Rivers and Lakes - Fly Fishing Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina.

 

We are strategically located in San Carlos de Bariloche, Northern Patagonia, Rio Negro province, between Chubut and Neuquén. Being positioned in this area allows us to access 3 different national parks, big and small lakes, mountain and steppe rivers, all within 2 hours of driving.

 

The bigest river in North Patagonia is the famous Limay, that among other rivers like Chimehuin, Collon Cura, Caleufu, Traful and Malleo, form the largest patagonic basin, the Rio Negro basin. All these tributaries are born in the mountain range of the Andes, end in the Atlantic coast and are home to the best browns and rainbows trouts of Patagonia.

 

Close to the Andes mountains rivers are crystal clear, the Rio Manso basin runs west straight to the Pacific coast and is one of the most beautiful places in the world; glacier origin waters running between mountains, and surrounded by valdivian temperated forest, home to unique flora and fauna. The Manso river offers a unique dry fly season on caddis and mayflies, along with one of the most productive hatch on fishing, dragon and damselflies. Lakes around the area hold large trouts; smaller lakes are shallow, with banks covered by reeds, fallen logs and canals that connect with other ponds, this makes fishing fascinating. Brook trout can reach 4 pounds, while rainbows and browns can easily reach 6 pounds on these lakes.
 

Found all details in this next list of places:  
 

The Limay River starts at the Nahuel Huapi Lake and forms the largest basin in Patagonia, 270 miles long. Starting in a transition area between the forests and the steppe, Limay means "clear water" in the local language. It's a big river, with many branches and islands, flowing from deep pools, sand cliffs and rolling hills to fast shallow waters; river shores are covered by willow trees, that gives shelter for trout and hold good food.

The Upper Limay is the dreams river; dries, attractors, terrestrials, nymphs & streamers, wading, floating, matching hatches, hunting monsters, single-handed & spey rods, strong rainbows, monster browns, prolific and interesting, every fisherman’s river.

During summer, massive hatch of caddis and mayflies cover the river, giving us the chance to fish for rising trout. Some eddies along the river harbor more than fifty big rainbows, between two and five pounds, feeding close to surface. Light elk hair caddis in sizes 16 to 20 and long leaders with 5X tippet are irresistible for this trout and assures you a strike. 

During the mating season, large brown trout migrate from the lake and after feeding on Pancoras and Samastacus (fresh water shrimps), they gain a lot of weight, reaching up to more than 14 pounds. The best time to find these monster browns in the river is the end of the season, late March and April and May, when they start migrating into the rivers looking for spawning beds. There are always chances to catch one of the large fish in the river during the summer, however it might be more difficult.

The Limay river is full of resident browns & rainbows as well, often located on shallow waters, close to the shore, or behind rocks and willows. We attract them with dry flies & streamers and taking advantage of being high fishing from the boat, in the extremely clear Limay waters, you will see them coming towards your fly. We are glad to say this river is chosen by argentineans as the best in our county.

The Manso River starts in theheart of the Nahuel HuapiNational Park, in the Cerro Tronador. It has several sections, the lower is the best choice for fishermen. There is 18km of river, where access is almost impossible from the bank due to thick foliage. Without a doubt the Manso is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Patagonia, with crystal clear water as never seen before.

The geomorphology of the Manso varies constantly from class II + rapids, deep runs, others very low and fast, to pools where the water almost does not run. The float of this section begins on Steffen lake, where if we are lucky we will see a hatch of midges that will put a good number of rainbow trout, practically at our fingertips.
This does not make them easier to catch, because these midges are size 22 and the trout become super selective. Once in the river, the fishing will be essentially with floating lines, and nymphs or dries. The bead head prince and pheasant tail works great. Attractors, such as Madame X or Stimulator give good results as well, and more chances to catch a resident brown. In some sectors of the river, we will find large pools, with rainbows cruising close to the surface. In those pools, we shrink the fly and lengthen the leader. A Mayfly spinner size 18 it´s could deceive these selective rainbows.

The Chimehuín is a medium-sized river that rises in Huechulafquen lake and flows for about 40 miles till it joins the Aluminé, giving rise to the Collón Curá. Being one of the first fly fished rivers in Patagonia and thanks to its extraordinary formation, the Chimehuín is the most famous fly fishing river in Argentina; nowadays it’s one of the most researched rivers and counts with a huge amount of available information. The Chimehuín yields rainbow and brown trout weighting from 1 to 6 pounds, although it’s not unusual to land 12+ pounders or even larger fish. We often choose the lower section of the Chimehuin for expeditions due to its inaccessibleness, which allows a low fishing pressure. 

Available for all fishing techniques and harmonious weather conditions during the whole season makes Chimehuin an absorbing camp expedition alternative.

This river (divided into upper, middle and lower stretches) flows out of lagoAluminé, over 130 km till it joins Catan Lil river, giving rise to the Collón Curá. The upper Aluminé (10 miles) stretches from the lake to the confluence with the Pulmarí river. Rainbow trout are the most plentiful species, often measuring up to 16 inches. The middle Aluminé (22 miles) stretches from the Pulmarí to the Quillén confluence. You can fish from a boat here, as the rapids are slower, althoygh there are a couple of technical jumps that are quite dificult to maneuver.Fish are larger, ranging from 14 to 20 inches. Rainbow trout are the most plentiful species, followed by Brown trout. The lower Aluminé (48 miles) flows parallel to the road and has runs and deep pools. Although there are signs of human presence along the first three miles, it gets much more private downstream, where there is no fishing pressure whatsoever. Fishing conditions and the size of the fish along this stretch are excellent. One of the best ways to enjoy this river is to float it for a couple of days, camping out at night.

The Collon Cura presents matchless features and structures, during its length this large river receives waters from various other tributries such as Aluminé, Chimehuin, Malleo, Caleufu, Pulmarí, Quillén, Quillquihue and Quemquemtreu.

This patagonian steppe river, home of resident wild rainbows, browns and patagonian perch, presents willowed lined banks, sand cliffs and hills which forge an attractive landscape. 

One interesting feature on this river structure is the fact that it flows into a huge reservoir that is packed with huge trout and is home to an abundant ‘puyén’ minnow population. These minnows are highly productive food for trout and will migrate upriver during the fishing season attracting all kinds of big healthy trout both from the reservoir and the Collon Cura.

Other two fascinating food factors featured by the Collon Cura are the green inch-worms falling from the willows along the banks which takes place between December and February as well as its healthy ‘pancora’ crab population. All these elements are essential to this river healthy fish-life, not to mention the residence grass-hoppers, terrestrials and the daily mayfly, stonefly and caddis hatches. Such diversity has been appreciated for many anglers over the years, who wouldn’t want to miss their yearly fishing crusade to the enchanting Collon Cura.

This rivers begins in the confluence of the Rivers Filo Hua Hum and Meliquina. At first  you Hill find heavy water big boulders, acting as a  mountain river running agresive down the canion. The fishing in this waters is mainly towards the shores  were the big browns hang out,  you have to be fast and right on the target, everything is moving fast and you don’t want to miss a spot, specially during the run off the moment of the high water in the Caleufu.

Once you start getting into the middle section of the river the water slows down more and also adquires better shape,  runs, pools, pockets alauds to fish it a bit differently. There are more fish spread out trough the all river and delicate techniques take place.

In the lower water the rivers braids out eaven more, forming lots of islands, side channels, riffles, runs.  This sections gets easily affected for the big water during the spring, and later on the summer you will find new channels were many times trout get trapted by natural causes, look out for them.

The Caleufu is a great river to fish, specially at the first months of the season were floating it is one of the best options, this can take 1 or 2 camping nights.
It is well known for the quantity and cuality of its brown trout, they usually take big and heavy flies. The surface activity increases in the way you go further down the river.
At the end of the summer and beginnings of fall, minows of pejerrey, trout and puyen start coming out of the artificial lake were the Caleufu dumps into. This schools of minows provocs a frenesi in the rainbows and browns chasing them up and down the river.

The Malleo River is located at the foot of the snow - capped Lanin Volcano. The water feeds off the Lanin Volcano Glacier into the Tromen Lake where the mouth of the river is, therefore it is cold and very rich in minerals, and provides a balanced temperature that supplies a suitable environment for a great variety of insects, thus the reason why Malleo is not only the most famous for dry fly fishing in South America, but one of the best in the world.

The Malleo is small and slow flowing in the upper meadow areas and faster on the lower reaches with willow lined banks which supply perfect conditions for dry fly fishing.

These rainbows and browns are sensitive to hatches which occur regularly throughout the season, caddis, stoneflies and small terrestrials in the early season and the mayflies toward the end in March and April, on good weather days the surface activity on the Malleo is an angler's dream come true. 

The average size of these fish is between 15 and 17 inches , and some up to 25 are not uncommon. Anglers can expect to land from 6 to as many as 40 fish on a good day.

Pichi in Mapuche language (the indigenous people of Patagonia) means small, and Leufu means river. The Pichileufu is nearly an hour's drive from Bariloche, in an area called Steppe. It is a desert, where vegetation and landscapes are very different from those closest to the Andes. Here reigns volcanic rock formations and small canyons formed by spring streams. On the way to the river we will see "Los Juncos" Natural Reserve. A small lagoon, with were nest many different kind of birds. The railway station Perito Moreno The geomorphology the "Pichi" makes it perfect for fly fishing. With the right level of water, there is a fish behind each rock. The best time to visit this beautiful river is November and December. It´s the smallest river we fish in the area. Due to its small size it´s convenient to wade it, most times in shorts and sandals. Light equipment such as 4 or 5 weight rod are recommended for this river.

It is an ideal place to refine our fishing techniques, use a floating line, and search through our dry flies box. On sunny days, a grasshopper hitting the water right under cliffs will let you catch the largest browns of this river!!

These Lake is located in the heart of NahuelHuapi National Park. It has very hard access, sometimes impossible, even with the best vehicles. When you get there, Carlos Cowes a very friendly ranger gives you the welcome. You won´t believe there is someone living there!! You can fish this lake with a motor boat or with a catarraft. The banks are lined with trees and fallen logs, this makes the wading impossible. During the spring the fishing is great. If you are looking for big browns, we recommend to fish with sinking lines and big streamers, casting between the fallen logs. That’s their territory and they protect it very aggressively. Personally, I love to follow the bank with the boat, looking for rising fish. 

Most times they are brookes, they can easily reach the 4 pounds in these lake. We use big rubber dragonflies to catch them. You have to cast the dry fly a few meters away from the fish and shake the tip of the rod, you will see them coming. Sometimes it´s hard to set the hook with this big rubber flies, but anyway is the most fun fishing!! During the hottest months of summer, the fishing is harder. Unless you stay till 7 pm, when a caddis hatch starts. You must be ready because it won´t last more than half an hour.

Hess Lake is located in the center of the NahuelHuapi National Park. Perhaps one of the most beautiful in this park. It is accessed with row boats only.

Its shores are low and lined with reeds. In many parts it is shallow, with lots of vegetation on the bottom. It has small channels that connect different parts of the lake. The channels are very attractive for fishing, especially when the trout are eating in the surface. There is an abundant food supple for the the trout, which makes them more selective than in the other lakes of the park.

Especially during the warmer months, when the trout are poorly active. We fish on Lake Hess during November and December.

Rivers and Lakes - Fly Fishing Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina.

 

We are strategically located in San Carlos de Bariloche, Northern Patagonia, Rio Negro province, between Chubut and Neuquén. Being positioned in this area allows us to access 3 different national parks, big and small lakes, mountain and steppe rivers, all within 2 hours of driving.

 

The bigest river in North Patagonia is the famous Limay, that among other rivers like Chimehuin, Collon Cura, Caleufu, Traful and Malleo, form the largest patagonic basin, the Rio Negro basin. All these tributaries are born in the mountain range of the Andes, end in the Atlantic coast and are home to the best browns and rainbows trouts of Patagonia.

 

Close to the Andes mountains rivers are crystal clear, the Rio Manso basin runs west straight to the Pacific coast and is one of the most beautiful places in the world; glacier origin waters running between mountains, and surrounded by valdivian temperated forest, home to unique flora and fauna. The Manso river offers a unique dry fly season on caddis and mayflies, along with one of the most productive hatch on fishing, dragon and damselflies. Lakes around the area hold large trouts; smaller lakes are shallow, with banks covered by reeds, fallen logs and canals that connect with other ponds, this makes fishing fascinating. Brook trout can reach 4 pounds, while rainbows and browns can easily reach 6 pounds on these lakes.
 

Found all details in this next list of places:  
 

The Limay River starts at the Nahuel Huapi Lake and forms the largest basin in Patagonia, 270 miles long. Starting in a transition area between the forests and the steppe, Limay means "clear water" in the local language. It's a big river, with many branches and islands, flowing from deep pools, sand cliffs and rolling hills to fast shallow waters; river shores are covered by willow trees, that gives shelter for trout and hold good food.

The Upper Limay is the dreams river; dries, attractors, terrestrials, nymphs & streamers, wading, floating, matching hatches, hunting monsters, single-handed & spey rods, strong rainbows, monster browns, prolific and interesting, every fisherman’s river.

During summer, massive hatch of caddis and mayflies cover the river, giving us the chance to fish for rising trout. Some eddies along the river harbor more than fifty big rainbows, between two and five pounds, feeding close to surface. Light elk hair caddis in sizes 16 to 20 and long leaders with 5X tippet are irresistible for this trout and assures you a strike. 

During the mating season, large brown trout migrate from the lake and after feeding on Pancoras and Samastacus (fresh water shrimps), they gain a lot of weight, reaching up to more than 14 pounds. The best time to find these monster browns in the river is the end of the season, late March and April and May, when they start migrating into the rivers looking for spawning beds. There are always chances to catch one of the large fish in the river during the summer, however it might be more difficult.

The Limay river is full of resident browns & rainbows as well, often located on shallow waters, close to the shore, or behind rocks and willows. We attract them with dry flies & streamers and taking advantage of being high fishing from the boat, in the extremely clear Limay waters, you will see them coming towards your fly. We are glad to say this river is chosen by argentineans as the best in our county.

The Manso River starts in theheart of the Nahuel HuapiNational Park, in the Cerro Tronador. It has several sections, the lower is the best choice for fishermen. There is 18km of river, where access is almost impossible from the bank due to thick foliage. Without a doubt the Manso is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Patagonia, with crystal clear water as never seen before.

The geomorphology of the Manso varies constantly from class II + rapids, deep runs, others very low and fast, to pools where the water almost does not run. The float of this section begins on Steffen lake, where if we are lucky we will see a hatch of midges that will put a good number of rainbow trout, practically at our fingertips.
This does not make them easier to catch, because these midges are size 22 and the trout become super selective. Once in the river, the fishing will be essentially with floating lines, and nymphs or dries. The bead head prince and pheasant tail works great. Attractors, such as Madame X or Stimulator give good results as well, and more chances to catch a resident brown. In some sectors of the river, we will find large pools, with rainbows cruising close to the surface. In those pools, we shrink the fly and lengthen the leader. A Mayfly spinner size 18 it´s could deceive these selective rainbows.

The Chimehuín is a medium-sized river that rises in Huechulafquen lake and flows for about 40 miles till it joins the Aluminé, giving rise to the Collón Curá. Being one of the first fly fished rivers in Patagonia and thanks to its extraordinary formation, the Chimehuín is the most famous fly fishing river in Argentina; nowadays it’s one of the most researched rivers and counts with a huge amount of available information. The Chimehuín yields rainbow and brown trout weighting from 1 to 6 pounds, although it’s not unusual to land 12+ pounders or even larger fish. We often choose the lower section of the Chimehuin for expeditions due to its inaccessibleness, which allows a low fishing pressure. 

Available for all fishing techniques and harmonious weather conditions during the whole season makes Chimehuin an absorbing camp expedition alternative.

This river (divided into upper, middle and lower stretches) flows out of lagoAluminé, over 130 km till it joins Catan Lil river, giving rise to the Collón Curá. The upper Aluminé (10 miles) stretches from the lake to the confluence with the Pulmarí river. Rainbow trout are the most plentiful species, often measuring up to 16 inches. The middle Aluminé (22 miles) stretches from the Pulmarí to the Quillén confluence. You can fish from a boat here, as the rapids are slower, althoygh there are a couple of technical jumps that are quite dificult to maneuver.Fish are larger, ranging from 14 to 20 inches. Rainbow trout are the most plentiful species, followed by Brown trout. The lower Aluminé (48 miles) flows parallel to the road and has runs and deep pools. Although there are signs of human presence along the first three miles, it gets much more private downstream, where there is no fishing pressure whatsoever. Fishing conditions and the size of the fish along this stretch are excellent. One of the best ways to enjoy this river is to float it for a couple of days, camping out at night.

The Collon Cura presents matchless features and structures, during its length this large river receives waters from various other tributries such as Aluminé, Chimehuin, Malleo, Caleufu, Pulmarí, Quillén, Quillquihue and Quemquemtreu.

This patagonian steppe river, home of resident wild rainbows, browns and patagonian perch, presents willowed lined banks, sand cliffs and hills which forge an attractive landscape. 

One interesting feature on this river structure is the fact that it flows into a huge reservoir that is packed with huge trout and is home to an abundant ‘puyén’ minnow population. These minnows are highly productive food for trout and will migrate upriver during the fishing season attracting all kinds of big healthy trout both from the reservoir and the Collon Cura.

Other two fascinating food factors featured by the Collon Cura are the green inch-worms falling from the willows along the banks which takes place between December and February as well as its healthy ‘pancora’ crab population. All these elements are essential to this river healthy fish-life, not to mention the residence grass-hoppers, terrestrials and the daily mayfly, stonefly and caddis hatches. Such diversity has been appreciated for many anglers over the years, who wouldn’t want to miss their yearly fishing crusade to the enchanting Collon Cura.

This rivers begins in the confluence of the Rivers Filo Hua Hum and Meliquina. At first  you Hill find heavy water big boulders, acting as a  mountain river running agresive down the canion. The fishing in this waters is mainly towards the shores  were the big browns hang out,  you have to be fast and right on the target, everything is moving fast and you don’t want to miss a spot, specially during the run off the moment of the high water in the Caleufu.

Once you start getting into the middle section of the river the water slows down more and also adquires better shape,  runs, pools, pockets alauds to fish it a bit differently. There are more fish spread out trough the all river and delicate techniques take place.

In the lower water the rivers braids out eaven more, forming lots of islands, side channels, riffles, runs.  This sections gets easily affected for the big water during the spring, and later on the summer you will find new channels were many times trout get trapted by natural causes, look out for them.

The Caleufu is a great river to fish, specially at the first months of the season were floating it is one of the best options, this can take 1 or 2 camping nights.
It is well known for the quantity and cuality of its brown trout, they usually take big and heavy flies. The surface activity increases in the way you go further down the river.
At the end of the summer and beginnings of fall, minows of pejerrey, trout and puyen start coming out of the artificial lake were the Caleufu dumps into. This schools of minows provocs a frenesi in the rainbows and browns chasing them up and down the river.

The Malleo River is located at the foot of the snow - capped Lanin Volcano. The water feeds off the Lanin Volcano Glacier into the Tromen Lake where the mouth of the river is, therefore it is cold and very rich in minerals, and provides a balanced temperature that supplies a suitable environment for a great variety of insects, thus the reason why Malleo is not only the most famous for dry fly fishing in South America, but one of the best in the world.

The Malleo is small and slow flowing in the upper meadow areas and faster on the lower reaches with willow lined banks which supply perfect conditions for dry fly fishing.

These rainbows and browns are sensitive to hatches which occur regularly throughout the season, caddis, stoneflies and small terrestrials in the early season and the mayflies toward the end in March and April, on good weather days the surface activity on the Malleo is an angler's dream come true. 

The average size of these fish is between 15 and 17 inches , and some up to 25 are not uncommon. Anglers can expect to land from 6 to as many as 40 fish on a good day.

Pichi in Mapuche language (the indigenous people of Patagonia) means small, and Leufu means river. The Pichileufu is nearly an hour's drive from Bariloche, in an area called Steppe. It is a desert, where vegetation and landscapes are very different from those closest to the Andes. Here reigns volcanic rock formations and small canyons formed by spring streams. On the way to the river we will see "Los Juncos" Natural Reserve. A small lagoon, with were nest many different kind of birds. The railway station Perito Moreno The geomorphology the "Pichi" makes it perfect for fly fishing. With the right level of water, there is a fish behind each rock. The best time to visit this beautiful river is November and December. It´s the smallest river we fish in the area. Due to its small size it´s convenient to wade it, most times in shorts and sandals. Light equipment such as 4 or 5 weight rod are recommended for this river.

It is an ideal place to refine our fishing techniques, use a floating line, and search through our dry flies box. On sunny days, a grasshopper hitting the water right under cliffs will let you catch the largest browns of this river!!

These Lake is located in the heart of NahuelHuapi National Park. It has very hard access, sometimes impossible, even with the best vehicles. When you get there, Carlos Cowes a very friendly ranger gives you the welcome. You won´t believe there is someone living there!! You can fish this lake with a motor boat or with a catarraft. The banks are lined with trees and fallen logs, this makes the wading impossible. During the spring the fishing is great. If you are looking for big browns, we recommend to fish with sinking lines and big streamers, casting between the fallen logs. That’s their territory and they protect it very aggressively. Personally, I love to follow the bank with the boat, looking for rising fish. 

Most times they are brookes, they can easily reach the 4 pounds in these lake. We use big rubber dragonflies to catch them. You have to cast the dry fly a few meters away from the fish and shake the tip of the rod, you will see them coming. Sometimes it´s hard to set the hook with this big rubber flies, but anyway is the most fun fishing!! During the hottest months of summer, the fishing is harder. Unless you stay till 7 pm, when a caddis hatch starts. You must be ready because it won´t last more than half an hour.

Hess Lake is located in the center of the NahuelHuapi National Park. Perhaps one of the most beautiful in this park. It is accessed with row boats only.

Its shores are low and lined with reeds. In many parts it is shallow, with lots of vegetation on the bottom. It has small channels that connect different parts of the lake. The channels are very attractive for fishing, especially when the trout are eating in the surface. There is an abundant food supple for the the trout, which makes them more selective than in the other lakes of the park.

Especially during the warmer months, when the trout are poorly active. We fish on Lake Hess during November and December.

Rivers and Lakes - Fly Fishing Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina.

 

We are strategically located in San Carlos de Bariloche, Northern Patagonia, Rio Negro province, between Chubut and Neuquén. Being positioned in this area allows us to access 3 different national parks, big and small lakes, mountain and steppe rivers, all within 2 hours of driving.

 

The bigest river in North Patagonia is the famous Limay, that among other rivers like Chimehuin, Collon Cura, Caleufu, Traful and Malleo, form the largest patagonic basin, the Rio Negro basin. All these tributaries are born in the mountain range of the Andes, end in the Atlantic coast and are home to the best browns and rainbows trouts of Patagonia.

 

Close to the Andes mountains rivers are crystal clear, the Rio Manso basin runs west straight to the Pacific coast and is one of the most beautiful places in the world; glacier origin waters running between mountains, and surrounded by valdivian temperated forest, home to unique flora and fauna. The Manso river offers a unique dry fly season on caddis and mayflies, along with one of the most productive hatch on fishing, dragon and damselflies. Lakes around the area hold large trouts; smaller lakes are shallow, with banks covered by reeds, fallen logs and canals that connect with other ponds, this makes fishing fascinating. Brook trout can reach 4 pounds, while rainbows and browns can easily reach 6 pounds on these lakes.
 

Found all details in this next list of places:  
 

The Limay River starts at the Nahuel Huapi Lake and forms the largest basin in Patagonia, 270 miles long. Starting in a transition area between the forests and the steppe, Limay means "clear water" in the local language. It's a big river, with many branches and islands, flowing from deep pools, sand cliffs and rolling hills to fast shallow waters; river shores are covered by willow trees, that gives shelter for trout and hold good food.

The Upper Limay is the dreams river; dries, attractors, terrestrials, nymphs & streamers, wading, floating, matching hatches, hunting monsters, single-handed & spey rods, strong rainbows, monster browns, prolific and interesting, every fisherman’s river.

 

During summer, massive hatch of caddis and mayflies cover the river, giving us the chance to fish for rising trout. Some eddies along the river harbor more than fifty big rainbows, between two and five pounds, feeding close to surface. Light elk hair caddis in sizes 16 to 20 and long leaders with 5X tippet are irresistible for this trout and assures you a strike. 

 

During the mating season, large brown trout migrate from the lake and after feeding on Pancoras and Samastacus (fresh water shrimps), they gain a lot of weight, reaching up to more than 14 pounds. The best time to find these monster browns in the river is the end of the season, late March and April and May, when they start migrating into the rivers looking for spawning beds. There are always chances to catch one of the large fish in the river during the summer, however it might be more difficult.

 

The Limay river is full of resident browns & rainbows as well, often located on shallow waters, close to the shore, or behind rocks and willows. We attract them with dry flies & streamers and taking advantage of being high fishing from the boat, in the extremely clear Limay waters, you will see them coming towards your fly. We are glad to say this river is chosen by argentineans as the best in our county.

 

The Manso River starts in theheart of the Nahuel HuapiNational Park, in the Cerro Tronador. It has several sections, the lower is the best choice for fishermen. There is 18km of river, where access is almost impossible from the bank due to thick foliage. Without a doubt the Manso is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Patagonia, with crystal clear water as never seen before.
The geomorphology of the Manso varies constantly from class II + rapids, deep runs, others very low and fast, to pools where the water almost does not run. The float of this section begins on Steffen lake, where if we are lucky we will see a hatch of midges that will put a good number of rainbow trout, practically at our fingertips.
This does not make them easier to catch, because these midges are size 22 and the trout become super selective. Once in the river, the fishing will be essentially with floating lines, and nymphs or dries. The bead head prince and pheasant tail works great. Attractors, such as Madame X or Stimulator give good results as well, and more chances to catch a resident brown. In some sectors of the river, we will find large pools, with rainbows cruising close to the surface. In those pools, we shrink the fly and lengthen the leader. A Mayfly spinner size 18 it´s could deceive these selective rainbows.

 

The Chimehuín is a medium-sized river that rises in Huechulafquen lake and flows for about 40 miles till it joins the Aluminé, giving rise to the Collón Curá. Being one of the first fly fished rivers in Patagonia and thanks to its extraordinary formation, the Chimehuín is the most famous fly fishing river in Argentina; nowadays it’s one of the most researched rivers and counts with a huge amount of available information. The Chimehuín yields rainbow and brown trout weighting from 1 to 6 pounds, although it’s not unusual to land 12+ pounders or even larger fish. We often choose the lower section of the Chimehuin for expeditions due to its inaccessibleness, which allows a low fishing pressure. 

Available for all fishing techniques and harmonious weather conditions during the whole season makes Chimehuin an absorbing camp expedition alternative.

 

This river (divided into upper, middle and lower stretches) flows out of lagoAluminé, over 130 km till it joins Catan Lil river, giving rise to the Collón Curá. The upper Aluminé (10 miles) stretches from the lake to the confluence with the Pulmarí river. Rainbow trout are the most plentiful species, often measuring up to 16 inches. The middle Aluminé (22 miles) stretches from the Pulmarí to the Quillén confluence. You can fish from a boat here, as the rapids are slower, althoygh there are a couple of technical jumps that are quite dificult to maneuver.Fish are larger, ranging from 14 to 20 inches. Rainbow trout are the most plentiful species, followed by Brown trout. The lower Aluminé (48 miles) flows parallel to the road and has runs and deep pools. Although there are signs of human presence along the first three miles, it gets much more private downstream, where there is no fishing pressure whatsoever. Fishing conditions and the size of the fish along this stretch are excellent. One of the best ways to enjoy this river is to float it for a couple of days, camping out at night.

 

The Collon Cura presents matchless features and structures, during its length this large river receives waters from various other tributries such as Aluminé, Chimehuin, Malleo, Caleufu, Pulmarí, Quillén, Quillquihue and Quemquemtreu.

This patagonian steppe river, home of resident wild rainbows, browns and patagonian perch, presents willowed lined banks, sand cliffs and hills which forge an attractive landscape.

One interesting feature on this river structure is the fact that it flows into a huge reservoir that is packed with huge trout and is home to an abundant ‘puyén’ minnow population. These minnows are highly productive food for trout and will migrate upriver during the fishing season attracting all kinds of big healthy trout both from the reservoir and the Collon Cura.

Other two fascinating food factors featured by the Collon Cura are the green inch-worms falling from the willows along the banks which takes place between December and February as well as its healthy ‘pancora’ crab population. All these elements are essential to this river healthy fish-life, not to mention the residence grass-hoppers, terrestrials and the daily mayfly, stonefly and caddis hatches. Such diversity has been appreciated for many anglers over the years, who wouldn’t want to miss their yearly fishing crusade to the enchanting Collon Cura.

 

This rivers begins in the confluence of the Rivers Filo Hua Hum and Meliquina. At first  you Hill find heavy water big boulders, acting as a  mountain river running agresive down the canion. The fishing in this waters is mainly towards the shores  were the big browns hang out,  you have to be fast and right on the target, everything is moving fast and you don’t want to miss a spot, specially during the run off the moment of the high water in the Caleufu.
Once you start getting into the middle section of the river the water slows down more and also adquires better shape,  runs, pools, pockets alauds to fish it a bit differently. There are more fish spread out trough the all river and delicate techniques take place.
In the lower water the rivers braids out eaven more, forming lots of islands, side channels, riffles, runs.  This sections gets easily affected for the big water during the spring, and later on the summer you will find new channels were many times trout get trapted by natural causes, look out for them.
The Caleufu is a great river to fish, specially at the first months of the season were floating it is one of the best options, this can take 1 or 2 camping nights.
It is well known for the quantity and cuality of its brown trout, they usually take big and heavy flies. The surface activity increases in the way you go further down the river.
At the end of the summer and beginnings of fall, minows of pejerrey, trout and puyen start coming out of the artificial lake were the Caleufu dumps into. This schools of minows provocs a frenesi in the rainbows and browns chasing them up and down the river.

 

The Malleo river rises at the Tromen lake, originated by the melted waters of Volcan Lanin Glacier. This ice-cold waters, rich in minerals, provides an appropriate environment for a huge variety of insects, reason why Malleo is distinguished worldwide for dry fly fishing.
Stream conditions vary between slow flowing in the upper meadow areas and faster waters on the lower reaches, surrounded by willow lined banks which arise perfect conditions for dry fly fishing.
Trouts are sensitive to hatches which occur regularly throughout the season; caddis, stoneflies and small terrestrials in the early season and mayflies toward the end, March and April. During clear weather days, surface activity on the Malleo an anglers dream come true. The size of these fish is between 15 and 17 inches, some may grow up to 24+; it´s not rare for an anglers to land from 6 to as many as 40 fish on a good day.

 

Pichi in Mapuche language (the indigenous people of Patagonia) means small, and Leufu means river. The Pichileufu is nearly an hour's drive from Bariloche, in an area called Steppe. It is a desert, where vegetation and landscapes are very different from those closest to the Andes. Here reigns volcanic rock formations and small canyons formed by spring streams. On the way to the river we will see "Los Juncos" Natural Reserve. A small lagoon, with were nest many different kind of birds. The railway station Perito Moreno The geomorphology the "Pichi" makes it perfect for fly fishing. With the right level of water, there is a fish behind each rock. The best time to visit this beautiful river is November and December. It´s the smallest river we fish in the area. Due to its small size it´s convenient to wade it, most times in shorts and sandals. Light equipment such as 4 or 5 weight rod are recommended for this river.

It is an ideal place to refine our fishing techniques, use a floating line, and search through our dry flies box. On sunny days, a grasshopper hitting the water right under cliffs will let you catch the largest browns of this river!!

 

These Lake is located in the heart of NahuelHuapi National Park. It has very hard access, sometimes impossible, even with the best vehicles. When you get there, Carlos Cowes a very friendly ranger gives you the welcome. You won´t believe there is someone living there!! You can fish this lake with a motor boat or with a catarraft. The banks are lined with trees and fallen logs, this makes the wading impossible. During the spring the fishing is great. If you are looking for big browns, we recommend to fish with sinking lines and big streamers, casting between the fallen logs. That’s their territory and they protect it very aggressively. Personally, I love to follow the bank with the boat, looking for rising fish. 

Most times they are brookes, they can easily reach the 4 pounds in these lake. We use big rubber dragonflies to catch them. You have to cast the dry fly a few meters away from the fish and shake the tip of the rod, you will see them coming. Sometimes it´s hard to set the hook with this big rubber flies, but anyway is the most fun fishing!! During the hottest months of summer, the fishing is harder. Unless you stay till 7 pm, when a caddis hatch starts. You must be ready because it won´t last more than half an hour.

 

Hess Lake is located in the center of the NahuelHuapi National Park. Perhaps one of the most beautiful in this park. It is accessed with row boats only.

Its shores are low and lined with reeds. In many parts it is shallow, with lots of vegetation on the bottom. It has small channels that connect different parts of the lake. The channels are very attractive for fishing, especially when the trout are eating in the surface. There is an abundant food supple for the the trout, which makes them more selective than in the other lakes of the park.

Especially during the warmer months, when the trout are poorly active. We fish on Lake Hess during November and December.

 

 


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