The Futaleufú river its tributaries and its lakes are at relatively low altitude (1,300 ft dropping to 60 ft above sea level) mountain environment 53 miles inland from the ocean. Storms can blow in quickly bringing with them cold rainy spells. The sun can also be very intense for several weeks in a row.
Fly Fishermen are responsible for bringing all their gear unless arrangements are made otherwise.
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On the water list:
Gore Tex Waders (neoprene is our second choice)
Wader Safety Belt (mandatory) as a safety measure when walking and wading in and around the rivers of the area.
Wading boots, felt sole (or 5:10 rubber sole is our second choice)
Wader Repair Kit
Neoprene socks if not included with your waders
Camelbak hydration pack (optional)
Synthetic socks or wool socks for warmth (3)
Polypropylene or fleece long underwear tops (2)
Polypropylene or fleece long underwear bottoms (2)
Fleece vest or jacket
Packable lightweight rain jacket or foul weather shell (with hood)
Hat for sun protection, water proof
Wool or fleece fingerless gloves(1)
Wool or fleece hat
Polarized sunglasses with leash to see deeper into the water with retainers. (2)
small backpack or bag to carry fishing gear and/or a change of clothes for after fishing/or carry while walk and wade fishing.
Fly Rod (s): For the large volume waters of the Rio Futaleufu we suggest rod a fast taper 6 or 7 weight rod that you are comfortable with in windy conditions, and something more beefy – a 9 or 10 weight rod for really large windy stretches. Spey rods are great fun on this water – bring it if you have it! Rod lengths should be 8 1/2 ft. at the shortest on up to 11ft in length.
Fly Rod Light: For the smaller streams and tributaries in the Futaleufu Valley you may choose to bring a 4wt, for great dry-fly action but 5-6wt rods will work just fine.
Make sure you have line weight that works with the rods you are using. You will want to have multiple leaders for floating and sinking options and two spools for each specific rod weight filled with floating and sinking tip lines and 100 yards of backing.
A well rounded selection of flies is imperative since you will be in the Chilean frontier. Think BIG! You will be fishing for trout that are larger than at home, and they like big meals. Dry flies, nymphs, and streamers.
Your guides will help you with other specific flies we use here.
Most of the time, you will find that the smaller sizes of flies we are used to back home are a bit too small, but that does not mean do not bring a selection of smaller sizes from size 14-20. Most of the time you will enjoy casting a bit larger fly due to the windy conditions and apparent heavy or turbulent water of the Rio Futaleufu. For streamers and nymphs weight is important. Due to the fast flows and turbulent backwashes on our river you will need weight to get your artificial down to where the fish are. Beaded eyes and / or weighted bodies both work well. Bring lead putty or split shots to take your streamer right to the bottom on some of our bigger pools. The water is very clear so long leaders are good to have, along with plenty of tippet.
Nymphs: Size 12-6
Prince, hare's ear, pheasant tails, zug bug, copper johns, bead head varieties of nymph stage flies are great. Black, brown stone fly nymph.
Streamers: Size 4-8
Olive wooly buggers, Black wooly buggers, with green, red or silver flash if you can find them.
Olive bunny leach, Black bunny leach.Muddlers, Kiwi Muddlers, Olive sculpin, Olive Matuka, Black Matuka, Little Rainbow Trout, Clousers, Deceivers.
Dry flies: Sizes 6-18
Elk hair caddis, grasshoppers, may flies, PMD's, blue winged olive, large attractors, sofa pillow, Royal wolf, Grey wolf,
Chernobyl ants, black ants, winged ants.
Other terrestrials such as beatles, crayfish and mouse patterns.
Other Fishing Items :
Spare rod tips (2)
Extra leaders 9 ft-14ft
Polypropylene yarn for strike indicators
Extra tippet 2x-4x-6x
Personal dry bag for float fishing trips (optional)
Fishing vest or fanny pack system to carry any equipment
General Clothing (some of these items can be worn to Chile on the plane.)
Lightweight waterproof hiking boots. (you can wear these on the plane)
Wool or fleece hat
(3) Pair Wool socks mens womens
(1-2) Hiking shorts mens womens
(1) Long pants nice for the plane
(1-2) Trail pants outdoors mens womens
(2-) Long sleeved shirts one to be worn on the plane.
(1-) Pile jacket or wool sweater mens womens
Water/windproof Gore tex jacket or poncho mens womens
Water/windproof pants (recommended, optional) mens womens
Hanging small shower kit
Hairbrush or comb
Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss
Small biodegradable bar of soap & shampoo
Sunscreen (Waterproof 50 spf minimum)
Lip balm containing sun block
Extra contact lens and enough lens liquid and cleaning solution. Some people have found that wearing light-weight, sturdy, plastic glasses helps protect their contacts from being flushed out by the big waves.
Personal first aid kit that includes:
EpiPen Anaphylaxis kit if you have severe reactions to bee stings
Your own prescription medications
Antihistamine for anyone with allergies
Vitamins if you take them
A few simple Band-Aids
Adhesive Tape (for blisters) or NuSkin (optional, for blisters)
Small Pepto Bismol (bottle or tablet)
Tampons or sanitary napkins (enough for the entire trip)
Extra contact lens and enough lens liquid and cleaning solution. Some people have found that wearing light-weight, sturdy plastic glasses helps protect their contacts from being flushed out by the big waves.
Optional,you may choose to bring a prescription antibiotic. Consult your doctor.
Floating Retainer Leashes for Sunglasses
Headlamp Waterproof Storm
Cell phone with camera with whatsapp. Enroute guidance for your route saved on it.
Optional Lifeproof Case for you cell phone turns it into a waterproof camera
PayPal account for tips and for paying for online bus tickets or services in Chile or Argentina.
Money belt RFID Blocking Travel Wallet Passport Holder
Charge card and US dollars to exchange.
US Drivers License
Printed enroute guidance
Soft Duffel with shoulder straps
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