11 May Las Buitreras report #4
This week was also special as we had for host Loop’s founder -the Godfather himself- Mr. Christer Sjoberg (aka Don Chrillo). Besides the conditions, the group began very much focused on working hard from the very beginning, on Sunday morning. The results, a 20 lb for Siv to start the count in our catch book! She managed to get this gorgeous sea trout out of Little Corner, in beat #2 with guide Juan Manuel. For Siv (and husband Dag) it was her 2nd time at Las Buitreras after being here in 2009, and having caught the biggest fish of that season, a 24 lb fresh hen fish in one of our favorite pools in Beat #4, “Raquel”, with guide Diego Peralta.
We had an unusual guest this week, unusual for her age, three and a half year old Nicola who came with dad Chris and mom Jennifer to enjoy a week with us. For Chris, it was all about trying to raise sea trout skating bombers on the surface – some said it was unlikely to happen, some said it was impossible. For fact we know that on certain conditions sea run browns on the Gallegos do go up. During those days we always carry a rod with floating line and some foam based pattern, but what Chris was about to do has never been seen before around here…
So for the last two weeks the whole crew of Las Buitreras was hoping for some rain to come and make the river rise as the level was already low… well, it did. And just for the records, the rain dance works, and it works like a charm. By Monday evening the river was 60 cm. higher! It came up slowly, in stages, so it didn’t get too muddy at first but the wind took care of the rest. With the new water conditions and the fish getting adapted to it, fishing hard was the best way to try to succeed. For Lars, a good friend and guest who’s been with us for several years, that was the only way. He managed by the end of Tuesdays morning session to hook a proper fish, and it was big, so big that he took some of his running line at first, and eventually all of it, before breaking the knot to the backing… a real epic fight for him. Luckily there was a man in this group who could save the day, and so he did. His name? Howard “Howardo” Evans, a British citizen and skilled angler considered by many a legend… he caught up with the numbers by hooking and landing 6 fish in a row. He certainly deserved every fish he released for the hard work he put in. Howard was not the only one to get some action that day. Edie did very well too. Edie was a first timer at our lodge and also did very fine for “Team UK”. He started his count for the day with two fish in “El Puesto” pool, with one of them over 15lb.
River conditions during week #4 at Las Buitreras: The river rose to +40cm the second day of the week -Monday- and started to drop and clear up slowly throughout the week. Color and visibility were good, most of the time with a dark tea – reddish coloration. The temperature averaged 10°C and the barometric pressure stood over 1000 hPa. most of the week. Wind changed several times from South west (normal – downstream) to north. So going back to the whole “dry fly fishing for sea trout” thing, well, it surely requires commitment from the angler. This is not like trying 10 casts and going back to a nymph, you have to dedicate and spend time knowing that you could have many fish with a sank line, but that you just want one on top. So Chris did it. He committed, worked for it and in the meantime showed our guides the proper way to make a bomber work and he made it with grace. It was the evening session of the last day of the week, in the last pool, where he managed to make a fresh hen fish rise twice to finally take his bomber. After the fish was landed it was measured to the weight of 21,5lb. No words no describe it. Chris topped it off with the biggest fish of the week on a dry fly. Congrats for Chris and what a way to close the week!
We also had the pleasure this week of seeing a true professional photographer in action, following the different teams to the river. That’s Yngve Ask and you can see some of his mind-blowing work at scanout.com. The outcome of the week was more than positive. The new water let all the big fish we usually see in this part of the year came into the system. Every fish reminded us the shape of rugby balls, and were full of energy and muscle. They were all fresh, white-clean and shinning – simply perfect. As a direct result of the bigger fish in the system, this week our average size also rose to 11 lb. This is without doubt what they all came here for!
Las Buitreras Camp Manager
Total Number of fish caught: 67 sea trout over 4lb for 10 anglers.
Average weight: 11 lb.
Best Rod: Howard Evans (UK) – 14 sea trout over 4lb.
Best Pool: “75”
Best Fly/Flies: Egg Sucking Woolly Buger & Yuk Bug
Biggest Fish: 21,5 lb.- Chris Verbiski (Canada)