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Esquel, Rio Pico and other areas in Chubut Province show a very diverse landscape and geography, offering to the angler a wide variety of different fishing opportunities. Here you can fish quiet spring creeks, small lakes hidden in the deserted patagonian and big fast mountain rivers all in the same week.

Many of the locations where we operate suffer from little fishing pressure, their trout are wild, unselective and they don’t demand for refined sophisticated fishing techniques. On the other hand, some locations as the worldly famous Arroyo Pescado and Rivadavia River suffer the pressure from many anglers every year, so their trout only respond to refined fishing techniques and to a correct imitation of the insects they usually feed on. These places are a challenge.

In this region you can satisfy your appetite for catching unselective wild trout or you can accept the challenge and go for the most elusive trout in Patagonia.

The basic tackle you need to fish these rivers would be a 5 or 6–weight rod, equal reel and a floating line. To try the big fish in certain specific locations we would recommend a 7-weight rod and shooting taper lines or Teeny fly lines.

Many rivers and streams in this area are perfect for using very light tackle (2 or 3-weight rods, equal reels and lines), good size trout are found within casting distance and it is all sight-fishing there.

A basic fly box should carry, among others:

Dry flies: parachute Adams, black gnat, yellow humpy, elk hair caddis, Griffith´s gnat, stimulator, dragonflies.

Terrestrials: hoppers, small flying ants, Chernobyl ants.
Nymphs: bead head prince, copper John, hare’s ear, pheasant tail, midge larva, scuds. Streamers: woolly bugger, black ghost, marabou muddler, rabbits.

Regarding the leaders we follow the basic rules about fly fishing, only in some special places like spring creeks or shallow small lakes we prefer to use long leaders (more than 12 feet long) and to diminish the tippet’s diameter to a 6x or 7x.

Polarized glasses are essential to protect your eyes and to locate fish. Fly dressing, soft lead and strike indicators complete your fishing tackle.

Esquel

Esquel is one of the wildest fishing destinies in the argentinean Patagonia. It is a place where there are still unnamed streams waiting for someone to discover them and hook their trout for the first time.

Dozens of rivers and lakes await for you offering one of the best quality wild trout fishing in the world.

Enjoy it the same way we do it.

Location

Esquel city is located in the Chubut province, central-south of argentinean Patagonia, close to the Andes. This province, having a very low human population, keeps its rivers and lakes in a pristine state.

High mountains and deep forests crossed by clear water creeks, streams and rivers are distinctive to the West area of the Chubut province. As we move to the East of the province rain percentages decrease abruptly and the huge patagonian steppe is born. Here we find steppe-rivers with their slow water and winding courses, some of them very similar to spring creeks.

The fishing season in the Patagonia starts on 1st November and finishes on 1st May.

Rivers and Lakes

Esquel Area

The famous spring creek Arroyo Pescado is a paradigmatic place. According to the moment of the season and the specific hatches going on at that time, we may hook many brown and rainbow trout using hoppers and classic dry flies. But sometimes it may become a challenge for a good nymph angler, having to use number 24 midge pupas. And all of it would be sight fishing. But one thing very important about this place is that it never stops giving us its powerful trout!! This is without a doubt one of the best places in the province.

Only ten kilometres away from Esquel city we find Laguna Willimanco. Its blue water and sandy beaches offer us exciting sight fishing. Here we use adult damselfly patterns or small scuds to deceive its powerful rainbows. When fishing from a raft, chances of catching a really big rainbow improve, and fast retrieved streamers may help us hook the trophy of the trip.

Rio Grande has become Esquel fishing guides´ hobbyhorse, a river which never leaves us empty handed and offers a good variety of fishing conditions. It is a big river which is mainly fished from rafts. The riffles hide good size browns and the banks are full of rainbows feeding on terrestrials which fall from the willows. Warm weather between December and February offers to us excellent all sizes mayfly hatches which we usually fish in back-eddies. But an incredible event to witness in Rio Grande are the caddies hatches, it is very common to find two or three different species of these insects emerging at the same time and dozens of rainbows feeding on them

We know some special places near Esquel city which are perfect for beginners, where dozens of small and medium size trout await for you in unnamed streams in the middle of the patagonian steppe.

Los Alerces National Park: right in the middle of the Andes mountains and covered with native tree forests, it offers a sensational natural environment. The most famous river running inside the Park is the Rivadavia River and the quality of the fishing there is very difficult to match. We can use terrestrials, streamers or match the caddisflies hatches all in the same fishing day in the Rivadavia river. Nymph fishing with midges is outstanding, and the reward can be big, if we master the technique and have a good line control. The majority of the trout here are rainbows with an average weight of 2 to 3 pounds. Occasionally some browns, brookies and even landlocked salmon are captured.

Other privileged places inside the Park are lake Kruger and the Frey river, which are both only accessed by motor boat. Fishing pressure there is almost nonexistent and their waters offer great fishing for beautiful unselective rainbows and browns, all of it surrounded by an amazing landscape.

Laguna Larga: only brown trout populate this stillwater fishery. We fish it from rafts and although we use mostly streamers during the day, the last hour caddisfly hatch may surprise us bringing to the surface every trout in the Laguna. All the trout captured here are good size fish, being very common to land more than 4 pounds browns.

Rio Pico and Corcovado Area: Although this area’s reputation is growing rapidly, many of its rivers and streams are kept almost virgin. The best places are Rio Pampa and Rio Pico, both are inhabited by a big population of voracious and unselective rainbow trout. Also some big browns inhabit those rivers.

Rio Pico offers to the angler its medium size course, its dark and calmed water. On the other hand Las Pampas is a typical mountain stream with a strong slope and a classic succession of riffles and pools. Las Pampas is the most clear example for a trout stream where you will find great sight fishing with dry flies.

It is only walk/wade fishing in these two rivers, we do long day walks and we get big rewards. We fish all these rivers with light tackle, dry flies and nymphs.

Rio Pico area is full of very productive and not too deep lakes and lagunas. These lakes are inhabited by rainbows and browns with an average weight of 4 pounds, but some exceptional trophy trout of more than 12 pounds have been caught here. The best known lake in the area and with the easiest access is lake Tres. Other lakes like lake Dos and Lake Cinco, which are less known by anglers and their accesses are quite difficult, offer to us the beauty and advantage of the wild, deserted and less pressured fishing places.

Corcovado river and Lake Vinter are a hole different story. A big Fall divides the river into two sections, the upper section and the lower section. On the upper section, those anglers willing to cope with the March and April weather, may hook some -more than 4 pounds- impressive brook trout or some really big trophy rainbow trout. These last also inhabiting the upper river in November. This is a place for the angler who’s being after the trophy of a lifetime.

The lower section of the river offers a very different fishing experience, browns and rainbows appear here in greater numbers. The fishing here is mainly done using big attractor dry flies. There are also frequent mayfly and flying ant hatches during the summer, and big browns are usually hooked with streamers in the long and deep riffles.

There are also some lakes and lagunas in this area, two of them are lake Engaño and lake Guacho, famous for holding the brook trout world record. And at last but not less interesting, there are some small unknown creeks in this area which give us the opportunity to hook some of the wildest trout alive whom have never seen a fly before.

Accommodation

Each of these fishing areas offer to the angler a different and unique lodging and services experience. We are not attached to an all-in-one fishing Lodge, so we are free to move from one fishing place to the other following the best fishing according to the time of the season.

The food and lodging experience we offer are of the best quality around, and all of it in what it is still a wild region of the world .

We can offer you from luxury hotels in Esquel city to solitary fishing wood cabins near Lake Kruger which you only access after a two hours motor boat trip.

 

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Programs Fly Fishing Patagonia

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!

PROGRAMS
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.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LAKES AND RIVERS PROGRAMS
FLY FISH A DIFFERENT RIVER DAILY FROM OUR CENTRALIZED BASE CAMP
SINGLE ROOMS ARE COMPLIMENTARY FOR EACH AND EVERY GUEST
MOST DIVERSE AND VARIED FISHING OPTIONS IN PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
IN HOUSE REGIONALLY TRAINED CHEF THAT PREPARES AUTHENTIC ARGENTINEAN GASTRONOMY
FINEST ARGENTINE WINES SERVED NIGHTLY
AN INCREDIBLY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND HARD WORKING GUIDE STAFF
DIVERSE MIX OF FLOAT FISHING AND WALK AND WADE OPTIONS
A PORTFOLIO OF BIG WILD RIVERS, INTIMATE CREEKS, AND PRIVATE LAGOON ACCESS

F.A.Q.’S

-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.

5 REASONS TO FLY FISH PATAGONIA WITH US!
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

FIVE MORE REASONS TO FLY FISH PATAGONIA WITH US!
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

Patagonia

August 13, 2018

Patagonia trout fishing represents the epitome of the sport for intrepid anglers for many reasons. Fly fishing in Patagonia, for starters, places you in the heart of spectacular country—from the windswept steppes of Chubut, where sea-run brown trout reach world-record sizes.

It’s here where Fly Fishing offers a variety of options. Our Patagonia trout fishing lodges, including Chubut and bordering Los Alerces National Park—are legendary.

Fly fishing in Argentina is often compared to Montana and the US West due to the similar landscapes, the abundance of productive water, and fishing pressure that is considered extremely light by modern standards. An Argentina fly fishing trip should absolutely be at the top of the “fishing bucket list” for every serious trout angler. The country is noted for its amazing culture, friendly people, excellent food (the finest steak in the world) as well as wine (amazing Malbecs and Pinot Noirs). On top of all that, the fish are wild, strong and fast.

Throughout Patagonian Argentina, the hatch and insect activity is generally consistent throughout the summer and fall fishing seasons, which means that anglers can almost always “fish the hatch” and throw dries in addition to swinging streamers and fishing large attractor patterns. The Argentina fly fishing lodges, guides and outfitters in areas like San Martin, Esquel, Junin and Rio Pico is the best in South America, making this a great choice for those new to trout fishing who are looking for a week of detailed, on-water instruction. More experienced anglers can focus on technical dry fly fishing or hunting huge trout in a variety of different rivers and streams.

Patagonia Argentina Trout Fishing Lodges

The waters of Patagonia Argentina hold rainbow, brown and brook trout, and though these trout species are found in other locations in the world, few places offer the sheer abundance of unpressured rivers, lakes and spring creeks as found in the southern third of Chile and Argentina. Trout in Patagonia are mostly pursued with large dry flies throughout the entire season. In Patagonia, anglers won’t find many tailwaters rivers, drift boats, paved boat ramps, or strike indicators, rather the opposite – wild rivers, unfenced country, remote settings and happy, large trout!

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