February 2016


Fishing Report for the Futaleufú River – February 2016

The river has dropped significantly the past week and is running just above average height. With the drop in water level water clarity has returned to normal which requires the use of finer tippets during the late morning and early evening dry fly sessions. We regularly use 4x during lower light hours and 5x when required with full sun. Currently purple, pink, or red bodied Parachute Adams, Comparaduns and smaller Rams Head patterns are exceptionally effective on groups of picky rainbows. With the summer season in full swing the midday sun keeps fish deep during peak hours, it is imperative to have heavy sink tip line when fishing streamers for brown trout. As usual, morning and late afternoon/evening sessions are the most productive times for fishing in regards to both brown and rainbow trout. We regularly break after lunch in order to retire from the heat for an hour or two and begin again around 4 in the afternoon until about 7 in the evening when we return for a cocktail and appetizers before fishing the evening hatch from 8:30-10:00. I look forward to making your visit here at Futa as productive as possible!   -Head Guide Sam Zogran

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Futaleufu Fishing Report – January 2016

Currently as of Sunday 01/24/2016, the Futa River is running exceptionally high which has introduced some new challenges while fishing for aggressive browns and rainbow trout. With the higher water levels wading is limited and the majority of fishing is done by boat. Naturally water clarity is down, however, this is a plus considering the visibility usually ranges between 8 and 12 feet at lower levels. While targeting brown trout it is imperative to have a setup that includes sink tip or full sink line in order to present large streamers at an appropriate depth. A 6 weight rod with 200 gr. line is sufficient but a 7 weight with 250 gr. or even 300 gr. is preferred. Streamer color patterns vary however, dark olive, brown, and black are most effective especially during sunny days which are plentiful here. Fishing for browns is most productive during lower light conditions in the early morning or the evening but this past week several large fish have been caught during midday using sink tip line swinging large streamers in deep runs and under cut banks. Rainbow trout fishing has remained constant despite the high water. The locations have changed slightly however patterns and techniques remain the same. We regularly sight fish rainbows in eddies and slow moving water with small dry flies during the evening or late morning hours. Adams, Royal Wulff, Blue Wing Olive, and large Stimulators are the flies of choice during the hours of the hatch. Throughout the day as the temperature rises large terrestrials, such as Fat Alberts’ and Chernobyl Ants’, become effective for both rainbows and browns alike. We regularly use nymphs as droppers off of large terrestrials. Several favorites are the Prince nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, and the standard Copper John all between sizes 12 and 18. […]

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Futa Lodge – End of Season Report 2015

By Juan Lange This year was a one of the driest in the Patagonia in the last fifty years. Our usually green grass garden turned brown an crispy. The river was kept low by the dam at the Argentinian side of the border. However and fortunately, the fish kept feeding and we had a nice year. We met new friends and had very nice fishing. We had a forest fire close to the lodge that kept us on our toes for several days but the national forest corporation took care of it with their helicopters. All in all, we were able to enjoy good fishing, with the variety that characterizes the Futa Lodge program. Many rainbows and browns were landed and guests left happy promising to come back. Hope you too have the chance to fish the Futaleufú soon! You’ll love it! Best, Juan Lange Futa Lodge Fishing Manager

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Patagonia at its best

Fishing the best of Argentinean AND Chilean Patagonia in just one trip is a fly-fisher’s dream come true. Our fishing managers would like to share with those coming, and those tempted to visit, the status of fishing conditions and what to expect for the coming weeks. FUTA LODGE The Futaleufu River is renowned for its whitewater stretches that attract kayakers and rafting thrill-seekers from around the globe. But what about the placid side of this monster? Futa lodge is located on a gentler section of river, where trout wait patiently looking for wayward flies. Here, anglers find eddies holding large cruising trout that can be targeted with nymphs, drys, and streamers. This year, the upstream dam on the Argentinean side of the river has kept water levels low, giving fishermen an advantage. Long runs of knee-deep water are loaded with trout looking for their next meal. And we can leave the rafts aside, wading these areas that are typically too fast and deep to fish on foot. In the deeper holes, guests have found several 20+ inch trout. Terrestrial season is also in full effect, which makes for some fun dry-fly fishing. Caddis and stoneflies in the evenings continue to produce, too. And the hatches have been unbelievably thick—like something out of a movie! CHIME LODGE Fly fishing report January 2015. This January the fishing was excellent. Rivers are low and for now we’re fishing with floating lines on 3-, 4-, and 5-weight rods. In the early mornings and evening hours the Parachute Adams and small caddis imitations for rainbows and browns averaging 17 to 20 inches. There are some surprise 22- to 24-inch fish, as well. At midday we use attractor flies such as PMXs, Fat Alberts, Chernobyls, and hoppers.  The upper Chimehuin River is gin clear and continues to produce small trout (between 10 and 14 inches) and some rainbows up to 17 inches and browns about 20 to […]

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Futa Lodge – Fishing Report

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Nervous Waters Futa Lodge January 2015 Fishing Report – By Juan Lange The Futaleufu River is renowned for its whitewater stretches that attract kayakers and rafting thrill-seekers from around the globe. But what about the placid side of this monster? Futa lodge is located on a gentler section of the river, where trout wait patiently under the surface looking for wayward flies. Here, anglers find eddies holding large cruising trout that can be targeted with nymphs, drys, and streamers. This year, the upstream dam on the Argentinean side of the river has kept water levels low, giving us fisherman an advantage. Long runs of knee-deep water are loaded with trout looking for their next meal. And we can leave the rafts aside, wading these areas that are typically too fast and deep to ply on foot. In the deeper eddies, guests have found several 23 inchers. Terrestrial season is in full effect, and we’re having success with Fat Alberts, PMXs, and Club Sandwich-style flies. Caddis and stoneflies in the evenings continue to produce, too. And the hatches have been unbelievably thick—like something out of a movie! By Juan Lange Futa Lodge Fishing Manager For more Fishing Report click HERE

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