14 Oct 10 Things you did not know about seatrout fishing in Patagonia
1. January & February are considered primetime, especially amongst anglers from the United States and the United Kingdom. However, the truth is that the late season has been extremely consistent in terms of numbers. Whilst early birds have the chance to hit the magic “trophy fish” window where the water level, temperature and wind align perfectly for a run with the highest possible average size of fish, the later months of the season usually provides more consistent numbers. There’s still plenty of fish in the river throughout the season of course. As a matter of fact, Mel Krieger, who has fished both big seatrout waters of south Argentina more than most anglers, preferred the late weeks in April. The fish are still fresh and they are plentiful. It’s the time of the year when you are most likely to hit a hot pool and get a dozen takes on a fresh pod of fish. If you prefer warm and nice weather however the early season is still the safer bet!
2. Autumn run: Rio Gallegos has a late run of fish that usually arrives at the end of March with the last big flood of the (fishing-) season. These fish are extra bulky and extra aggressive because they have less time to reach the upper spawning beds. These fish move significantly faster through the river and stir up the fish that are already defending their future reed areas.
3. Warm water – small flies: Every rule has an exception, this one too. On a hot and bright day – add windless to the mix to create your very own “worst case” scenario on seatrout – you might want to try something that creates a bigger silhouette against the blinding lights. Especially when the fish “stare“ into the sun. At a given time, the angle of the sun is literally blinding them in some of the more shallow pools. These fish require a different approach. When blinded by the light, try a big fly despite the conditions. You will be surprised.
4. Gallegos Browntrout: This might sound trivial to some of our regulars but not all seatrout rivers in Patagonia do have browntrout in them. Rio Gallegos however has one oft he strongest populations of native resident browntrout that is of course self-sufficient and reproduces. It’s an open secret that most of the seatrout runs in that area originally derive from the browntrout of the Gallegos!
5. Seatrout Flies: Seatrout fishing has a long history in Europe. And just like any other fishery with a rich history, a myriad of pattern and local sub-pattern evolved. Euro pattern and South-American fly pattern are nothing alike. Whilst most pattern in Central Europe and Scandinavia are ought to be fished as a swung fly, South American flies are often stripped, jerked, nymphed as well as swung. Confronted with browntrout that went searun, the local anglers in the south retreated to he safest base they could find, steelhead pattern – in particular, Great Lake Area flies. For Rio Gallegos we have developed our own favorite patterns over the years and people who have fished with us will recognise such names as the Yellow Yummie and Buitreras rubber legs to name a few. These patterns just seems to bring out the worst in our belowed trout in Gallegos.
6. Genetics: Brown trout are one of the most genetically diverse vertebrates known. There is far more genetic variation present across British populations of wild brown trout than between any populations in the entire human race. Brown trout (including sea trout) belong to a single, polytypic, species. They are however so variable and adaptable that attempts have been made to assign them to at least 50 separate species.
7. Resident Trout: Many so-called ‘resident’ brown trout do undertake migrations. They may be of a lesser extent than sea-trout, but they move up and down river and sometimes in and out of lakes at various times during their lives, for spawning, feeding and shelter.
8. Trout don’t laugh when they’re being tickled!
9. Sea trout undergo amazing physiological changes as they move between fresh and seawater. Special cells in the gills either take in or excrete salts and the fish’s kidney adapts either to produce loads of or a little urine dependent on the type of water around the fish.
10. Brown trout have been introduced and naturalised in many countries and regions. These include: Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Kashmir, Bhutan, Falkland Islands, Chile, Argentina. In North America, brown trout are in places still known as German trout or Loch Leven Trout.