For clients coming for the first time, a common question is; what’s the best time of year to come? Since our season runs mid-November to mid-April, we want to give you a brief overview of what to expect month-by-month, both weather-wise and fishing-wise.
November 1 is the opening of the fishing season, and the onset of summer in Northern Patagonia. This is one of the most beautiful times with the summer blossoms, flowering shrubs and lush green foliage. River waters will be higher than later on in the season, but not muddy like we might expect in parts of the western U.S. Water clarity will be good. All rivers are floatable and loaded with large, hungry trout, which makes for excellent fishing. Temperatures are usually in the ‘70’s and 80’s. This is the one of the owner’s favorite time of year to be at the Ranch.
This has become many of our clients’ favorite month for many reasons. The rivers are in prime shape and temperatures are climbing into full summer mode, and the fishing is excellent in all the waterways. Both dry flies and streamers are very effective this time of year, and many of the largest fish of the season are caught in the mid-November to mid-December timeframe. The 4,500 rose bushes, flowering shrubs and fruit trees on the Ranch are blooming into a magical garden paradise, making this a beautiful time to be at the ranch.
These two months are quite similar, and the fishing, weather, etc. can be expected to beautiful with very productive fishing. Average daytime temperatures range from the mid-70’s to 90, and with no humidity. Dry flies, nymphs and streamers are all effective at different times of the day. Fishing is excellent, and the ranch’s lush vegetable gardens, berry gardens and orchards are in full production.
March is equivalent to the end-of-summertime in the U.S., and the gradual arrival of the autumn season. March is considered by many clients to be the best weather, and the most beautiful month. This is a very special time to be at the Ranch as the foliage change begins. Some of the biggest fish of the year are regularly caught in March and April. This is also the time to see herds of red stag, similar to the elk in North America. Temperatures generally vary between 70 and 80 most days. The March/April timeframe is the owner’s other favorite time to be at the Ranch (along with November/ December).
The autumn season continues in all its colorful glory. Daytime temperatures generally range from 60 to 75, with the nighttime temperatures cooler. Some days can be rainy, which really turns the big fish on as they enter into the beginning of spawning season. This is one of the best times to catch that “career fish”.