Big Bad Brown Trout
|Big Bad Brown Trout in Tierra del Fuego|
It was the morning of January 17th
and I awoke after a restless night to realize that my life long dream was
about to begin. For years I had read about the monster Sea-run Brown Trout
(Sea Trout) of Southern Argentina on an Island called Tierra del Fuego (Land
of Fire). I had promised my son David this trip for a number of years, now
it was finally to materialize.
were the lodges we would be fishing. The country is flat,
treeless for the most part, and is battered by constant wind.
the days the previous week. The group that preceded us the
week before had caught a few fish, but not the numbers for which the river
is famous. Nonetheless, we were here and containing the excitement was
movements as it swung. After only a few casts, I felt the
powerful surge of a take from a chrome hen. The average fish on the Rio
Grande is 12 pounds and she was just that. My son and I were both amazed at
the girth of these fish. We were equally shocked to be taking fish with
the sun on the water in mid-day on floating lines, unheard of in NW
braided purple thorax, spun tan pheasant rump, and few black ostrich feathers scattered around the chain eye head. I had tied but one of these special creations under his watchful eye. I waded a bit deeper on the smooth gravel bottom and used a snap tee cast to reach a fish that I saw surface near the far bank. The fly hit the water about two feet in front of the dissipating rings and I stripped the fly immediately to feel a heavy fish throbbing and tossing its head. The large buck did not leap like the smaller fish but held in the main current with the characteristic pulsing of a large fish. Sabastian saw the fish roll and called my son who was at the end of the run. “Come here David , you have got to see this one”, he yelped in excitement. Seeing the guide amped up made me a bit excited as well. Ten minutes later, and after two good runs he was netted, measured, scale samples taken, photographed, and released. The fish measured 37 ˝ by 22 ˝ inched long. Unfortunately, the guide did not have his scale (boga-grip) along, but he estimated the fish at over 25 pounds! David, my son, told me before the trip that this was probably the best place in the world with chances of catching a fish on a surface line over twenty pounds and he was proven
right. We fished both Villa Maria and Toon Ken
lodges during the week. Every fish we caught was different in shape, color,
size, and spot patterns-- both males and females. David and I ended up with
77 fish hooked and 60 landed. I landed the first fish of the trip and he
the last (his biggest on his last cast—18 lbs.) I landed the biggest and he
the most (33). It was the best that any angler group (6 rods) did on any of
the lodges on the Rio Grande that week, according to Alejandro our lead
guide. All of the lodges run on a VHF channel so they can check fishing
conditions on the entire length of the river. One of our Scottish friends
hooked 20 fish in one day and landed 12! David’s best day was 19 fish hooked
and 14 landed and my best day was 7 for 7.
|Have you put
it on the calendar & booked your
The Greatest Spey Rod Party On Earth !!!
The Sandy River Spey Clave, May 5-6, at Oxbow Park on the Sandy River
Free on-the-water demonstrations, free lessons, free food, and the largest collection of spey fishing tackle ever assembled in one place next to running water. You can touch & try all of it. Meet all the pros up-close and personal. Such as:
Brian Silvey, on-the-water May 5, 1:00-1:30pm
|Brian Silvey is one of Oregon's most sought after fly fishing guides. With more than twenty years experience guiding fly anglers for trout and both summer and winter steelhead, he ranks as one of the most experienced professional fly fishing guides in the region. He has helped literally hundreds of anglers develop their casting and angling skills. Back by popular demand, this will be Brian's sixth consecutive appearance at the Sandy River Spey Clave. This year's program; "Which Rod, When" will take the mystery out of why Spey rods come in so many lengths, actions & line-weights. Because of his vast experience on the water, and his intimate connection to the best fly rod makers, Brian is well able to advise you on how to pick rods for changing conditions. Since Brian has purposely refused to join nearly every rod company pro staff in the region, he is able to approach the subject of picking rods with little company bias. This presentation won't be about picking a certain brand name. It will be about selecting a rod for a certain fishing condition, then changing rods as the conditions change; to have the optimum advantage under all conditions.|
|There Are Only Two Spots Left Open for our Loreto, MX Trip|
Dates are: June 24 through July 1.
Deschutes Steelhead Calendar
Mark Bachmann's August and September Deschutes Trips Are Booked Solid
Room is available in July & October for private party trips.
There is also room left in the Andy Murray Steelhead PhD School.
|Steelhead PhD School with Andy Murray|
Andy Murray is Director of Outside Operations for House of Hardy and may be the best known spey casting instructor in Europe. This 4-day school intends that you will graduate with extensive proprietary knowledge
of steelhead fishing and spey rod casting.
Dates: August 28, 29, 30, 31, 2007
The last week in August is prime time for the stretch of river we will be fishing.
Prime trout month. Caddis Mania, PMD's, Midges and Aquatic Moths; a lot of action all day. Best action will be a O-dark-thirty. The days are getting hotter, but the water is still cool. Trout are active all day in the shady spots. The first steelhead start to show and they are fresh, grabby and smokin' hot. Human traffic in my part of the canyon is low and our privacy is not effected. First come, first served.
Dates open: July 19-25 More info
Our dates are scheduled to avoid hunting season. Steelhead still available in good numbers. Weather and water are cooling. Fall hatches of caddis, midges and mayflies are making the trout more active. Good chance to fish trout during the day and steelhead early and late. Steelhead are often hooked while trout fishing.
Open Dates: October 11-18, may fish to end of the month if conditions are good. More info
The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches, OR
Fish long & prosper,
Mark Bachmann, Patty Barnes