Dispatches Volume 1:  Fly Fishing in Chile with Jonathan Heames

Dispatches Volume 1: Fly Fishing in Chile with Jonathan Heames

Welcome to the first edition of Dispatches, a new series which reports on the Big Sky Anglers crew as they travel the globe in search of angling adventures. Each edition of Dispatches will feature an interview with one of our angling pros while they are on assignment or travelling for fun. Our crew might be hosting anglers in a remote destination, guiding clients on our home waters, or exploring new fishing territory at home and abroad.

This edition features BSA co-owner and head guide Jonathan Heames who is reporting from a remote island in Chilean Patagonia. Jonathan has been fly fishing in Chile for nearly 20 years, and his perspective and knowledge are impressive. Give a listen to what Jonathan has been up to, and stay tuned for more reports from the BSA crew.

“Where are you right now? How did you get there? Where are you off to next?”


“What is your target species? Why did you pick this location and time for that species?”


“How are you targeting these fish?”


“What’s one thing that’s happened on your trip so far that you didn’t expect?”


“What are the conditions like?”


“What’s been your favorite piece of gear on this trip so far, and why?”


“What’s the best thing you’ve had to eat?”


“Have you learned any new words or phrases?”


“What’s your playlist been on this trip…what tunes are you listening to?”


Yea Buddy!

Several days ago, this photo showed up on my phone.  Pictured above is Jonathan Heames (left) and his son Finn with a 8 lb rainbow trout caught in Chilean Patagonia.  Throughout October and November, Finn was learning to cast a fly rod in their garage, just down the street from our place on Horse Butte.  On Finn’s first day out fly fishing, he’s only 3 1/2 years old, and with in ten minutes, he managed to hook and land this rainbow on a dry fly.  This kid is ruined for the rest of his life.

More Chilean Love

Look at the water, it’s just beggin’ for a giant streamer.  South America on the brain……