PATAGONIA RIVER GUIDES NORTH - ARGENTINA

 

PATAGONIA RIVER GUIDES NORTH - ARGENTINA

Patagonia River Guides, a long-time lodge and outfitting entity based in Esquel, recently expanded their operations to include full-service outfitting in the San Martin and Junin de los Andes areas. With P.R.G. North, anglers will enjoy great service, new equipment, first-class lodges and delicious food – all while staying at different estancias, traveling with their guides, and fishing different waters every day. Guests can choose from lodges that include Arroyo Verde, Tipiliuke Lodge, Estancia San Huberto on the Malleo River, Estancia Quemquemtreu, and Estancia Tres Lagos on the Filo Hua Hum. In addition to area estancias, P.R.G. North also hosts guests in and around the charming town of San Martin de los Andes for those that want to experience a little bit more of the local culture, and multi-day camping trips to get fully immersed in the regions wilderness. While these guys didn't discover the fishing in this area, they are working hard to arrange and guide the finest packages and best on-water experiences possible!

Typical Length of Stay

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

Accommodations and Lodging

Patagonia River Guides NorthOne of the most attractive parts of the San Martin experience is your ability to choose from well known lodges and estancias (large ranches). Unlike fishing from their exclusive lodges in the Esquel and Rio Pico Regions, guests travel with their guide and stay on estancias and fish their private water. Each estancia is completely unique from the others and staying at least two or three is recommended. Food, beverages and service are all first class. Staying right on the water you are going to fish is certainly a plus. Drives are as short as ten minutes, and because of the lodge's proximity to the fishing, many guests choose to return to the lodge for lunch and a nap before heading back out to hit the evening hatch. For those that like to stay on the water when float trips are arranged, delicious picnics are provided for guests and guides. For those wanting to experience multiple days of non-stop fishing, P. R. G. North provides a full service camping experience. See the list below for some offerings and contact Yellow Dog to put together an unforgettable estancia trip.

Estancia Huechahue - Owned by Jane Wood and ran by Georgina Tegart, this lodge features a rustic and homey feel without taking away from all the comforts that Patagonia River Guides likes to offer their guests. The Estancia is set in the middle of a classic Argentine working ranch of approximately 20,000 acres giving guests a true Argentine experience. The location is also very convenient, being very central within the area’s fishable water. From there, the guests are able to fish a vast variety of streams including the upper Collon Cura, the Aluminé, Chimehuin, lower Malleo, and the little Catán Lil in the early season, within 15 minutes to an hour drive combining wade fishing and floating. The lodge is located on highway 234 (a few hundred yards away actually) and one edge of the ranch lies on the banks of the Alumine River. It consist of a main house where breakfast, cocktails and dinners are served, two cabins, one with three rooms and one with two, and another two rooms on a separate building. A total of 14 fishermen could stay there although we are limiting the availability to 10 guests. At Estancia Huechahue you will also find a sauna, a Jacuzzi, and an incredible “quincho” where the famous “asados” take places around an enormous and elaborate fire pit.

Tipiliuke Lodge - Tipiliuke Lodge is located on the Estancia Cerro de los Pinos (over 50,000 acres) owned by the Larminat family. This five-star lodge is recognized as being one of the finest in the world. It is distinguished for its all around service, accommodations, and food as well as having over nine-miles of the Chimehuín River. In addition to the Chimehuín, there is also a large stretch of the Quilquihue River running through the ranch. Tipiliuke is one of the best choices for wading since the longest drive to the river from the lodge is less than ten minutes. This lodge takes sixteen guests but only twelve rods are allowed at any time. Because of it´s great location, there is a vast variety of water near the Estancia to be fished without changing lodges. Tipiliuke is only a twenty-five minute drive away from the town of San Martín de los Andes making a visit into town a very pleasant morning or afternoon trip. This lodge is the best option for the non-fishing guest offering horseback riding, trekking, bird watching and other activities as well as a sauna and masseuse. Its close proximity to the Chapelco Golf Resort makes golfing at one of the best Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in South America possible as well.

San Huberto Lodge - The San Huberto Lodge is the only place to stay when fishing the Malleo River. The Olsen family has owned this estancia for over four generations and in the last 15 years have gone through many upgrades and renovations. The lodge now has room for approximately 16 guests but only 12 rods. There is also an in-house bar, hot tub, and masseuse, and all the amenities a 5 star lodge demands. The service is superb as are the meals. San Huberto is a household name when talking about fishing in Patagonia and space is incredibly limited. Booking in advance is a must. Guests have access to over twenty-miles of incredible wade fishing and private access to some of the best sections of the Malleo River and Huaca Mamuil Creek, which are only accessible if staying at the lodge. Various stretches of the Aluminé River lie very close to the ranch increasing the fishing opportunities when staying there.

Estancia Quemquemtreu - Estancia Quemquemtreu is one of the largest ranches in the area encompassing close to two hundred thousand acres. Quemquemtreu is one of the most beautiful and interesting fully working ranches in Patagonia. At the moment they are working with about 2000 mother cows and about 5000 heads of cattle in total with the steers and bulls so you can rest assured that prime quality Argentina beef will be served at your asado. Your hosts, Paula and Martín Zimmermann, make you feel at home the moment you arrive and their incredible service and laid-back attitudes provide for a very casual and satisfying experience. Their lodge is set in one of the old buildings from this 100+ year old little town. It has five spacious and very comfortable double rooms located in a wing off of the dining. The lodge also features a cozy sitting room centered around a rock fireplace. The bar is located in a separate building where you will enjoy wide variety of hour' devours, wine, or the drink of your choice before heading for dinner. From Quemquemtreu, you can fish about twenty miles of the Collón Cura River, one of the most productive fishing rivers in Argentina. Floating is the preferred to fish this river because of its size, and covering large portions of water is the norm. Lodging at this ranch also gives exclusive access to the Quemquemtreu creek, an incredible walk wading stream. This creek fishes best in the months of November, December, early January, and also during the month of May. This estancia is the place to visit if you are looking for a real working ranch experience where you will encounter “gauchos” doing their chores while driving to and from the river. The fauna in this place is also quite spectacular and it is not uncommon to see red deer, wild boars, quail, and many other interesting animals - visible due to the wide open landscape.

Estancia Arroyo Verde – This incredible setting is owned by Memé Lariviere and her family. Lodging is in the main house where they can accommodate up to ten guests. About 2 miles away, in a separate “dream like” cabin over looking the Traful Lake, they can accommodate another couple looking for a more intimate experience. The service here is truly deluxe, the lodging elegant, and the location, we are not afraid to say, is one of the most beautiful in the world. Condor nests set in high rock cliffs within the Nahuel Huapi National Park surround the Traful River valley. This location is very popular for guests traveling with non-fishing spouses offering additional activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching. The only way to fish the Traful River is to stay on this ranch, which enjoys ten miles of gin clear water starting at Traful Lake and holds a good population of landlock salmon, in addition to brown and rainbow trout. Charles Gaines, writer for Forbes magazine probably summed the lodge up best saying, "Since childhood I have visited a truly shocking number of fishing lodges and not one of them was ever as good as Arroyo Verde".

Estancia Tres Lagos - Estancia Tres Lagos is a privately owned cattle ranch located forty miles southwest of San Martín de los Andes in the Lanín National Park. The estancia offers some of the most spectacular scenery in northern Patagonia, while extending over eighty thousand acres of land. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are first class and are enjoyed at the dinning room of the main house. In the same building you will find the open bar and a sitting room that overlooks the Filo Hua Hum Lake and the surrounding mountains. Three beautiful cabins, which were built about ten years ago, surround the home and shares the same great view making waking up in the morning and looking out the window an unforgettable moment. Three lakes surround the estancia: Lago Falkner, Lago Nuevo and Lago Filo Hua Hum. The Filo Hua Hum River flows from the Lago Nuevo to Lago Filo Hua Hum for about eight miles.

Collón Cura Lodge - This wonderful Lodge is located on the banks of the Collón Cura River. It is one of the three ranches in Patagonia owned by Ted Turner and managed by former fishing guide Nano Acuña and his wife Malú. The establishment consists of two buildings separated by a beautiful garden. One building contains the dinning room where first class dinners and breakfast are served with bar and sitting area. The other building is the guesthouse, which has four very spacious double rooms and another sitting area. From Collon Cura Lodge, PRG is able to provide day trips with incredible high-end picnics on the Collón Cura River. It is important to note that PRG also has the opportunity of making day trips to the Limay River about an hour and a half away from the lodge. It is a good choice for a combo trip to fish both the Collón Cura and the Limay.

Camping Trips - Patagonia River Guides North provides a “deluxe” camping experience with large tents, huge cots, sleeping bags and linens, hot showers and typical argentine dishes are just some of the comforts that guests will find while fishing remote areas with difficult or no access. Patagonia River Guides North uses the highest quality camping equipment from Cabelas´s, NRS, and Alps Mountaineering ensuring the most comfortable experience possible. There are several rivers in the area like the Chimehuin, Alumine, Limay and Caleufu that are perfectly suited for this kind of multi-day camping and fishing experience. Many of Patagonia River Guides Norths' guests have found that the multi-day camping trip was the highlight of their whole trip, even after staying at some of the finest Estancias in the area.

Food and Beverages

Where you will eat will be determined by which estancia you are staying. All of the estancias pride themselves on the first-class service, appetizers, main courses, desserts, and an array of fine Argentine wines. The service, hospitality, and food is always impressive - and is 100% included..

Fishing Information

Argentine Brown TroutA typical day of fishing in Patagonia starts with a healthy breakfast around 7:30 AM at the lodge or cabin in which you are staying. After breakfast, you will be met by your guide and assistant guide and will depart to the fishing spot of your choice. You will fish one of the magnificent rivers in the area until around 1:30 PM, at which time you will enjoy a gourmet streamside lunch of the finest Argentine wines, meats, cheeses, olives, fruits, and vegetables that is set up by the assistant while you catch the last fish of the morning with your guide. After a relaxing lunch, you can grab a quick siesta before starting your afternoon fishing session. The fishing day ends sometime around 7:00 PM when you are transferred back to the lodge at the estancia for a hot shower and cold drinks. At approximately 9:30 PM you will enjoy dinner in-house or at one of the area’s excellent restaurants. Dinner is served late in Argentina, allowing for much longer days on the water. One thing to keep in mind is that all trips are custom designed and structured around your desires, expectations, the time of year, and local fishing conditions. You can leave early or fish late, structuring your schedule however you would like. It’s completely up to you!

These custom trips are unique because every fishing day features a different river, spring creek, or lake - even if you decide to fish the same river for a couple of days, we guarantee that you won´t repeat the same stretch or see the same piece of water. Patagonia River Guides North utilizes both private and public waters and they have miles of streams under lease for their guests’ enjoyment. Some waters are floated, some are waded, and some a combination of the two depending on conditions and desires. Dry fly, streamer, and spot nymphing (sight fishing) are the most common techniques used to fish the crystal clear waters. Larger flies and tippet sizes are the norm because of less fishing pressure and large fish. Most Argentine trout are in the 16 to 23-inch range with many exceeding 23 inches. Trout species, size, and numbers vary depending on the watershed fished. Some waters produce numbers, some produce size, and some produce both!

Patagonia River Guides is your full-service outfitter in the San Martin and Junin de los Andes areas! Enjoy great service, new equipment, first class lodges and delicious food. PRG North has a philosophy of fishing the best rivers at the best times with the best guides, which is followed closely by program director, Alex Knüll, and his team. Enjoy some of Patagonia's best waters (many of them with private access) and the Argentine lifestyle and culture at its best. Guests normally stay on large ranches (called Estancias), and reservations normally need to be made well in advance to get into the best ones. In addition to visiting area estancias, PRG North also hosts guests in and around the charming town of San Martin de los Andes for those that want to experience a little bit more of the local culture. And for those that are a little more adventurous, PRG North offers multi-day camping trips on wilderness rivers, which is an experience that is hard to beat.

Boats and Equipment

Patagonia River Guides North utilizes fiberglass RO Skiffs with swivel seats, anchor systems, and dry storage in each boat. These drift boats were designed specifically for fly fishing and are a pleasure to fish from. Four door Toyota trucks, all in excellent condition, are used to transfer anglers to the fishing areas. Patagonia River Guides North also has plenty of top of the line back up rods, reels, lines, waders, boots, etc. for loaner or demo use. Use of any of this equipment in included in your package. They also boast a generous selection of professionally-tied local patterns to ensure that you will always have the right pattern for the right time. Flies are also included in your package.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Argentine GauchoPatagonia 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, and scenic raft trips. Also, just outside of the town of San Martin de los Andes there is a famous Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. For those who enjoy this wonderful sport, this course is definitely a must! More relaxing pursuits include 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. A two-hour flight from Buenos Aires brings you to San Martin de los Andes, home to the most famous fishing estancias in Patagonia.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Your guides will meet you at the airport and transport you to the best waters in the region!

2013 Fishing Package Rates

Rates will vary based upon type of package, waters fished, time of year, and choice of accommodations. Due to the customized and personalized nature of these packages, Yellow Dog will quote each trip based on length, expectations, and desired itinerary. Please call for details.

Length of Stay Double Occupancy
(Two Anglers)
Single Occupancy
(One Angler)
Regular Season - (Effective 4/15/2013 – 4/30/2013 and 11/1/2013 – 12/31/2013)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,600 $4,000
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,250 $5,000
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,550 $7,000
9 Nights / 8 Fishing Days $5,850 $9,000
10 Nights / 9 Fishing Days $6,500 $10,000
11 Nights / 10 Fishing Days $7,150 $11,000
Peak (High) Season - (Effective 1/1/2013 – 4/15/2013)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $3,200 $4,600
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $4,000 $5,750
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $5,600 $8,050
9 Nights / 8 Fishing Days $7,200 $10,350
10 Nights / 9 Fishing Days $8,000 $11,500
11 Nights / 10 Fishing Days $8,800 $12,650
  • Add $150 per night for single rooms when double occupancy fishing rates apply

* 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

  • Ground transportation to and from the San Martin de los Andes (Chapelco) airport
  • Accommodations and food
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Professional guided fishing
  • Fishing license and private water fees
  • Supplemental flies, leaders, and tippet
  • Waders, boots, rods and reels (optional)

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from hometown to San Martin De Los Andes
  • Transfers, hotel, and food in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers from the Bariloche Airport (if applicable)
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Phone calls and personal shopping

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

Located on the shores of Lake Lácar, within the Lanín National Park, the town of San Martín de los Andes is a paradise of peace and quietness, immersed in an environment of rivers, waterfalls, mounts and magical forests. Originally a military settlement, today this typical mountain village dazzles visitors with its particular buildings, raised in wood and stone, which provide its characteristic warmth and charm. Among the area's many exciting excursions, which range from beholding unique landscapes during pleasant strolls to the adrenaline generated by adventure travel, the Seven Lakes circuit, Villa la Angostura, the Lanín Volcano, Lake Meliquina and Filo Hua Hum, Lakes Currhué and the Lahuen Co hot springs and Lakes Paimún and Huechulafquen are all worth mentioning.

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