Fishing the Limay can be a bit overwhelming. It’s one of the largest rivers in Patagonia and has so much incredible trout water it is hard to know where to begin. There is good fishing from the Boca of Lake Nahuel Haupi through all 5 reservoirs downstream. My friends like to fish the Limay because it consistently holds nice rainbows and browns, and is famous for the double-digit browns that push upriver from the first reservoir.
Sometimes, I’ll talk to people about our amazing adventures on the Limay, and it worries me that I come off like I am bragging about my time on the river like I hang out there every winter. Truth is, Kath and I don’t make it to Patagonia that often. When we are able to make the trip, it really helps to have a friend like Oscar Dono who knows the river and how it fishes.
On this trip, Todd (Moen) wanted to see if we could find some fish on the surface instead of casting sinking lines and streamers. Oscar knew the fish would be looking up, so we headed to one of his favorite spots to see if we could find some big boys on the surface. Hiking and tossing dries to risers was a new experience for me on this river. In the past, we swung streamers on Spey rods, or drifted and fished out of rafts. Only occasionally did we cast to rising fish. All my Argentine friends fish sinking shooting heads on 6 or 7 weight rods. I was pretty skeptical. Prior to this trip I thought the Limay was a long cast, sinking line, big bug kind of river. Boy was I wrong.
*Note: if you haven’t checked out the latest issue of Catch Magazine (released today), you should!! Todd’s footage from this trip is epic. www.catchmagazine.net
Like much of Patagonia, you need to be prepared to deal with some wind. Conditions can vary greatly from minute to minute…probably why people fish heavier rods and chuck big streamers and buggers. When the wind dies down, and you know where to look, you might get a shot at some serious noses in shallow water.
It was on the Limay River that I started putting together the design of a new series of rods that are more powerful and have faster actions than other rods I’ve designed in the past. I didn’t want to carry a rod for calm days and dry flies, and another rod for the wind and bigger flies. I wanted a lighter tip that bends enough to allow me to flick a dry fly to picky fish and at the same time have enough butt power that the rod wouldn’t collapse when throwing the entire line. I’ve observed a trend in casting styles over the past few years where people are using shorter more compact strokes. I wanted the new rod to match that more “aggressive” casting style. This trip is where the ECHO BOOST was born. You could say that some of the DNA of the new ECHO BOOST rods lives in the Limay River.
Follow this blog over the next few months to get an inside look at the new sticks. Oh, while you’re at it, get a plane ticket to Bariloche and get your ass on the Limay, it is some seriously killer fishing!! – TR