Friday, December 10, 2010
Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego, Chile
We are heading to the south of the Tierra del Fuego Island. The road is literally cut in the rocks.
Finally the long-awaited Lago Fagnano is visible from a mountain pass. At the pass we see the first snow.
This huge lake is 100 km long and up to 500 m deep. In the first evening we were able to fish the lake - the wind was very mild. I was lucky to land a very unusually looking rainbow trout.
The fish was very strong, rather skinny and bright silver - with no pink strips on its sides.
About 9/10 of the Fagnano Lake belongs to Argentina; we have visited the western, Chilean part. Here there is the lake outlet - short Rio Azopardo.
Rio Azopardo is swift and powerful; its water is very clear. There are rumors on huge sea-run brown trout which are caught in this stream. The wading was tough - in most areas the stream was way too deep.
I was able to catch a fat brook trout. This fish is probably coming into the river out of the lake for feeding or spawning.
Good size rainbow trout was caught far from the bank with a nymph on a floating line