Sunday, January 24, 2016

Andean Trout

Over the holidays, I spent two weeks in Ecuador visiting family. Poor planning on my part resulted in my bringing no fishing gear. I considered it for a while, but decided with the remotness of the landscape and it being my first time there with my wife, that I wouldnt risk broaching the subject of fishing.
Fast forward to the second day in Ecuador - I was browsing Instagram (check out my page addictedtoviseflies) and saw a post by Javier Guevara of Ecuador Fly Fishing (Insta page  - ecuadorflyfishing). I'd been following this page for quite a while and decided to reach out to see what the possiblity was of getting a last minute day trip together! It was more of a speculative email than an expectant one, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quick response to the affirmative, that indeed, there was a guide in Quito who could take me fishing for a day. Bearing in mind that I'd no gear with me, this was no problem. So I got all the necessary details and shared my desires, booked the trip and waited 5 days with baited breath to fish for Andean Trout.

My guide, Daniel, picked my up promptly at 6am, for the couple hour drive deeper into the mountains to a remote village in the Cayambe-Coca Reserve. On the way we stopped for breakfast

This was the view from the road - Cayambe Volcano.