OK, it’s winter in the northern hemisphere and the fish are rising in Patagonia. What could be better? Warm days, plenty of hatches from early mornings into long evenings, crystal clear waters, and wild and active browns, rainbows and brookies.
Think of summer in Patagonia as running more or less from mid-December through the end of February and beginning of March.
During the month of January there is excellent evening dry fly action. Most of the rivers in the area of Esquel show a great variety of mayfly and caddis hatches that bring the fish up, especially early and late in the day.
As temperatures warm up in February, water levels are at their best, and it becomes the dry month, allowing terrestrials play the most important role in the trout diet, also mayfly’s hatches decrease as summer progresses. Early January to mid-February would be a great time of the season to wet wade small streams using dry flies and dry droppers as well.
At the beginning of March days are getting shorter faster and air temperature drops considerably, especially early and late in the day. At this time of the season we fish hardly the begging of the migration of a lake-run brook trout. You have to be ready for everything, from swinging and stripping big streamers, nymphing or even skating some dries!
Besides the suggested fly list included in our Pre Trip document, our Guides recommend the following flies specifically for Summer Season fishing:
- Parachute Adams
- Chubby Chernobyl
- Dragon Flies
- Hare's ear
- Pheasant Tail
- Gipsy King
We hope to see you soon.
— EEFF Team