Argentina has several excellent fly-fishing destinations, which are both vast and varied. Argentina has an extensive network of rivers and lakes, where you can find trout, salmon, steelhead, brown rainbow brook trout and Goldern Dorado, South America’s famed apex predator. Of the various destinations, Patagonia stands out with its stunning locations and wonderful trout fishing waters.
Patagonia provides all types of fly-fishing adventures including night fishing. You can experience a wide range of fishing from stalking trout to stripping streamers here. If the weather permits, you can also relish in dry fly action all through the season. The surrounding Andes Mountains give a spectacular view to revel in. Anglers with different skill levels can have fun, as the waters are best to fly fish in, most of the year.
Just as you need the right technique and knowledge about fly-fishing to be a pro at it, being armed with the right gear is important too. When you don’t wear the right clothes and carry the necessary gear, you will not be able to concentrate on the fishing. Improper clothes will make your feel uncomfortable.
And you will tire out easily. Without the required gear, you cannot get a good catch and the confidence you had gained by knowing about the tips and tricks of spotting fish and reeling them in would wane. You will be left feeling miserable. Therefore, here are some important things you should have before you start on the fly-fishing trip.
The advantage you have in fresh water fishing is that you get the time to know about the feeding habits of the fish and the right position to be in to snag them in a drag-free way. In saltwater this is not present as fish are constantly on the move leaving you very little time for planning. In saltwater, all you need is to be attentive and ready for long periods. Therefore, here are some tips, which will help in spotting the fish
You need a good pair of sunglasses to spot the fish and avoid the glaring sun from obstructing your vision. I’d suggest using polarized sunglasses. These do the work effectively.
While fly-fishing during the day needs a lot of attention to details and knowing the right strategy, it is even more difficult to catch the trout at night. Though I’m good at catching trout in broad daylight I was wary of doing it at night initially, until some of my fly-fishing friends who are pros at night time trout fishing helped me learn the tactics. Being in the dark spurs on the natural feelings of fear and nervousness, as you don’t have the clarity of vision as you do in daytime. But as my friends suggested that trout are best caught at nighttime only, I had to shed my inhibitions and start out. They usually use a led light bar for better visibility.
I was advised to reach the fishing spot in daylight to familiarize with the region, before it gets dark. So there I was, all geared up with the necessary tools to catch the trout. Fishing at night is exciting, if you like the thrill of not knowing what is before you or whether your leader is knotty or not. Nighttime trout fishing is a favorite among the pros, as you can find some of the biggest trout at night only. They feed heavily during nighttime. Even if you don’t know where exactly you are casting, the chances of catching big and fat trout is more at night.
Once you cast the fly, you have to strip the fly slowly towards you, with each strip giving out a popping noise. When you hear a distinct loud pop and simultaneously feel tension in the fly indicating, a trout pulling back, you have caught the trout. At times, it is a bit frightening too, to know you are holding onto a large fish. You have to keep your headlamp oriented as you reel in the fish. Once you are able to have the light in the right angle, you will become calm and focus on landing the trout. I prefer using led light bars, which I had purchased at http://blackoakled.com/ as it lets me fish in comfort.
Tips for nighttime fly-fishing
A thorough knowledge of the water you are planning to fish in is needed to succeed in nighttime fly-fishing. You need to have ample experience casting during daytime to be able to pull it off at night. One important rule you should follow is not let the light hit on the spot you are planning to fish. This is why you need to be familiar with the area first. If you are not sure about overhangs, you can use a red filter over your light for clarity. Know the distance between the bank and where you are and the presence of any obstacles like trees or boulders that might catch the fly.
If you hear the fly hit bank, reel it in and cast the fly again after pulling in a few feet. Using small strips when you pull your fly will cause small popping noises to attract the fish. You can even swing the fly at night allowing the current to do all the work. This is very exciting, but make sure you hold onto the rod tightly as big trout can rip it out of your hands. A stout rod of 9’ 6 weight is preferable.