Patagonia has long been one of the most sought after trout fishing destinations of the world. The stunning Andes Mountains, gin clear rivers, action packed fishing, comfortable accommodations and delicious cuisine of Argentina have attracted avid anglers from across the globe for decades. Over the last few years, Patagonia River Guides has separated themselves as the premier outfitter for trout fishing in central and northern Patagonia.
WorldCast Anglers hosted a spectacular group with Patagonia Rivers Guides in Trevelin, Argentina this past week and anglers returned with plenty of fishing stories that will last a lifetime. Anglers enjoyed fishing of all different types including small dry fly fishing on the Rio Grande, technical nymphing on the Rivadavia, streamer fishing madness on the Frey and dry dropper fishing for some very large brook trout on the Corcovado. A wonderful mix of fishing for all anglers alike complete with complementary single occupancy lodging, gourmet meals and a new Argentinean Malbec served at lunch and dinner each day; this group truly experienced everything that Patagonia, Argentina had to offer.
Four anglers from the group were inducted into the famous Patagonia River Guides “25-Inch” club at the WorldCast Anglers hosted week. Congratulations to Randy DePree, Charlie Bohn (a 16lb Rainbow!), Frank Mechura and WCA host – Mike Dawkins! All new members received a life-size 25 inch trout sticker as a memento of the trip, their incredible experience and their large trout landed.
The Los Alcerces National Park, outside of Trevelin, has currently been experiencing a large bloom of the colihue cane, a bushy grass, bamboo subspecies, which is native to the Trevelin/Esquel area and is the preferred food source of rodents, most importantly mice. Now, we all know stories about fish eating mice, but never in this shape or form. The mice population is so great, surprisingly, not many were spotted during the day, that the trout have been busy packing on the protein and increasing into monstrous sizes. Large fish were consistently spotted and targeted in all rivers in Los Alcerces National Park due to the increase in the mice activity and populations.
A prime specimen of the effects of this mouse infestation ended up eating WCA Host – Mike Dawkins’s streamer one rainy afternoon with Patagonia River Guides Head Guide, Esteban Oszust. The monster fish launched in the air to the sound of many four letter words, surged towards the sunken timber on the river bank but the rod, leader, line and reel held. Pressure was applied to turn the tremendously large fish away from the snags and finally landed in the net. The fish measured out at 29 inches long weighing 22 pounds. A fish that will never be forgotten and a true monster trout of a lifetime for WCA’s Mike Dawkins!
For more information on this trip in 2015, please email WorldCast Anglers or call us at 800-654-0676. You are also welcome to sign up for our e-newsletters. Trip information can always be found on our WCA Hosted Trips webpages. If you are looking for a trout fishing adventure to Patagonia, this trip is the best on the list. A combination of the finest guides, best food and incredible accommodations makes this trip one of the best trout fishing trips in the world.