselves  from the wind. There aren’t any sign of the humans,  just us and the nature.

The weather was pretty nice and helped us to set up the camp with no rush. We couldn’t wait to start fishing.

The walking is really rough in this wetland. Lot of water, mud holes, wild cattle ( including huge feral bulls ) and very long distances to cover (around 60 miles) .

The first day we concentrated in one of the main tributaries of the Policarpo river. Most of the river had good running water and some holding pools. The water had a good temperature, around 9 C but the main characteristic of these rivers is the dark tea color water,  sometimes almost black.  Reading the water is a big problem not only for fishing also the wading can be tricky. After the first hour of fishing we realized that It was going to take some time to find the Sea trouts that we were looking for.

Eight weight rod, sinking line and a bulky fly was the set up for that evening. It was one of  the first times for us fishing SEA TROUT in such a dark colored water.

After a while fishing I got to a nice and pretty deep run with some structure underwater, made one cast behind a fallen grass bank and that was It! I had a fish at the end of my line! That was the first SEA TROUT ever recorded from these waters. It wasn’t a big fish but enough to be done for the whole trip. Of course the fishing continued for the rest of the evening and we did catch more fish further downstream. The day ended and “the tired anglers” were finished as well.

The following five days we walked and explored different part of the tributaries and also the main river (Policarpo), covering almost 60 miles of water. Unfortunately we didn’t have much luck in the main river, most of  the fish caught were in two small  tributaries. The main characteristics of these two small rivers was the fine gravel bottom and both of them had a good water flow.

We definitely were hoping to catch some HUGE SEA TROUT but didn’t happened, the biggest fish weighted approximately ten pounds.  No proper spawning ground, water depth or even the water color could be some reasons why we didn’t find bigger fish.

Our way back in the helicopter wasn’t  easy. Wind, snow and rain didn’t allowed us to leave the camp on the scheduled day. The weather gave us a brake the next morning allowing the helicopter to land and pick us up.

It was really exciting to explore a river never fished before and of course It is even better to catch fish! We will do further trips to this river system and we will keep you posted!

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F I S H I N G     R E P O R T

W E E K 9 – Feb 28st – March 6th

W E A T H E R  C O N D I T I O N S : Good weather and sunny conditions most of the week. We had temperatures between 5º C – 16º C. No wind.

R I V E R  C O N D I T I O N S: Water level was very stable and normal, we didn`t have any big changes during the week. The river was super clear. The water temperature was good, between 8º C to 13º C.

F I S H I N G: The fishing was good, we caught the same quantity that we lost!
The best time was at dusk with mid sized – large streamers. We also caught some very big fish during daylight in random hours with very small nymphs.
The quantities were higher but still could have been better regarding the big amount of fish that we lost.
Floating lines and slow sinking tips were used. Tippets from 15 to 25 pound test !!
Ones again  I am impressed with the power of these fish.
Fish from 6 to 21 pounds were landed.

T O T A L  C A T C H E S : Five rods, fishing 6 days, caught 34 sea trout averaging almost eleven pounds and one of them over 20 pounds. The biggest of the week was a 21 pound hen fish.

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We had been planning  this expedition since we started with the operation “Far end Rivers” at the Irigoyen river.

We decided to start the 3rd week of january, exploring south into the uninhabited peninsula looking for sea run brown trout. We had no preliminary info at all, only a lot of hope,  which is the most important thing doing  an exploration trip…

Saturday night we put all our stuff together, not much anyway. A tent, sleeping bags, some food and enough fuel to get there and come back … sunday morning we started to ride the quad, it was a difficult way, we had to go along the beach and over huge capes full of rocks,. it took us 5 hours to get to the river mouth, it was a nice tea colored river…

Next morning we started research, from the river mouth to as far as we could get upstream. The river was beautiful and untouched, we fished at least 10 miles of river, it had very slow flow, also when the tide was going up, the river would get full of sea water, bringing a lot of food for the resident fish, which was pretty interesting for us. That day after a couple of hours of fishing  we caught the first sea trout reported on that river a beautiful 7 pounds  and several more later on.  After that no matter what the trip was a success.

It was a great experience for us… We got back to “far end rivers” lodge 2 days Later with very good news…

Soon we will be  down again  trying to get a monster sea trout, sure there is!!!!!!

Check out this pics.

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Sea trout-sea pool

fat chromer from the Irigoyen

W E E K 4 – JAN 24th – JAN 30th

W E A T H E R   C O N D I T I O N S : Sunny conditions most of the week. We had temperatures between 10 and 16 degrees. Some days with very strong wind but we managed to fish.

R I V E R   C O N D I T I O N S: Water level was normal again. The river was very clear and had a good amount of flow. We did`t have big changes in level this week. The water temperature was good, from 8º Celsius to 13º Celsius

F I S H I N G:  The fishing got really tough the first two days. We think that the fish was really spooky and not active at all after they went back to their holding pools. We did try everything, fishing all kind of depths and flies, from early morning to late night. At one point some of the guides had doubts that the fish that we saw and caught the week before was still in the river. After some days very tough fishing we started to see and catch fish again. I have to say that Sea trout fishing in this river  is very unpredictable and strange without any pattern to hold on to.
Again we started to catch fish mostly at the end of the session with almost no sun light but still the numbers were pretty bad.
Multi tip lines, from floating to type 6 where used, as I said we tried everything.
Fish from 4 to 21 pounds were landed.

T O T A L   C A T C H E S : SIX rods fishing 6 days caught 35 sea trouts averaging 10,4 pounds and ONE of them over 20 pounds. The biggest of the week was an 21 pounder.

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