Each year I look forward to my annual visit to the rural area of Las Pampas. One of the great things about this region is the culture and people who live there. The fishing is good, the food is fresh, the crew is outstanding and the surrounding landscape is inspirational. Spending time with Oggy and the Las Pampas Lodge team is undoubtedly a yearly highlight for me. Ironically, I just returned home from my visit a few days ago, opened the catalog and saw one of my favorite places and people gracing the pages. It is an honor to see this moment make the cut for the 2017 Patagonia Fly Fishing Catalog and print Ad campaign; it was one of those days you will always remember. I’m already planning for next year.
PATAGONIA FISH | Fall workbook 2017 Argentina & Alaska
The new Patagonia Fish workbook for the Fall 2017 line-up is hot off the press and in the hands of dealer and reps. I was blown away to see my good friend Augustine Fox on the cover. I think it captures nicely the very essence of Agustin (Oggy) Fox, Argentina and the Patagonia brand. it was a memorable day! Another surprise was seeing this image of Yvon make it to print, ironically this was a day we all spent with our good pal Oggy.
A big thank you to all those folks who allow me to follow them around with my camera and document small significant moments of your life.
I love fishing! I was raised an an angler, with a worm, a spinner and a fly and each has brought me some of the most memorable and valuable moments in my life. I’ve never been able to limit myself to fun. In 2014 I was in rural Argentina with a few great fishing friends, we had an amazing day fishing, with a Tenkara rod. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of anglers have so much camaraderie in an afternoon of fishings since the last time I was there the year before “playing baseball”. Played with 1 fly rod and 1 fly, taking turns with minimal casts, minimal steps, minimal time on the clock and if you swing and miss once, your out and then on to the next guy. There is much much more to fishing, than actually catching fish. This reminds me about the time we randomly found a lure while working on a slackline shoot in the backcountry, with no rod or reel or line around, we unraveled a inner sleeping bag cord, created a rig and caught a little fish. But this day, the day of the Tenkara, was amazing and it couldn’t have gone better.
YC – “Martin, have you ever used a tenkara rod?” MA – “No, never “ YC – “Well, its just like this (quick demonstration) want to try it?” MA – “ahhh, ok.. sure!”
2.83 seconds later
MA – “HOLY SH@*, first cast!!” GROUP – “laughing and cheering”
NATURES BAMBOO ROD Location: Can’t Pronounce It Creek, Argentina
No rod, no line, no problem! Martin Gallo Argerich used natures natural bamboo and no fly line to catch this fish. Why? well, because the rest of the crew headed up river with all the gear, ha. But it didn’t matter.
FLYFISHING & TYING JOURNAL | SPRING 2015 COVER Spring 2016issue | Las Pampas, Argentina
The 2016 spring issue of the Flyfishing & Tying Journal hit the newsstands last week. I am very happy to see one of my images landed on the cover! The cover image is of Las Pampas guide Nico Alvarez and client Dave Abbot fishing the Rio Corcovado in Argentina.
Moments after this photo was captured, he raced off to gather a few stray cattle. He isn’t big enough yet to get his feet in the stirrups, he is usually riding his own horse, with no saddle. There are only but a few young men in this small town that will carry on the traditions, this is the future of the Las Pampas gaucho. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph him for a few years now. Each year his skills are progressing and his tasks becoming more important. I hope to see them again this year. This image was shot assignment for an upcoming film Finding Fontinalis.
LAS PAMPAS LODGE CATALOG 2016 Las Pampas, Argentina
I’m happy to see the new 2016 Las pampas Lodge catalog in print. Every year I look forward to my yearly visit. The fishing is great, but it’s the overall adventure that makes it so appealing to me. It will always be a favorite!