Fly fishing: Patagonia

Lago Puelo, Argentina. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Patagonia: the region whose magnificent glaciers, rugged mountain peaks and crystal-clear waters inspired the name of one of the biggest outdoor clothing and gear companies.

Originally a destination for backpackers desiring the remotest of destinations, the region’s wealth of fishing — a secret long-kept by the locals — soon began to draw the world’s curious and adventurous fisherman.

The introduction of trout and salmon transformed Patagonia into one of the world’s premier sport-fishing destinations. Today, the rivers and tributaries are rife with rainbow, brook and brown trout (known as “fario” to Chileans), as well as coho, king and atlantic salmon. The native “robala”, a hard-fighting fish similar to a Florida redfish, is a fun catch as well.

A Patagonian Robalo. Photo by Alejandro Mayer, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

We will be hosting two fly-fishing trips to the area next year, the last week of February (NO SPOTS LEFT THIS WEEK!) and the first week of March (ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT, SO HURRY!)

The Argentinian summer — our winter — is prime time for fishing. Water flows begin to slow down in mid-December until mid-March, making wading easier and mild winds and better water temperature are more accommodating to caddis and the first mayfly hatches.

Even better, school vacation ends in February, and with it, the busiest time for the region.

CWRAG guides John and Robin will accompany you for your week-long stay, with a little help from a local guide. Under their expert guidance, you will be free to explore the tranquility of the Reloncavi Fjord and its tributaries each day, and return to the comfort of the lodge each night to swap stories of the one that got away, and to enjoy the tasty flesh of the ones that didn’t.

Because there is so much to see and do in Patagonia, we’re offering the chance for additional activities. You’ll get the opportunity to explore Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park home to the stunning Petrohue Waterfalls and the first of four adjacent national parks that span Chile and Argentina, ending with another one of our destinations, Nahuel Huapi National Park, the oldest national park in Argentina.

Nahuel Huapi’s nearly 2 million acres represent the north Patagonian Andean Zone, and includes small parts of the Valdivian Rainforest. The lake for which the park is named is rumored to be the home of Nahuelito, a river monster described many ways, including comparisons to a “giant water snake with humps and fish-life fins” and a “swan with a snake’s head.”

Nahuel Huapi Lake. Photo by Tomada Desde, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

While we can’t guarantee a catch as impressive as a feared lake monster, we can guarantee that the experiences you’ll have while fly-fishing in this pristine environment will be unlike any you’ve had before. The landscape may look similar to your favorite fishing spots in Montana, Wyoming or Colorado, but the variety of fjords, rivers, and tributaries in the Southern Andes offer variety like nowhere else in the world.

Only a few open spots remain, so contact us today to secure your place on the trip, and among the world’s most enviable angling experiences.

Lago Desierto. Photo by Adolfo Roberto Arman, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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