Monday, March 2, 2009

Argentina Kings- Part 2 - Loop Army on the Move!

Part 2 of 2

The first pool we arrived at, we immediately saw “head and tails”. Chinooks!!! We hurried, tying leaders on as we stumbled down to the river, just to find out, that they weren't that easy to catch ....
After a few hours and the bright sun slowly covering up behind clouds, walking down the river, we found pools where fish was rolling and jumping, and the first contacts were made.

A rainstorm rolled in from the glaciers, and we decided to wrap up, and wait for the following morning, but I decided to go for a last try in a really nice looking pool, a little up stream from the base-camp. In less than half an hour I landed 2 fish of 94 and 96 cm (37 and 38 inch's) but the storm had rolled in and hammered us back from the river. So we headed for shelter and a few well deserved beers.

The following morning we were back on the river, but after a full nights rain, the river had come up and turned muddy, or more correct white. Salmon were still showing in most pools, but bigger flies seamed to be needed. Since the river is short and the rain stopped early morning water started dropping after a few hours fishing and also clearing a little.

Normally you'd expect Chinooks to prefer flies fished deep, but even in the colored water we had 'em take just a few inches below surface, rising to flies like atlantic salmon would. We started out using Loop's Deep-Diver shooting heads but after the experience with the to many bottom-snags and the fish willing to take high, we changed to the SinkII/SinkIII head, which worked perfectly, and with shortened salmon leaders, it was still possible to make a fairly long underhand-cast right up against the trees that grows along the river bank.

On that day we hooked another 15 fish and landed 9 of 'em, either we'd found the right technique or the salmon just came on because of the higher water, who knows.

The Loop Army “recon-unit” will be back, and as we speak our intelligence-officer in Argentina is setting up a “bridge-head” on the beach at our secret river...........

But for now the river is still only known by few and fished by even less................

This report was sent to us by Klaus Frimor, Director of Special Operations, Loop Amy Special Forces, Scandinavia.

Special thanks goes out to Gabriel Tournour, who manages the Loop Travel Operations in Argentina.

And a Big Shout Out, to Pollo. Full time Loop Army Guide and Underhand Casting FREAK!!!!!!


  1. place looks wild, and I love the photos. Beautiful horses as well.

  2. Having spent just enough time in Patagonia to know that we have not even scratched the surface of this wild place. If we were to cut Klaus and his Loop Recon Team loose I suspect they would find 100 places that have yet to see a fly.

    From what Klaus has told me these are Kings that either run in to the Atlantic or use a huge lake as home. The amazing thing is that nobody seems to have a clue.

    The Adventure Continues.

  3. Looks like those kings have been in the river for a while. If these pics are brand new, then I would think you could have fished for them in decemeber and January. Argentina and Chile are still places where travelrs can travel and explore. thnaks for the info

    jerry basset

  4. this was a great article...jonezin to make it down ther a give them a whack
    idaho joe
    dan nagy likes the horses...give them a whack lol

  5. Just wanna add a special thanks to Jorge, our local "scout" for making this trip possible at all.
    Thanks from all of us in the recon-team...

    Klaus Frimor