Thursday, April 29, 2010
The national park Torres del Paine is situated 300 km to the north from Punta Arenas, capital of the Region XII, Chile. One of the main attractions of the park is a group of spectacular rocks called Cuernos. These rocks are built of black hornstone on top of white granite. Some people like to climb such cliffs and claim that it is even better than fly-fishing...
This shot shows the same mountains as background of the biggest stream of the park - Rio Serrano.
Rio Serrano is powerful, deep and wide. In the end of February 2010 near the stream outlet out of a big lake Lago del Toro there were lots of chinook salmon. All fish were dark and did not want to bite our flies same as lures of local fishermen.
In the river it was possible to catch good size trout
All fish caught at the park territory should be released
In the park there are many lakes created by glaciers
Waterfall between the lakes Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Pehoe
It is hard to visit the park and not to take numerous pictures of guanacos
Local gees have striped feathers which are excellent as fly-tying material
In the areas where the gees feed it is easy to find plenty of feathers,
which make excellent streamer wings
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Rio Rubens was the first Patagonian stream which I had fished. Very exciting.
Rio Rubens and Rio Penitente are sources of the Argentinian Rio Galliegas, famous with its sea-run brown trout. Both streams begin in Chile, not far from the Pacific coast. Rio Rubens near the bridge at the road #9 is 12-20 meters wide. The water in the river is tea-colored.
Rio Rubens has LOTS of dead trees and submerged snags. Be ready to loose many flies.
My first casts had brought this... - the local fishermen are fishing with metal lures.
I was able to find one pool with trout, and landed some good fish. This one was the biggest..
This tube-fly I used to use for chum salmon in Sakhalin Island. Now it is catching trout.
The forest of southern beech looks suitable for trolls and other unpleasant creatures...