Thoughts of San Huberto by John Marcello
John & Jane Marcello joined us on a recent trip to San Huberto and I asked him to write a little bit about the trip and share some of his photos with us. Below are his thoughts and you can see his photos by clicking here.
My wife and I fished the desolate and windswept Malleo River from the very elegant Hosteria San Huberto with Cathy and Barry Beck in March.
Fly fishing on the Malleo was as invigorating as I would imagine golfing at St. Andrews can be. Both storied destinations draw seasoned sportsmen and both are gloriously wild, subject to nature’s occasional reminder of the rough conditions which carved the rugged landscapes.
Strong winds and blowing rains produced more wind burns than sunburns and set the fly fishing bar a bit higher on this trip. Every good cast however was still honored with a beautiful brown or rainbow. We used a full repitoir of dries, nymphs and streamers. Large fish were in the 20 to 22 inch category and there were many of them. However, “there are monsters here” such as the kyped 28 inch brown one of our younger colleagues landed before this adventure came to an end.
Cathy and Barry are consummate hosts. The Hosteria San Huberto is comfortably elegant. Asado barbecue and Malbec are a great pair. Stories by tired fishermen at the bar following a long day never get old. The Lanin volcano sees
everything. Caracara are weird. Old guides rule. Triangular dry fly takes and explosive jumps are unforgettable. The Rio Malleo is a changeable beauty.
Altogether, a grand memory.
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