DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina: Why DIY Fishing, Part 2

In part one of this three part series, I discussed the principle characteristics I believe all DIY anglers posses. If you skipped part one, you’re welcome to read it at: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentin…

In part one of this three part series, I discussed the principle characteristics I believe all DIY anglers posses. If you skipped part one, you're welcome to read it at: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina-why.html

The purpose of this post, is to focus on what I believe are the two most important characteristics of a DIY angler; cost and personal experience.  Part three will feature walk-wade and floating options for our DIY clients.

DIY Walk-n-Wade Fishing.

Personal Experience

I find most DIY anglers that work with FCFF are interested in quality fishing program and an opportunity for a personal, positive experience/journey.  Say what?  Folks, please allow me to be brutally direct; there is a HUGE difference between a spoon fed lodge fishing program, vs., a fishing program that is 100% customized to meet your personal fishing needs.  The major advantages of 100% DIY customization are:

  • You get maximum time to fish waters, entirely by yourself (no lodge crowds)
  • You get maximum time to feed your mind, body and soul; by yourself, or with a friend, spouse, family member, etc (not strangers from a lodge that accommodates up to 20 anglers). 

Cost $-$$$$

  1. Many people believe DIY anglers are low budget/cheap anglers.  Truth be told, majority of our clients are wealthy people, who can easily afford a lodge stay.  This demographic chooses to work with us because at heart, they are DIY anglers who don't care for the lodge program.  The other portion of our client base, are college students and recent graduates; who are well on their way to leading a successful life (both, personally and professionally). This demographic; a generation exposed to reality and adventure TV programming, is young enough, that the very thought of staying at $5,000 USD per week fly fishing lodge, is totally foreign to them.
  2. Many people believe that a 100% customized fly fishing vacation will be super expensive = WRONG! 

Final Word

In Part 3, I'll focus on our DIY options for both walk-n-wade and float trip anglers.  The following link will bring you to part three: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina-why_9711.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

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina: Why DIY Fishing, Part 1

If you spend any amount of time reading the information on this blog, you’ll should come to the quick conclusion that I am a DIY fishing/traveling expert.  What can I say, I like to travel independently and create my own experiences.  You sho…

If you spend any amount of time reading the information on this blog, you'll should come to the quick conclusion that I am a DIY fishing/traveling expert.  What can I say, I like to travel independently and create my own experiences.  You should also come to the conclusion that I am direct, honest and wiling to share as much information as possible.  That being said, regarding DIY Patagonia fly fishing trips, I would like to share some thoughts, based on my personal and professional experience.

Before I begin, the below links discuss the differences between a DIY float trip vs. a private lodge float trip; and the differences between a DIY float/drift boat guide vs. a private lodge float/drift boat guide. These post's may help you fully understand the features/benefits of working with us; a DIY Patagonia fly fishing specialty company.

Part 1: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina_25.html
Part 2: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina_9377.html

DIY angler enjoying a day exploring a Patagonia river.

Why Anglers Choose DIY Fly Fish Patagonia

I don't claim to know every reason why an angler prefers a DIY vacation, or more specifically, our DIY Patagonia fly fishing programs, but I believe the following to be true:

  • DIY anglers are focused 100% on fishing.
  • DIY anglers enjoy the freedom and flexibility of our walk-wade, and float programs.
  • DIY anglers would like to have the opportunity to engage in the local scene (e.g. cultural events, restaurants, bars, shops, etc).
  • DIY anglers do not like spending money where they see no value (e.g. fancy lodge). 
  • DIY anglers do not like to stay at lodge that sleeps up to 20 anglers.  
  • For peace of mind, DIY anglers enjoy walking, exploring, and wade fishing.
  • DIY anglers enjoy fishing waters with little or no pressure.  
  • The majority of our DIY clients can afford, and have stayed at lodges before.  They generally state, 'I did not have a bad time at the lodge, but I would not return because I prefer the value of a DIY program...you know, the freedom/flexibility to do what I want...on my time and dime.'  
  • Our DIY clients know that our programs are typically 50% less than a lodge program.

Final Word

In Part 2, I'll focus on what I believe to be the two most important issue's for DIY anglers (cost and personal experience); and how to make the best of your DIY vacation with FCFF.  The following link will bring you to part two: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-fly-fishing-patagonia-argentina_25.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

Another Good Afternoon

Hopefully this is how the rest of the Summer will go: Getting out mid-week to catch some great fish with some equally great company. We’ll see how the coming weeks shake out, but it sure came together yesterday. After the usual morning of chasing kids …

Hopefully this is how the rest of the Summer will go: Getting out mid-week to catch some great fish with some equally great company. We'll see how the coming weeks shake out, but it sure came together yesterday. After the usual morning of chasing kids around at work I was able to take the afternoon and go fishing with a couple of friends.

Practically from the first cast on we were into fish and the action never really did let up. Instead of splitting up and fishing apart from each other we decided to maximize the best water by taking turns fishing it. I really like fishing this way sometimes, because not only do you get to take your time while fishing but you also get to watch (and sometimes mock) how your friends are doing. So when we came up to a nice looking run with a couple of nice looking, larger than average fish, I was waiting my turn behind both Ross and Lane. No big deal, just how it goes sometimes. Well, wouldn't you know, both of them seemed to be under the impression that trout lived up in bushes because they were both tangled alongside the run and I had my shot. I made the most of the opportunity and hooked into a great Cutthroat that made several runs, dogged me in the undercut bank and put up a great fight. Finally, with a little help from a good net man, I brought him to hand.

What a fish! 23 1/2" 

More fish were to be had on the run, so we passed my rod around and gave everyone another shot. Mixed in with the Cutts were some really hard fighting bows. When it came back to my turn I brought a nice little bow to the net. He looked like he'd been living a hard life, with some scrapes and what looked to be bite marks on his back.

Tough little guy
Of course it was only a matter of time before Lane brought another beauty in, and he did not long after I caught mine.

Really pretty fish. 22"

Tried to get some more interesting pics of him than the usual grip & grin


He had some battle scars on his head and gill plate
 Ross hooked into a lot of fish, and some were really good ones, but luck didn't seem to be with him as he only brought a couple to hand. Some days are just like that, at least he caught some and from what I could see was doing a lot of things right today.

These bows fought like crazy

More underwater fun. Not sure why this one looks like he'd been folded, he looked fine out of the water.
 After we were done with the stream we did a little exploring and came up to a really nice looking lake. We let a few flies loose without any luck. After we got home I did some searching and found out that there aren't any fish in this reservoir. Seems like such a waste. Hope you can get out and enjoy the water.

- Kidder

Fish-less? Really?