torstai 18. joulukuuta 2008

Return to Hua Hum

I've just got back from a five day camping trip to Lago Filo Hua Hum, a beautiful lake that I visited a month or so back. Upon arriving I couldn't believe my eyes...the lake that had been wind battered, intimidating grey expanse was now as placid as a millpond. As you can see from the photos it's a truly stunning place. At night the array of stars was incredible, with satellites and shooting stars thrillingly punctuating my reverie as I gazed upwards in awe. I've never seen anything like it. I have to admit that I took particular pleasure from watching the moon rise over the lake whilst listening to 1980's music, such as the Thomson Twins and A-Ha. What have I become?!!!

The fishing was brilliant, with great action in the mornings fishing big dries close to the reed beds. The last hour of daylight brought some great fishing too, and hearing the distant 'plosh' of huge trout rising in the lake to caddis flies and moths will live long in the memory.

The nicest thing about my stay was encountering some absolutely lovely people. On my first day I managed to somehow get a barbed treble hook wedged firmly into my ankle. That will teach me to spin fish! Luckily an Argentinian bloke was on hand, and he managed to first cut the hook off from the lure, and then to remove the barbed part from my ankle by passing the hook back through a section of skin usung pliers. It fucking hurt, but I was quite proud of how brave I was. I was a little perturbed by the fact that his 7 year old daughter gawped at me in fascination as he performed lakeside surgery. A drop of iodine, and a plaster, and I was off to fish again. What smashing people these Argentinians are!

I also made friends with a truly lovely family from Bariloche. Marcela, Joaquin and Luli fed and watered me and provided lovely company on the last two days. The kids were soooooo cute!

Unfortunately I failed to deliver the monster trout I had promised them when we went fishing on the last evening, but I think they forgive me. I can't emphasise enough how nice the people in this country are, and meeting them has made me resolve to improve my Spanish.

keskiviikko 10. joulukuuta 2008

Tis the go fishing

After another fabulous week in Patagonia I'm left to ponder some great fishing and some even
better scenery. This week I've been to Lago Meliquina, the beautiful Rio Caleufu, and of course the good old Chimihuen. Yesterday I was kindly chaffeured to the Rio Caleufu by Gustavo, a smashing chap from San Martin who was keen to learn how to flyfish. Lucky for him a competent angler was also present. We caught loads of small fish, although the big ones eluded us. The sunset that awaited was adequate recompense for the absence of a monster. What a brilliant week!


keskiviikko 3. joulukuuta 2008

A fistful of rainbows on the Chimehuen

Here's some photos from the last couple of outings on the Rio Chimuhuen, and a few snaps from the mouth of the Rio Quiquehe, near beautiful Lago Lolog. The last couple of trips have been amazing. I've seen giant kingfishers, otters, and fished some truly spectacular water. Yesterday I bumped into a lovely English chap on the banks of the Chimehuen, in the middle of nowhere. What are the chances of that? Spent a brilliant day tussling with hard fighting trout in sparkling, azzure waters. I gather it's snowing in England.........oh well, I hope these photos warm your frosted function. A quick message to a special birthday girl too......Happy Birthday skid!!!!!!
I'm planning to do some cultural stuff at some point, but to be honest, with fishing like this on offer, some pile of old stones in Peru can wait.....after all, ruins don't just grow legs and bugger off, do they? Neither do trout for that matter, but the summer is short and there are all manner of lakes and rivers to explore in the next few months.
I love this country!!!!!!!!! Viva Argentina!
ps...Carter.....I may be dropping you a line to see if you can post me some flies out!