Northern Patagonia Fly Fishing
Northern Patagonia Fly Fishing
Our outfitter in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina has been guiding and outfitting anglers in the area for over 20 years offering customized itineraries to fit each guests needs. This area in Northern Patagonia is centered around many of the famed rivers and watersheds of the region. The local rivers offer some of the finest fly-fishing in the world. The quant town of San Martin boasts diverse fishing opportunities, accommodations and experiences. You can choose to stay at one of the gorgeous Estancias with 5 star fishing lodges and miles of private water access or choose to do an overnight float trip on one of the rivers. The itineraries are set based on your needs and fishing style. The logistics of your trip will be planned to shorten travel times while maximizing your time spent on the water. The rivers range from small mountain streams, spring creeks, and beautiful freestones, to a large tail water and rivers in the high steppe country.
- Most private water access in the San Martin area
- Customized fishing itineraries
- Most consistent weather and dry fly hatches in all of Patagonia
- Shorter drive time to the rivers equals more time fishing
- Float fishing is done from low profile fiberglass drift boats for fly fishing comfort
- Enjoy authentic Argentine cuisine
- Knowledgeable and experienced guides
- Season is November to April
The weather in this region is the most stable and consistent which helps in the many prolific hatches found through out the season. The steady hatches of mayflies, caddis, and various stoneflies play a role on all of the river systems. The most prolific dry fly fishing occurs from December to late February and again from Mid March to the end of April when the nights start to become cooler. On many of the rivers you will experience fishing to abundant numbers of brown and rainbow trout in the 15-20 inch range. Some rivers have large trout populations with varying size and some are lower trout populations with average size is over 20 inches in length.
A trip to Arkansas is a great affordable destination to bring a son or daughter who is a beginner at fly-fishing or for the advanced angler looking to target a truly once in a lifetime Brown trout. The White River is arguably the best brown trout fishery in the US with fish averaging 18-22” and many fish caught each year over 10 pounds!
I had an incredible time fishing in Arkansas! Clint our guide was excellent and seemed to always know what fly to tie on and where to fish. I would recommend this trip to a beginner or experienced fly angler. I caught my biggest brown trout on this trip!
The southern end of the Patagonia region close to El Calafate is one of the most unforgiving and inhospitable areas I’ve ever visited in my fishing career. Dry, windy, barren and all around tough conditions make it a much uninhabited area with the exception of sheep ranches and GIANT rainbow trout!
My fishing partner Patrick Walsh, Editor and Chief of Outdoor Canada Magazine and I had what can only be described as an epic week landing somewhere between 500 and 600 lake trout ranging between 8 and 30 lbs with our fly rods and setting 5 Line Class World Records in the process.
This area is a fly fisherman’s dream…here is just part of my journal from a recent trip to Chilean Patagonia.
I am going back again this year with my wife and hoping to get into some Tarpon! They begin to migrate late summer and can be great in September and October. These tarpon are much larger than the resident tarpon available all year.
We caught the end of the King run, and hit the peak of the chums, which are a blast to catch as well as had some big Rainbows thrown in. Over all, the lodge has my unreserved recommendation.
If you’re looking for a classic fly fishing trip where you can catch a number of species and get away from winter back home…. and that won’t break the bank, this is it. There’s nothing quite like flats fishing!
Bristol Bay Lodge delivers an epic trip that specializes in delicious food, great staff, outrageous fishing and lasting friendships. They’re all welded firmly together with a jaw-dropping terrain and scenery that will make you want to come back every season for years to come.
Our fishing trip to Jurassic Lake was exceptional. Pat Kissel did a great job of putting it together.
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Fly Fishing the Best Rivers of Patagonia Argentina
The Malleo is a mid sized freestone that offers the wade angler consistent fishing with dries or a dry and dropper all season long. The Lanin Volcano heads the gorgeous Malleo Valley and we have access to 30 miles of private water as well as public water on the lower river. The river offers a wide range of water types to suit your wade fishing tastes. You can fish the upper meadows where the river is slow, the middle canyon with faster rocky runs, or the classic riffle, run, pool section near the lodge. The Malleo is a dry fly anglers dream with prolific hatches of caddis and mayflies. Anglers will sight fish to rising brown and rainbow trout in the 16-20 inch range casting over weed beds or near the willows where the bigger fish tend to hide.
- The Malleo is a must see for any serious trout angler wanting to experience Patagonia.
- The river brings back anglers year after year and space is always very limited.
- The best fishing is December through mid February and from late March through April.
This is a classic large freestone river that is lined with willow brush offering many lies and holds for big trout. This freestone has classic runs and pools and has a range of fish with many rainbows and browns in the 15-20 inch range as well as a good number of browns over 24 inches. All fishing methods are productive and this is a great river to prospect with large dries and a dropper or toss a streamer and let it “swim” into the structure to gain attention from the large browns. Early Spring and Fall are the best time to strip for big browns and up to 8 pound fish are landed here each season. The dry fly hatches tend to be best from early December to mid February and again from late March to the end of April. Terrestrials are great from January to early March.
- We can offer day floats from the town of San Martin or anglers may choose to stay at one of the nicer Estancias in the area offering 25 miles of private access to the river.
- This is also a river where we can arrange a one night and two day float and camp trip.
Collon Cura River
The Collon Cura is on the itinerary of nearly every angler who comes to fish the area. This is the most productive river in the San Martin Valley and one of the most prolific fisheries in all of Patagonia! This large freestone offers a high population of rainbow trout in the 14-17 inch range and many exceeding 20 inches in length. Brown trout populations are good and you have the chance at catching a trophy brown mixed in with the rainbows. Each year browns up to 27 inches are caught here, mix the high population of trout with the chance at a true trophy and you have the perfect trout river! The Collon Cura offers excellent float fishing and also wade fishing options. Hatches are best December through February and start up again the end of March. The river also gets a large minnow migration that will offer some of the most incredible streamer fishing you will ever witness. The minnows are small so the flies chosen to imitate are small and easy casting. Often times you will see the trout eat your fly just below the surface.
- When its on the action can be fierce! Minnows are present from January through March.
- This is a river that should be part of any itinerary and we offer over 4o miles of private access and four full day sections to float.
Filo Hua Hum River
The Filo is a short and small freestone offering 10 miles of private access high in the wooded Andes mountains and surrounded by Lanin National Park. Sight fishing for large trout in one of the most beautiful settings in the name of the game on the Filo. Don’t expect many fish per day here but instead multiple shots at large brown trout from 20-27 inches. The river also harbors populations of rainbows and browns from 10-14 inches and on certain days the lake can be fished. Here you will find trout in the 16-21 inch class cruising the reeds and on the feed, you will fish from an RO drift boat if fishing the lake.
- This Filo Hua Hum river is most suitable for the intermediate to advanced angler and best fished from the beginning of the season to mid February.
- Sometimes the Filo can be fished in the fall if the water levels are high enough to hold big trout in the river.
The lower Limay is a crystal clear 60-mile tailwater below Pichi Picun Leufu dam. River flows on the Limay average 8-20,000 cfs and can change quickly, the fish are accustomed to this and guides know where to fish during these water events. This large river offers the most dynamic and challenging fishing in the Neuquen province. The river has incredible populations of hard fighting rainbows from 17-21″ and good populations of both resident and migratory brown trout that can exceed well over the 30 inch mark. Anglers will need to be on their game and able to change fishing techniques throughout the day. An angler may start with a nymph rig, change to a dry, then try a streamer. This all depends on the day and water flow. The Limay is a challenging river and is best for novice and advanced anglers however beginners can also do well here. If an angler chooses to hunt for the fish of a lifetime don’t expect many brown trout but when he/she hooks into one it is likely to be of trophy size and will be well worth the effort. Many clients return year after year to fish the Limay as it is one of those rivers that gets in your blood!
- We have access to many different private properties for our many float options and operate on the paved side so the ride is as smooth as possible and a shorter distance back to the hotel in Eagle Rock.
- Overnight camp trips can also be offered here.
OVERNIGHT CAMP TRIPS
Wilderness adventures offering unparalleled experiences in a comfortable tent camp under the Patagonian stars!
For anglers looking to maximize time on the water, fish remote waters, and want an adventure these overnight trips are just the answer. Your camp staff will go ahead in gear boats and prepare gourmet dinners. So when you are done fishing for the day all you have to do is relax, have an appetizer and refreshment while enjoying the scene. There is something special about waking up on the side of a trout filled river!
This is a great option for the more adventurous angler and is offered from December to the middle of January. Starting from a series of mountain glacier lakes and running through an incredible canyon, this breathtaking river provides an unforgettable 3 day/ 2 night float. The river holds good populations of both browns and rainbows and becomes more productive on day 2 with larger fish being caught that measure over 20 inches.
This freestone is a 3 day/2 night float down a canyon with columnar basalt cliffs, eddies and rocky runs. Best fished from Dec through early Feb and again from late March through April. We also offer a 2 day/ 1 night float.
The lower Chimehuin can be floated for 2 days with 1 night camping. One of our most popular overnights and good throughout the season. Offering anglers the ability to fish to trout using all techniques.
Lower Limay River
Overnight camps are a good option for floating the lowest sections of the river to save on the transfer time back to town for those anglers that like to stay out on the water.
*Dry bags provided for your personal gear on the overnight trips
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Lodging and Accommodations
This varies greatly, and we can provide you with a description of each Estancia upon request. The San Martin area offers multiple hotels in varying price ranges so it will depend on what your budget is and what hotel you choose – you will often have at least one night in San Martin during your trip. Regardless of where you stay, each lodge offers comfortable double occupancy rooms with private bathroom, gourmet meals, and welcoming Argentine hospitality.
Authentic Argentine cuisine, local wines, local beers, appetizers and desserts with dinner. The food in Argentina is a large part of the experience and you will be impressed with the different local dishes. Grass fed beef and lamb as well as cured meats and delicious cheeses are a staple of what you will experience.
The Estancias offer 5 star dinners, and San Martin offers many different restaurants to choose from.