Week 2 started off with good news for our group. We again saw a small rise of water on Saturday which is always a good sign as it on the one hand encourages more fish to enter the system and also keeps them being active. This obviously got everyone quite excited, and after our welcome dinner where guests were served Bife de Lomo (beef tenderloin) and Malbec wine, rods and reels where rigged up immediately. Floating Scandi shooting heads were the main choice with the occasional intermediate tip rigged as a back up.
Weather wise we experienced temperatures in the 10-15 C range during what we call peak summer down here. This was combined with a few days of rather strong wind, which fortunately came from the right direction in order for us to easily cover the pools properly. Down here the wind is your friend (most of the time), and with the low water conditions the wind gives the fish that extra sense of protection as well as giving us anglers a tiny more room for splashing around. The approach didn’t change in comparison to last week and we mainly fished nymphs in size 8 to 10, sometimes being replaced by the good old girdle or yuk bug when the wind got stronger, allowing us to fish bigger patterns.
This weeks group consisted of clients from USA and the UK, several visiting us here at Las Buitreras for the first time. And then of course we had had some Las Buitreras regulars such as Michael B, who most of you probably know from our video The Blakely Testimonial ADD LINK along with father and son duo Bill and Will. To top of the list of Las Buitreras veterans we had the pleasure of hosting Jamie from Scotland. Our guests from the US changed their Steelhead Skagit rigs to a lighter Scandi style setup and quickly got successful with Tom T experiencing an absolute amazing evening in Zone 1 on the second day. He made it look easy when he first landed a stunning 18,5 lbs fish in Turning Bank, only to move on down to Molino and land a 19 lbs seatrout just 20 minutes later. The second fish remained the biggest fish landed of the week. Both fish were caught on the same EMB fly from Salar flies. Certainly an evening to remember for Tom!
In terms of numbers, Jamie M from Scotland had a good week and managed to land 20 seatrout, giving him the top rod of the week honors. Jamie has been coming here for many years and his skills and experience of fishing this river in different types of conditions really paid off this week.
Mid week we experienced one day with very strong winds which gave our guests a good casting workout to cover the water. Saying this, we usually experience a decreasing wind in the evenings which was also the case on that particular day. Bill and Will, father and son from the USA, for example used this time wisely hooking into fish at the same time. Bill unfortunately lost a nice fish in Raquel while his son Will was a bit luckier landing a perfectly shaped 13 lbs fresh fish in Tiura after he was taken way into his backing on the initial run downstream.
The week went by and we had a blast every evening hearing stories from around the world always combined with a good laugh. Definitely a week that created a lot of jokes and moments that probably go into the books for the next decades.
Stats of the week
Biggest sea-run brown trout landed: 19 lbs by Tom T from USA
Top rod of the week: Jamie M from Scotland with 20 sea-run brown trout landed
Number of fish over 10 lbs: 14
Average size: 9,1 lbs