One of the great things about fishing in Southern Chile is that productive fisheries and close-to-zero pressure often add up to fishing that’s not so technical.
On the other hand, it can be fun to have to work at it a bit! If you like tiny water with super challenging casting conditions, ‘Spring Creek Y’ could be your bag.
The creek meanders through dry, flat grassland as most do spring creeks do in Chile. We like this creek because dragonflies buzz low along the water to stay out of the wind. It is all about dry fly fishing with a Chernobyl Ant or sometimes a small caddis. The climate is dry here and it rarely rains.
Stubby trees, tall reeds and strong winds challenge anglers’ casting ability and patience. Walking along tall cut banks, stealth is important as these fish spook easily. One must analyze all the surroundings, reeds, trees, shadow, and wind direction. If you are careful with your cast and pick your target, the results are rewarding.
There are places where you can not even get a cast in to the creek because it is enclosed by reeds. The method here is “dapping”. Standing back from the edge to not spook any fish, put the rod tip out over the water and carefully lower the fly down through the reeds. Watch and listen for the take.
Once a fish is hooked, sometimes the biggest challenge on ‘Spring Creek Y’ is keeping the fish out of the reeds.
The fishing is the other end of the spectrum from much of what we do at Chile West, and that’s why we like it!