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Patagonian-Base Camp Report for WE 12/19/2014
Marcel reports on the week ending December 19 at Patagonian-BaseCamp ...
What a beautiful spring, both weather and fishing wise. Just a dream. The beautiful sunny days allowed us to fish the full extend of our program and that includes the TempleCamp and especially the RioPalena overnight float. The lupines in camp are still blooming and sharing the night in the riverside camp with friends, topped off by Hayden's "disco meal" under the bright star filled night is a highlight for everyone.
The sunny climate woke up bug life and as a result the dry fly fishing was on. Especially on some stretches of the Figueroa and Palena. Sue and Joan had a great sight fishing day on the Palena, while Pat and Sue were "smoking them" on Lago Rosselot. That sight fishing for cruising rainbows in the foam lines is one of the most spectacular fishing you can have. If the conditions are right, fish are on both river back eddies and on some lakes. The fish are hovering through the scum in search of beetles, spent flies and other unfortunate critters. Here we are generally fishing with smaller flies, but there are days that the rainbows eat just about anything. I even had them hitting on a mouse. To understand well what I am talking about, see the documentary Trout in Plain Sight which we shot last year and shows you some spectacular fishing and scenery: http://patagonian-basecamp.com/documentary.
Rio Rosselot, the 6 miles connection river between Lago Rosselot and Rio Palena, remained fishing very strong. Especially a rubber leg stonefly nymph fished as a dropper was the way to go. The four "girls", Joan, Sue, Jackie and Sue had a ball going through the rapids with guides Craig and Zach. The fact that they caught at least 40 fish was just a detail. Sue even forgot how to hold a fish in front of the camera.
But next to the rainbow-surface-fun, some serious brown trout were caught. Peter landed this beauty on the Figueroa. Pat had a spectacular last day stripping streamers on the Palena. He landed a handful of 20 inch browns, but topped it off by a real 24.5 inch rainbow. One of the biggest we have seen on this river. The weather just turned bad on him and before they could look for rain shelter to keep the camera dry, the fish swam off to grow even larger. But memories are sweet and he was still left with prove of this nice brown.
The Week's Conditions:
Water color: in top form
Water level: medium low
Water temperature: 48F to 58F
Air temperature: 62F to 78F
Weather conditions: Beautiful spring weather with some rain coming on the last afternoon
Big fish landed: Pat's 24.5 inch bow, Peter's 23.5 inch brown, followed by at least 10 fish between 20 and 23 inches, both browns and rainbows
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