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Dragonfly Hatch

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Dragonfly Hatch

Tips and Techniques for fly fishing in Patagonia!

 

On my recent tip to Rio Manso Lodge in Patagonia near San Carlos de Bariloche, I had some eye opening experiences. I learned a lot about the dragonfly hatch. I learned some tips and techniques from the guides there that showed me ways to catch trout unlike anything I’ve seen in Michigan. Fishing the dragonfly hatch in Patagonia will blow your mind!

 

Those of you that know me realize that I’m an unapologetic streamer junky. If I go fishing I throw streamers unless I see good fish rising to dry flies. Fly fishing in Patagonia I’ve always brought my streamer staples, Nutcrackers, Hat Tricks, Triple Doubles and Lapdancers. These streamers, along with some simpler, bugger kind of stuff, has yielded me many large fish all over Patagonia.

 

On this, my most recent trip to Fly fish in Patagonia, dry flies were king. We left Michigan a couple days after Christmas on the advice of John Bleh. He’s the marketing director for Rio Manso Lodge near Bariloche. John advised that we would hit the dragonfly hatch. This hatch is like having an all day hex hatch. We caught brookies to 22 inches, rainbows to 24 and brown trout to 25 inches.

 

Fishing dragonflies is different then most other dry fly fishing I’ve done. The dragonflies are hatching mostly near the reed beds so that’s were the majority of the action happened. We were fishing mostly 2X, 9 foot leaders. You would cast as close to or even into the reed areas and twitch the fly. If you were in the reeds a very light touch would allow you to work the fly through the reeds and clear it before casting again. If you pulled you hooked the reeds, which were very unforgiving, you had to row in to retreive your fly. That alerted the fish to your presence and “blew” that area for awhile.

 

The other different thing to learn was the set. Most of the time the fish blew up on the dragonfly imitation, many times going straight up in the air with it in their mouths. So you set on fish flying through the air. A different method, but very cool.

 

It’s hard to describe the excitement of the dragonfly hatch and its importance in fly fishing Patagonia. One of the best patterns was a staple in our boxes here in Michigan, it’s our Damsel Pattern (see video below) , invented by Jon Ray. In this video I will show you how to tie this dragon fly, damsel fly pattern. We tie it in three colors, black, blue and green. The black variation was dynamite for the dragonfly hatch recently.

 

If you love dry fly fishing, big trout and explosive takes, fly fishing in Patagonia for the dragonfly hatch is for you. Join us next year!

 

Hawk

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Nomad Anglers, Fly Tying, and River Report

  • Russ Maddin will be tying some of his signature patterns at Nomad Anglers this Monday Jan 18th, at the Avery Tavern (2086 Crooks Rd, Rochester Hills, MI  48039) from 6pm – 8:30pm.  If you can’t check out Russ and want to tie some of patterns check out the Mangled Fly VOD Page.
  • Ed McCoy will be tying as well at Nomad Anglers on Jan 26th, sign up on Facebook or call Nomad 517-349-6696 .  This event has been sold out before.  First come first serve.  Ed will be tying at Coral Gables Restaurant, 2838 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI  48823.
  • New Manistee River report for below Tippy Dam.  Ed McCoy and myself went for a little pattern test session .  Catching trout on a variety of patterns and techniques.  If the trout bug is itching you, give us a call, 231-228-7135

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January Newsletter

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Check out the Latest Newsletter if you didn’t receive it yet.  If you would like to sign up go here, we will be making an effort to have “new information” this year.  New Patterns, New Articles, and New Videos.

Thank you, let us know what we can do better.  Feel free to contact us or leave a comment here on the blog.

Thank you

Hawkins Outfitters

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Fly Fishing lakes in Patagonia


Fly fishing lakes in Patagonia

Fly Fishing lakes in Patagonia

Tips and Techniques

I’ve been lucky enough to fly fish many lakes for trout in Patagonia. Lago Tromen, Fonck, Hess, and Rocca to name a few. All three species, Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout are available is these lakes in Patagonia. The trout, in spring and fall, are in the shallows hunting edibles to help them put on weight. Fly fishing lakes in Patagonia often will produce some of the largest fish of your trip.

The equipment you bring to a lake trip should be a six weight, fast action rod with a floating line and a seven weight rod loaded with a 250 grain sink tip. Depending on the time of year and where the fish are concentrated you will use one or the other. In late spring, early summer the fish will be in the shallow water, often near reeds looking to eat the hatching dragonflies. Explosive takes from large trout are common! As the water warms look for trout to concentrate closer to inlets and outlets looking for food near these coldwater sources.

As in river fishing, fly placement in crucial. Close to structure is key. Longer casts at times will be necessary Fly fishing lakes in Patagoniaespecially if winds are light and the water is calm and glassy. In Patagonia if the lake is calm throw smaller flies with longer leaders. If the wind is up, common in Argentina, bigger flies like Chernobyl Ants, Fat Albert’s and other foam creations will get attention.

The most important ingredient in your arsenal to fly fish lakes in Patagonia is animation. Twitch your fly! Many times I’ve seen fish cruising, looking for a meal. A little movement will attract fish and often result in hook ups. A little used tactic, often overlooked by north american fly anglers fly fishing for trout in Patagonia is to fish a big foam imitation like a bass popper. Many times I’ve had large fish attack a fly being popped back to the boat.

Streamers may also play a roll when fishing lakes in Patagonia. I have lit them up on a wide variety of offerings. Conehead woolly buggers, Nutcrackers, Hat Tricks and different pancora patterns have resulted in fish landed that have weighed in excess of 7 pounds.

Fly fishing lakes in Patagonia can be very productive at times. If you guide suggests it, happily go along. You may catch the biggest trout of your life.

Salaud!

Hawk

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Flash Monkey Fly Pattern

The Russ Maddin Flash Monkey

Flash Monkey by Russ Maddin from Mangled Fly Media on Vimeo.

The Flash Monkey by Russ Maddin, is the latest streamer pattern from the creator of the popular Circus Peanut, Mad Pup, and South Bound Trucker. As in the past, Russ continues to push the evolution of fly tying – this pattern combines new materials from FlyMen and Hareline Dubbing with traditional hackles from Whiting Farms.

Requiring over 2 years to perfect, the Flash Monkey needed to meet Russ’ strict streamer standards. Countless trips to the river testing the Flash Monkey ensured it was properly balanced and moved in the river currents for maximum effectiveness.

This video is more than a simple tying demo. It breaks down the Flash Monkey and gives you full access into the mind of fly designer, fisherman , and river steward Russ Maddin. As he discusses his methods of tying, how to fish the pattern, and more. It also includes Q&A with Jon Ray discussing several retrieves to bring this fly to life, the best Scientific Anglers fly lines for the pattern, and how to build your leader to get the most out of your fly.

No matter your experience level you’ll learn something from this video. If you’re into streamer fishing – no matter the species – this is a must-watch video.

Manistee River Brown Trout, Winter Trout Fishing

Manistee River and Fly Patterns Page

  • Couple new reports the past few days on the Manistee River and both Ed McCoy and myself had a chance to get out.  Water is still not that clean, so making fishing still a little more difficult than we like, but some nice fish are around.
  • 2016 Winter Project is to expand the Fly Patterns Page, so far have added the Triple Double and Mad Pup.  Look for this page to grow over the winter, as Ed McCoy, Russ Maddin, Chuck, and myself sit down and tie patterns that we can share.
  • Speaking of new Patterns the Flash Monkey is coming soon to Mangled Flies VOD page.  The Flash Monkey is a Russ Maddin pattern that has been a work in progress for the past 2 years.  This pattern has caught all the major predators pike, trout, salmon, and steelhead.

Manistee River Below Tippy Dam Report, Manistee River Winter Steelhead, Manistee River Spey Fishing, Manistee River Swung Fly, Chrome Steelhead, Streamer Fishing for Steelhead

Dropping Water and December Chrome

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Check out the New Fishing Report Here. Water is dropping and clearing while some new fish have entered the system.  The 10 day forecast is still looking to be unseasonably warm don’t miss out on the extended swing season!

Also if your looking for a few Holiday Gift Ideas, Mangled Fly has put together a Holiday Wish List.  Enjoy the Holidays and Happy Shopping.  Shop Local whenever possible!

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December Steelhead and Brown Trout Fishing

Water temp is still 46 degrees, December is the new November!

With water this warm and a 10 day forecast that shows everyday above freezing and most over 40 degrees, it will be awhile before water temps dip below 40 degrees. What that means, fresh steelhead are moving in every time we get the right winds, brown trout streamer fishing is on fire and…..nobody is on the river. This is a rare opportunity to have good to great fishing with very little pressure!

Hawkins Outfitters starts the half day steelhead special on Dec 1st. This is the only time of year that we have half day steelhead trips for $275 for 4 hours. This year because the weather is so screwy we will continue with that offer and also agree to make it a half or full day based on weather and you desires. This means you can reserve a day, decide the day before if you want a half or full day, cancel if weather sucks and have a shot at great fishing. This applies to both steelhead and brown trout streamer fishing, your choice.

If you still have the bug and want a chance at some very special fishing, give Cherie at 231-228-7135 and grab a day. All of the Hawkins Guides have some days available.

Have a great Thanksgiving, hopefully with family and friends!

Tight Lines,

Hawk