Fishing the Super Beadhead Nymph

In October I was fishing with what I will call a super nymph on Smith Lake; when I discovered it made the difference in the slow morning I was experiencing. The surface action had long gone after the sun consumed the banks, so my next option was to go down under. I had tried a number of nymph patterns with no success, when I decided right before I was ready to call it a day to give the super nymph a try. On the second cast it produced a nice bluegill, which gave me confidence to stay a while longer.

I like the Tungsten beadhead used on this nymph, because I can get a faster drop verses a traditional beadhead. This pattern continued to produce throughout the morning.

After having success with the olive pattern, I decided I would get David at the Trout Zone to tie me up some other colors. I wanted these to have a little more hackle at the neck and a different color tail to contrast with the body.  I haven’t tried the other colors on the lake, but come spring I will have a report for you guys. As usual he did an excellent job in tying up the exact pattern for me. 

The cream grub is my favorite. I landed numerous rainbows on the tailrace some weeks back dead drifting this nymph in fast water. Sorry I don’t have any images of that trip because I forgot my memory card for my camera that day. I can see myself needing a lot of these cream grubs in my future, not only for the trout but for the monster gills on the lake. I don’t know about you guys but I am ready for spring!!
 

 

 
 

 

In October I was fishing with what I will call a super nymph on Smith Lake; when I discovered it made the difference in the slow morning I was experiencing. The surface action had long gone after the sun consumed the banks, so my next option was to go down under. I had tried a number of nymph patterns with no success, when I decided right before I was ready to call it a day to give the super nymph a try. On the second cast it produced a nice bluegill, which gave me confidence to stay a while longer.
I like the Tungsten beadhead used on this nymph, because I can get a faster drop verses a traditional beadhead. This pattern continued to produce throughout the morning.

After having success with the olive pattern, I decided I would get David at the Trout Zone to tie me up some other colors. I wanted these to have a little more hackle at the neck and a different color tail to contrast with the body.  I haven't tried the other colors on the lake, but come spring I will have a report for you guys. As usual he did an excellent job in tying up the exact pattern for me. 
The cream grub is my favorite. I landed numerous rainbows on the tailrace some weeks back dead drifting this nymph in fast water. Sorry I don’t have any images of that trip because I forgot my memory card for my camera that day. I can see myself needing a lot of these cream grubs in my future, not only for the trout but for the monster gills on the lake. I don't know about you guys but I am ready for spring!!
 
 
 
 

 

Fly Fishing in Patagonia Argentina: From Germany to Patagonia…Petri Heil!

Welcome to the 2013/2014 fishing season in Patagonia, Argentina. I left the USA on December 16th, a day after we received one feet of white powdery snow (0.304 meters of snow).  I flew on Delta and the total bill was $1,400.00 USD.  From Atla…





Welcome to the 2013/2014 fishing season in Patagonia, Argentina.

I left the USA on December 16th, a day after we received one feet of white powdery snow (0.304 meters of snow).  I flew on Delta and the total bill was $1,400.00 USD.  From Atlanta, it's an over-night, easy 10 hour flight.  As the plane landed in Buenos Aires, the following day at 8:00am, the pilot announced the outside temperature.  It was 28 degrees celsius, or 82.4 degrees Fahrenhiet.  My immediate thoughts; I was glad to be out of the sub zero temps of New Hampshire, but I was not ready for +80 degrees and humidity (I expect no sympathy from my northern hemisphere friends).  To beat the temps and humidity, I called an audible and jumped the next flight to Bariloche; where I was met with slightly cooler temps, no humidity and a steady Patagonian breeze = much better. Thereafter, I took the next bus, traveling the beautiful 7 lake route to San Martin de los Andes.  Finally after 24 hours of planes, buses and taxis, I arrived in Junin de los Andes.  The next morning it was off to work with two young anglers from Munich, Germany.

Johannes Liecher and David Arnold are beginner/semi-beginner anglers with a will and desire to fish hard. Their effort, perseverance, and superb guiding by my partner Gustavou and myself, paid off tremendously. Also, fishing the second week of December, due to cold water and good water flow, helped them catch more large fish...timing always helps!

As you continue reading and viewing photos, the purpose of this post is to give you a clear understanding of what FCFF offers the DIY walk-wade angler.  So, if you love to walk-wade, explore, stalk-hunt trout like my friends from Munich, then you'll want to put the rio Malleo on your Patagonia to-do-list.




Rio Malleo Facts

Location: Junin de los Andes, Argentina.  Approximately, +/- 1 hour from Junin.
Province: Neuquen
Fishing Season: Generally, November 01 till May 31st.
Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only.
Floating:  Floating the Malleo is prohibited.
Entrance Fee:  Currently $30 pesos (per day) to enter the lower section or Mapuche reservation.
Camping: Yes, only on the Mapuche reservation, $15 pesos per night.
Length: 64 Kilometers or 40 miles.
Origin: Lago Tromen (third major lake tributary to the rio Alumine).
Termination: Alumine.
Fly Rods: 9ft/4wt through 9ft/6wt. Switch = 11ft/5wt.
Fly Lines:  Floating for dry flies and nymphs.  Seasonal use of sink tips for faster-deeper water.
Flies:  Sorry, but we only share this information with our guest.


Caught on a dry fly, Johannes with a fine Malleo brown.  Johannes just finished his master degree in business and was fortunate enough to complete his final semester in Buenos Aires.  Before leaving for Germany and starting his career, Johannes wanted to experience fly-fishing in Patagonia.  

Lots of Arcos Iris in the 12"18" range.
David, with a colorful 16" brown.  David also finished his master's degree and finished his final semester in Bogota, Columbia.  He plans to stay in Bogota and open up a German style sandwich company.  David is a true beginner fly fisherman.  I work with him and stuck to basic, yet highly effective, casting strokes = he caught plenty of fish  for a beginner.   
Johannes, with another Malleo brown.  Johannes needs to refine his casting stroke; he's all wrist; powerful wrist, at that.  But, to catch fish in Patagonia, and contrary to what the industry sells, 90% of all the fish we catch are within 30 feet or 10 meters.  

Argentina asado; a great way to end a great DIY walk-wade fly fishing trip.  As they enter their new careers, I wish David and Johannes all the best.  Come back and visit Gus and me, anytime.


Fishing with FCFF

Please remember, all of our fishing trips are 100% customized to meet your personal needs.  We hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to do so. Many thanks and hope to see you in Patagonia...Petri Heil!

Gone Fishing,

Mark






A MAN CALLED UNCLE JIM . WE WILL MISS YOU .

It was a very sad day this week when I received a message from my Mom telling my that my fishing inspiration, Uncle Jim had passed away in hospital . As I sat there thinking of what to say to my Aunt Janet who was by his side , I became totally over…


It was a very sad day this week when I received a message from my Mom telling my that my fishing inspiration, Uncle Jim had passed away in hospital .

As I sat there thinking of what to say to my Aunt Janet who was by his side , I became totally overwhelmed with all the wonderful reasons why I called Jim Adams my uncle. Jim was a wonderful caring and giving man who always thought of everyone else before himself .

My family and I first met Jim not long after we moved to Canada when he was visiting our neighbors one summer afternoon . I don't remember how we got on the subject of fishing but once we did that remained the favorite topic for Jim , my Dad and I for years to come .. Having fished in England for smaller coarse fish I was totally taken in by Jim's stories of huge Pike and Bass which could he explained could be caught easily casting wooden plugs..

Some of my favorite memories were sitting in a 3 meter aluminium boat with my Dad and Jim making our way down the Salmon river near Belleville casting Rapalas under over hanging trees for whatever we could catch . I still dont know how we fit so much tackle and junk into the boat and still had room for the 3 of us.. We had some great fishing and some great laughs ..

Jim had nicknamed me "Big Ace " during a fishing trip to Temagami Northern Ontario . I was dealing cards and simply said "big ace bets" .For some reason Jim thought it was the funniest thing he had ever heard. He was literally crying laughing for 30 minutes . He had such a great laugh which we will all miss.

I have written about Jim here on my blog as he , like my Dad were a true inspiration for me in many different areas of my life but especially when it comes to fishing ...I remember we would often drop into the local tackle shop on our way to our fishing spots and Jim would try to convince the owner that he should let us take his new Ranger bass boat out for a spin ... Even though Jim was a great salesman that unfortunately never happened . I told Jim not too worry as I would buy my own bass boat some day ..

Jim helped me with my goal of owning my own boat by getting me my first real job at a local moving company doing office moves on weekends .. This lead to me eventually getting summer jobs and working every night after school at the mover's warehouse.. My strong work ethic and good references from the job Jim had got for me helped me land an apprenticeship in tool and die making which has served me well to this day

With the money I earner in those early days I was able to finally buy my bass boat .. Once i had that I never looked back and have been fishing like a mad man ever since :).

I would like to thank you Uncle Jim for your help and inspiration and hope that I can help and inspire some young anglers here at Exotic Fishing Thailand so they too can enjoy some great times fishing with their families and friends like I did with you and Dad..