New England to Patagonia: Argentina Guided DIY Fishing Testmonial

Hola Mark. Here’s part one of two — Some bullet points on my trip with FCFF.Pre trip contact information from Mark Foley was frequent and helpful.The value of the experience far exceeded the price that we paid.  Buy your airfare early!!…























Hola Mark. 

Here's part one of two -- Some bullet points on my trip with FCFF.

  • Pre trip contact information from Mark Foley was frequent and helpful.
  • The value of the experience far exceeded the price that we paid.  Buy your airfare early!!  We flew round trip from JFK to EZE for under $1K.
  • The guides were OUTSTANDING!!  FCFF partner/head-guide and associate guides and were beyond our expectations.  They were knowledgeable, experienced, patient and great teacher, world-class fly fisherman.
  • The guides brought us to MANY fishing locations on the Rio Malleo for walk-wade fishing.  There were four in our group.  One guide for two fishers.  Received great one on one attention and instruction.
  • Guides picked us up at the apartment promptly at 0730 and drove to first fishing spot.  We usually returned to apt at 1830, including travel time to river.  BTW, restaurants don't open in Argentina until 1800 hours.  New experience for us.
  • Do the overnight camping trip on the river.  It was a great experience.  Be SURE to view the Southern Hemisphere night sky.  It is awesome. 
  • Float trips were really great.  Fished Rio Malleo, Alumine, Collon Cura, and the Chimehuin.  Caught many, many rainbows, browns, and Perca.  Fish are wild; of good size 14" to 20" for us and they fight like crazy.
  • Nymph fishing is THE thing down there.  Nymph droppers off a dry fly and straight nymphs bouncing off the bottom.  Mark Foley told me, "if you're not dragging', you're not bragging'.  He is right!
  • Bring plenty of flies.  You'll need them, believe me.  Guides are not your source for flies.  They are, however, generous with a particular fly you may not have.
  • The landscape and scenery there is incredible.  Wide-open spaces, 13,000 foot snow covered volcano in the Andes off in the distance. 
  • We fished for 8 days and rarely saw another person, building, or vehicle.

FIRST CAST FLY FISHING offers a great guided DIY fly-fishing experience for the price we paid!

B. Geer.  New Hampshire, USA

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia: From Maine to Argentina Testimonial

Hola Mark.The house is quiet and I finally have a moment to reflect on our fantastic Patagonia fishing adventure. Not withstanding my initial trepidation about old knees and a suspect ankle, I am pleased to report my personal experience was nothin…







Hola Mark.

The house is quiet and I finally have a moment to reflect on our fantastic Patagonia fishing adventure. 

Not withstanding my initial trepidation about old knees and a suspect ankle, I am pleased to report my personal experience was nothing less than fully amazing.  

The water was high and fast but clear, the skies crystal blue and the winds strong as promised.  Your partner and guides are the ultimate professionals; knowledgeable, patient, insightful and fun.  They knew where the fish were, what flies to use, and how best to make our presentation. 

We fished hard and were well rewarded for our efforts with healthy browns and beautiful rainbows.
Our FCFF Patagonia guided DIY fishing experience was all I could have planned and hoped for.  

My Best.

D. Peterson. Maine, USA

Touching the Cool Waters of the Sipsey Again

Today’s trip was not about landing trout on the Sipsey but a time for me to reflect back on the many storied trips I’ve had on this beautiful tailrace. Sure a colorful rainbow would be nice to bend my 3 weight, but the excitement of just watching my fly gently light on the Sip’s surface took precedence over the catch.


 This was my first fishing trip since August 29th 2017 when I hurt my back and had to have two Epidurals to get back on my feet. Close to five months is a long time to go without wetting a fly for me; so to say I was pumped about getting to fish was an understatement.


  I was anxious to try my new Orvis Battenkill II reel my son gave me for Christmas. I paired it up with my Hardy Streamflex 3 weight. What impressed me about this reel was the narrow spool to reduce line stacking and of course the lightness.

l put the combo to work within five minutes of wading into position in one of my favorite holes on the tailrace. This beautiful rainbow nailed the Copper John as it was drifting down one of the many runs located on the lower end of the tailrace; a lot of fun on the 3 weight.

The tailrace was higher than I like to fish it, but I didn’t care; I was back on my home waters and that was all that matter to me.

My wading staff was my best friend today as I maneuvered through all the rocks on the floor of the gorge. I saw one guy take a spill on the slippery rocks; luckily he didn’t damage his wrist and knee. 

Faster water was the turn on for all the trout I landed during the four hour trip. This bow was taken as my nymph floated over a few submerged logs. I lost a couple other trout in the run due to break off in the logs. I questioned myself for using the 3 weight after losing two quality trout in this run, but again being here today was more important than the loss of a few trout. I know I’ll have many more trips to redeem myself.


Today’s trip was not about landing trout on the Sipsey but a time for me to reflect back on the many storied trips I’ve had on this beautiful tailrace. Sure a colorful rainbow would be nice to bend my 3 weight, but the excitement of just watching my fly gently light on the Sip’s surface took precedence over the catch.
 This was my first fishing trip since August 29th 2017 when I hurt my back and had to have two Epidurals to get back on my feet. Close to five months is a long time to go without wetting a fly for me; so to say I was pumped about getting to fish was an understatement.
  I was anxious to try my new Orvis Battenkill II reel my son gave me for Christmas. I paired it up with my Hardy Streamflex 3 weight. What impressed me about this reel was the narrow spool to reduce line stacking and of course the lightness.

l put the combo to work within five minutes of wading into position in one of my favorite holes on the tailrace. This beautiful rainbow nailed the Copper John as it was drifting down one of the many runs located on the lower end of the tailrace; a lot of fun on the 3 weight.
The tailrace was higher than I like to fish it, but I didn’t care; I was back on my home waters and that was all that matter to me.
My wading staff was my best friend today as I maneuvered through all the rocks on the floor of the gorge. I saw one guy take a spill on the slippery rocks; luckily he didn’t damage his wrist and knee. 
Faster water was the turn on for all the trout I landed during the four hour trip. This bow was taken as my nymph floated over a few submerged logs. I lost a couple other trout in the run due to break off in the logs. I questioned myself for using the 3 weight after losing two quality trout in this run, but again being here today was more important than the loss of a few trout. I know I’ll have many more trips to redeem myself.