Fast action (3 – 5 piece) 6 weight travel rods are the best choice for an all-around rod in Argentina. Typically you will have 2 rods rigged all of the time (floating and sink-tip). An ideal combination of rods would be a 5 or 6 weight for dry flies and nymphs, and a 6 or 7 weight with a 200 – 250 grain sink tip for streamer fishing.
Also, two handed rods are great for big waters like the Limay Medio and Upper Limay, we use them mostly with skagit lines and heavy tips.
Match your rods with your favorite freshwater reels. A quality reel with a reliable drag and at least 75 yards of backing is recommended.
Most experienced anglers believe that the only line necessary is a floating line, though we believe a 200 grain sink tip for streamer fishing in Argentina is mandatory.
Dry fly leaders are typically 9-10 feet with 4X the most common tippet choice, and occassionaly using 3X and 5X. The same configuration is used for nymph fishing. For streamer fishing, plan on using short leaders tapered to 1X or 2X.
While wet-wading may be possible in January and February, make sure to bring a high-quality pair of breathable waders. In November, December, March, and April, breathable waders are mandatory. You will be spending an enormous amount of time in your waders, make sure you bring a set that is comfortable, warm, and fit well. Make sure that your socks and thermal layers fit easily underneath your waders long before you pack.
On warm days, we prefer to wet-wade if possible. If you prefer wet wading, bring a high quality pair of sandals for the warm days. Nothing can be worse than wearing uncomfortable wading boots on an extended fishing trip. Make sure the boots that you choose have enough room for an extra layer of socks under your waders, have good ankle support, and have a sturdy felt sole for extra traction on slippery surfaces. Do not wear boots with studded soles!! Due to problems with Whirling Disease, consider bringing a pair of new boots on your trip to avoid spreading the disease.
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All of our guides have a wide assortment of patterns, and each operation has flies for purchase. However, we ask clients to please come well prepared, due to the lack of available goods in Patagonia.
All the flies on this list are highly recommended: Flies in BOLD are a must on every trip:
#8-12 Foam Hopper (Assorted)
#8-12 Parachute Hopper
#14-20 Humpy (Yellow)
#12-20 Parachute Adams
#16 Blue Dun
#16-18 Black Gnat
#18-20 Griffiths Gnat
#16-18 Comparadun (sulfure, olive)
#14-16 Sparkle Dun – PMD
#14-18 Light Cahill
#14-20 Mayfly emergers, CDC (dun, olive, PMD)
#14-18 Elk Hair Caddis (Cream and Tan)
#14-20 Any Mayfly spinners/emergers or cripples, dun colored
#14 – 18 Copper Johns
#12-14 Sparkle Pupa
#18-20 Midge Pupa
#6 – 10 BIG FOAM (Assortment of Chernobyls, Fat Albert, etc)
#16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph (weighted, with and without beads)
#14-18 Copper John (Nymph)
#14-18 Prince Nymph (weighted, with and without beads)
#14-16 Brassie (Nymph)
#10-12 Kaufmann’s Rubberleg Mini-Stonefly Nymph
#4-8 Woolly Buggers
#4-8 Sparkle Buggers (Olive, Brown, Black)
#2-6 Muddler Minnow
#4-6 Matukas (Olive, Black)