Golden Dorados in Esquina I

IMG_GR_testimonials1454427669We had made an amazing exploration trip for fly fishing Dorado up on the north of Argentina. There is 2 main rivers running from north to south to the Rio de la Plata, one is the Uruguay River, border in between Argentina and Brazil and Uruguay; and the second river is the very well know Parana River and its delta.

Esquina is located in Corrientes province, in the border with Entre Rios Province; it is about 550 miles from Buenos Aires and about 400 miles from Cordoba.

We need to realize how important is the Parana River in South America, it is not one more river in the country, it is an amazing and unique River

IMG_GR_testimonials1454428012The Parana River

Paraná River, Portuguese Rio Paraná, Spanish Río Paraná , Paraná River river of South America, the second longest after the Amazon, rising on the plateau of southeast-central Brazil and flowing generally south to the point where, after a course of 3,032 miles (4,880 km), it joins the Uruguay River to form the extensive Río de la Plata estuary of the Atlantic Ocean.

From its confluence with the Iguaçu River to its junction with the Paraguay River, the Alto Paraná continues as the frontier between Paraguay and Argentina. When it is joined by the Paraguay, it becomes the lower Paraná and commences to flow only through Argentine territory. Near Santa Fé, the lower Paraná receives its last considerable tributary, the Salado River. Between Santa Fé and Rosario the delta of the Paraná begins to form, being 11 miles (18 km) wide at its upper end and roughly 40 miles (65 km) wide at its lower end. Within the delta the river divides again and again into distributary branches, the most important being the last two channels formed, the Paraná Guazú and the Paraná de las Palmas.

The basin of the Alto Paraná has a hot and humid climate year round, with dry winters and rainy summers. The climate of the middle and lower basins ranges from subtropical in the north to temperate humid in the south, with less plentiful rainfall.

The Paraná River has a rich and varied animal life that includes many species of edible fish.

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The Paraná River is the mandatory destination for lovers of fly-fishing in search for catching some dorado specimen. Salminus brasiliensis (dorado, golden dorado or jaw characin) is a large river fish found in central and east-central South America. Despite having Salminus in its name, the dorado is not related to any species of salmon, nor to the saltwater fish also called dorado. It is very popular among recreational anglers and supports large commercial fisheries.

Dorado is exceptionally strong and range in size from 6 to 45 pounds. The record has being 70 pounds.

The Dorado is the most beautiful fish that dwells in the waters of the Paraná River. Baptized as the tiger of the rivers, its mood and hunting voracity at the time of getting food are the perfect base for its well-deserved nickname.

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The exploration tour – 2 anglers and a camera man

We woke up early in Cordoba Argentina and drove from 5am till 11am till we got to Esquina, Corrientes, we had cross, Santa Fe province and Entre Rios province to get there, it is not an easy ride but we are used to long distance driving.

We were getting ansious every mile we were closer to the lodge, and we were talking and drinking coffee like crazy just killing the time in between the present and the time when we will be ready in the boat.

We had cross the great agriculture area from Cordoba and Santa fe till the farmer area for cattle in northern Entre Rios and Corrientes. The driving was safe and nobody slept in the car, we know we had to be there for lunch (they were waiting for us with an asado / barbeque)and ready to jump on a boat to go fishing.

There is no many good guides for fly fishing dorado, so excellent guides is a rare situation, we had contact some of the best in the area, we have been in touch with Matute, Guillermo and Nacho. Nacho ended up being our guide the 2 days we have been in the water.

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Bad News

It was late October when we got there, for me was the first time in the area, but my friend Lucas had been several times, and he is a prolific and professional fly caster, he had a lot of experience and he had been around the world with his fly rods.

The Best months for dorado fishing on the Parana is January through May and September and October. By the time fall arrives in late May and early June, the water cools down and the fish are less active.

Weather was hot but not terrible hot if you think that could be 110F in the worst time of the year with humidity.

We had met Nacho and made some jokes for camaraderie, and 20 minutes later Nacho had told us: “fishing is dead to Cero”

“what?, cant be dead to cero” we said, there is always a chance. We were surprise and suddenly I had felt stupid for driving 400 miles and get there for this bad news.

He said the last 3 days were amazing and the weather had change 24 hours ago and the last hours in the water were really bad. He had shown us some pictures from the weekend fishing, and told us: “it is a pity you couldn’t come 2 days ago”. We couldn’t believe it. Suddenly the weather was hotter than some minutes ago.

But we are going fishing he said, and we should fly fish the Corrientes river. The Corrientes river gets into the Parana just there in Esquina.  The Corriente River is a river in the Argentine province of Corrientes, in the Mesopotamia. It flows from the Itatí Lagoon, in the center-north of the province, and drains the large basin of the Iberá Wetlands, about 13,000 square kilometres (5,000 sq mi). It flows southwest, across marshes (bañados), and empties into the flood plain of the Paraná River near the city of Esquina.

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Warm up afternoon and not to bad

We had set our rods, all #8wt. with floating lines. We had used some sages Z-Axis, some TFO and Loops rods, with Rio lines for salt and sweet water. Our leaders and tippets were also Rio.

We had dress with quick dry and light pants and some Columbia quick dry shirts. It is important to have light neck cover and gloves as well and sun glasses and caps or hats, the sun is really strong in this area. We highly recommend sunblock over 50 protections, and drinking a lot of water for hidratation.

We had made a ride by boat for about 30 minutes into the Corrientes river, we could see some banks and a lot of forest close by to the coast. We could feel it, the action was there. We had tried different areas, always casting close by to the banks, were the water was running, close by to the trees in the water and different formations with bushes into the water.

After 30 minutes of casting we were doing very well and most of the cast had been accuracy. We could feel fish coming, even in bad weather conditions and in a bad luck day.

The day was not that good, it took us like 3 or 4 hours to get our first fish, and nacho was searching different areas, trying to find the right place for us, as a guide he works really hard to get fish on the boat, what is the most important condition to be a good guide.

I lost the first one, and I was blaming myself in silence, nobody say anything about it. And we went to the next area. Shit! Yes, shit happens!

IMG_GR_testimonials1454428344But some minutes later I had been able to get our first fish, that was very aggressive with the fly and also with the fight, the water current had helped him to be a strong soldier! It was a 7 pound nice Dorado, and we had taken some nice pictures and release him again in the water.

We had a couple of fish that afternoon, but we were worry about the following day, the fishing was fun but poor compare with then Famous Parana River, and as Nacho said, it was not our fault, the flies were in the right place.

You should read the second part of this report, because the following morning start raining at 6am and the unexpected had happened!!! 

Ps, read our next report Golden Dorados in Esquina II and checked what had happened

Pablo Aguilo

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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 9

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The last week of the Tanzania tiger season came in what seemed like a blink of an eye. This week we welcomed back Dr Bentele for the fourth straight season. He was joined by two new anglers, Randy from the USA and Johan from Germany.

The guys started things off on the Mnyera and connected with big fish on both days on this river. Despite getting plenty of shots though, the guys really battled to convert and by the end of day two, they managed a good number of fish with the highlights being an 11 and 15lbs fish.

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Day 3 the guys made the trek over to the Ruhudji river and were greeted by seriously hungry fish! The first Ruhudji session was fished on the lower beat and fish of all kinds and sizes were throwing themselves at the flies! By the end of the day, each angler had some serious line burn on their fingers to remember this special session. As with most big tigerfish, they managed to get the better of the anglers but some really good fish were still landed. Both Karl and Randy lost fish in access of 20lbs after some spectacular jumps. Randy however still managed to bag a solid 15lb fish, while John was laying down the law and hammered many 8 to 11lbs fish! Things were looking good for the next two days.

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Day 4 & 5 was fished on the upper and middle beat. The guys experienced some exceptional fishing on the upper Ruhudji, especially the section close to the remote Matumbi village, tucked away in the mountains at the top of the concession. Along this area the water is so clean that you can see the fish before it eats the fly! Again the guys did battle with numbers of fish in the 20lbs range but a lot of bad luck made converting these eats nearly impossible. Fish biting through wire, jumping off before the net, and just spitting the fly on the second or third jump. John however was keeping the guys in the game by landing a solid 15lbs tiger and a number of fish in the 10lbs range. Despite the amount of fish lost, everyone was having a good time and spirits were high for the last day in the rapids.

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The rapids are not an easy place to fish, especially on fly. Most of the spots, one does have room for a proper  back cast and with fast flowing water it meant controlling the fly was not an easy job.

The fish were not overly aggressive as hoped, but the ones that did eat were quite sneaky. Hitting the fly as it hit the water, leaving the angler with no time to gain control of the line  and set the hook! Some of the bigger fish also used the fast currents and structure to their advantage and leaving everyone with broken off leaders and lines.

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The last two hours of the day was spent fishing off the boat on the upper reaches of the Mnyera. As was the story of the week, some monsters were hooked, but for various reasons, did not stick. Many fish in the 8 – 12 lb range were landed, and so marked the end of the trip, and a great 2014 season.

IMG_GR_testimonials1448467805Thanks to all our guest who joined us this year, although it was a tougher season than usual due to the crazy weather, however great fish were caught and unforgettable memories made. The high cold water over the season has resulted in all fish being caught in being prime condition, fat and healthy. It was a constant over the season, and guides commented through out the season at what super condition the fish were in due to the colder than average temps.  This bodes well for a great spawning season, and a super 2015. We can’t wait to get back and look forward to welcoming past and new guests back to this amazing corner of Tanzania, home to the infamous trophy tigerfish of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers.

Kindest Regards

Rob Scott

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My Agua Boa experience

Pablo – hey buddy!! Let me answer some of your question. All aspects of the trip were very good!! Two guys per boat with one guide poling – always plenty of ice – each person made their sandwiches in the morning for lunch / breakfast and dinner was very adequate.

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Two per room with ac – wifi at main lodge but not in room – do take your own liquor of choice – had plenty of wine like at lodges in Argentina/ accommodations certainly not as plush as lodges in Argentina but remember where you are.

We carried 8 and nine wt fly rods with good selection of streamers but don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t 8-any names – huge swimming pool waist deep with wade up bar and hourdervs (sp)- you know bob and I like nice stuff and I have been lobbying to go back, logistics from US as all fly fishing destinations around the world are not easy.
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One more thing: sort of long getting there from USA – Miami then spend the night there- next morning fly to Manaus and required to spend the night there then fly to airstrip at agua boa. Probably next time could be Manaus for 2 nights.
Check this info about the river: The Agua Boa River is a small clear water river flowing over white sand. The river begins high in the Mocidade mountains to its confluence with the Branco river. It is flanked by upland forest, flood forest and savannah with all of its wildlife still intact. This combination of pristine and varied habitats makes for both
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The Agua Boa fishery revolves around lagoons, inland lakes, and the river channel. The Agua Boa is home to all three species of Peacock Bass – the Butterfly Peacock, the Spotted Peacock and the Temensis Peacock.
Me and my friends visit the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge strictly to sight fish for peacock bass, arowana, pacu and a host of other jungle species.
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There was another group with very skilled fly fishermen and they caught a good many fish – bob and I had one really superb day – we caught approximately – 15 total but four or so – 18lbers and several more 8-12 lbs. Yes! lunch is under shade on side of river, hammocks if you want. At lunch you might be hour or so boat ride from lodge – you know how fishing is – water level , clarity, weather but you should have a great time.
My best,
David West

Patagonia’s Endless Summer with Andes Drifters

Fly fishing with our associated partners in North Patagonia, Andes Drifters, and his CEO and General manager Gustavo Hiebaum.­ News from last season…

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It turns out there is a cure for winter. The sky is blue. The sun is warm. Red stone cliffs rise above deep green water. Rolling hills covered in sage brush, or what looks like sage brush, roll uninterrupted as far as the eye can see. Twenty­inch brown trout rise out every green pocket to eat big bushy dry flies. It’s January and at home pipes are bursting in my basement.

I could swear I was in Montana. It looks so much like Montana. I didn’t expect that. Just like Montana summer, until you spot a group of llamas resting by the river or a snow covered volcano or a condor sailing like a pterodactyl overhead or your guide says something like, “give it to me please, the fly.”

IMG_GR_testimonials1438102816So much about Patagonia is familiar and so much strange. The language, the customs and the wildlife may seem strange, but rivers are rivers and trout, trout. My fly knows what to do here and it does it time and time again.

We float beautiful wild rivers and never see another boat. We fish long days. The sun is up late here, less than five­hundred miles from Antarctica. The water is so clear you can count the pebbles at the bottom of the deepest runs. The air is warm and sweet and even the fish seem to be carried away in the innocence of summer. I drink wine and eat dolce de leche as the crawlspace at home fills with water.

IMG_GR_testimonials1438008751At night we gather around a fire and watch a goat brown on a spit. We drink too much and sleep under the southern cross. I hear Crosby Stills and Nash singing “Southern Cross” in my head all week. The guides tell stories in Spanish long after I have drifted off. They are full of life and love of this land and these waters. It’s easy to imagine that it’s always summer here. That the pipes never freeze.

Patagonia with its red stag and giant birds, its wine and its chocolate, its classical guitars and tango dancers. This beautiful wild Montana of the south with its volcanos and its wind and its crazy, drunken Spanish stories and its wild, wild rivers and its hungry trout. The whole place feels like a fairy tale. Like something lost in time. Like a drunken story told in Spanish by a roaring fire.

IMG_GR_testimonials1438102854The whole week I feel like a high school kid who’s snuck into a college party. Like I’ll wake up somewhere else, somewhere cold and wet with awful work to do. I try to drink it in. I try to tell myself it’s real and it can last. I land one last big brown trout and we row off the river. I ride through the desert in a pickup truck. I take pills and I sleep on the plane. I wake up somewhere cold and wet, with awful work to do.

But I can’t stop thinking about Patagonia. I keep thinking about that politician from South Carolina who told everyone he was going to hike the Appalachian trail, disappeared to Argentina and fell in love with some beautiful dark­haired woman, burned his whole career and family to the ground. I think about that poor miserable bastard while I lay in the dirt of my crawl space in the cold and the wet and I want to be him so bad I could cry.

IMG_GR_testimonials1438102958In the end, the trip to Patagonia cost about the same as the plumbing. I think I’ll do it again next year. Not the plumbing.

Thanks Louis!

Gustavo Hiebaum -­ Andes Drifters

By Louis Cahill/ Gink & Gasoline

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Sea Run Brown Summit

What will be the Summit for fly fishing? That is a difficult question and we should think that the answer should be personalize because there is NOT a single one summit, in our opinion, Rio Grande, Argentina in Tierra del Fuego province, down south Patagonia is one of the paradises for avid fly fishermen’s. Sea-runners are brown trout (salmo-trutta) that have, as juvenile fingerlings, made a decision to move away from freshwater and to live in saltwater.

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This specie conjures up visions of ocean fed Sea Run Brown Trout held in the hands of expertise anglers in days with extreme wind and sun.  With high daily catch rates of fish averaging 8 to 13lbs and strong returns every year.

One of the finest lodges in Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, is Estancia Maria Behety, which has the longest area of Rio Grande River and more than dozen years on the fishing dreams. Rio Grande is the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

IMG_GR_testimonials1406210033Sea run brown trout mean leaving a side creek or tributary of a larger estuarine system and moving into the ocean. After taking up residence in this part fresh, part saltwater environment the fingerlings undergo minor physical changes to their gills which will later allow them to live in a totally saltwater environment. Having acclimatized in the first 1-2 years of their lives, the fingerlings move even further downstream towards saltwater.

Upon reaching a near saltwater environment potential sea-run fish have to decide whether or not to leave the estuary. Generally speaking resident trout do not do as well as their sea-going brother and sister fish and usually spend most of their time scrounging for whatever food items they can find. Living as a resident is very much a second existence in comparison to that of a sea-runner.

I had personal enjoy fishing at the Rio Grande a couple of times, and hook some of my best memories fishing with good friends like Bruce Peeler and Tim Leach, and expertise friends like William Leach and James Mc Kay.

It is important that fly fishermen’s that hasn’t been to Argentina yet, realize that fishing Tierra del Fuego means, spey rods, strong winds, early wake up calls, long siestas, and dinner like 12pm when we are back from the river. Day light in summer time in south Patagnia is long as could be in Alaska, so normally in January anglers could be in the river till the end of the day with the last light of the day.IMG_GR_testimonials1406210879

Your guides are everything, they really know how to read this unique and unpredictable river, and most important they have most answers in terms how to stream or drift a fly. At Estancia Maria Behety anglers will be able to fish both sides of the Rio Grande.  No other fishing lodge in Tierra del Fuego has a better access to the Rio Grande.

How you get there? Easy money! International flight to Buenos Aires, overnight in one of the most beatifuls cities in South America, and following morning you will take a 3 hours flight to go down south, to Rio Grande City. From there it will be like 15 minutes’ drive. A warm up session and you will be ready for action.

Season goes from November to April, and prime time could be March. The greatest at Maria Behety Lodge are the 100 prime pools on 32 private miles of the lower Rio Grande. The guides are renowned for both their intimate knowledge of the Rio Grande and consistent success in bringing monster sea trout to the bank.Maria Behety Lodge (28)

At Estancia Maria Behety you will enjoy delicatessen meal and great camaraderie. Anglers can enjoy amenities like single room occupancy, a Jacuzzi, pool table, radiant floor heat, private chef and a huge wine cellar. Please, never hesitate to request personal opinions or advice regarding flies or casts; or where to cast your fly. Guides will be always ready to take you fishing some great pools and runners. Remember that in the middle of a windy day, any time you could have a strong hook and a 10lbs se run brown trout will be fighting for freedom in your line.

Weather is very important, and Catch rates will vary with weather conditions.

Experienced anglers know that Sea Run Brown trout fishing on the Rio Grande is the summit to any other anadromous Brown Trout river in the world.

Believe it; it is difficult to express the feeling about this unique fishing in a short writing report, so please feel free to contact us for further info.

Pablo Aguilo

Pointer Fly Fishing

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

Pointer Fly Fishing

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

OPTI reel by Loop

Check what is new about the OPTI reel by LOOP, recommended by Pointer Fly Fishing:01_opti_01-2

OPTi reels come in a wide variety of sizes, each optimized for specific fishing applications. Creek and DryFly, with a silky-smooth drag that handles the thinnest leader. The Runner, which is built on the same principles as its big brother Speedrunner, is the obvious choice for light double-hand rods or slightly heavier single-hand rods. Speedrunner features an inset handle andextra diameter for speedsters. The all new Strike shows off some of the best from two worlds: Compact and lightweight as a single-hand reel but with the capacity of a heavy double-hander. A coming favorite for your heavy single-hand and the double-hand artillery! Megaloop comes with dual braking plates anda super sturdy construction for tackling really big fish. The king of the hill is the OPTi Big. With an absolutely huge drag system it is designed to stop anything. The OPTi reel will be your best and most beautiful friend for life.

Technical specifications:

  •   Housing and spool machined from one piece aircraft aluminium.
  •  Waterproof and salt tolerant.01_opti_03-1062x1050
  •   Components in stainless steel and anodised aluminium.
  •   All screws secured with Loc-Tite.
  •   Mechanized components from leading European manufacturers.
  •   Power Matrix Drag System.
  •   Spool designed with a V-Shape for optimal fly line spooling.
  •   Easy-grip progressive brake knob.
  •   Simple, quick spool-change.
  •   Right or left retrieve a snap.
  •   Outgoing click.
  •   Precisely counterbalanced.

Pablo Aguiló

Pointer Fly Fishing

History of a Big One

Lets share the story of one top notch company in the fly fishing world :simms logo

Simms is a brand founded on the pillars of innovation. It was the brainchild of visionary angler John Simms who saw a need to develop better waders and accessories than what was then available on the market. That quest led to the development of Simms Fishing Products in 1980. During that era, Simms was one of the first companies worldwide to introduce neoprene waders, which provided enhanced warmth and waterproofing armor for serious anglers pushing the limits of their fishing pursuits.

The brand continued to progress under the Jackson-based Life-Link International banner through the ’80s. But it took a giant leap in 1993, when current owner, K.C. Walsh, a passionate angler and entrepreneur, acquired the company and relocated it to Bozeman. Walsh grew up in a flyfishing family and it was his life-long dream to live, and work, and play in Montana.

Under Walsh’s leadership, Simms introduced breathable waders in a trailblazing partnership with W.L. Gore & Associates (makers of GORE-TEX® fabric). That seismic shift breathed new life into wader innovation and has since powered the sport to new levels of comfort and performance. Today Simms continues to mature as a brand with a trained eye on fisheries conservation and inspired product development over a wide swath of technical apparel offerings—from state-of-the art sun protection and wind-blocking outerwear to pioneering CleanStream™ footwear technologies.wade-happiness_800

What remains unswerving, however, is Simms’s commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing and business ideals. When Simms relocated headquarters in 2012, it cemented its Bozeman roots with a new 60,000-square-foot facility housing corporate headquarters, warehouses, and its production plant. This 15,000 square-foot expansion provides elbowroom to drive product evolution in a more efficient and effective manner. It also solidifies Simms as the sole fishing wader manufacturer in the country. Simms currently staffs nearly 120 locally based employees and is a recognized Montana economic ambassador and community contributor.

Although Simms continues to strive for new heights its vision—that stems back to that misty Jackson morning and reverberates through the halls of its new Bozeman stronghold—remains the same: To produce the highest quality products to keep you protected from the elements in any and all fishing conditions.

In addition to this, since the beginning Simms has partnered with leading fisheries conservation organizations the world over, recently spearheading Aquatic Invasive Species education and awareness, while innovating CleanStreamTM technologies to minimize the spread of “hitch-hiking” organisms.

simmsLocally, our folks at Simms are involved in cleanups on the Yellowstone and Madison rivers, Simms sponsors a section of highway along the Madison River, and we support Trout Unlimited (at all levels national, state, regional and local). In addition, the company donates money and time to groups such as the American Rivers, Defend the Upper Colorado, Smith River Watch, Hoh River Watch, Friends of the Delaware, Public Land/Water Access Association, and many more.

Besides, our company and team members support many non-profit organizations that are committed to making the world a better place –through restorative programs that utilize fishing as part of the therapeutic experience or engaging with local youth organizations to promote outdoor activities and conservation through fishing.

Healthy fisheries are essential to this sport’s longevity. You can join them in taking action today.Simms-New-Bldg

Companies like Pointer Flyfishing can enrich and get the maximum of what we do thanks to companies like Simms. These among other aspects are why we choose the best for our guests.

Pablo Aguiló.

Pointer Flyfishing.

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Fly Fishing in Queen Gardens CUBA

We were planning a fishing trip to Cuba for some tarpon, bonefish and if possible, permit. I knew from before that I was going to Paradise, but I didn’t know how paradise looked like… In Paradise we all expect to have some of the best fly fishing we could ever imagined.

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Cuba was a temptation in our bucket list for the famous fishing in the Cayos. It was also a cultural thing for my American and British friends. Cuba is just different to any other part in the world and The Habana has won its reputation for the Rum and the cigars, besides the city itself.

It was a long journey for all of us. From Atlanta, Rob and Weed made a connection through Cancun, and Mike and his sons made a connection from London to Madrid, like Peter, Andrew and Richard did. For me was a connection through Panama City that worked very well. We all arrived one or two days before schedule.

This was not a regular trip and we knew we were going for adventure. We have planned to stay in a floating boat with 10 rooms and private bathrooms, dining room, bar, air conditioned and Wi-Fi connection in the middle of nowhere. The floating boat is anchored in the Cayos of “Jardines de la Reina” that is 3 hours south from Jucaro town and port in Cuba.

So, going to Paradise has a price, and this time was a 5 hour trip by bus (nice one with air condition) and 3 hours by boat to get there. But when you get out from the boat and jump in the skiff boat to go fishing, with your rod in one hand, the fly box in the other one and your backpack with gear and equipment, the world as you know it changes. It feels like a dream for a few to be so far from all our people and family in that crystal clear water.

I took my Crocs as soon as I jumped in the skiff boat, and when we were about to leave for fishing with my guide, I said to my fellows: “good luck chaps, and tight lines”. And then, I had the paradise in front of me.IMG_GR_testimonials1416843374

The skiff boat is flat on the bottom and has a high platform in the back so the guides can row and a platform in the front so we can fish. There is a special area in the front to keep your staff safe and not to interfere with the fishing. I was wearing my Buff protector in my neck, Costa sunglasses, Orvis gloves for saltwater fly fishing and a Columbia SPF. I had a quick-dry long pants beige color. To be protected from the sun is a very important factor if you fly fish in the Caribbean. I put on sunscreen 50, that I also used on my feet.

Little things to consider are, for example to put on sunscreen before your departure every morning so you can clean your hands. Then be sure to keep your gear organized and not to forget anything.  Make sure you have your wading boots or shoes with you, and we recommend you a nice pair of socks to wear every day. Your socks will get wet and then is not going to be comfortable to wear them again. Regarding shirts, the minimum number should be 4 and for fishing pants we recommend 3 light ones.  You will also need some casual clothes to be around in the boat after the fishing. You should consider that weather is in between 80F to 100F. It is very important to have a good Simms rain jacket and some waterproof pants too. There is always a minimum chance to have a rainy and windy day and you will wish you have your gear with you.

The Fishing: It could be from the platform in the boat or wading or the combination of both which is excellent. It is nice to be around on the boat over the flats, which are around 20 to 30 inches of clear water, searching for a movement in the surface or a bonefish tale. It is also lovely to be in the channels in between mangroves, where the water looks greener and transparent, searching for tarpon, or even in the south flats looking for some permit.

IMG_GR_testimonials1416845078The week was amazing and we made an average of 15 to 20 bonefish a day, 2 to 4 tarpons a week, and the group had the luck to get 1 permit total. We have seen and fly fish some barracuda, jack and snapper too.

There were 6 complete days of amazing fly fishing, and in a next report we will write specifically about the fishing, and tell you more secrets about this unique experience of fishing Cuba.

Pablo

Director

Pointer Fly Fishing

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