Bonefish Special

I was holding my third cup of coffee. It was early in the morning but the sun has already been shinning for a while. The flavor of the coffee in Cuba is different. It was good and I need it to wake up. I still had the flavor of the rhum that we drank the night before with our friends from UK and US. I knew my guide Argelio would be waiting for me to jump on the boat and go to Cachi Boca area, but we had time. It is not good to be in a rush when you go fly fishing.

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Mentally; I checked if my gear and equipment was all there as it was supposed to be before taking off from the Patana. I had a sage #8 rod for some bonefish and a TFO #10 rod for tarpon or permit, my reels with floating and sinking lines, the wading boots, my buff, gloves, etc. and my food, very important! I had cameras, sunblock and other staff in my waterproof baggage, and my coffee cup was almost empty.

IMG_GR_testimonials1419336708Time for rock and roll. I took my shoes (I should say crocks) off and I was ready for a ride. It was a beautiful morning, with a lovely breeze. It took us around 40 minutes till we were close to the lighting house of Cachi Boca. Then, Argelio chose some flats and we started moving around with the skif boat and the pou. Water was clear and the wind was not making waves over the surface. Nice. Easy to watch the fish. The water was 15 to 20 inches in some areas, so we anchor the boat and get into the water to walk a little bit. In between us and some mangroves that where about 70 yards away, there was a sand bank and a deep blue channel of water, it looked like a good area. The waves were moving to the sand bank.

We walked 20 yards, and jackpot! Like 50 bonefish were feeding on the flats, just being careful of the blue water, where (we knew later) a barracuda was waiting for them. We took some lines and we started some cast in the air. Argelio, the guide, was just behind me giving me instructions, like: hold on, they are moving, they are going away, they are coming back, cast 50 inches in front. Ok, they split, go to the second group, there is a big one there. Nice fish. Ok now, cast 2 o clock and 18 yards, ok yes, that is a good one, hold, NOW. And a bonefish is fighting with us trying to avoid the blue water, just running in the flats like crazy.IMG_GR_testimonials1419336417

It was a paradise; the bonefish were in the yellow area. It was a blue channel, and a beautiful green and turquoise water. In mainland, there was a group of grey trees and palm trees and white sand, and in that paradise area, two guys, were just fly fishing for a bonefish, 4 hours away from the closer city and 12 hours away from the closer international airport. That was a fly fishing experience, where the remote area and the feeling of our soul in connection with nature made us feel for a minute that life could be forever.

We hope you can fish one of these flats with us. It is a unique experience. We hope every person that fly fish, to live this experience.

My best

Pablo Aguilo

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Fly Fishing in the Backyard

During the last 20 years, I have been fishing all over the world. I have been in many paradise places just for fishing. I have taken long flights from Argentina to places like Alaska in the Katmai National Park, just to tie a fly in my line and get a rainbow trout.

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But, couple of weeks ago I made the decision with some friends of going fly fishing at our backyard in the Cordoba hills. We live in the capital of dove hunting in Argentina in the province of Cordoba, and we have some nice creeks up in the hills with small rainbow and brown trouts, that are lovely to fish with small rods.

We packed fly rods # 3 and #2, and floating lines. In our fly box we had mostly dry flies. We were expecting to use only dry flies with these light rods. Imagine a virgin place where the trouts have never seen a fly fishing fly. That is a dream for any fly fishermen, right? And these days, there are not many places in the world to fly fish that had not been discovered before. IMG_GR_testimonials1419034254

The thing with these 2 rivers is that they are in private land, and we have been up in the mountains where the river starts. It is amazing that we have the access to the private land where these rivers start running and nobody have fly fished them up in the top.

One of the reasons why nobody fly fish these rivers is because of the size of the fish, which are 8 to 10 inches average. And also because it takes more than 2 hour-drive from Cordoba City or Cordoba Airport and then you have one more hour to the river. To approach these rivers we need to do it in 4×4 wheels vehicles or by horses; terrain is though.

IMG_GR_testimonials1419034005The water in these rivers run in between the rocks, sometimes big boulders that makes of this place an amazing scenario, and we had to walk through these rocks to get to the different pools. The water run constantly but not really fast, and in the pools there are areas where the water moves very slowly. It is not a deep river, and we can say it has an average of 50 inches in the pools, but some of them could be really deep, like 120 or 140 inches or very shallow, like 20 inches.

The water is clear and clean, we can drink it, no problem at all. It is amazing how clear is from over the rocks and exciting to see the fish around in each pool.

We have tried also, fishing down the river, in the valley, where there are less big rocks and it is easier to wade around, and it looks like 2 different rivers. In this area we found some runs, and then the pools and slow waters, where the trouts were hiding waiting for the food.IMG_GR_testimonials1419032205

Wind is tricky up in the mountains, and one evening made it difficult to cast, but not impossible with a # 3 rod, but the mornings with no wind where just amazing. It is a very smooth fishing, with a very smooth cast.

We had fish in every pool, amazing! It was nearly 7 or 8 trouts running behind our flies per pool, so we can say that there was plenty of fishing. It was nice to see them first and then casting smoothly in front of them.

In my opinion, fly fishing success is not about the inches or the number of fish you get in the bag, that is important, but what makes a fly fishing place special, is the combination of how we get the fish, I mean watching them, hunting them; and also the remote area of the world where for some days it will be only the paradise and our soul.IMG_GR_testimonials1419034461IMG_GR_testimonials1419032680

We will not recommend you to come to the high hills off Cordoba for fly fishing, there is many different places closer for you, but if you are coming Cordoba for dove hunting or business, we recommend you to do it one time. Fly fishing Cordoba in these small creeks could be an experience of a life time.

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Pablo Aguilo

Pointer Fly Fishing