FAR END RIVERS LODGE - ARGENTINA

 

FAR END RIVERS LODGE - ARGENTINA

On the remote, 45,000-acre Maria Luisa Ranch in the far southern reaches of Argentina and Tierra Del Fuego sits Far Ends Rivers Lodge and the amazing Irigoyen River. This small, one-of-a-kind fishing operation offers the opportunity to fish single-handed rods on smaller waters that are both protected and private. (All things that are unusual for Tierra Del Fuego!) The Irigoyen and Malenguena - the primary fishing waters at Far End - are naturally protected by both mountains and forest. For this reason, fisherman can use lighter equipment and a number of different techniques to target the sea-run brown trout from November through mid-April.

Typical Length of Stay

All packages at Far End Rivers are 7 night / 6 fishing day packages.

Accommodations and Lodging

Argentine CusineLocated on the remote, 45,000-acre Maria Luisa Ranch (180 kilometers south of Rio Grande), Far Ends Rivers Lodge has been built in the southern beech forests of Tierra del Fuego overlooking the Irigoyen River. The Lodge accommodations are in comfortable log cabins, each equipped with electricity, heat, and satellite internet (although connectivity is irregular). There are four double rooms, each with a spacious, private bathroom. Able to accommodate six anglers per week, the lodge is located in an extremely remote area with a spectacular river view. The Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Irigoyen River are only a short walk away.

Overall, the accommodations and lodge setting is rustic yet extremely comfortable, with great food, excellent food and wines, and a fantastic staff, and a team of guides that are as experienced and professional as any guides in South America.

Food and Beverages

The food is both plentiful and excellent, and the full-time chef serves up a menu with international influences from Mexico, Thailand, Japan, and from several different regions throughout South America. The finest Argentine wines compliment all meals served at the lodge.

Fishing Information

Argentine Sea Run BrownFor years, anglers have headed to Tierra Del Fuego to fish for magnificent sea-run brown trout - in one of the windiest, most inhospitable areas in the world! Anglers have always associated this region with tough conditions, tough wading, and long casts with heavy, double-handed rods. Recently, however, a fantastic new offering has emerged that finally offers anglers the opportunity to fish this amazing region with smaller, lighter rods, and without being constantly bombarded by the winds and weather. And, this scenario exists without having to sacrifice the quality, numbers, or size of the fish that are targeted and caught!

Far End Rivers is a small, one-of-a-kind fishing operation that offers the opportunity to fish single-handed rods on smaller waters that are both protected and private. (All things that are unusual for Tierra Del Fuego!) The Irigoyen and Malenguena - the primary fishing areas at Far End - are naturally protected by both mountains and forest. For this reason, fisherman can use lighter equipment and a number of different techniques to target the sea-run brown trout from November through mid-April. The fish that are found throughout the season in these rivers average 8 to 13 pounds. Larger fish are found on a regular basis and at times go as large as 20 to 25 pounds. Sea-run brown trout are magnificent fish that live in the sea, grow to impressive sizes, and then migrate annually into area rivers. They are world-famous and highly sought-after for their strength, hard runs, and incredible acrobatics. The average catch per angler per day is between two and three fish. During the month of March, however, the catch rate increases substantially (to as many as 10 to 12 fish per day) as large numbers of smaller sea run browns enter the river.

This small, intimate operation offers a great team of English-speaking guides, all of whom are hard-working and technically competent with a large amount of experience targeting sea-trout and salmon in different destinations. These waters are remote and still largely unexplored, and a trip to Far End is a totally unique destination experience in a location that is truly at the far end of the world.

FISHING IN THE TIERRA DEL FUEGO REGION
Since the Tierra Del Fuego area was first discovered by fly fishermen, fishing for the giant brown trout found in this region has always been associated with extremely harsh weather conditions. Freezing temperatures, large rivers, deep wading, and constant winds (which often-times mandated the use of double-handed rods) have made Tierra Del Fuego a notoriously difficult place to fish. Far End Rivers offers a completely different scenario, however, with smaller, protected waters and conditions that are much more suited to fly anglers.

The waters of the Irigoyen and Malenguena Rivers run through ancient forests and mountains near the sea. Logs and trees carried by these small rivers during run-off have for years created productive and ideal structure throughout the rivers - ideal habitat for holding big fish. The rivers are sheltered from the wind throughout for almost their entirety(except in the pools close to the sea), creating what many consider to be an entirely new sea-run trout fishing experience.

Boats and Equipment

The Lodge operates 6x6 Argo amphibian vehicles, which guides and clients use to access different areas and stretches of the Irigoyen and Malenguena Rivers. Most fishing is done while wading, and the off-road vehicles are used to travel from section to section and pool to pool. Anglers are encouraged to bring all of their own gear and equipment, and back-up rods and fly lines are recommended. Quality, fast-action, stiff eight and nine-weight rods for the sea-runs browns are what most people use on these waters. Lighter five and six-weight rods are ideal for the non-sea-run resident browns.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Far End Rivers is a remote, fishing-focused destination. It is not the ideal location for non-anglers and is better-suited to those who are there to fish.

How To Get There

Breathtaking Argentine LandscapeMost anglers traveling to Argentina will take an easy, overnight flight to Buenos Aires from one of several major cities in the U.S., getting a good night’s rest and awaking in Buenos Aires. From Buenos Aires you will catch a domestic flight down to town of Ushuaia, where you will be met by the Far End Rivers staff and transported to lodge. To get to Far End Rivers you will need to make travel arrangements to Ushuaia, Argentina. Most guests will fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina where they will overnight and then fly on to Ushuaia the next morning. In Ushuaia you will be met by a member of the Far End Rivers team who will drive you to the lodge. On your departure day, you will be driven to the Ushuaia airport and assisted with check-in for your return flight to Buenos Aires.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

The flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia is approximately four hours. From there, guests will be driven 3.5 hours (150 miles) to the lodge. Almost half the trip is on dirt roads, and some places the road is quite rough. Yellow Dog will be happy to assist with all aspects of the travel process, and can arrange airline tickets, travel insurance, and all in-country logistics and details.

2012 Fishing Package Rates

Price is per person and based on double occupancy. All packages at Far End Rivers are 7 night / 6 fishing day packages.

7 night / 6 fishing day package --------------------------------------------------------------- $4,500

* 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

  • All accommodations at Far End Lodge
  • All meals at the lodge, including beer, wine and cocktails
  • Ground transportation to and from the Rio Grande Airport to the lodge
  • Daily professional guided fishing
  • Argentine fishing licenses
  • Supplemental flies, leaders, and tippet
  • All taxes and GST's

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Buenos Aires
  • Flight from Buenos Aires to Rio Grande/ Ushuaia
  • All transfers, accommodations, and food in Buenos Aires
  • Rods, reels, waders and other equipment
  • Phone calls, laundry, and personal items
  • 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 daily fishing schedule is composed of morning and evening sessions, with lunch and siesta at the lodge mid-day and dinner served around 11:30pm.

Sample Trip Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart the U.S. for Argentina
Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires and overnight in the city
Day 3: Arrive in Ushuaia and drive to the Estancia
Days 4 through 9: Six full days guided fly fishing
Day 10: Depart lodge for Ushuaia airport
Sample Daily Schedule:
8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Depart for the river and your day of fishing
1:00 PM: Back to the cabins for lunch and an optional siesta
4:00–5:00 PM: Return to the river to fish until dusk
11:00 PM: Dinner and drinks

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