Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Chilean Stag Beetle
While fishing in Southern Chile I was lucky enough to see the Chilean stag beetle hatch on the Rio Manihuales. These beetles are huge and the flies that imitate them are made of foam, rubber legs, and a green metallic shine. The trout go out of their way for this bug, more than a meal, it's like a floating deli drifting downstream. The most amazing thing I saw was trout coming off the bottom of the river and rising though 8 feet of water for my beetle! If you get the chance to fish Chile, by all means GO! It is the coolest place to fly fish in the entire world, Great food, friendly native people, and the scenery is gorgeous.