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: Anyone who has fished Patagonia's Rio Gallego?

Per Stadigh
12-02-2002, 02:27 PM

I am going down to Rio Gallego to do the field work for some angling maps, the last week of January next year. It would be great to hear about fly patterns from those of you that have fished for searun browns down there. I hear lots lots about Girdle Bugs and Wooly Buggers, but there must be more to it?

"Tight lines"

Per Stadigh

Robert Meiser
12-03-2002, 10:38 AM
An excellent conection for this area would be Diego H. Rabin and his representative web site :

You are indeed a very fortunate man !!!

I have several friends that have fished these waters....

Bob Quigley in particular....... Bob is a long time friend of Diego, and they have fished the waters of Chile and Argentina for over 30 years.

I have yet to fish there, But OHHHHH some day !!!

The slide shows that Quigley returns with from Chile and Argentina are alone enough to make the blood race !!!

I can also connect you directly to Bob Quigley if you wish. He can tie whatever patterns you will need.

Take Care.......Bob Meiser

12-03-2002, 03:11 PM
There was a fly shop owner here in Chicago who was an Argentianian who went back each year in January/February. He would show me the pictures of the big browns, rainbows, steelhead he took..

Looked great, some bigger rivers with wind, good opportunity to use the spey rod.

If I remember right they were using streamers and nymphs for the sea run brown fishing.

Good luck and tell us about the results and experience etc...

Per Stadigh
12-04-2002, 03:51 PM
Thanks a lot for your great help. I am already in correspondence with the chaps behing that web page. Thay have a big heart for fishing and I hope to don a few pints in their company on the way out.
If you can mail me your friends e-mail adress, that would be wonderful.
I am getting as excited to do this trip as my 5 year daughter is in front of the upcoming X-mas!!
There are two rods yet to place - anyone who is keen to join in, just e-mail me. I think this trip will be a real winner!
"Tight lines!"

PS. Thanks for your kind words too, pmf!DS

beau purvis
12-05-2002, 06:19 PM
i fished the rio grande 3 yrs ago. i tied some small,bunnie leechs. black for the low light,light brown and olive for full light. brown hackle,jungle cock eyes. send me your address and i will send you a little package of leftovers from my trip, mostly small nymph types ,peacock herl bodies,brown heads,etc. where we were ,we were encouraged to strip after the cast settled for a few feet. also had a great night of 20 rises on skated mudlers and had the best luck with a little black moose turd with white calf tail front and tail.i will try to answer any other ?'s if you have any.

12-05-2002, 09:50 PM
Per -

I will go someday too, no idea when but it is a dream of mine to go there.

As for flies, based on what I have read I would have confidence in swimming bunny rats and matuka rats in front of their gnarly jaws:

Probably would try mostly black, natural rabbit (for scuplin imitation), purple for attraction, etc.

Beau's notes on skating them up sure got my blood pumping too!