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San Martín de los Andes

October 7, 2019

In San Martín de los Andes and surroundings, the great variety of rivers and lakes, easy-to-access shelter in their waters for trout and salmonids, are optimal for fishing.

In the geography of the area alternate banks overgrown, where the rainfall is abundant, and the shores rocky, with a more arid climate. The rivers interlink their courses with lakes, creating the ideal space for the procreation of native species, flu-like the puyénthe pejerrey patagónico and the trout creoleand of those that have been introduced at the beginning of the last century: brown trout, rainbow, brook and landlocked salmon.

In the Lanín National Park the sport fishing is authorized, but is required to have a permit, which you can enable for the entire season (mid-November to mid-April, though in some areas extends until may). The spirit of conservation of the species led to establish other measures to prevent damage to the dams, such as the prohibition of the use of live bait and the immediate return of the specimens native to captured.

The possibilities of venturing in days fishing are many; below are some of the sites more prominent.

Hidden Lake
The species that are caught here are rainbow trout, brown and fontinalis. By regulation, each fisherman can extract a maximum of two pieces of not less than 40 inches in length per day. The methods permitted are Fly Cast and Spinnin.

Rio Correntoso
It is a short riverbecause that joins Nahuel Huapi lake with the Correntoso, is characterized by the quality and quantity of trout that albergay holds the record for a specimen of 16 kilograms caught in its waters. Although it is located more close to the resort centre, Villa La Angostura to San Martín de los Andes, you can access it via the route of the Seven Lakes (RN 234)appreciate on your journey mirrors of water, unique beauty of the area.

Rio Meliquina
In your the short route of 14 kilometerswithin the Lanín National Park, it flows between the steppe and the forest. Born in the lake that bears the same name and empties into the rio Filo Hua Hum, forming the river Caleufú.

It is excellent to accommodate resident fish as the salmonidsin addition to trout migration from lake Meliquina. The species found in this river a optimal habitat: cold and crystalline water; stretches of fast water and relatively shallow (sliding); water slow and deep (pool); sliding rock substrates, devoid of sand, temperatures, and flow rates relatively stable; riparian vegetation, and various shelters.

Rio Filo Hua Hum West
In your extension 11 kilometers it has zones with different characteristics for fishing, since its birth in the New lake to its mouth at the western edge of the lake Filo Hua Hum.

His birth has excellent conditions: a width of 40 meters, shallow waters and good depth. The high-water make difficult the access to the mouth, but someone will get good trout.

The river is suitable for fishing along for about 400 metres downstream. Then, the access is difficult due to the abundant coastal vegetationbut about six miles from its mouth returns to be viable. There is a place, The Narrows, marked by the north side of The Cerrillos, which produces an appreciable reduction in the width of the valley through which the river flows. From a huge rock it is possible to see the trout, both in the deep pool at the foot of the rock like a river up and down.

River Chimehuín
With the Lanín volcano as the main protagonist, the best surface fishing in the world, famous for its clear waters, its excellent catch and its imposing natural environment.
To reach a true paradise for the fishermen to take the national route 234, with destination to the city of Junín de los Andes.
After passing this city, and at the end of military units must take it to the left the provincial route 61, which, before the bridge, leads to the lakes Huechulafquen and Paimún.
From there, they have to travel 24 kilometres of gravel road to reach lake Huechulafquen and the mouth of the Chimehuin river, world famous for its qualities as a fishery.
The best way to take advantage of the benefits of the river is doing a float trip down (to navigate in a raft of white water rafting with toleteras, and while the guide rowed to go casteando from the boat to the coast).
The Chimehuin river can be divided into three parts: the first goes from its source, and the so-called Devil’s Throat up to the Regiment of Junín of the Andes; the second from there until called Curve of the Apple tree, and the third is the final segment from the latter point up to the confluence with the river Collón Curá.

The ideal place for fishermen it is the first section; a kilometre of rapids grade III where you will find the best trout, the water is clear and the volcano Lanin imposes its presence permanent. The best results are obtained using dry flies, of the type atractors.

Fly Fishing in Patagonia Argentina: Float Trips and Wading

Fly Fishing Wading & Float Trip

Fly Fishing in Patagonia Argentina: Float Trips and Wading
We are passionate about what we do. From mountains to the patagonia, we can customize your fishing trip according to your preferences.


On our wading trips we will take you to different streams, rivers and water channels to fish for our Rainbow trout where you will be surrounded by mountains and beautiful flora and fauna.

We have different options that depend on weather conditions and also on our client’s preferences.

Whether you are an experienced angler or a first-time fly fisherman, we will get you to target and catch fish. Patagonia Argentina’s water system is unique for trout fishing, and wading is a perfect approach to our waters.
We offer half-day and full day wading fly fishing trips.


Floating trips are a great way to experience fishing in Patagonia Argentina’s lakes. On clear days we fish mainly with dry flies and you will be surprised by how aggressive the takes can get! The highlands can get really windy, that’s when we change our tactic to nymphs and streamers.

If you enjoy casting from a secure boat with beautiful scenery, this is something you must try.

Fly fishing Patagonia & Argentina, since 1999
It has never been easier to come fishing with us. We tailor unforgettable adventures to suit your needs, time and budget. Whether it’s a week or two staying in luxury lodges or a day-trip to one of the local rivers we will customize a trip for you – we do not think that “one size fits all !”.
Get in touch and let us put a personalized itinerary together for that fly fishing trip of a lifetime..Patagonia and its outstanding fishing is awaiting for you.
With us you will enjoy our Patagonian culture as much as the quality of our world-class waters!!
You will enjoy a unique experience fly fishing in Argentina with us

This is what we offer you:
Reasonable rates with excellent quality.
A wide range of places to stay: hotels, hosterias, cabins and lodges.
Fish with the best – English speaking – fly fishing guides.
Fishing diversity that only Argentina has to offer.
Wonderful Patagonic cuisine in our traditional restaurants and lodges.
Opportunity to learn about our Patagonian culture!

Fly Fishing Patagonia Lakes and Rivers programs offer you some of the best fly fishing options in Patagonia, Argentina.
The area surrounding our Lakes and Rivers regional program harbors over two dozen productive rivers, lakes, and lagoons. From old growth rainforests located within side Los Alerces National Park (Ecological National Park) to the arid Patagonia steepe -all within an easy drive from our base of operations- this area is a fly anglers paradise. Your fly fishing package is built around the concept of fishing a different river, creek, lake, or lagoon daily which gives you the most variety and varied fishing options throughout their stay. The regional rivers and lakes host wild rainbow, brown, and brook trout and at times king salmon, atlantic salmon, and sea run browns.
The variety of fishing scenarios and abundance of above average size trout are the main attractions and you will have the option to float or walk and wade as much or as little as you like. No matter your level of skill or regardless of the scenario, you always be able to enjoy great fly fishing throughout your stay. We have an experienced and well seasoned fly fishing guide staff that will be by your side at all times and will be stocked with all of the right flies and well versed in the intricate fishing scenarios that you will encounter on a daily basis. We take great pride in providing safe, professional fly fishing guide trips and is at the core of our existence.

We organize every single trip assuring 100% guest satisfaction.

Patagonia Fly Fishing base of operations is located in the heart of one of the most beautiful Andean river valley’s in Patagonia Argentina. From our base camp, you can find abundant and productive trout streams, rivers, and lakes with in any direction. We are confident that we offer one of the best fly fishing programs in Patagonia, Argentina with a warm, casual and comfortable base camp built specifically for the purpose of fly fishing the regional rivers and lakes.
Week long programs are standard with our Lakes and Rivers itineraries, but trips as long as 2, 3, or 4 weeks can easily be executed. and designed. We can also build a custom trip for you and combine different options upon your request.



-When is the best time to come and fish Patagonia?
The best time to come and fish with us starts in the spring (November 15) just as the rivers are coming alive and will continue on through our Andean summer until the leaves start to change color in late fall (May 7). Our seasons are very similar to South Western Montana and the equivalent of (May-October) in the Rocky Mountains.

-How long does it take to get to your operation from the United States?
It generally takes around 20 hours in total to get to our operation in Southern Patagonia Argentina and is a hassle free experience. It takes just as long to get to Alaska or Canada from the United States and is an easy flight to obtain access to some outstanding trout fishing.

-How many days in total is a trip to Patagonia for a week of fly fishing?
Eleven. You will spend the first two days in transit to Patagonia and then you will enjoy seven nights and six days of fly fishing and on the morning of day ten you will catch a flight to Buenos Aires and fly that evening home to the United States arriving to your destination in the morning/afternoon of day eleven.

-What type of fish will we be catching while fly fishing in Patagonia?
You will have the opportunity to cast at over seven different species of fish including Grande River Rainbows, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Chinook Salmon, and Pacific Salmon.

-What type of fishing will we be doing?
One of the main types of fishing that we employ is dry fly fishing on the surface while drifting in one of our custom designed fly fishing rafts or catarafts. Patagonia, Argentina harbors over thirteen different species of terrestrial beetles that provide a rich biodiversity of insects. We also employ streamer techniques and love to hunt the biggest fish in the river.
Our guides are well trained in trophy hunting and will provide you with expert instruction and custom hand tied streamers to entice the fish of a lifetime. We also like too swing flies on spey rods in the fall for migrating Sea Run Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon, and Pacific salmon and are well versed in spey casting techniques for sea run fish.

-Is Argentina a safe country to travel in?
Yes. Argentina is one of the safest countries to visit in South America. Argentina has a democratic government and boasts one of the highest growth rates in the tourism industry in the world. Argentineans welcome foreign visitors to their country with open arms and are some of most hospitable and giving people around. You will embrace their warm smile, colorful culture, and their fantastic wines while enjoying the pace and lifestyle of their wonderful country.

-What language do they speak in Argentina?
Spanish. Though in some parts of Argentina they do speak the native Mapuche Indian language (Mapudungun) but only 2% of the population of Argentina has Native Mapuche blood therefore it is not used often in conversational Spanish in Argentina.

-What type of reptiles or mammals do you have in Argentina? Is it like Alaska?
One of the highlights of a trip to Patagonia, Argentina is the lack of dangerous animals. It is the complete opposite of Alaska. It is best described as the wilderness with no teeth. There are no bears that are sharing the river with you, we don’t have giant snakes or scorpions that will eat you alive, no moose to stomp you on your favorite gravel bar, and no white socks, no see um’s, or black flies that will cause bodily harm. We simply have pristine free flowing rivers that are teeming with trout that are completely addicted to eating large terrestrial dry fly’s on the surface. Sound good. Yeah, we agree with you and why we have chosen to build our operation in such a special part of the world.

access to the Most Diverse and Varied Fly Fishing Programs in the Region
Top Professional Guides that work with a dawn to dark work ethic
A trained professional Argentinean Chef from inacap (Culinary arts institue of Argentina) that prepares authentic, regionally sourced delicious meals with a focus on organic locally sourced products
warm, CASUAL, and COMFORTABLE upscale Accommodations
State of the art equipment including state of the art 4×4 trucks, rafts and catarafts from Aire BOATS, OUTCAST BOATS, AND NRS WHITEWATER FRAMES

Authentic Argentinean Culture and Experiences
Knowledgeable, Experienced, and Professional Staff
Most Undiscovered and Unexplored Rivers and Lakes of Patagonia
World Class Dry Fly Fishing
Abundance Of Above Average Size Trout


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