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Hot Spotted Pheasant Tail Fly Pattern

Here goes the Step by Step instruction to tye the Hot Spotted Pheasant Tail fly pattern. We are filling up our boxes for this upcoming Spring fishing season and this pattern is one of the must have!! Feel free to reach out to us if you need any further information. 

 

Step 1:  Wrap thread along the entire hook shank.

Step 2: Select between 6 and 8 fibers of a natural pheasant tail and place them creating the tail of the fly, same lenght as the hook shank.

Late-Summer Update and Fall Fishing News from Patagonia

It’s hard to believe, but late-summer is fading into early-autumn in our idyllic corner of central Patagonia. We’ve experienced a warmer than average summer season, and the slow progression of fall brings with it a welcome change with cooler daytime temps, and crisp mornings and evenings. 

As our dear friends and extended members of the El Encuentro family were experiencing the icy grips of a cold, snowy winter in the north, we saw hot, dry weather and large trout hunting for dry flies here in the shadow of the Andes. 

El Encuentro Experience by Patrick Johnson

As with most of the world, my plans for March and April were rapidly thrown out the window with the oncoming threat of Coronavirus. On a crisp Patagonian morning a few weeks ago I awoke early to begin planning my post-El Encuentro travels. As the season began to wind down I was looking forward to fishing and seeing more of this beautiful country with some of my new friends before returning home. By evening that same day, however, it became clear that I would have to leave the country before quarantine orders and airline suspensions left me stranded.

Travelogue - Trip with El Encuetro by Thomas Sorensen

Patagonia 2020

After we finished our fishing trip in San Martin de Los Andes area, we drove south for 6.5 hours, mostly on the famous Argentine highway called Route 40 to a city called Esquel in Chubut Province.  This is Chubut area is famous for uncountable fishing venues.  We took a couple rest days in Esquel before drivers from El Encuentro Lodge picked us up.  Taking rest days shows our age, but it’s not ALL about fishing, its where the fish take you.

Living on the River

One unique facet of the El Encuentro experience is our close proximity to the water. As I mentioned in my last post, the lodge sits atop a large stretch of back eddy, providing a spectacular view of the Futaleufú River. But it’s not just picturesque — more importantly, it gives us a 24/7 barometer of fishing conditions. There’s a lot fewer mornings spent waking up early to check CFS flow data online, reading wind charts, or looking at forecasts.

Happy New Year! - December 2019 - El Encuentro Flyfishing

Happy New Year from Patagonia! The heart of our summer season is upon us. We’ve enjoyed long warm days, wonderful guests, and exciting dry fly fishing for feisty trout. 

Heavy rains and early season snow storms in November produced higher than normal flows on our home river, the Rio Futaleufú during December. 

Big water meant big hatches of March Brown mayflies, and exceptional dry fly fishing. We found great fish rising in foam lines, back eddies, and flooded willows. 

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