Hi, first post, normally I am active on saltwater boards, but I need some help from the experts here.
I am in southern Chile for the next few weeks for work. The fishing season is just getting started here. There are two rivers near me, one an hour north, the other an hour south. Two days ago I hit the north river and caught my biggest trout ever here, (still quite small) The north river is very small and fast (deepest maybe 3ft), the south river is wider, deeper and slower.
I have been here a few other years and the biggest trout I have caught was about 8" long until the other day, about 13". I know that the southern river hold some really large browns, I have seen pictures and a few youtube videos that show them, (but seems later in the year). It a much bigger river, and does speed up as I hike upstream, but stays deep for a quite a few miles.
My question is, in the early season, with colder dirtier water, where should I try to find these larger trout? Do they move upstream to shallower water or should I be focusing on the deep, dirty slower water near the mouth. Based on the size of the north river I don't think it can hold the large brown trout that I really want. So I am going to focus on the south river for the next few trips. Upstream or downstream for the big guys in the early season?
I will attach a few pics to help you see the place. Beautiful county, feel free to PM for tips if you ever get down here (right on Magellan's strait).
yes, I am using spinning gear, dont bash me too hard
it seems like the only way i can get a bite is to crank a lure almost as fast as I can.
Here is a link to the location on google earth if you wanted to check it out for yourself
Rio San Juan, Chile
and some pics
Northriver1 from 2 years ago, very small fish, had 20 like this one day
Northriver2 as it looked 2 days ago (biggest part)
Northriver4, my monster
South river 1, slower portion
south river 2
south river 3, faster portion (actually close to downstream, just a shallower area)
south river 4, how the water looked 2 weeks ago, i think its getting clearer by now
Thanks for any tips!