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Northern Patagonia, Argentina: Fly Fishing & Lodging

Posted by yellowdog on Mar 11, 2019 1:39:38 PM

Target Species: Rainbows and brown trout

Season: November – April

Major Fisheries: Malleo, Chimehuin, Collon Cura, Filo Hua Hum, Limay, Alumine, Traful

Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, high-end resorts, art gallery tours

Closest Major Air Hubs: San Martin de los Andes (CPC) and Bariloche (BRC)

In many regards, the San Martin and Junin de los Andes area of Northern Patagonia is the region that put Argentina on the map for world class trout fishing. With its wide-open mountainous terrain, dry temperate climate, consistent aquatic insect hatches, and a huge variety of available trout waters, this area reminds anglers more of Montana than any other fishing region in Argentina. Nearly all of this region lies within Argentina’s beautiful Neuquen Province – an area consisting of numerous glacial lakes, an abundance of freestone rivers, snow-studded volcanoes, and dense forests. 

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Topics: Argentina

Choosing the Right Destination in Patagonia: Argentina or Chile?

Posted by yellowdog on Feb 15, 2019 12:38:58 PM

There’s no question that Patagonia is one of the premier freshwater fly fishing destinations in the world – a productive, one-of-a-kind region in South America that is home to dozens of lodges, experienced and professional guides, and more rivers, streams and lakes that can possibly be fished in a lifetime. The options and choices are endless, which is why deciding on where, when and how to fish Patagonia can at times be overwhelming. This is especially true when planning or researching a first-time trip to the region.

Here at Yellow Dog, we receive a steady stream of inquiries from anglers interested in fishing South America, and usually the conversation begins with, “Should I be looking at Argentina or Chile?” and “Can you tell me the differences between the two?”

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Topics: Argentina, Chile

Patagonia by the Seasons: When to Go?

Posted by yellowdog on Feb 12, 2019 10:56:00 AM

There are a lot of variables to consider when planning a fly fishing trip to Patagonia.  Among the most common - and arguably the most important - question is, "When is the very BEST time to go?" With a long fishing season that typically extends from early November all the way through April, there are of course seasonal transformations to be aware of when planning a trip. From eager, early-season eats and unpressured characteristics of the early season in November and December, to the abundant hatches brought during the warm summer months of January to mid-March, all the way through to to the fall streamer season of April, Patagonia offers something for every trout angler. While we realize that the “best time to go” can be subjective and largely based on specific schedules and windows of availability, we have nonetheless put together a general summary and reference guide to help you choose the best time for your visit to Patagonia.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Argentina, Chile

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Fly Fishing in Patagonia

Posted by yellowdog on Feb 4, 2019 10:44:13 AM

Thinking about planning a trip to Patagonia? Each and every week we field numerous enquiries from our clients and the following ten questions are ones that we identified as the most helpful as a good starting point for anyone interested in planning a trip to Patagonia.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Where to Go For Your First Bonefishing Trip

Posted by yellowdog on Feb 1, 2019 11:47:48 AM

For lots of anglers who’ve grown up on the freshwater, fishing saltwater flats eventually becomes a goal. In a lot of ways, it’s the natural progression of the sport- looking for the next new experience within fishing. For those anglers looking to get on the flats there may not be a better introductory or timeless fish than the bonefish.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Where To Go Fly Fishing For Permit and Tarpon in The Bahamas

Posted by yellowdog on Jan 28, 2019 12:45:04 PM

The Bahamas will always be synonymous with bonefish. In fact, The Bahamas could possibly be the greatest bonefish fishery found on earth, the crystalline Caribbean waters providing the perfect habitat. However, maybe not what its famous for, the Bahamas are home to some terrific permit and tarpon fishing as well.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Tides and Fly Fishing: Planning Your Trip Around The Tides

Posted by yellowdog on Jan 24, 2019 3:30:34 PM

If you’re headed on a saltwater fly fishing trip chances are you have thought once or twice about what the tides are doing. In the simplest of terms tides occur by the gravitational pull of the moon which moves water around the earth’s oceans. But diving a little deeper into the topic not only provides insight into feeding habits of our beloved flats species but also equips anglers with the knowledge to make educated choices about planning a trip.

What are tides?

The earth’s moon is close enough to the planet that its effects of gravitational pull can be witnessed. Although this gravitational force is not strong enough to be felt in humans and is too small to measure except using sophisticated instruments, the moon’s gravitational pull can be seen moving the earth’s bodies of water as witnessed in the tides. Depending on where the moon is in proximity to the sun and earth, tides will vary in height and intensity.

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Debunking 10 Myths About Bluewater Fly Fishing

Posted by yellowdog on Jan 16, 2019 12:19:12 PM

If you’ve never tried bluewater fly fishing then you are truly missing out on one of the great experiences fly fishing has to offer. There are many reasons why we love bluewater fly fishing but maybe one of the best is that it’s great for everyone in the family. Non-anglers will have a great time hanging out on the deck of the boat and watching the action. And most lodges that offer bluewater options have a host of different non-angling activities. You’ll find some myths about bluewater fly fishing below and hopefully the insight will only add to your excitement to fly fish the bluewater. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

15 Facts You Most Likely Didn't Know About Belize

Posted by yellowdog on Jan 10, 2019 3:41:37 PM

Belize is one of Yellow Dog’s favorite destinations. Not only is it easy to travel to from the United States, but the small Central American country has a host of different options ranging from fantastic flats fishing for tarpon, permit, bonefish and other species, to terrific activities for non-anglers. With a wide array of lodges offering different packages and experiences, Belize truly has something for everyone. Do you think you know everything about this small laid-back country? Some of these facts may surprise you!

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Juvenile vs. Migratory Tarpon Fly Fishing Guide

Posted by yellowdog on Dec 20, 2018 12:23:40 PM

It’s no secret that tarpon are one of of the most sought after gamefish on the planet. This is probably due to their shear strength, their size - an adult tarpon can reach upwards of 200 pounds! - a reel-wrenching fight that could take you to your backing multiple times, and the reward that comes from actually bringing one of these beautiful prehistoric creatures to hand. Tarpon are the ultimate fish for the saltwater fly fisherman. However, what many anglers fail to realize is that tarpon come in two varieties: juvenile or babies, and then the big migratory tarpon that rightly take the title of ‘trophy.’ No matter the size or age of a tarpon, the fish still delivers everything that an angler would ever want.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing