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Chilean Patagonia

Flies of the Chilean Patagonia

Year after year fishing guides in Chilean Patagonia have experienced many types of flies. After creating and testing hundreds of patterns they have managed to make a fairly clear map of places and flies. In today’s article I would like to bring the best flies to suit different situations in this region.

Here are some of the most used in this region:

  • Adams parachute

  • Quill Gordon parachute

  • Goddard Caddis

  • Elk hair Caddis

  • Cantaria

  • Chernobyl Ant

  • Tarantula

  • Dragon Fly

  • Bead or cone Head Cristal Bugger

  • Sculping

  • Leeches

  • Stonefly nymph

  • Dragonfly nymph

  • Cooper John

  • Pheasant Tail


The most used flies

Most used by fishermen are the Adams parachute, a dry fly that adapts to many situations when they are emerging. The colors of this fly adapt a wide range of natural colors. The hook will be in the number between # 12 and # 20. This fly is especially good in the rivers of the region of Palena to Aysén.

A curious anecdote about this fly is that once some fishermen were using one of these flies, after posing the fly a rainbow trout of good size ate it. After a brief fight the trout broke the tippet 5x. The incredible, fishing 4 kilometers upstream two days later, the same fishermen and the same fly, stung a rainbow, after fighting with him for about 5 to 6 minutes manage to approach the boat, when opening the mouth fishermen could Detect something strange inside it. When they finally managed to get it out, they could see that it was the same trout that still had the fly they had lost days ago, there was no doubt that it was a specific pattern used by one of them. They had taken the same trout with the same pattern.

Chernobyl Ant

Chernobyl ant & La Cantaria

Another of the best is the Chernobyl ant, it is a very successful fly because it imitates several insects at the same time, it can be a beetle, a grasshopper, a dragonfly, or any large insect that has fallen into the water. It is very good in almost all the lakes of the Patagonia, and also in some rivers where many terrestrial grasshoppers fall. It can be used in a range of colors that mimic the insect at this time. Hook # 4 to # 8. Used to move it to give it life.

La Cantaria, a very large beetle, with long legs that inhabit the southern zones of Chile, is a food that makes the trout very active when they fall in the rivers. In some cases, migrations from these insects cause many of these insects to fall into rivers and only sometimes into lakes. It is a pattern that can not be missing in any box of flies when fishing in this area of ​​the world. Large hooks # 1 to # 2. They are so large that they can be confused with a small hummingbird as happens to many fishermen of the northern hemisphere where there are not of these insects.

Pheasant Tail

Nymphs and dragonflies, without words

The pheasant’s tail is another essential fly in the boxes, this nymph is one of the most used in the rivers of the whole world, and also in Chile, since it imitates almost perfectly to a great variety of insects. For this reason it is a fly that can not be missing in the boxes of any fisherman of the fly. In small sizes it can be used as droppers.

Dragon fly

The dragon fly, another essential, common in the austral summer, is of the genus Odonatas, insects that are found in almost all the lakes of the Patagonia, mainly of Palena to the south. It is an interesting food for trout, even these are able to jump to more than a meter of water to catch them. Hooks better from # 2 to # 4. Sometimes fishing in the lakes, trout jump very close to the boat and you can see many times the precise time when the trout catch these huge insects, it is spectacular this type of fishing.

I hope these tips are useful for travelers in Patagonia, good luck and enjoy fishing.

Marc • August 29, 2017

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