Catskills Fishing Fly Fishing The Patagonia Trout

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!

River of Life Outdoor Adventures
Wayne Aldridge
19 Latham Rd.
Deposit, NY 13754


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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.

The Patagonia

Travel With Me

Travel with me to far off lands

under crystal skies

behind towering mountains

catch silver fish in clear streams

while breathing

Santiago, Chile, Airport La Quinta Hotel on the way to Coyhaique December 1st 2020

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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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Travel Insurance Again

Where is our trout?

I strongly suggest that voyagers use travel insurance. The policies I purchased have paid for themselves a couple of times on past trips. Travel Insurance makes life much less stressful. If you happen to get sick or hurt, they could save your life or even a small fortune. If your flight is delayed or canceled, you will be covered for additional charges, delays, meals, and hotel rooms. Remember to keep every single receipt; copy them on your cell phone scanner app.

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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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la soledad

Rio Nireguao, El Gato

Looking Down

A crystal clear bright day, no rises.

Water 54, air 70’s, little clouds and low humidity, very windy.

Since we are in a gorge, there is a venturi or wind tunnel effect. Therefore any breeze is amplified. If I am out in the water, casting is not difficult, but the line goes more or less where it wants. If I near shore, then it’s a bit more tricky.

After this, I started to fish with nymphs and a small plastic float bobber, my catches increased dramatically. It was nice to watch that bobber dip.

No me importa la soledad

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New Friends

Such a lovely day on the La Dificultad Road

And I made new friends

Hello I am friendly will you rub me?

Hello human

This is my baby brother

Smile and say cheese.
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What do you like to fish with? Last year I bought a tip flex 6 and sage 8 but could have done just as well with a 5 and 7. This year I have a small collection, the same Winston Boron III Plus 9′ 6x plus a 6/7 Hardy Jet Switch, and a Vision MAG 4/5 11′ nymph rod.


My fishing is from river or streamside;  a $400 float or boat trip is not in my budget. Now I have rods and lines that will allow me to cast from the side of a stream with minimal or no backcast, see the OPST and Wulff lines I have installed on the reels and the 11′ Hardy Switch rod. I may have the opportunity to go on a boat or float, but I do not depend on it, and there is a lifetime of streamside to explore and fish.


Reels; Lamson Guru 2, Lamson Velocity Hard Alox 3.5, Abel 3N,

Lines; OPST Lazar Line 35, Commando Heads 15′, Commando Tips, Wulff Triangle Taper Plus (TTP5F)

Are there really monster trout? Little trout and big trout,  browns, and rainbows, brookies, maybe even Salmon?

Rivers are large or small, raging torrents that are powerfully fast and deep, riffles and pools in creeks and streams that are slow and shallow, and of course lakes.

Don’t fall on your rod, have a backup, and remember where the fly fishing stores are. Santiago, Puerto Varas, and Coyhaique are all far away that require long trips that last from hours to days. The cost of replacing gear in Chile is exceptionally high. 

Big flies, gigantic feathered birds, minnows, wooly buggers, little dry flies, attractors, Fat Alberts, Chernobles, hoppers, nymphs, and midges on top or down deep, dry or wet, you’re gonna have fun, they’re in there.

On warm sunny days in February and March, the rivers are alive with grasshoppers. The flies that make a nice meal for hungry trout are hoppers, attractors, big dry flies, insects that the trout will chew on. I have even seen fishermen first toss out live hoppers into the river to get the fish hungry, on top, and feeding on the surface.

Get that streamer down! Have a few sink tips for fast-moving glacial rivers. The large trout really like big 2 hook deceivers, 0, 1, 2X, 3x, swing it above or behind large boulders.

I always lose stuff, so I now carry backups. Last year I was doing well with a sinking leader, and then I hooked a rock out in the middle of a wide and swift mountain creek, the Rio Azul. I could not wade to where the line was hung up and had to break it off. That Rio sink tip was the only one I had, and its loss impacted my fishing success. The lesson is to carry spares because purchasing a replacement might be days away by bus.


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Recreational Fishing License


Cilus Gilberti  (Abbott, 1899)

Hi, The other day, I went to the Sernapesca office to pick up my recreational fishing license. It’s a relatively easy process, and a yearly permit does not cost much more than my NY fishing license. Licenses are valid for a year, month, or week depending on what you ask and pay for. We are not Chilean citizens, and there is no discount if are over 65.

Here is the website where you can find the Sernapesca Offices to buy your license. You cannot buy it online. There is an outdoor store in Coyhaique across the street from the UNIMARC Supermarket where one can buy a license as of 2019.

Remember to look for the English flag at the top of the web page to translate or change your browser settings to translate into English from Spanish; Google Chrome does an excellent translation.

I have tried to buy my license online but without success. Perhaps the reason why is I am not a Chilean citizen.

If you do not have a license when asked to present it, you will get a summons to the local court. It’s not worth the trouble, and besides, we should support local fisheries management. This is a way we can contribute and be supportive.

With the license, we can fish both fresh and saltwater using one rod.