Flyfishing, International Travel and COVID-19: A Diary


Starting tomorrow, March 11, 2020 I board a British Airways flight from London to Buenos Aires, then connect with an internal Aerolineas Argentinas flight to El Calafate, where I will be transported to the Estancia Laguna Verde flyfishing lodge in the middle of the sparse, windblown Patagonian desert.

I have been to this particular fishery, better known by anglers as Jurassic Lake, 6 times over the past 10 years and always found the entire experience a delight. Great flights, great people, great food and wine, and world class trout fishing.

Yet this year promises to be different. Things change, we all know that. Yet for the travelling flyfisher, unfortunately not for the better. Forget the COVID-19 pandemic for a moment. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for those who want to fly on a commercial airplane to a fishing destination due to the tightening luggage restrictions. For example, with British Airways you can’t have flies with hooks (what other kinds are there) in your carry on luggage. And with Aerolineas Argintineas you can’t even carry rods, reels or any fishing equipment on board. All must go in checked luggage.

And there is not a dedicated flyfisher who does not have at least one gruesome tale of lost or damaged fishing equipment in checked luggage. The risk of lost or damaged equipment is a hundred times greater than the risk of a deranged passenger using a wollybugger to attack the flight crew!

And don’t get me started on the reduced knee space, smaller seats that barely recline, and the exorbitant price of economy tickets, let alone Premium Economy or Business Class.

And now we come to COVID-19. Honestly, I don’t know what to expect, other than in the 3 months between when I first booked my flight and now, the plane has gone from nearly full to nearly empty, according to the seating plan on the website for my flight. An ominous sign for the airline. And Argentina seems to be increasing in the number of Coronavirus infections, with 19 cases and 1 death. Who knows?

So, I will try to chronicle my travels, fishing and adventures daily. So watch this blog for updates and please reach out if you have any questions, comments, etc. Hopefully I will be doing more fishing than blogging!

John R Childress. You can reach me at

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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5 Responses to Flyfishing, International Travel and COVID-19: A Diary

  1. Rogers, Eric says:

    Have fun John!

    FYI – I retired last week!


    Eric C. Rogers
    Vice President
    T.D. Williamson, Inc.
    6120 South Yale
    Suite 1700
    Tulsa, OK 74136
    Off: 918-447-5012
    Cell: 630-715-3978


  2. Anonymous says:

    Getting there is always my first objective. I’ve always found that, if needed, you can borrow gear. Most anglers live the code when it comes to lost gear and traveling, knowing they may be in the same situation someday. Catch a hog buddy!


  3. Let’s get on with “How was the fishing”.


  4. Mark McNeil says:

    Have a great trip. Wash your hands frequently

    Sent from my iPhone



  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing about the steps along the way during your adventure! Hoping there are no misadventures with regards your gear, of course!


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