Trout Bum Rio Pico Trip Report
I had an amazing time fishing with you and your crew in January 2020.
Rio Pico - what a place! The sheer amount of fishable water within an hour's drive of Rio Pico is impressive. I fished 6 full days - 3 on lakes and 3 on streams. Each day was unique and incredibly rewarding. Having spent most of my time on tailwaters and small Appalachian trout streams, I had not previously done much streamer fishing. That all changed on my first day. Fishing streamers on a beautiful lake in the literal shadow of the Andes, I caught 20 or so brookies that averaged about 20". I probably missed just as many due to my inexperience in setting a streamer hook. As equally incredible as the fishing - beside the 3 of us fishing in 2 boats, we saw 1 other boat all day (on a lake the could easily support much more pressure if it had to)!
The 2nd day, I caught my largest trout ever - a 27" beast of a rainbow (pic attached). On a normal day, I'd tell you about the 24" brown that I caught the same day, but somehow that fish wasn't the fish of the day.
The 3rd day we fished a brookie stream and lost count at 80 or so fish. It was basically non-stop top water action the entire day. The water was gin clear and we did not see anyone all day! It was incredible.
I could go on and on, but I won't. The fishing the other 3 days was just as great.
I first heard and read about fly fishing in Argentina as a college student 20 years ago. It seemed like such a magical place - a distant, far off land where the fishing sounded too good to be true. Having now been, I can say that the fishing lived up the hype. It is a magical place, but it does not seem that far off now.
A few years ago, I started talking with my wife about taking a "trip of a lifetime" to Argentina to celebrate my 40th birthday. Now, having been, I'd like to think that it's going to more like a trip every year 1-2 years.
The flight to Buenos Aires was not bad at all. When you factor in the overall time and expense, a trip to Argentina is not that much different than taking a trip out to Wyoming and Montana. The biggest difference is that you guys receive a fraction of the pressure that our western rivers receive, your fish are bigger and the scenery is completely unspoiled.
I decided to fish with you via the Trout Bum program because I wanted to experience awesome fishing without all the fuss and circumstance. The accommodations were very comfortable, all the food we ate was delicious and my guide was top-class. In short, it was exactly what I was looking for and exactly what I was hoping it would be.
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All the best,