Join Me On the Water
Estancia Laguna Verde (Sorry Sold Out for 2022)
As some of you might already be aware each year I do my best to spend at least one week at Estancia Laguna Verde chasing the monster rainbows of Lago Strobel. Better known in some circles as Jurassic Lake. A place where trout average 15lbs. In addition to Lago Strobel, we also have access to smaller more intimate Laguna's or small lakes. Depending on the specific Laguna you have the opportunity to catch trophy rainbow, brown and brook trout up to 10lbs.
If you enjoy stillwater fly fishing then Lago Strobel and Estancia Laguna Verde should be on your bucket list. Lago Strobel rainbows average 10-12 lbs, fish 13-20 lbs are common, almost every week of the season fish over 20 lbs are caught and, fish over 25 lbs are caught each year. I have witnessed friends of mine catch and release caught and released numerous fish including three fish that weighed 18, 20 and 22 pounds!
This is primarily a walk and wade destination. The guides drive you to various spots along the 14 plus miles of shoreline the lodge currently has access to. We also have access to small Lagunas on the property containing rainbows, browns and brook trout. Some of these Lagunas produce trout in excess of 10lbs.
We recommend a 7 or 8 wt rod coupled with a quality reel with a smooth drag and plenty of backing, at least 150 yds. As with any travel trip bringing an extra rod and reel is a good idea in the event of an accident. There is equipment available at the lodge at no charge should you break a rod or reel.
A floating line is all that is required but you might consider having some sinking leaders (such as the RIO Versileaders ). Long casts are often not required but in general the longer the better. Lines such as RIO's InTouchOutbound Short perform well, especially in the wind. There is limited opportunity to fish Booby or FABs on a full sink due to the rocky nature of Lago Stroble. However, quality fish have been caught on these so you might want to bring a full-sink, InTouch type VI or VII line if you would like to try these flies.
You should have a half dozen or so leaders between 9-15 ft. Leaders designed for salmon and steelhead are the best bet. RIO Bonefish or PowerFlex Plus leaders are excellent choices as they turn over well when the wind is up. Make sure you have a good supply of quality tippet. RIO's Fluroflex Plus works best for subsurface presentations use Powerflex Plus for dry flies. The minimum breaking strength is 12 pounds, 15 or 18 pounds is better. RIO Versileaders are also worthwhile, easy to pack, addition to your kit bag.
Your standard stillwater flies include leeches, Wooly Buggers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, and Prince Nymphs. Dry flies such as the Morrish Mouse and Chubby Chernobyl's are also recommended. Stout hooks are required, Lago Strobel is not a place for light wire dry fly hooks.
Please visit my Blog to get a measure of the experience including what to expect, how to get there, and what to bring. Please contact me via email to book your spot and for additional trip information including gear and flies.
Sorry Sold Out for 2022
The price per angler is $5950.00 USD (50% initial deposit secures your spot) and includes;
- Return transportation to and from El Calafate to the lodge, Estancia Laguna Verde
- 6.5 days of guided fishing. One guide for every two anglers
- Accommodation, based on double occupancy
- Excellent local cuisine, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
- Beverages including alcohol
- We are happy to provide assistance, booking flights and overnight accommodation in Buenos Aires and El Calafate
- Airfare to and from El Calafate and gratuities are not included
- Space is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book your spot please contact me via email.
Kenauk Nature Stillwater Schools
Join me at Kenauk Nature, Montebello Quebec for my Stillwater 101 and Advanced Fly Fishing Schools. I have partnered with Gaspé Fly Co, Kenauk Nature, and its Fly Fishing Center for the third season of my on-the-water stillwater schools. This year, we have added a casting improvement course to Stillwater 101. Stillwater 101-Friday, May 27th-Sunday May 29th, 2022 (12 Spots Available)
$799.99 CDN plus taxes per person.
Lodging available at Chalet Papineau: $105.00 CDN plus taxes/night. Includes Meals.
Advanced Stillwater School-Monday, May 30th- Thursday, June 2nd (12 Spots Available)
$1199.99 CDN per person. Includes Meals.
Lodging available at Chalet Papineau: $105.00 CDN /+tax/night.
Please join me for this incredible learning opportunity, and there are always surprises for participants! For more details please click here. To register please contact Pat Johnson via email or call at 1-819-430-2928
Places are limited, register early!
Skitchine Lodge Stillwater School Join me in British Columbia at the scenic Skitichine Lodge for my 2022 Stillwater School. Skitchine Lodge is located on the shores of beautiful Dagger Lake within the Bonaparte Provincial Park, approximately 80km (50miles) northwest of Kamloops, British Columbia. Private vehicles are not allowed within the park boundaries, so access to the Lodge is arranged from a vehicle drop-off area outside the park. The total travel time from central Kamloops to the lodge is approximately two hours. Skitchine is a lodge of distinction, boasting modern conveniences, stunning views, and exceptional service.
During your stay, we will be pursuing wild, native rainbows that love to feed on the surface. Developing and honing your stillwater dry fly skills will be a key component of this school.
Skitchine Stillwater School (June 12-16, 2022), $1995+tax (CAD) per person.
School Price includes:
- Daily seminars
- Scheduled time on the water with me
- Accommodation (2 guests per room)
- All meals at Skitchine Lodge
- Boat Access
- Guaranteed to win one of 12 incredible prizes
- Swag pack
Not Included in Price:
- Transportation to and from Skitchine Lodge is not included
- Fly fishing rods and equipment are not included, but there is a fully stocked fly shop at Skitchine Lodge
- B.C Fishing License. BC fishing licenses can be purchased online.
Last year's school was a complete sellout. To book your spot please contact the lodge via email to book your spot today! Space is limited to 10 students. Upon confirmation of your booking, you will be provided with equipment and fly pattern recommendations.
Corbett Lake Stillwater Schools
Join me and my good friend, Brian Chan, at Corbett Lake Lodge. Located in beautiful British Columbia, Corbett Lake Lodge is a short 12 miles (20 km) drive southeast of the town of Merritt. Corbett is a private access lake complete with a unique lodge experience making it a perfect destination for my on-the-water fly fishing schools.
Corbett Lake Lodge offers comfortable cedar cabins with full kitchens, bathrooms with showers, and fireplaces. Most cabins have a view of the lake. The lodge also features three attractive Lodge rooms with a mini-fridge and microwave provided. All accommodations are within easy walking distance of the dock.
All meals and seminar instruction take place in the lodge’s spacious dining room overlooking the lake and a beautiful wooded area.
Corbett Lake is an intimate scenic lake featuring crystal clear water and lots of cooperative rainbows. It is the perfect backdrop to hone your stillwater fly-fishing skills. During the month of May, you will be able to perfect a variety of chironomid skills including indicator tactics, floating line long leader tactics, and sinking line tactics using 5 and 6 weight systems. Corbett Lake also boasts a healthy Callibaetis mayfly population and casting dry and emerger patterns is a distinct possibility. Scuds, leeches, damsels, and dragonflies are also plentiful. Attractor patterns such as Booby’s and FAB’s also work well, especially when targeting sighted fish.
Trip pricing includes four full days on the water, five nights of accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), seminars and demonstrations, access to one of the lodge's properly outfitted boats when you aren’t on the water with me or Brian.
2022 Pricing and Dates:
Spring Stillwater Fly Fishing School, June 19, 2022 (Arrive)-June 24, 2022 (Depart), $2495 CDN/Person (Sorry Sold Out)
Fall Stillwater Fly Fishing School, September 11, 2022 (Arrive)-September 16, 2022 (Depart), $2495 CDN/Person. (3 spots remain)
- 5 nights accommodation
- Food (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
- 4.5 days of fishing
- Scheduled on the water time with me and Brian, a minimum one half-day/angler
- Daily seminars and demonstrations
- Access to a properly outfitted boat
- Transportation to and from Corbett Lake Lodge is not included
- B.C Fishing License is not included but can be purchased online.
Space is limited to 12 flyfishers per school to provide the maximum quality experience and ensures everyone gets to spend time with me and Brian in our boats on the water. A 50% deposit confirms your spot. Upon confirmation of your booking, you will be provided with equipment and fly pattern recommendations. To register please contact me via email.