The Seasons Just Begun Argentina and this week we had 5 guests in the lodge, it was a cosmopolitan week, we had two Argentines, two anglers from Chile and one from UK. The fresh fish are entering the river in good numbers. We saw many showing and rolling in the pools, some pools seem to be loaded of fish… but as the river is rising and dropping a lot at the moment, the fish are not in a great taking mood and not that willing to take the flies yet. This will change as soon as the river stabilizes.
It seems that this first run of sea trout is composed mostly of medium sized fish, between 4 to 8 pounds, but despite this, everybody was able to catch a 15 pound plus fish!
River Conditions: We started the week with high water. It rained in the mountains the day before we started the season. The river rose about 5 inches and turned murky. But it dropped and cleared up pretty fast and we finished the week with very good conditions. The temperature was perfect, between 9 and 11 degrees.
Fishing Techniques and flies: As the river was high and colored, we fished mostly with fast sinking lines and big flies, swung slowly through the pools. Towards the end of the week, when the river was lower and clearer, we used lighter lines and longer leaders. We used big, heavy leeches in black, purple and chartreuse. At the end of the week we the most successful with different kinds of rubber legs and more traditional tube flies such as Collie Dogs, Sunray Shadows and Temple Dogs.
We caught 33 fish and hooked 54 during the week.
Average fish per rod per day: 1.6
Biggest fish: 20 pounds.
The average weight is 9 pounds.
We caught 3 fish over 15 lbs and 2 fish over 20 lbs during the week.
Biggest fish of the week was caught by Leigh Hunt from UK.