DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia: Wisconsin to Brown Town

In a world filled with fly fishing propaganda, we believe our guided DIY fishing programs are the closest thing to the real Patagonia experience.  But, don’t take our word, read our client testimonials. We had an awesome three days floating the Ju…

In a world filled with fly fishing propaganda, we believe our guided DIY fishing programs are the closest thing to the real Patagonia experience.  But, don't take our word, read our client testimonials.




























We had an awesome three days floating the Junin de los Andes area with First Cast. Our guide, was as knowledgable and as good of a rower as any guide I have ever had, and he genuinely loved fishing and helping us hook into some big ones. One of the best aspects of First Cast is that everyone involved is really passionate about fly fishing, and that passion finds its way into their trips. Then there is the fact that the fishing is all you could dream of! Mark and his partner were also very helpful in planning the rest of our DIY trip in Argentina. Both are very communicative, which was incredibly helpful throughout the trip. I hope I can make it back down to Argentina to fish again, if I do, First Cast will be the first people to know!

B. Goodwin. Wisconsin, USA

DIY Fly Fishing Argentina: Oregonian fishing the Rio Chimehuin

My guided DIY Patagonia experience was amazing. I feel sure that there would have been opportunities for bigger/more fish if the rivers hadn’t been blown out. I fished the Chimehuin all 4 days. The first day in the stretch starting right in Junin de lo…








My guided DIY Patagonia experience was amazing. I feel sure that there would have been opportunities for bigger/more fish if the rivers hadn't been blown out. I fished the Chimehuin all 4 days. The first day in the stretch starting right in Junin de los Andes and drifting for about 8 miles, the next two doing the upper 22 mile stretch from the lake down to Junin, and the last with the kids repeating most of the first float. Mark's partner and head guide was amazing to work with and it was a blast fishing the fast section of the river on top. I must have made hundreds of casts both days, often times to pocket water where the fly was only there for a second. It was gratifying that he thought I was a good enough caster to do it. It was amazingly challenging, but that's a lot of what the joy of fly fishing is: if anyone could master it in a day, it wouldn't be worth pursuing. He went so far as to carry the kids on his back from the raft to shore so they wouldn't have to get their hiking boots wet. Amazing, and a great picture in my mind.
























The owner-host of Mark's private apartment was friendly, kind, solicitous and seemed genuinely concerned that the kids and I have a great time. The apartment worked well and we were exceedingly comfortable. After being on the road for 3 months, Norah was excited to be able to cook so we had a couple of lovely dinners in. Our host even went so far as to loan the kids a GPS so they could find the trail heads on some of the hikes they did.

I hope that my new acquaintances in Junin de los Andes think half as well of us as we did of them.

C. Driver.  Oregon, USA. 

Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina: The DIY Walk-Wade Experience in Junin de los Andes

How to use this blog?  Use the blog search engine and type in key words such as Float Trip, Walk-Wade, Float Tube, Lessons, Pesos, Fy Rods, Flies, Best Months, etc.  The search engine is located on the right side, just below the weather.  FYI, there are over 100 post about fishing Patagonia…the information you are looking for, is probably on this blog.  Thanks.

We are always happy to receive great client testimonials.  As a beginner, David was a dream to work with, and it was a true pleasure meeting this young man.  I have a feeling he will go far in life!



I arrived in Junin de Los Andes to fish with FCFF this December with only two days of previous fly fishing experience. I didn’t stand much of a chance at catching fish without some serious help and I could not have asked for a better guide and instructor. I was in the middle of a trip through South America and heard that Junin de los Andes offers some of the best fly fishing in the world and was not disappointed. Being inexperienced, on a budget, and with limited time, I needed another option than the lodges that I found online. I stumbled upon First Cast Fly Fishing and Mark’s system could not have worked better for me. I spent three days with Mark and his assistant, as he not only guided me to the best spots, but gave me personal and thorough instruction. From the research I’ve done, I’m convinced that there is no other option in Patagonia to get this type of instruction and experience. 


Despite some hangups, it wasn’t long until we were catching some beautiful fish. The first morning we hit a gorgeous spot packed with active fish and lots of hatching flies. It was an open area with plenty of room to work on casting and fish were hitting one after the other, I missed the set on the first 18 or 19 fish, but finally got one and we were off. Over the next two days I caught gorgeous brown and rainbow trout and absorbed an incredible amount of information. Mark’s many years of experience, obvious skill, and laid back demeanor gave me confidence that I was getting the very best info out there. But the proof is in the fishing and we caught great fish and had some great battles. On the second day, Mark even had me casting off-handed and I was able to pull in a nice brown trout. 

Mark was professional and hospitable from start to finish. He helped me figure out a place to stay, food to eat, and what to do around Junin other than fish. But more than his professionalism and expertise, he’s simply a cool guy. He has lots of stories to tell and was interested in hearing mine, which made for a fun exchange. I was worried of showing up to Junin and feeling steamrolled as a beginner in one of the premier fishing spots in the world. But Mark and his asssistant did a fantastic job of looking out for my interests and helping me take things one step at a time to squeeze everything out of the experience. I was wiped out after three full days of fishing, but thrilled at having experienced an incredible part of the continent in a very unique way. Looking forward to much more fishing in the future and hopefully, one day, another trip to Patagonia.



D. Dwight. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. USA

How to use this blog?  Use the blog search engine and type in key words such as Float Trip, Walk-Wade, Float Tube, Lessons, Pesos, Fy Rods, Flies, Best Months, etc.  The search engine is located on the right side, just below the weather.  FYI, there are over 100 post about fishing Patagonia...the information you are looking for, is probably on this blog.  Thanks.

We are always happy to receive great client testimonials.  As a beginner, David was a dream to work with, and it was a true pleasure meeting this young man.  I have a feeling he will go far in life!




I arrived in Junin de Los Andes to fish with FCFF this December with only two days of previous fly fishing experience. I didn't stand much of a chance at catching fish without some serious help and I could not have asked for a better guide and instructor. I was in the middle of a trip through South America and heard that Junin de los Andes offers some of the best fly fishing in the world and was not disappointed. Being inexperienced, on a budget, and with limited time, I needed another option than the lodges that I found online. I stumbled upon First Cast Fly Fishing and Mark’s system could not have worked better for me. I spent three days with Mark and his assistant, as he not only guided me to the best spots, but gave me personal and thorough instruction. From the research I’ve done, I’m convinced that there is no other option in Patagonia to get this type of instruction and experience. 

Despite some hangups, it wasn’t long until we were catching some beautiful fish. The first morning we hit a gorgeous spot packed with active fish and lots of hatching flies. It was an open area with plenty of room to work on casting and fish were hitting one after the other, I missed the set on the first 18 or 19 fish, but finally got one and we were off. Over the next two days I caught gorgeous brown and rainbow trout and absorbed an incredible amount of information. Mark’s many years of experience, obvious skill, and laid back demeanor gave me confidence that I was getting the very best info out there. But the proof is in the fishing and we caught great fish and had some great battles. On the second day, Mark even had me casting off-handed and I was able to pull in a nice brown trout. 

Mark was professional and hospitable from start to finish. He helped me figure out a place to stay, food to eat, and what to do around Junin other than fish. But more than his professionalism and expertise, he’s simply a cool guy. He has lots of stories to tell and was interested in hearing mine, which made for a fun exchange. I was worried of showing up to Junin and feeling steamrolled as a beginner in one of the premier fishing spots in the world. But Mark and his asssistant did a fantastic job of looking out for my interests and helping me take things one step at a time to squeeze everything out of the experience. I was wiped out after three full days of fishing, but thrilled at having experienced an incredible part of the continent in a very unique way. Looking forward to much more fishing in the future and hopefully, one day, another trip to Patagonia.


D. Dwight. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. USA