CHIME LODGE - ARGENTINA

 

CHIME LODGE - ARGENTINA

Chime Lodge is located on the banks of the world-famous Chimehuin River. This is a new lodge of recent construction that is located in the middle of one of the most beautiful areas in all of Patagonia. There are four double occupancy rooms, a main dining room, and a large, open area perfect for relaxing and socializing. Not only is this one of the better lodge values in all of Patagonia, but the diversity of fishing found in this particular region is probably the greatest attribute to Chime's location. While the lodge's home water is the Chimehuin River, they also fish the Alumine, Malleo, Calefu, and Collon Cura Rivers. Chime also offers overnight and multi-day camping trips on the Chimehuin and Alumine Rivers, and we can easily arrange for a camping and lodge combo itinerary.

Typical Length of Stay

All packages are completely customized, and trips of any length can be arranged.

Accommodations and Lodging

Chime LodgeThis beautifully-constructed lodge features four double occupancy guest rooms, all with two single beds, plenty of storage for clothing and gear, a desk, and private bathrooms. The main dining and sitting areas are well decorated with fishing artwork. The main living space is a cozy and comfortable area for relaxing or just reading a book. The large outdoor decks overlook the Chimehuin River and surrounding mountains, with plenty of outside seating for post-fishing beverages and stories. This is one of the finer smaller lodges that we work with and offer, and believe that all of our clients will find the setting and accommodations very pleasing. Aside from the accommodations, one of the things that we really like about Chime is that the lodge is powered by two turbine windmills with a back up gas generator.

Food and Beverages

All meals at Chime Lodge are usually are served "family style," and feature famous Argentine meat, fresh trout, smoked salmon, caprese pasta, and other gourmet dinner specialties. On most weeks, for your farewell dinner, the neighbor “El Gaucho Barria” will roast a whole lamb with a traditional Argentina Asado.

Fishing Information

Argentine Brown TroutThe diversity of fishing found in this particular area of Northern Argentina's Patagonia region is perhaps the greatest attribute of Chime Lodge's location. While the lodge sits on the banks of the Chimehuin - the lodge's home waters - they also fish the Alumine, Malleo, Caleufu, and Collon Cura Rivers. Whether you are a novice angler looking to develop your fly fishing skills or an experienced angler seeking a well-balanced sample of the best that South America has to offer, you will find the guides and fisheries of Chime Lodge well-suited for your specific needs.

All of the rivers found throughout this area fish differently during Argentina's changing seasons, as most of these rivers are attached to large lakes. That means that often-times you can find huge rainbow trout on the move in the spring, and trophy browns running in the fall. The peak dry fly fishing is usually found from mid-summer through early fall (mid-January through March). During this timeframe, both browns and rainbows look up for large attractor dry flies, such as Gypsy Kings, Chernobyl Ants, large Hopper patterns, and big beetles. If you are an angler looking for trophy trout, then throwing large, weighted marabou streamers with sink-tip lines can provide exciting visual action for big fish. Most of the waters in this area are so clear that you can see the trout explode on your moving steamer. We would recommend the fall months (April and May) for great streamer action for huge browns fishing in and around the Bocas (the river mouths) of very specific rivers. You may also want to take a day to fish the numerous and scenic lakes in the region. These lakes provide anglers with solid shots at sipping brown, brook and rainbow trout. When these quality trout are not always looking up for dry flies, the streamer action is very productive, especially for trophy-sized fish. You will typically fish a different body of water each day at Chime Lodge.

The Chimehuin River - The Chimehuin River lies just north of San Martin de los Andes, the area’s famous mountain ski town. The Chimehuin is a large, freestone river similar in many ways to Montana’s Madison. It is the perfect fishery for float fishing, sight-fishing, and prospecting with streamers, nymphs, and large attractor dry flies. This river fishes the best from late-December into early February, and late-March into April. Since Chime Lodge overlooks the upper section of this river, you can expect to fish the river at least once during your stay. This is easy to do, as it is truly one of the finest rivers in Northern Argentina. The lodge is minutes from the famous Boca de Chimehuin, where Joe Brooks fished many days and caught some unbelievably impressive brown trout.

Collon Cura River - The Collon Cura is perhaps the most prolific trout fishery in all of Patagonia and is a must-see river for anglers visiting the area. The water is similar in appearance to Wyoming’s Snake River, but lined with willows and high sandstone cliffs. The river is fairly large, with a mild gradient and broad gravel riffles that make for easy wading. Streamers are effective throughout the season, as minnows are an important food source in the river. The river also offers excellent dry fly fishing with large attractors. January is an excellent streamer month, as the river is usually full of minnows. Collon Cura trout are exceptional fighters, with fish averaging in the 14 to 180-inch range. During the Argentine autumn, fall browns can run up to 28 inches.

Caleufu River - This is a medium-sized tributary of the Collon Cura River, born from the union of the Filo Hua Hum and the Meliquina Rivers. It is a great early and late-season river due to the proximity to the Piedra del Aguila reservoir. It can be floated up until the end of February, but is mainly fished by wade fishing from rafts.

Malleo River - Located in the northern portion of the San Martin de los Andes fishing area, the Malleo is a very consistent fishery with solid, hard-fighting fish. The river is well known throughout the region for spectacular caddis and mayfly hatches, making this river a haven for dry fly enthusiasts.

Alumine River - This is a slower spring-creek-type river with strong populations of healthy rainbow trout that love to look up for dries. We would compare this fishery to Montana's Missouri River, and anglers usually fish hatch-specific flies when the bugs are coming off. The rainbows average around 16" but larger 20" fish are often found sipping dries. We would rank this river as a bit more suited for experienced anglers who know how to feed rising fish and those that enjoy the challenge of slow-water dry fly fishing.

Tromen, Huechulafquen, Epulafquen, Verde, Curruhe Lakes - The still water fishing in this area is exceptional, and the lakes are all very visually different. Whether you are fishing to cruising fish looking for dry flies or prospecting with streamers, you will be pleasantly surprised by the consistent action from brown, rainbow and brook trout. These are wonderful bodies of water for beginner anglers and those seeking trophy trout. The crystal-clear waters make for fine sight-fishing in the shallows and exciting action as fish pursue your fly.

Boats and Equipment

For float trips, Chime Lodge utilizes rafts outfitted with full fishing frames and seats. These boats are designed specifically for fly fishing and are a pleasure to fish from. As far as transportation goes, the rivers and estancias are accessed with 4x4 vehicles, usually Toyota trucks. For the overnight floats, all of the tents, sleeping bags, and raised cots that are provided are brand new and in great shape. You can be assured that when camping with Chime, you will sleep in comfort with a dry tent! The lodge does have a limited supply of rods and reels for client use, although anglers are encouraged to bring their own equipment, including rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Argentine RainbowPatagonia has much to offer the non-angler, and there is a great deal more to explore than just the trout streams. Some of the many activities include flora and fauna tours, horseback riding, hiking, scenic raft trips, and horseback riding, as well as golf and newly finished Nicklaus course, and hunting (Arrangements need to be made well in advance). More relaxing pursuits include as wine-tasting, bird-watching, local shopping, massage, cultural tours, and photography safaris.

How To Get There

Getting to Patagonia is not difficult. Take an easy overnight flight to Buenos Aires from one of several major cities in the U.S., get a good night’s rest, and awake in Argentina. Chime Lodge is near the city of Junin and San Martin de los Andes, which makes access extremely easy. Guests can either fly in to San Martin, or into the larger airport in nearby Bariloche. You will be met upon arrival at either airport and transferred to the lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

A two-hour flight from Buenos Aires brings you to San Martin de los Andes or Bariloche, an area that is home to the most famous fishing estancias in Patagonia. Your guides will meet you at the airport and transport you to the best waters in the region! With all Chime packages, you can generally arrive and depart on any day of the week. If arriving into Bariloche on a day other than Saturday, you will incur the cost of that transfer, approximately US$160.00 one way.

2013 Package Rates

A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

The standard 7 nights / 6.5 days of fishing ------------------------------------------------ $3,995
(Per person and based on double occupancy)
Three day wilderness camping expedition (Alumine or Chimehuin) --------------------- $1,785
(Per person and based on double occupancy)
For single occupancy supplement ------------------------------------------------------------- $250
(Per person, per day)
For additional guide days ---------------------------------------------------------------------- $595
(Per Person)
Guide service only (floating or wading) ------------------------------------------------------ $450
(Per day, for 1 or 2 anglers)

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Lodging in double lodge room with private bath
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Argentine wines, beer and non-alcoholic beverages
  • One professional guide per two anglers or one guide for four non-anglers
  • All transfers from and to Chapelco (San Martin) airport and to all fishing places

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Buenos Aires and on to San Martin de los Andes or Bariloche
  • Transfer and hotel costs in Buenos Aires
  • Argentine fishing license
  • Flies, equipment, rods, reels, and personal tackle
  • Personal expenses such as international telephone calls and laundry
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

The small town of Junin de los Andes is very close to the lodge. It is worth a walk thought the town and main square. You will quickly get the feel that you are in a historic fly fishing town, due to the trout shaped street signs, numerous fly shops and the famous Rosaria where numerous famous anglers have stayed. Often you will go into town one night for dinner.

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