Orvis Underwader Pant Review
Orvis has recently produced an upgraded version of their Underwader Pants and I must say it is a significant upgrade! Boasting a dark charcoal color and chartreuse stitching these pants offer a comfortable contoured fit. The pants are very warm and will keep your pant legs from crawling up your legs as they easily slip into your waders. I also find the Underwader Pant great for lounging after a long day on the water or afield yet stylish enough to run my errands or grab a bite to eat on the way home. Other features include two deep front pockets, zippered rear pocket, elastic waistband, and a drawstring to fine-tune your fit. Hands down my favorite under wader pant on the rack, TWO THUMBS UP!
- Couple New Manistee River Fishing reports have been posted the past couple days. Jon Ray and Ed McCoy have been out chasing winter steelhead. The Manistee River is fishing well, with a good mixture of chrome hens and winter double stripped bucks.
- New February Newsletter – new fly pattern for matching the salmon parr hatch this is about to occur. This little guy matches the hatch, you don’t need to always throw big to catch nice trout.
- Ed McCoy will be at Nomad Anglers Jan 26th
- Russ Maddin will be also tying at Nomad Anglers on Feb 15th
- Jon Ray will be tying Pike and Muskie patterns at Muskegon River Fly Shop Feb 19th
Any questions about location or time, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to let you know more details. Also feel free to call the shops, as they can explain the layout of each event a little bit more in detail.
We continue to work on the site, as you will see in the main navigation there has been a new tab added. FLY PATTERNS, we are trying to make the navigation easier and have added three sub categories. New patterns are being photographed and filmed now, we have added only 4 patterns so far, but new ones are on the way. Check out the layout and let us know if you have any thoughts.
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!
- 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
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.
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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 especially 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.
The Russ Maddin Flash Monkey
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.
- 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.