Astyanax in Matuka style

Recently I showed a small streamer that I designed to imitate a small fish that we call here Red-tailed Mojarra.
Now I bring for your consideration an imitation that I imagined to imitate the same species only that tied in the particular style of the well-known Matukas flies.
I hope you like it!

Hook: For streamers flies (your choice) in size 12
Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0 white
Rib: Fine wire silver or gold (your choice)
Body: White floss
Wing: A pair of Golden Badger feathers for streamers painted on their tips with permanent red marker
Collar/Throat: Golden Badger hackle without black center from the side of the neck.

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2020 First brookies!!!

Finally the first brookies of 2020 arrived.
After driving enjoying beautiful views, we had a good day of fly fishing shared with my friend Abel.
I saw that the stream still has little flow, it needs more rain to recover its full potential.
The brookies were difficult, many bites were failed and after a fly change the rewards arrived.
This time I used a 5 weight line with a 7 feet long leader in a seven feet bamboo rod originally designed for 4 weight line.
It performed perfectly giving me many advantages. I know it is a topic of discussion but in these small streams precision is fundamental and when the wind blows you realize how good it is to put a little more weight on your fly cast especially in short shots.
Abel did the same, loaded his delicate bamboo cane for 3 weight line with a 4 weight that I lent him not overloading it at all.
It is the one seen in the photos.

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Astyanax (Mojarra Cola Roja)

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I always wanted to design some small streamer to imitate the small fish that inhabit the Cordoba mountain rivers and that many times are persecuted and eaten by salmonids in those places where they share the habitat.
Of these small fish the Red-tailed Mojarras (Astyanax) are the ones that always attracted me a lot, in fact I have fished them many times and it’s a lot of fun.
I developed a model that convinced me after several attempts.
This is the recipe for this fly that has just been born on my fly tying bench and that I want to share:

Hook: For streamers flies (your choice) in size 12
Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0 white
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Rib: Fine wire silver or gold (your choice)
Body: White floss
Collar/Throat: Golden Badger hackle without black center from the side of the neck.
Wing: A pair of Golden Badger feathers for streamers              

I promise to show pictures of the catches !!!

Brief photo gallery of small rainbows

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Oktoberfest (of rainbows)

The little village of Intiyaco, next to the “Los Reartes” river, is in the heart of a region populated by many descendants of Central European immigrants. Villa General Belgrano is the main city and its landscape and architecture closely resemble some regions of Germany, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland and northern Italy. These days a party is celebrated, the “Oktoberfest”, or “Beer Festival” which is the replica of the one held in Munich, Germany, since 1810.
I was there again after the opening of the fishing season, not to drink beer but to have another good rainbow trout fly fishing. It was also a real party!
Look:

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A successful classic

Provisioning my soft hackle flies box from my fly tying bench, I can’t stop paying tribute to the “Partridge and Orange”.
Successful by excellence!

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Good season Opening!

Good season opening fishing beautiful rainbows on the Los Reartes river in Intiyaco.
The rains still do not arrive, therefore the waters of the mountain rivers remain shallow and very clear.
The trout, very even in size, offered good fight and fun. Really many trouts to enjoy.
Abel and I were using our bamboo rods built by our friend, Cesar Zeballos. In my case a replica of one of the best known models of the great Austrian bamboo rod builder, Walter Brunner, for 5 weight line and in the case of Abel, a creation of Cesar for 3 weight line. Great fishing instruments!
Here some photos

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Fly meeting

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These bead heads would seem to be very interested in what my cork hopper could say no?
These meetings are being very frequent in my fly tying bench lately and it is because very soon it will open the new season.
My hopper imitation is based on the description Marinaro makes in his book “In the Ring of the Rise” of a very particular model, the “Pontoon Hopper”.

Focusing Marinaro

Waiting for the season opening I am rereading a classic: “In The Ring Of The Rise” by Vincent Marinaro.
Once again I enjoy his studies and approaches to various aspects of dry fly fishing and fly fishing in general, including a sharp and documented description of how brown trout seeks its food.
The illustrations in the book, photos and drawings, are typical of an era that I consider “golden” in terms of publications about fly fishing.
Marinaro was very generous in sharing his knowledge through this book.
If you haven’t done it yet, I recommend you read it carefully.

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Some shots of past brookies season

They correspond to a fishing trip with my friend Abel Wenetz.
I hope you like them!

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