If you’ve spent any time at all around our web site, you know that we’re kind of nutty when it comes to spey fishing. If you’ve followed our first few seasons operating at Chile West, you also may know that there are some pretty incredible king salmon down there.
We’ve been catching these chinooks on gear in Chile pretty much since we started trying, and our team has been working hard to figure out the ‘swung fly’ program down there. We’re very happy to report that earlier this year, the Michael White/Trevor Covich team cracked the code and got ‘er done when Whitey landed the fish you see above in classic ‘winter steelhead’ fashion, using a two-handed rod, a sinktip, a swung fly presentation and a fly that would look right at home at Alaska West in late June.
Are we guaranteeing that from here on out, anybody who wants to spey fish for kings in Chile is going to have success? Absolutely not. We’ve still got a lot to learn about the king fishery down there, but for a certain kind of angler, that’s what makes it cool!
Note: if you follow us on Facebook, you get the blow-by-blow from all of our operations so you heard about this the day it happened. Sorry for the repeat!