Another great week in the books at Las Buitreras and we’ll go straight into the details. We started the week with a water level of 15 cm below zero which is quite normal for the summer season here on the Rio Gallegos. With this type of water we kept using or old faithful rubber leg nymphs like Copper Johns in smaller sizes during the day. In terms of colours basically anything seemed to work and we caught fish on both green, black, brown and red versions.
Our guests this week came from all corners of Europe, and North America including Poland, Sweden, UK, Canada, France and USA. Along for the ride was Christer and Annakarin Sjöberg. Although most of our guests met each other for the first time it didn’t take long until the first jokes and fishing stories were exchanged.
Once again the fishing started off really strong and only two days into the week we had 35 sea-run browns in the book. Around day 4 the fishing slowed down a little bit and we finally saw a bigger push of water which animated the fish to move upstream without resting too much in between. This being said we still had productive periods especially during the magic hour when it was time to fish bigger flies close to the surface.
On day five Christer was doing just that, fishing a big sunray shadow during magic hour at Upper Limits. Letting the fly sink for a couple seconds before taking it home with long slow strips is usually deadly and this time was no different. Two casts into the pool a big fish took the fly, went up in the air and simply spat it out. Shouting out in equal parts excitement and frustration Christer was surprised it came off that easy before checking his fly and realizing the hook had got tangled in the fly and never even touched the fish. A few casts later another solid fish hit the fly and after some nerve wrecking moments where the fish went under the weed bank Christer was able to land a super nice 16 lbs fish.
Annakarin was her usual self landing one fish after the other, making Christer come up with some very creative excuses as to why he wasn’t catching as many fish as her. One fish that stood out a little extra was her massive 17 lbs fish (55 cm girth!) from Island Stream which fell for a classic silver shadow. Nothing wrong with the backdrop of the photo either.
First-time guests Stefan, Cor, John and Hans all did well, each of them being able to land several nice fish. We had three sea-run brown trout hitting the 18 lbs mark this week, caught by Jean-Luc, Claes, and Jamie. Jean-Luc caught his on day one in Flats, fishing a small yellow Intruder. Claes followed up with his big fish on day two in Little Corner using a small rubber leg nymph. Jamie was a little more patient and waited until the last day before hooking and landing his amazing fish in Island Stream. Fittingly enough this fish also secured his position as top rod of the week with 13 sea-run browns landed.
As expected the weather varied over the week with temperatures between 10 and 17 C. We saw two days with stronger winds which didn’t stop our guests from catching fish. During those sessions we switched to bigger flies (e.g. yellow yummy, yuk bug or green lantern).
I think this week showed again that Las Buitreras is a great place to meet like-minded people and develop new friendships as well as new skills on the water trying to catch that trophy sea-run brown trout. We hope to see everyone again next year and are looking forward to another great week here in Patagonia.
Biggest sea-run brown trout landed: 18 lbs by Jean-Luc G from France, Claes B from UK and Jamie M from UK
Top rod of the week: Jamie M with 13 sea-run brown trout landed
Number of fish over 15 lbs: 6
Number of fish over 10 lbs: 13
Average size: 9.14 lbs