Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Opening two week report for Jurassic Lake Lodge

It is estimated that over 6,000 trophy rainbow trout where landed in the first two weeks of Jurassic Lake Lodge's 2017 season.  The Barrancosco River is in excellent shape  with good water levels and an abundance of snow on the mountains ready to melt. 
Numerous chromers have been landed up to 20 lbs and many of the fly guys have been catching them on dry flies in mouse patterns.
All three beats, the river mouth, Bay of Pigs, and first pool in the River have been productive.
The new client lodge is just about ready and should be ready to go in a couple of weeks.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017


On my recent trip to Jurassic Lake Lodge in Patagonia Argentina, I knew the morning temperatures would be frigid.  So, I bought a pair of Simms Fleece Bibs to wear under my waders.  They were just what the doctor ordered.  Super warm and they stretch to give full range of motion.  The bibs are constructed of breathable material and have zipper front entry.  There are 2 pockets in the chest and stretch woven stirrups to prevent them from slipping off under your waders.  I wish I have purchased these years ago for my numerous trips to Alaska and the Arctic Circle, N.W. T. Canada.   I highly recommend these bibs also for ice fishing. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Recently had the opportunity to return to the world's best rainbow trout fishing which is located in Jurassic Lake in Argentina Patagonia.  Our group of nine arrived in the remote town of El Calafate and took a 6 hr ride to the lodge which sits on the banks of the Barrancoso River.  The fishing was beyond belief.  We averaged an amazing 100 TROPHY RAINBOWS PER PERSON PER DAY, for a total of over 4,000 bows for 4 1/2 days of fishing with the majority topping the 10 lbs mark and a few in the upper teens with the largest 2 in at 20 lbs.Best Rainbow Fishery on Earth!
  About 20 years ago the Argentine government stocked McLeod strain rainbows into these waters with the hope of commercial use.  The program was aborted and the rainbows grew to tremenedous sizes due to the abundance of scuds to feed on.   We fished at the lower stretch of the Barrancoso River that runs into the lake as well as right at the mouth as it runs into the Lake.  Also, the Bay of Pigs was fished which is known for monster sized rainbows.
All spots are about a 5 minute walk from the lodge for fishing can be done all day if desired.  The weather was cold as he had a few snow flurries one morning and noticed flows of ice coming down the river.  On our departure we took the lodges charter flight which is about 1 hour 15 minutes to the town of Comodoro Rivadavia then about a 2 hr flight to Buenos Aires on Aerolingus Argentinas.  This was my third trip to the lodge.  Owner, Carlos Casanello is doing of wonderful job with the lodge.  He currently has a new guest building just about completed which has spacious rooms facing the river/lake with large bay windows.  Each room hold 2 guests.  Also a wader drying room is under construction.  Jurassic is know for forceful winds so boats are not used or needed.  All fishing is either done from the bank or wading.  Cannot wait until next October to return to the Best Rainbow Trout Fishing on Earth!

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Recently returned to the Alaska Peninsula for the 28th straight year in search of monster silver salmon and arctic char.  Pumice Creek Lodge is located about 100 miles south from the town of King Salmon.  Here lies the best silver salmon fishery in the world, The Cinder River.  I was joined by friends Dr. Cole Lundquist, Dr. Kevin Cleary, and Joe Bullock.  Later in the week friend Jeff Wilcox would join us for perhaps my greatest silver salmon catch to date.  Lodge owner, Gary LaRose, informed us of a new hotspot where the silvers were practically swimming on top of each other. The location was a small outlet in Mud Bay which is on the Cinder River.  On the first day the fishing was practically insane!  Silvers could be seen with their fins sticking out of the water making it fairly easy to land a silver on practically every cast.
 Cole lead the way with over 130 silvers.  I landed 115 which is not a good day but a fantastic day.  The past few years on the Cinder are producing numerous days with 100+ silvers landed per person.  The rest was of week was similar.  I fished some of my old hotspots upriver and found them loaded with silvers.  Wading the Cinder River is one of my fishing highlights each season.  One day during the week we went over to Lava Creek for a 1/2 day of casting small spinners for arctic char.
 The fishing was good, but not as good as normal because the creek was slightly high and the flow was extremely fast.  Still, we all were able to land between 40 to 50 char many in their beautiful spawning coloration.  Pumice Creek is remote as you will not see others during your stay.  Less than 15 folks fish the Cinder and Lava each season.  Make sure to get into these fisheries while an opportunity exists.  For more information you can contact me and I will put you in touch with the lodge owner.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Venice Redfish update

Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born to Fish Charters says the fishing is still redhot for big bull reds out of Venice.  The recent hurricane did not slow down the bite according to Capt. Keith.  On Tuesday, a monster red of 41 lbs was brought into his boat by a very happy client.  The fishing should continue strong the rest of the year.  Keith has a few openings so book a trip now!  Venice can be reached by flying into New Orleans then renting a car for a 2 hr drive.  Everything is included in Keith's package such as tackle, meals, and accommodations.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


The Halibut derbies out of the towns of Valdez and Homer are in full swinging and coming to a close in a few weeks.  Currently the leader in Homer is a halibut weighing 240 lbs while the top butt in Valdez is a monster weighing 374 lbs which will be the largest halibut entered in the Valdez derby.  A one day ticket costs $10 and there are numerous payoffs including over 15K for the winner.  Both ports offer prizes for tagged fish plus weekly winners.  So, if you heading to Alaska you have a few weeks to catch a true monster and take home a suitcase of prize money!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Top Tactics for Monster Bull Reds

On my recent trip to Venice while fishing for bull redfish with Capt. Keith Kennedy of "Born To Fish Charters", certain tactics paid dividends on big bulls.  First off we used popping rigs consisting of popping corks from the  These corks produce lots of noise thus drawing in the big bulls.  Attached to these poppers where Berkley Havoc Sick minnows in either the 4 in or 5 1/2 in models.  They have the appearance of a real fish and have tremendous action during the popping process.   We rigged up the Sick minnow on 8/0 Owner circle hooks with a 1/8 oz bullet weight.
For some topwater action, the top lures were the Halco 4 1/2 in Roosta Popper and the Dahlberg Whopper Plopper 110.  So, make sure to get into the great redfish action in Venice which is going on right now.