Rod, Reels and lines
The most popular and widely used rods at Rincon are a light double-hander around 8-weight and a 6- or 7-weight single-hander. Equipped with these two rods and angler can cover most situations. Any good quality reel capable of carrying the associated line and 150 yards of backing should suffice. Intermediate lines for both outfits will address most conditions, but it is a good idea to pack spare lines and sinking tips to cover different high/low water conditions. Don’t worry if you don’t have the full range of lines; we have a good stock at the lodge for guests to use.
Leader Material and Flies
We recommend high quality leader material between 10 and 20 pounds breaking strain.
Recommended flies include Girdle Bug, Yuk Bug, Bitch Creek, Wooly Bugger, Zonker, Sunray Shadow, as well as various bead-head nymphs and various leeches.
Waders and Clothing
Waders and jackets are personal preference items, but we recommend those made from high quality breathable Gore-Tex, or a material with similar characteristics. Waders should be chest-high. Most wading at Rincon is fairly user-friendly, so boots can have either felt or rubber soles.
Regarding clothing, we favor a layering system. In this part of the world, the weather can be highly variable, so the ability to add or take off layers is advisable. Also, a light-weight quilted down (or synthetic) jacket, can be very useful on cool days later in the season. A buff and cap/hat are always a good idea — remember Patagonia can be a windy place on occasion!
Bring sunscreen for hot, sunny days, though we always have a good supply on hand for general use.
Sunglasses with polarized lenses are another key item. Don’t leave home without them! Also, for safety, always carry a pair of yellow or clear lens glasses for low light conditions.