Our group travels to fairly remote places to fish, generally salt water casting, generally Pacific islands. We’re casual. However, we get particular regarding certain things - fishing, food, wine selection and aquatic habitat. We wanted a new experience so we signed up with Pablo and headed to Patagonia. He blew us away. He knows the rivers like his back yard. He’s patient. He listens to you expound about how much you know. Then despite what you think you know, he sets you up appropriately for the particular river condition, the drift or the pool. Listen to him and his great guide team. Relax. Zen it out, and you’ll catch fish. Our Collon Cura River three day float was a world class experience. We were treated like royalty. In the evenings, we’d drift into camp already set up by his master crew. If you haven’t experienced Pablo’s crew, you don’t really know what fine camp cooking is. A full lamb racked out over the coals, just to tease you. Did I mention we never ran out of primo small batch Malbec’s? Camp sites were cleared with zero left behind. There were all levels of fly fishing experience in our group. We all caught more rainbows and browns than we deserved. The really experienced guys caught rainbows until they were worn out. Then we get to Estancia Arroyo Verde. Think old world hacienda on property that fronts 10 miles of the Traful river, arguably one of the most beautiful and pristine rivers in the world. The Estancia offered remarkable hospitality and a needed injection of civility following three days on the river with the wild boys. Fishing the Traful is hard work. Banks are close in and grown in. The river can be very fast. Wading is tricky. As one of our crew put it, it’s like walking over slimy bowling balls. You need to spot your fish, and then hunt it. Pablo and his guide team were with us every step of the way and set us up very creatively. Traful fishing isn’t about the numbers caught. It’s a day’s work for a fish of a life time. You will not be disappointed. So don’t even think about it. Book with Pablo now for next season. Just do it while the rivers are still accessible. Getting back to reality has been tough. We’re all still lost in our thoughts in Patagonia with Pablo and we never want to leave.
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