Prowling the Parklands
I was first introduced to the stillwater trout fishing available in the Parklands region of SW Manitoba over 10 years ago. Nestled in a region many don’t associate with stillwater trout fishing are some of the best public stillwater trout fisheries in North America. Lakes specifically chosen and groomed for their ability to produce trophy sized rainbows, browns and tiger trout.
For the past six plus years, I have been introducing fly fishers to this region through my hosted seminar trips. These all-inclusive trips provide a great opportunity not only to explore the productive lakes in the Parklands region but also to learn tricks and techniques that will improve your stillwater fly fishing anywhere in North America.
Based out of the Russell Inn, my trips take place at two times each year, the first two weeks of June to coincide with the outstanding chironomid hatches and again in the fall when trout prowl the shallows building their fat reserves so they can survive the tough prairie winter ahead.
The June trips provide the perfect outdoor classroom to perfect a variety of chironomid skills including indicator tactics, floating line long leader tactics and sinking line tactics using 5 through 7 weight systems. Fall trips focus on shallow water tactics using leech, minnow and scud patterns as well as the opportunity to experience the chaos of water boatman or backswimmer falls.
Upon confirmation of your booking, you will be provided with equipment recommendations and a complete pattern recipes booklet containing a comprehensive list of proven patterns for the area. Seasonal guidance on which pattern styles to focus on will also be provided to ensure you have the right pattern selection on hand.
Trip pricing includes six full days on the water, seven nights accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), daily seminars and demonstrations, scheduled time on the water with me and, if needed, access to a properly outfitted boat or pontoon boat.
These trips are limited to a maximum of 12 anglers per week. Pricing is based on double occupancy, two students per room.
2017 Trips (June 4-11, 2017 -We currently have two spaces remaining, June 11-18, 2017, we currently have one space remaining, September 24-October 1, 2017, sorry this trip is sold out). Price per angler is $1695 CDN and includes:
- 7 nights accommodation
- Food (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
- 6 full days of fishing
- Scheduled on the water time with me, minimum one full day
- Daily seminars and demonstrations
- Access to a properly outfitted boat or pontoon boat
- Transportation to and from Russell, Manitoba is not included
Space is limited to 12 fly fishers per trip to provide the maximum quality experience. A 50% deposit confirms your spot.
Estancia Laguna Verde
As some of you might already be aware I spend two spectacular weeks this past April 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. A good friend joined me this year. He 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 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 ‘polyleaders). 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 FAB's 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, In Touch 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 pound, 15 or 18 pound is better. RIO Versileaders are also a worthwhile, easy to pack, addition to your kit bag.
Your standard stillwater flies including 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 no 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 for additional trip information including gear and flies.
Price per angler is $5200.00 USD and includes;
- Return transportation to and from El Calafate to the lodge, Estancia Laguna Verde
- 7.5 days guided fishing for the price of 6.5 days! 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 is not included
If you have any questions on any of the trips listed above please don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail or by clicking on the "Contact Phil" button.