Fly Fishing in Patagonia
The Limay River, one of the largest rivers in the area, drains Nahuel Huapi Lake. This eastern flowing river is notorious for large rainbows in November and December and large browns in March and April. The reputation of big trout in northern and central Patagonia started here in the Limay. Still today in Patagonia, the vast majority of huge brown and rainbow trout recorded north of Rio Gallegos, are produced from the Limay River. Only a couple rivers can produce such spectacular fish as the Limay, however, even those rivers that have such specimens do not have as many and they are usually caught only in April and only at the bocas. Catching a huge rainbow or brown is possible anywhere on the Limay and at any time of the season.
The Caleufu River's headwaters of the Caleufu Rivers lie in the Lanin National Park and run for roughly 60 miles until it reaches the Collon Cura River and the Alicura Reservoir. A 4 day float trip on the Caleufu is considered the best trip we offer.
The Pi Chi Leufu is one of our favorite rivers just north of Bariloche. The "Pi Chi" is a small high desert stream offering some of the very best dry fly fishing in the area. When people ask where is the good dry fly fishing, we say, the Pi Chi Leufu.
The Traful River offers the rare chance of hooking a landlocked salmon as well as some rather large 8-10 lbs rainbows.
When the fishing day is done, streamside estancias (ranches) offer a relaxed atmosphere. Multi-course meals and the finest Argentine wines await you each evening. Sleep comfortably in spacious double occupancy rooms and be rested for your next day on the stream. Chimehuin Safaris customizes each trip to fit your travel plans and ensures Argentina’s best fishing.
The fishing season in Patagonia is from 15th of November to 15th of April. December is similar to June (in Europe and US) season, the water levels are typically high, but clarity is not an issue since all the rivers flow out of lakes. This can be a productive month for fish, large and numerous, because the fish have not been pressured. We find this to be the time to fool the tough ones. Temperatures range from 35° to 75°. Rain gear and warm clothing are strongly recommended. Rain gear and warm clothing are strongly recommended. January and February is summertime in Patagonia. Wet wading is possible, but waders are always a good idea. Dry fly fishing is better and the climate is comfortable to warm. Temperature will range from 45° to 85°.
What to Bring:
The essentials are as follows: we recommend 2 rods and reels - one 5 or 6 weight with a floating line, and one 6 or 7 weight with a sink tip (preferably 15 ft. or greater 200 gr). Bring plenty of 3x, 4x, 5x and 6x tippet. Spare tapered leaders are always a good idea. As for flies, bring all of your favorite streamers and buggers. Dry flies should consist of hoppers, adams, caddis, black gnats, cherobyl ants, and stimulators. Nymphs need only be a good assortment of beadheads, ie. princes, pheasant tails, caddis, etc... Everyone should bring their waders, boots, a hat, sunglasses (polarized), pain gear and warm undergarments. If anything is forgotten, no need to panic, we try to keep extras of all items on hand, so we will help fill any voids.
Los Alerces National Park in Argentina was established to protect one the last stands of giant redwood trees in South America. It encompasses more than 500,000 acres and is home to over two dozen rivers and lakes for your fly fishing pleasure. The ecosystem is best described as a temperate rainforest, making it different than most of Argentine Patagonia. You can catch rainbows, browns, brook trout and landlocked salmon in the area's emerald waters, and, will no-doubt, enjoy the park as much for the scenery as the fishing.
The Rio Pico Area is located three hours south of Esquel and offers Patagonia anglers the chance to explore a remote and untouched Argentina fishery. This region offers you an opportunity to catch large trout and enjoy a part of Patagonia that sees very little tourism. If you plan on fishing the Rio Pico region, make sure that you enjoy wild country and are prepared to live like a Gaucho. Look also Bariloche Excursions, Bariloche Hotels, Bariloche Weather.