Fishing Trip Washed Out–So Concentrate On My Other Hobby

Thursday was my day to make it to the Sipsey Tailrace and try some wet flies for the recently stocked rainbow. Needless to say it rained all day Thursday and into the night. My wife and I left for Tennessee on Friday afternoon which has halted the fishing for me until next Tuesday. At the rate I am going my bluegill quest may be gone for this year.

So with my fishing on hold for a while I spent some time Friday morning tending to my other hobby, gardening, in the form of my cherry tomatoes, and peppers.
The wife’s discarded flower pots with one of my five cherry tomatoes plants. The blooms are just showing up on this plant. It will produce tomatoes into fall.

This plant is already producing, amazing what a 2.00 bag of top soil will produce when tomatoes are involved.

One of two sweet banana pepper plants that will produce into fall with an amazing amount of pepper yielded.

I thought I would try a couple of plants in this pot and see if I could double my yield. Both plants are producing pepper. There isn’t a lot of maintenance that goes into gardening on this scale, a little liquid miracle grow and water is the ticket. 
Muscadines are another food passion of mine in the fall so I planted a couple just to see if they would produce in the coming years.

  

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Thursday was my day to make it to the Sipsey Tailrace and try some wet flies for the recently stocked rainbow. Needless to say it rained all day Thursday and into the night. My wife and I left for Tennessee on Friday afternoon which has halted the fishing for me until next Tuesday. At the rate I am going my bluegill quest may be gone for this year.

So with my fishing on hold for a while I spent some time Friday morning tending to my other hobby, gardening, in the form of my cherry tomatoes, and peppers.
The wife’s discarded flower pots with one of my five cherry tomatoes plants. The blooms are just showing up on this plant. It will produce tomatoes into fall.
This plant is already producing, amazing what a 2.00 bag of top soil will produce when tomatoes are involved.
One of two sweet banana pepper plants that will produce into fall with an amazing amount of pepper yielded.
I thought I would try a couple of plants in this pot and see if I could double my yield. Both plants are producing pepper. There isn’t a lot of maintenance that goes into gardening on this scale, a little liquid miracle grow and water is the ticket. 
Muscadines are another food passion of mine in the fall so I planted a couple just to see if they would produce in the coming years.

  

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina: Combine Walk-Wade with a Float, The Best Fishing Program in Patagonia!

The majority of our clients are walk-n-wade anglers.  I don’t think this a bad thing; after all, I am a DIY walk-n-wade angler/guide myself, and FCFF is a DIY Patagonia fly fishing company. However, in the Junin de los Andes area, I would very muc…

The majority of our clients are walk-n-wade anglers.  I don't think this a bad thing; after all, I am a DIY walk-n-wade angler/guide myself, and FCFF is a DIY Patagonia fly fishing company. However, in the Junin de los Andes area, I would very much like to see our clients take more of our DIY float trips. Why?  Yes, it cost a few more dollars, but floating the rivers in/around Junin de los Andes is a GREAT - GREAT fishing experience...one that should not be missed!

In December, the upper Chimehuin river float is out of this world!  Rainbows are spawning and large Brown Trout are very active.

Why Combine Walk-Wade and Floating?

Even if your are a walk-n-wade purist, at the very minimum, I still think you should take a float for 1-2 days. By combining the best walk-wade and float trip programs offered in the Junin de los Andes area, you are maximizing your overall life fishing experience and knowledge.  Further, you'll see more of Patagonia, and end-up receiving the complete/total Patagonia fishing experience. Really?  Yes, really! You will fish both small and big water; and be exposed to a variety of Patagonia flora/fauna. I have yet to meet any angler who has regretted taking our DIY float trips.  In fact, most people say, "I wish I had signed up for more floats."

This DIY walk-wade angler was not unhappy that he decided to float for a few days!

How to DIY Float with FCFF?

Scenario A:  You are a solo angler wishing to combine walk-wade and float trips.  However, as a solo angler, you'll have to pay the entire cost of the float trip.  Paying for the cost of the float trip entirely on your own may kill your budget.  Here's what we can do, or suggest:

  • We can pair you with another DIY angler.  By doing this, you split the daily float trip fee. Remember, anglers staying at lodges are paying +/- $450 USD per day, per angler; to float the same rivers that we float.  Our cost could be as low as $200 USD per day/per angler.  At $200 USD per day/per angler, you are spending a few more dollars than our daily DIY walk-n-wade rate. So, if you are here and this is a once in a lifetime fishing vacation, why not spend a few more dollars and take a few floats. The cost analysis and value proposition of our DIY programs, are unbeatable!  Don't cheat yourself of a great experience and memories!
  • Start recruiting...In other words, invite a friend (or, anyone) to help split the cost.

Scenario B:  You are a group of anglers working with FCFF.  You want to mix walk-wade and floats. You sign up for our three or more day discount packages and you save money!

  • Three or more day float packages, may save you up to $100 per day.  That's $50 USD per each angler/per day, that you saved.  This savings easily buys you a lot of great Malbec Wine and Patagonia Beef! 
  • If you are a party of four anglers, you can easily rotate days between walk-wade and floats.  

Alumine = Big Water and lots of fun!  Also, just because you are floating, does not mean you can't stop and fish certain runs/pools!  

Final Word

We are not here to tell you what to do, but if pushed to say so, we suggest adding a few float trips to your fishing program.  If you do so, I believe this combination will give you what so many call, "the real Patagonia experience."

We hope that you found this post helpful.  If you are searching for more information, please feel free to contact us; or, use the search bar engine, located above, on the right side.  To use the search bar engine, for example, simply type in key words like DIY Patagonia Float Trips.  

Muchas Gracias,

Mark

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina: Why DIY Fishing, Options? Part 3

Many people believe that a 100% customized DIY fly fishing vacation will be super expensive. Folk’s, this is 100% WRONG! The cost of our DIY programs in Patagonia are not free/super-uber cheap, but they are extremely fair. Before I talk about expenses, let’s talk about your DIY options with First Cast Fly Fishing.

It’s a great day for a walk-n-wade!

DIY Walk-Wade Programs

The majority of our DIY anglers tend to be the walk-n-wade type.  I believe they prefer this mode of fishing because they truly enjoy being ‘in’ the water.  I also believe they prefer this option because it is the cheapest way to fish Patagonia with FCFF.  For example, we have the following programs:

  • Option A: for the angler who does not need a baby sitter (active guiding), but needs help deciding when and where to fish (that best matches your style of fishing), FCFF simply drives you to the river (the best locations), we talk about specific runs/pools and strategies, and then FCFF points you in the right direction. You go fishing on your own and FCFF does the same. We agree to meet back at truck at a specific time; sometimes we meet for lunch, or I may stop by to see how things are going. This service tends to be ideal for the budget conscious DIY angler, or an angler who desires some alone time.
  • Option B: I actively guide you = I take you to the best spots and I do my best to put you on fish.  To reach some of the ‘best’ fishing spots, you should be in good physical health and be able to walk up to 1.0 – 2.0 hours.

Walk-Wade Cost  $-$$

We do not publish our pricing because all of our trips are 100% customized to meet your personal needs. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Option (A) is $ (the least expensive option).  When weighing the cost of a Patagonia rental car, or roundtrip taxi service to/from the river, and then finding ‘primo’ fishing spots; you should quickly realize that our ‘option A’ rate is a bargain.  We recently booked a client who said he wanted option ‘A’ for two weeks.  His total two week fly fishing trip, including lodging/food, etc., will be much less than a one week stay at a private lodge. 
  • Option (B) is $$ (the second least expensive option).  This option is double the price of option ‘A,’ but you receive one-on-one guiding, coaching, etc.  You are taken to the very best spots in the Junin de los Andes area.  Even at this higher rate, you will spend less money in one week with FCFF, than at a private lodge stay.  

He is the best guide/oarsman in northern Patagonia!

DIY Drift Boat/Float Trips

Before I explain our drift boat options, you should know that our float trips are done on the same waters that all the other Junin de los Andes area guides and lodges float on (there is no such thing as private waters, in Patagonia). The rivers in Junin de los Andes that ‘everyone’ floats are the Chimehuin (upper-middle-lower), Alumine, and Collon Cura.  What makes our float programs different is our guide, our approach and the cost:

  • Your FCFF drift boat guide is a 6’3″, 250lbs, ex-Junior Olympic Rowing Champion who is a certified White Water  River Guide, and a registered outfitter/guide.  He has been guiding in the Junin de los Andes for +15 years.  The benefit is safety, expertise, and river/fishing knowledge. 
  • We have 100% flexibility.  In other words, we can start fishing at 6:00am or finish at 10:00pm.


Drift Boat Cost  $-$$$


Once again, we do not publish our pricing because all of our trips are 100% customized to meet your personal needs. Here’s what you can expect:

  • You have the option of bringing your own food and beverage on the float.  By doing this, you will save money.  If you chose to bring your own food, we can provide you with local, home-made food options (fyi, the cost is cheap and the quality is very good).  If we provide food and beverage, our pricing is higher.
  • One day float (in-season): you can expect to pay the maximum amount.  
  • Three of more days floats: you can expect to receive a healthy discount.
  • Bottom Line:  if your staying at a lodge, each angler is paying about +/- $450 per day/per float. With FCFF, the daily cost of the float trip, for two anglers, may be as low as $200 USD each!

Final Word

The next post will discuss the features and benefits of combining our DIY walk-wade a float options. Please visit: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina_27.html

We hope that you found this post helpful.  If you are searching for more information, please feel free to contact us; or, use the search bar engine, located above, on the right side.  To use the search bar engine, for example, simply type in key words like DIY Patagonia Float Trips.  

Muchas Gracias,

Mark

Many people believe that a 100% customized DIY fly fishing vacation will be super expensive. Folk's, this is 100% WRONG! The cost of our DIY programs in Patagonia are not free/super-uber cheap, but they are extremely fair. Before I talk about expenses, let's talk about your DIY options with First Cast Fly Fishing.

It's a great day for a walk-n-wade!

DIY Walk-Wade Programs

The majority of our DIY anglers tend to be the walk-n-wade type.  I believe they prefer this mode of fishing because they truly enjoy being 'in' the water.  I also believe they prefer this option because it is the cheapest way to fish Patagonia with FCFF.  For example, we have the following programs:

  • Option A: for the angler who does not need a baby sitter (active guiding), but needs help deciding when and where to fish (that best matches your style of fishing), FCFF simply drives you to the river (the best locations), we talk about specific runs/pools and strategies, and then FCFF points you in the right direction. You go fishing on your own and FCFF does the same. We agree to meet back at truck at a specific time; sometimes we meet for lunch, or I may stop by to see how things are going. This service tends to be ideal for the budget conscious DIY angler, or an angler who desires some alone time.
  • Option B: I actively guide you = I take you to the best spots and I do my best to put you on fish.  To reach some of the ‘best’ fishing spots, you should be in good physical health and be able to walk up to 1.0 - 2.0 hours.

Walk-Wade Cost  $-$$

We do not publish our pricing because all of our trips are 100% customized to meet your personal needs. Here's what you can expect:

  • Option (A) is $ (the least expensive option).  When weighing the cost of a Patagonia rental car, or roundtrip taxi service to/from the river, and then finding 'primo' fishing spots; you should quickly realize that our 'option A' rate is a bargain.  We recently booked a client who said he wanted option 'A' for two weeks.  His total two week fly fishing trip, including lodging/food, etc., will be much less than a one week stay at a private lodge. 
  • Option (B) is $$ (the second least expensive option).  This option is double the price of option 'A,' but you receive one-on-one guiding, coaching, etc.  You are taken to the very best spots in the Junin de los Andes area.  Even at this higher rate, you will spend less money in one week with FCFF, than at a private lodge stay.  

He is the best guide/oarsman in northern Patagonia!

DIY Drift Boat/Float Trips

Before I explain our drift boat options, you should know that our float trips are done on the same waters that all the other Junin de los Andes area guides and lodges float on (there is no such thing as private waters, in Patagonia). The rivers in Junin de los Andes that 'everyone' floats are the Chimehuin (upper-middle-lower), Alumine, and Collon Cura.  What makes our float programs different is our guide, our approach and the cost:

  • Your FCFF drift boat guide is a 6'3", 250lbs, ex-Junior Olympic Rowing Champion who is a certified White Water  River Guide, and a registered outfitter/guide.  He has been guiding in the Junin de los Andes for +15 years.  The benefit is safety, expertise, and river/fishing knowledge. 
  • We have 100% flexibility.  In other words, we can start fishing at 6:00am or finish at 10:00pm.

Drift Boat Cost  $-$$$

Once again, we do not publish our pricing because all of our trips are 100% customized to meet your personal needs. Here's what you can expect:


  • You have the option of bringing your own food and beverage on the float.  By doing this, you will save money.  If you chose to bring your own food, we can provide you with local, home-made food options (fyi, the cost is cheap and the quality is very good).  If we provide food and beverage, our pricing is higher.
  • One day float (in-season): you can expect to pay the maximum amount.  
  • Three of more days floats: you can expect to receive a healthy discount.
  • Bottom Line:  if your staying at a lodge, each angler is paying about +/- $450 per day/per float. With FCFF, the daily cost of the float trip, for two anglers, may be as low as $200 USD each!

Final Word

The next post will discuss the features and benefits of combining our DIY walk-wade a float options. Please visit: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina_27.html

We hope that you found this post helpful.  If you are searching for more information, please feel free to contact us; or, use the search bar engine, located above, on the right side.  To use the search bar engine, for example, simply type in key words like DIY Patagonia Float Trips.  

Muchas Gracias,

Mark