Miscellaneous Fun Times in Patagonia
The last few weeks I’ve been dancing around from one place to another. I went on a solo backpacking trip, fly fished some of the local rivers, met with a marine biologist, went on a boat ride, and returned to the Baker river to fish once again. It has been nothing less than marvelous.
I will start with some photos from my solo trek through Cerro Castillo.
The Cerro Castillo trek is very wild with little traffic going through the multi day hike. I had to cross many rivers, traverse some icy slopes, and climb through some boulder fields. In retrospect I believe it is a hike best done with a buddy or two, but I returned home essentially unscathed and I am happy for that. At the trail head the park rangers told me it would take 4 days, but I was able to do it in 2. This hike was stunning and a great alternative to Torres del Paine if you are wanting to stay away from crowds.
Here are some photos from fishing some rivers close to Coyhaique, the Rio Ñirehuao and the Rio Emperador Guillermo. It has been great to fish with locals and hear about the changes over the years with the fishing here. Trout farms in the area have opened and closed and that has changed the fishing over the years. Some fly fisherman like the trout farms because more farms means more trout escape meaning there are more fish in the rivers. Others like it better when there are not trout farms because there are less fish, but the ones that are in the rivers are bigger.
I also went to the small city of Puerto Aysen where I went on a boat ride through the Fjords and rivers of the area. While I was there I also met with a Marine Biologist that works inspecting salmon farms to measure there environmental impact and to see if they are up to code. It was interesting to hear about his work and his opinions on the impacts of salmon farms.
And last, but not least I returned to Bertrand to fish and see the friends I had made there. Carolina and I went fishing, no fish were caught but it was so fun to talk and cast our lines into the water.