Saturday, May 31, 2008

Patagonia Adventures Late Spring!

Patagonia Angling Adventures

*I can't wait to get back down there, I had a blast in December when I went down there!

More on my Flyfishaddiction site about Argentina/Chile and my trip

Greetings from Maine. Our long winter appears to be over! The tom turkeys are gobbling every morning, and the fiddleheads are beginning to poke through the leaves in search of the elusive sun. While I start getting the boat and gear ready for the annual invasion of striped bass, my outfitters in Patagonia are wrapping up another fantastic fishing season and thinking about next year. Our Chilean guides stopped fishing in mid-April, and the last day of guiding for our Argentine outfitter was May 12th.

Jim Janney and Pablo in Argentina

We totaled 92 paid angling days in Patagonia from December 2007-April 2008. Once again, our most popular itinerary continues to be the Patagonia do-it-yourself travel trip. Our 15 years of in-country experience has allowed us to filter out the deadwood and focus on the gold.

Lago Las Torres Brownie

Feedback from our clientele suggests that our native guiding partners in Puerto Varas, Chile and San Martin, Argentina are two of the finest guides in Patagonia. Both speak excellent English, and have spent a lifetime fishing the area rivers. PAA decided several years ago to partner up with the finest native guides available in our fishing areas. There continues to be a growing problem with rogue U.S. guides working without proper permits in both countries, and several were arrested, detained, and deported in the Coyhaique area this past season (leaving several clients to fend for themselves). We decided to avoid any similar problems, and nixed the trout bum crowd.

Rio Gol Gol Brown

Our most popular programs involve staying in local hosterias, dining nightly in quaint bistro's, and fishing daily with some of the best guides in Patagonia! We also represent most of the full service lodges in both countries for anglers interested in the all inclusive lodge experience. We can design a custom angling experience for just about any group.

May 9, 2008 Limay River Brown

We have been following the Chilean eruption closely. The Chaiten area is home to many full service fishing lodges, and it appears that the immediate region will be finished as a destination. Lago Yelcho, Rio Blanco, and the Futaleaufu region have been severely impacted, with much worse expected to come. The size of the effected area will depend on several factors yet to unfold. We rarely fish in the Chaiten area and expect little impact on our programs. The ash plume is drifting into the Chubut region of Argentina near the town of Esquel. Our clients visit Esquel often, and we can only hope the ash fall will flush out of the river systems between now and next season. Perusing the many photo's of the eruption makes one realize how inconsequential and powerless the human race is in relationship to Mother Nature.

Chaiten Volcano Lightning Storm

Now is the time to start planning for next year. The Patagonia fishing season opens in late November, and runs through May in several locations. Please let us design a unique and different fishing experience for your group.

All the best!

Tim Rafford

Patagonia Angling Adventures
433 Mill Road
North Yarmouth, ME, 04097

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