The Futalefu is one of the world’s most famous rivers, known for world class rafting and superb fly fishing opportunities. The deep blue water, created by glacial till, is home to a prolific population of magnificent rainbow and brown trout that range in size from 12 to 18 inches on average, with the ever present opportunity to hook and land a trophy. The Futaleafu is fed by the lakes in the Los Alceres National Park, in Chubut Province, Argentina, winding its way through the Andes mountains into Chile and eventually emptying into Lago Yelcho.
Stonefly, Caddis and Mayfly hatches are common so a good selection of each along with colors is good to have. There are times when Caddis hatches can be so thick that they literally cover the sky. Mayfly hatches are less prolific but at times can be equally important. Elk Hair Caddis and Parachute Adams can be effective in sizes 14-20. Rusty Spinners in size 16 and 18 can be deadly at times as the morning Mayfly spinner falls are often much larger than the hatch. In the Futaleufu there is a good Stonefly population and size 8-10, weighted Black Stones are a good bet if the dry fly fishing is slow. In March there can be epic flying ant hatches throughout Patagonia and size 16-20 Black Parachute Ants can bring up lots of fish in a day.
The majority of our fishing will be fishing with large attractor type dries including: Chernobyl Ants, Turk’s Tarantulas, Fat Alberts, Hoppers, Beetles, PMX’s, Damsel and large darner Dragonfly patterns. Dragon and Damselfly hatches on the lower reaches of th FU can be amazing with largest browns and bows literally launching themselves out of the water to eat them out of the air. Casting large dries to big fish is not only exciting fishing, it can be the most effective way to hook up with a large Patagonian trout.