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Esopus

It was quite an afternoon on the lower Esopus Creek in the Catskills today. I used my light spinning rod with quarter ounce Al’s goldfish lures and had a bit of luck. In the first hour, I pulled out these two beauties. One trout was an 18-inch rainbow and put up a good fight, and the other was a much larger brown that came right to the net. After I caught the brown, I noticed fish spawning all around me, some only 6 feet away. I decided that it was not a good idea to disturb them, and moved further upriver. The water was not that cold. It had to be in the mid-’50s, and the air temperature was about 65 or 70. It was a cloudless and warm fall day. Crazy weather because just a few days ago, we had 6 inches of snow up here in Roxbury.

On my next visit to the Esopus a few days later I carried my Robert Meiser trout/steelhead spey rod with an OPST Commando intermediate sinking Skagit line, 10′ T8 Leader and 3′ floro tippet. I had very good luck and caught a couple of large browns on the streamer and big nymph, sorry no pictures of the fish.

I am trying to get the hang of the Skandi line but its taking a lot of time and I tend to prefer the OPST Skagit head because it is easier to cast out there. Next year I will put more effort into Skandi. The lines I have that were made by Steve Godshall.

Ashokan Trout

Today, November 30th, was the last day of trout season on the Esopus Creek. Yesterday I made it over to the river just above the Ashokan Reservoir. The weather was spectacular, with temperatures in the high 50’s and sunny skies, it was one of the better days this fall.

Ted came along, and we fished small Al’s Goldfish spoons on a light spinner rod and reel setup. I am sorry to say we both got skunked, totally skunked, but some young kid pulled out a giant, 27″ monster. He had to show us all through walking up and down the shore several times, carrying the fish. It was a nice walk in the woods and a great day to end the season.

OPST Skagit Lines

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My Fly Rods

Originally Published March 8th 2018 for trip 2017-18,

Edited November 3rd 2020

This trip I brought too many rods for trout fishing. I carried a 5/6 switch and a 5 wt nymph rod that I never used so my Winston 9 foot 6 weight BXIII did all the work. The Winston was good in the wind, cast the lighter streamers, and nymph rigs with indicators, a great all around rod. A softer 4 or 5 weight to play fish was on my wish list.

Remember it’s a good idea to have a backup rod and in case you have to make an insurance claim photograph everything before you leave on the trip.

My 9’4 piece rod tube fits into a large suitcase so there is no need for separate rod case luggage. This is a reminder for the future to get all my rods into a suitcase, rods have to be 9′ or less and come in 4 pieces, if they are longer than 9′ then they will have to be in 5 or 6 pieces to fit. The benefits if everything is in a suitcase is that no one can see your stuff, it’s easier to keep things organized and keep track of, there is less risk of accident, 30 inch hard plastic suitcases with wheels are easier to move around and they cost a lot less to bring on airplanes. You can buy a well build large hard plastic suitcases for 100 to 150 dollars on Amazon.

My custom rod case for hiking, 30″ fits in the suitcase.

November 2020 update. My feelings now are that if I ever get to make a trip like this again these are the rods I will bring; 9′ 5 weight Winston Air, 9′ 6 weight Winston BXIII, 9′ 7 weight Winston BXIII, and the Meiser 11’3″ trout spey with both the Skagit and Scandi Heads and if I want to cheat a little I will buy and bring a Santiam Fishing Rod. Santiam makes long travel spinning and center pin rods in 4 to 6 pieces that will fit in my 30″ suitcase which will be great for exploring larger rivers.

https://www.santiamfishingproducts.com

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West Branch Of The Delaware

I have been taking lessons in trout Spey casting with Wayne at River Of Life in Deposit, New York. My rod is an 11’3″ trout rod built by Robert Meisner that I am finding very difficult to learn how to cast but progress, not perfection. I was out with Wayne on the last day of the fishing season. The river was running around 900, higher than at any time I had been there before, and it was cold. I managed to hook into two large browns Wayne took these pictures. It was a good day, and my casting improved slightly.

Do Not Squeeze The Trout!

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Wayne Aldridge
19 Latham Rd.
Deposit, NY 13754

Ph:607-743-5696
email: riveroflifeoutdoors@gmail.com

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Chile Tourism Fishing Fly Fishing Salmon The Patagonia Travel Trout

Villa Manihuales

Villa Manihuales is found at the confluence of the Rio Niriguao and the Rio Manihuales.

Map of the Tributaries of the Rio Aysen

Villa Manihuales has a population of 3000 inhabitants. The primary income-generating activities of the area are mining, ecotourism, sport fishing, secondary activities include logging, dairy, farming, and livestock.

The town is located along the Carretera Austral which is also called the Ruta del Los Parques and is close to the cities of Puerto Aysen and Coyhaique in the region of Aysen Patagonia. 

I found it a peaceful small town with plenty of markets, restaurants, hostels, cafes, and two great little parks. Backpackers, campers, and touring bicycle adventurers plus the usual auto and bus tourists are everywhere in February.  The town’s cell service is 4G and first-class plus the hostels in town have fast WiFi.

January can be rainy but in February the weather starts to improve but both months are notoriously windy. In March the weather moderates, the wind eases, and for fly fishermen, the hopper season hits high gear. Hoppers, Chernobyl Ants and Foam Beetles, and Attractors are in order plus anything else you can cast because the trout are hungry and will eat anything.

La Lavanderia

The Rio Manihuales at Villa Manihuales is the upper course of the river, it is not a white water flow here but it does run fast and deep. The Rio Manihuales is not the largest river in Patagonia but it has a moves and is cold, clean, and has healthy populations of Rainbow and Brown Trout plus runs of King Salmon. Its tributaries are the Rio Picaflor and the Rio Nirehuao and the Rio Manihuales itself is a tributary of the Rio Aysen.

There is no one on the river but me, and there are miles and miles of water all to myself. I have not found many posts on Facebook or in Web searches about fishing the Rio Manihuales which makes it good for me as there are lots of uneducated and trusting trout. The river has runs King Salmon and very large trout but I had to look for them. I found plenty of access and no one seemed to mind if I crossed through their property as I always closed the cattle gates on the trails. The river can be wide so I needed to be able to fly cast for a distance which not my strong point, and there is the wind in January and February, sometimes lots of it, but I hear it lessens in March and April. Despite all this, I managed to land large fish.

Sleepy guide

My Guide working. I hooked a rather large trout in this lagoon and it fled for the bottom like a rocket and then hid under a submerged tree. Federico swam for it but we didn’t retrieve the fish or the Fat Albert. The picture of me is with one that I managed to hook.

La Lavanderia Goddess of the Manihuales

The Parque Lavadoras is large for such a small town. It has gentle trails wandering through the park with pleasant views and benches to enjoy them while sitting. The lower section has custom wooden toy rides for the children and gazebos in case of inclement weather. The park is named because there is a small rill or creek running through it. In the past the washerwomen of the town came to do laundry, scrubbing the clothing in the stream and then hanging it on the trees in the park. One Sunday I was lucky to have been there to watch a performance art piece, that is where the picture up top is from. I also took a video and it is posted below. Here are the credits.

This is an iPhone movie that I made that Sunday afternoon.

I gained an understanding of why the park is named as it is. The performance art was about the spirit of the washerwomen, las lavenderas, who used to work along the stream that runs down from the mountains and through the park.

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Time Flies

Sometimes I feel like I have bitten off more than I can chew. This amount of gear is crazy! I am bringing 4 rods; a 13.5 in switch rod, a Loomis 10 weight 9 ft, a Winston Boron III 6 weight 9 ft, and a Winston Air 5 weight 9 ft, and if I am going to be crazy, then a four-weight 9 ft. Then there are the reels, spools, and last but not least, all the flies for salmon and trout. Let us not forget the waders and boots, lines, leaders, tips, and other assorted junk. Daily I put my head in my hands and wonder WTF I am doing. Couldn’t I be just as happy sitting at home eating, sleeping, and doing nothing, maybe date a little?

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Trout Stocking on the East Branch of the Delaware April 14, 2018

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Saturday, I met up with Lenny Millen, guide and fly fishing casting guru, to help stock the East Branch of the Delaware River with hatchery-raised brown trout. The larger and older trout were electronically tagged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Fish and Wildlife Tech department personnel. The fish were tagged so that the trout's movement in the river could be tracked.Saturday, I met up with Lenny Millen, guide and fly fishing casting guru, to help stock the East Branch of the Delaware River with hatchery-raised brown trout. The larger and older trout were electronically tagged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Fish and Wildlife Tech department personnel. The fish were tagged so that the trout’s movement in the river could be tracked.

It was a great day and exciting watching the fish being released into the river. Later in the afternoon, I went back to the junction of the East Branch and the Bataviakill to fish in the pool below the bridge where we had released much fish. With a small de-barbed wooly bugger, I had good fun catching and releasing little trout, no big ones, sorry.

Measuring the 2-year-old tagged brown trout.

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The paddle in his hand records the tag ID embedded in the fish.

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This is what an electronic tag looks like.

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Junction of the East Branch and the Bataviakill.

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Halcottsville bridge.

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Trout Stocking on the East Branch of the Delaware April 14, 2018

The process of measuring and recording length and tag ID before releasing the trout.

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Fishing In New York State Reservoir’s

www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/fishing-brochure.pdf

I think it’s a good idea to say something!

I have my license, my NYC DEP permit, and it’s April 1st, I can fish.

The weather is rainy, temperatures are in the ’40s, there is no sun, it’s not too windy, and the barometer is rising.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The reservoir canoe season has not begun but here are a couple of beautiful pictures.The reservoir canoe season has not begun but here are a couple of beautiful pictures.

My summer of 2017

Yesterday the sun came out, and it was a beautiful day. Guru Len caught three bass verses my none. When I thought about it last night the two of us fished the same stretch of river and at the head of the Pepacton reservoir. I didn’t do anything wrong as we were using stick bait but there were differences.

  • My Rapala was longer and had rattles.
  • I used monofilament, which I like, Len used braided line.
  • We might have used different retrieve patterns, but I did vary mine.

I thought of going fishing again today, but it’s snowing, about 4″, fell this morning. Is it really April?

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The Ranch

Fishing holy waters, it was a good day until the weather turned rainy and cold. Yesterday and today we have sun and as the day grows the temperature warms. No fish rising or biting yesterday at the honey hole, but today is warmer, so perhaps it will pick up. The wildlife I have seen this week is a little black mink and a Condor, sorry no pictures as there Condor was far, and the mink split when I said hi.

Water 52, the air in the am low 50’s sunny, and the wind has died down. Sinking leader, 4′ tippet, 6 weight rod. See the picture of the wollybugger below.

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Coyhaique

I arrived in Coyhaique Sunday night. Coyhaique is about halfway down the Chilean Patagonia Carretera Austral road. The weather here tonight is windy, cool to cold, and wet. The forecast says sunny and warm next week if you are a believer. The population is about 60,000 not including tourists, it is in the state of Aysen.I arrived in Coyhaique Sunday night. Coyhaique is about halfway down the Chilean Patagonia Carretera Austral road. The weather here tonight is windy, cool to cold, and wet; the forecast says sunny and warm next week if you are a believer. The population is about 60,000, not including tourists. This small city is in the state of Aysen.

During my stay here I ate well, some of the restaurants have excellent cooking, and there is a large supermercado. I managed to get all my chores done without stress. Coyhaique is not inexpensive, hotels rooms cost dearly and one must reserve in advance, good meals run about $15 and up, and the fly shops are crazy expensive, remember to bring from home anything you may need, including wader and boot repair. One can rent cars here in town. There are several rental agencies, but you must reserve far in advance, and the daily cost is extraordinarily high. I would like to fish several rivers in the area, but there seems to be no way to travel to them unless I have a car or guide. Today I will see if there are municipal buses that can take me to some nearer fishing spots.

I am taking stock of the next leg of the journey. On Friday, I travel northeast to the Pueblo of El Gato and the ranch to stay for the next few weeks. The fishing here is excellent, and there is plenty of stream and river water to fish. I visited the ranch last year and had an incredible time. It’s quiet, the owners and visitors are friendly, the food is simple Patagonian campo fare, and it is far removed from any city or town.

I will fit right in!

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La Dificultad

Before the steel bridge was put up across the Rio Futaleufu in La Dificultad the way to get across the river was by an old fashioned rope and wood suspension bridge. It was just wide enough for the ox carts to travel in and out of the commune; there was no other way to cross the river. Now the road is graded and just last year electricity was put in.
Fico’s House Pura Vida
The Swiss Peoples spread above the Futa
The Three Nuns