Today, I'm with Lucas, who happens to be a very good photographer, at Pool 24 Julio, which should prove to be an exceptional spot. Since we have two cars, there are four anglers at Julio. Bites come almost exclusively at a specific spot. Initially, it was challenging for me. Everyone was catching fish, and I had a bit of a dry spell!
Eventually, I caught three Sea Runs and hooked a fourth, which I lost during the fight. Benson caught a 22-pound male, beautifully colored like a brown trout. An amazing fish! Unfortunately, in the excitement, I forgot to take a photo. A fantastic morning for everyone at Julio. // In the afternoon, we drove to Pool 26 in extremely windy and freezing conditions. After the third or fourth cast, I hooked a 14-pound Sea Run. Then, two more brown trout on the streamer, one of them measuring 55 cm! It was bitterly cold, I was freezing, and nothing more was happening. Bruce also had no success.
With Diego, we head downstream to Pool 24. Mike Michalak, the owner of The Fly Shop USA, immediately catches a 16-pounder!
I go nearly three hours without a bite, and there's no fish activity in sight. Fortunately, Diego decides to change pools. We go to Pool 31 Horseshoe. It's an intriguing spot. The bank is slippery and muddy. Three to four meters from the bank, there's a steep drop-off where the water is three to five meters deep. Very promising! Fish are showing themselves in the pool! It's challenging to get the nymph down because the water is backwashing, and the current is swift.
After a few attempts, I figure out a way to fish the passage. In the 50 minutes before siesta, I catch three fish: 6, 11, and 15 pounds. And finally, the first male with a true spawning hook. // In the afternoon, we're at Pool 16. - Mike hooks and loses a fish. I have a "potato day"! Upon returning to the lodge, I learn that on the last morning, we'll be fishing the top pool of the week, Andrew. Anticipation and expectations are high.
The day starts cold, with no wind, the water is frozen at the edges, and the river is like glass. The night was clear.
Our guide, head guide Federico, gives us a target: we must catch 10 fish at the first pool; anything less is considered weak. Well, in the morning, with calm winds and sunshine, we catch 18 fish, and I personally land 11! I'm very proud because on this day, I caught more fish than John, the South African, who usually outperforms us all. A fantastic day! We had two double strikes. To top it off, at 11:00 AM, I catch a 26.5-pound female Sea Run!
In the afternoon, I don't catch anything else, but John catches three fish, putting him back in the game. I'm genuinely happy for him.