and Brown Trout Fishing Flies|
The hare's ear nymph is the imitation fly that we like to use in spring creeks
in the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina. It does a good job imitating the
fresh water shrimp or scud that big trout forage for in a spring creek environment.
Fishing in Patagonia Spring Creeks
has spring creeks and desert lakes with huge populations
of fresh water shrimp and the rainbow and brown trout that
are in these waters feed and grow to very large sizes, mainly
to this one food source. The trout get so locked in on the
scud that their whole feeding time is looking down in the
moss or weeds to find them. Because of the still water or
almost still water the fish do not have to exercise much
muscle and so they grow fast while eating a lot.
The trout in the spring creeks also develop habits different than a trout would
normally have in a moving stream or river. The trout in the still water spring
creeks take their time searching the bottom moss or sand head down and tail up.
Because the water is so transparent it is easy to see the prey and for us the
angler easy to see the fish. But you know what that means? The fish can see you.
So how do you fish these waters? You have to approach these waters very stealthily.
is especially true when the sun is behind you or in front
of you. It is very difficult to make a cast without the
fish seeing the line shooting across the water having the
sun at these angles. I normally will not fish these waters
in a cloudy or
windy day and with the sun in front or back of me. I have
found that with sunny cloudless days, no wind and with the
sun above you is the best way to fish for these trout. At
this time the trout cannot see you very easily, but you
can see them very well and you get a chance to study their
You will find that some of the trout are territorial and will roam a section of
the spring creek and not let others in their area. When you spot a feeding trout
and not all will be feeding, that feeding trout will be the easiest to catch.
The feeding fish is interested in eating as fast as he can and therefore he is
not to cautious about things above him or things in the water, like your leader.
Even though this might be the case you still must have a good presentation, the
right size fly, a very light but strong leader or tippet, and weight. We like
to fish with a size 18-20 hare's ear no shine or wrapping, very drab in the dark
brown or gray, lightly weighted. It should be weighted to sink fast enough to
get down to the bottom before the slightest current can carry it to far from your
vision. You need to see the fly when you are fishing up close for big trout in
the creek. This presentation has to be done when the fish is not in sight, but
you know he will be coming back soon. He must find the hare’s ear naturally just
as he finds his shrimp. As your fly sets on the sandy bottom or moss you need
to have your leader kind of straight not curled up. You do not want to attract
light or have the fish see the leader if possible.
and Rainbow Trout
spring creek at the Alerces
Park in the Argentine Patagonia is unique in
this type of fishing. The brown and rainbow trout range
from 20 to 29 inches all feeding and growing big on scuds.
The flow of the spring creek is slight, hardly discernible.
The water is so clear and the fish feeding so close that
you have to plan your cast and presentation to the perfection.
You need to take time to observe the habits of the trout
you’re stalking, wait for him to go past you and then set
the fly in his feeding area and wait. When the trout comes
back and when he is within a foot or two you will have to
move the fly off the bottom or moss to get his attention.
When he comes for the fly he will open his big white mouth
and take the nymph and close his mouth. If you do not set
the hook as the mouth of the fish is closing you have lost
him. You cannot see the leader move or feel the take. This
type of fly fishing is all visual and up close so you have
to be watching very carefully.
spring creek has its own technique and every angler his
favorite imitation. For Argentina or Chile there are a number
of nymphs that can be used for Spring Creek still water
fishing. If you are coming to fish in Patagonia do not forget
to bring your favorite imitation and a dozen of those Hare's