We are back from Argentina after spending a week fishing at Estancia Chochoy Mallin with SET Fly Fishing. We had a wonderful time and I need more time to adequately describe our experience. Seems a little jet lag set in after being 5 hours ahead of our Pacific time zone. This week’s post includes a little Patagonia fly fishing teaser and Zoom fly tying information.

First Helicopter Trip in Argentina | www.johnkreft.com

This image is our first ride from the airport in Loncopué to the Chochoy Mallin lodge. We arrived at the airport in Loncopué after travelling from San Martin de Andes for 3 1/2 hours. Our 20 minute flight saved somewhere between 3 and 4 hours additional driving. Yes, we were in a remote location in northwestern Patagonia.

We spent every day fly fishing in Patagonia in a helicopter. What an experience! And before you ask, we are in the back seat of this Bell 407.

Helicopter Fly Fishing in Argentina | www.johnkreft.com

The image below is where we met our ride after a day of fly fishing the Buraleo River. More on the fishing next week.

Helicoper Along the Buraleo River | www.johnkreft.com

I’ve been catching up on a few things around the house, including shoveling about 6 inches of snow yesterday! In fact, I’m headed out again this morning after I finish this post. Looks like another 2 inches or so. I completed a fly tying materials order with Hareline Dubbin’ in preparation of the fly orders waiting for me I mentioned in last week’s post.

This coming Friday night (2/17/2023), I’ll be the instructor for Gretchen and Al Beatty’s Zoom fly tying class. The flies will be a couple of streamer patterns…the Dolly Llama and EP Bait Fish.

Here are the details if you’d like to join the class:

Time: Feb 17, 2023, 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 848 9655 3952

Passcode: 515467

Next week, I am scheduled to teach at the Central Oregon Fly Tyer’s Guild Zoom fly fishing class. I’ll feature a couple mayfly spinner patterns. The class is on Thursday, February 23rd. It begins at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Just click on this Zoom link at the appropriate day and time –


Lastly, I’ll be teaching a class entitled Tying Effective Flies with CDC Feathers at this year’s Northwest Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo in Albany, OR (March 10 & 11). The class is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 1:30 to 3:00 pm if you are interested. To sign up, send an email expressing your interest to: orcffi@gmail.com

I’ll leave you this week with a couple more images from Argentina.

Enjoy…go fish!

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