This week, I share more of our adventure fishing Ñireco Creek and Rio Buraleo with SET Fly Fishing in Argentina.

Releasing a Ñireco Creek Rainbow |

This day, we fished the Ñireco, a 21 mile small creek which flows through the Estancia, eventually flowing into the Rio Reñileuvu.

Arial View of Ñireco Creek |

We didn’t have the opportunity to fish here last year because there wasn’t much water in the creek. In addition, we fished the first week of February and the temperatures, both air and water were much warmer.

It’s a beautiful creek, with pocket water and bushes and willows growing over the cut banks, giving Brown and Rainbow trout lots of opportunities to hide from us.

Fly Fishing Ñireco Creek |

I enjoy fishing this smaller intimate water, walking from pocket to pocket searching for rising trout.

We took turns fishing the water as we walked upstream.

Ñireco Creek Riffle and Pool |

And we found fish…nice, hard-fighting fish.

Dancingtrout and Danny on Ñireco Creek |

To my surprise, I actually found caddis flitting around above the bushes when we arrived.

Caddis Flying on Ñireco Creek |

Small water can be surprising and Ñireco held a few of them.

Shortly after arriving at the creek, Dancingtrout was catching several smaller Rainbows with the help of our guide Franco.

Willing Rainbow on Ñireco Creek |

Danny did a little exploring downstream. He returned and informed us he’d seen a larger trout in a pool. Off we went to see if we could raise the fish.

Sight Casting on Ñireco Creek |

We watched while the Rainbow occasionally rose and ate Caddis floating downstream. It would circle in the pool above the submerged bedrock. I placed a cast into the lower portion of the pool with the intent to measure my line length for the presentation and a small fish tried to eat it. I pulled back quickly hoping I wouldn’t hook the fish and spook the large trout. It worked. I waited a little longer and placed the cast and watched the trout turn and move towards my fly. That’s when the circus started!

I hooked the fish and tried to keep it from going downstream in the fast water because I wouldn’t be able to chase it. You can see my line in the image below as Danny tries to position himself below the trout and prevent it from dropping into the faster water.

Fighting Large Trout on Ñireco Creek |

My only hope was to keep it in the deeper water and quickly play it. This was a BIG fish, at least 24 inches.

But it wasn’t meant to be that day. Danny was able to take a couple swipes with the net, but the fish was deep and not really ready to land. I used lots of pressure and moved the rod parallel with the bank in hopes of keeping different pressure points on the fish, trying to move it. I was able to accomplish that, but the water was too deep to net the fish. Danny took a final swipe and the fish was gone.

Open Elk Hair Caddis Hook on Ñireco Creek |

Notice how the hook is bent? Yup, lots of pressure with 3X tippet and fast current can do that when playing a large trout. I’ll always remember that fish!

Back to the original plan of walking upstream and fishing along the way.

Casting on Ñireco Creek |

We found willing trout.

Dancingtrout and Danny with Ñireco Creek Rainbow |
Ñireco Creek Rainbow with Danny |

Ñireco Creek Rainbow |

Ñireco Creek Rainbow Trout |

The image below is one of the reasons I enjoy fly fishing in Patagonia. This is a bridge to take goats from one side of the river to the other. I really don’t see that where I fish here in the US!

Goat Bridge Across Ñireco Creek |

All this fly fishing tires a person out. Here I am recovering at lunch.

Siesta After Lunch on Ñireco Creek |

I must say, I really enjoyed fly fishing Ñireco Creek!

Rio Buraleo sits in a wide valley and is much different than the creek. We arrived at our landing spot and quickly disembarked with our guides Tete and Santi along with our gear.

Helicopter Dropoff on Buraleo |

We began fishing in the deep water boulder section…

Fly Fishing the Buraleo |

…and worked our way upstream to find longer runs in the wide valley.

Dry/dropper combinations worked for Dancingtrout in the boulders.

Dancingtrout and Tete with Buraleo Rainbow Trout |

The San Juan Worm was taken by several trout.

Buraleo Rainbow with San Juan Worm |

Later in the day, someone had success with dry flies.

Dancingtrout with Santi and Buealeo Brown Trout |

But for me, I found success with streamers. While I prefer fishing dry flies, I can’t dispute the success I had for larger trout!

Buraleo Brown |

Buraleo Rainbow with Tete |

Buraleo Brown Trout Closeup with Streamer |

Streamer Fly on Buraleo |
Buraleo Brown |

Below, Santi is holding a beautiful Rainbow caught by Dancingtrout in a small side channel. I wish I had been there to watch the hunt and fight.

Santi Holding Buraleo Rainbow |

Here is the side channel.

Buraleo Side Channel |

Amazing to me she was able to find that large fish in small water.

And speaking of large trout…

Dancingtrout on Buraleo River |

Next up will be our experience fly fishing a couple of days on the Trocoman.

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. Love the narrative but the pictures do say more than a thousand words! Thanks so much for sharing these adventures John & Dancingtrout!
    What was the minnow-like streamer with the weighted head? Very life-like.

    1. Thanks for the compliment Dalton! I don’t know the name of the streamer they tied on my line. It was tied using with barred rabbit strips, perhaps black/grizzly or black/brown. The fish seemed to like it!

  2. Your descriptions are always a delightful reading, John. And the comparison of pictures between one season and the other…great!

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