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This excerpt is from the Angling Report from July 2016, Vol. 29, No. 7, and mentions El Encuentro’s brook trout fishery.
J. W. Smith and his wife, Dawn, are not well known by many subscribers to this publication, despite the fact that J. W. at one point was co-owner of a well respected Alaska fly fishing lodge that is now known as Painter Creek Lodge (see item on Painter Creek in the June issue) and a remote fishing-camp operation called Alaska Wilderness Safaris.
Benjamin Beale (pictured here holding the trout), owner and operator of El Encuentro Fly Fishing, will be giving a presentation at the Angler's Club of New York on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Thanks to Benjamin's visit to the US this summer, club members and their guests will have the unique opportunity to learn about the amazing fishing adventures offered by EEFF from Benjamin himself.
It was a busy 2015/2016 season at El Encuentro, but it finished strong—we had some wonderful fishing in late March, with beautiful days in the 70s and some really nice fish caught by our guests including some rainbows reaching over ten pounds! The water was low after a dry summer, but overall the conditions held up nicely.
Editor Note: Most trips to South America these days are off-the-shelf trips to individual lodges. But not this ten-day personalized trip to Patagonia. Subscriber Ed Swift filed the report. Enjoy!
It had been nineteen years since I’d last fished in Patagonia. I won’t make that mistake again. This past February our party of seven embarked on a ten-day trip to the Esquel area that was organized by Benjamin Beale, a charming Argentinean whose family has been hosting fly fishermen for over 30 years...
The spring of 2015 offered some terrific fishing for our guests. Travelers Bill and Pam Bryan enjoyed some terrific streamer fishing, landing a good number of healthy browns and rainbows. They also caught some good-sized brookies, which Bill, as a native of Maine (USA) where brookies are popular -- but not often large -- particularly enjoyed.
Early season can really be a great time to visit Argentina, with the rugged beauty of snow on the mountains and grasses just starting to green up. It's a terrific time of year for wildlife viewing as well.