Sporting Life

Scenes from the Fly Fishing Trip of a Lifetime

In the estancias of Patagonia, a seasoned angler finds much more than just trophy trout
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A nice brown trout prior to release.

photo: Eric Kiel

The author throws a loop on the Limay River with Gonzalez-Vicens at the oars.

photo: Eric Kiel

El Boliche Viejo.

photo: Eric Kiel

Guide Fernando Gonzalez-Vicens.

photo: Eric Kiel

Gonzalez-Vicens looks through his tackle box.

photo: Eric Kiel

A mountain side in the Andes.

photo: Eric Kiel

A guide looks out at the Andes mountain range.

photo: Eric Kiel

The lake cabin at Arroyo Verde, one of the Patagonia River Ranch’s cabins.

photo: Eric Kiel

Patagonia River Ranch’s head gaucho, Damián Cruces.

photo: Eric Kiel

A gaucho crosses the bridge to the Arroyo Verde estancia.

photo: Eric Kiel

Sheepskins at Arroyo Verde.

photo: Eric Kiel

Waders at Arroyo Verde.

photo: Eric Kiel

A guest cottage at Arroyo Verde.

photo: Eric Kiel

A drift boat at Arroyo Verde.

photo: Eric Kiel

Nancy Johns, friend of the author, fishing in the Traful River.

photo: Eric Kiel

The Traful River.

Buby Calvo fishes in the Traful River.

photo: Eric Kiel

Lunch at Patagonia River Ranch

photo: Eric Kiel

Lunch at Patagonia River Ranch.

photo: Eric Kiel

Calvo sits outside of a cabin at the Patagonia River Ranch.

photo: Eric Kiel

A red stag presides over Patagonia River Ranch.

photo: Eric Kiel

Fisherman float down the Limay River.

photo: Eric Kiel

Rainbow trout.

photo: Eric Kiel

Calvo on the hunt for fish.

photo: Eric Kiel

Buby Calvo crossing the Traful River.

photo: Eric Kiel

One of the cabins at Patagonia River Ranch.

photo: Eric Kiel

Guides at Patagonia River Ranch after a day on the water.

photo: Eric Kiel

An asado at Patagonia River Ranch.

photo: Eric Kiel