- Price:Starting at $4000 // 5 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS FISHING
- Fish Species: RAINBOW, BROOK, AND BROWN TROUT
- Seasonality: November – April
- Location: San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
ESQUEL, LOS ALERCES, AND RIO PICO REGIONS
Anglers from North America travel overnight to Buenos Aires (EZE), transfer to the domestic airport (AEP) for a connecting two-hour flight to Esquel (EQS) with Aerolineas Argentina. From Esquel, anglers are transferred by ground thirty minutes to Trevelin or three hours to Tres Valles. Most travelers elect to spend at least one night in Buenos Aires on the front end. Our concierge service and travel agents in Buenos Aires will assist with ground transfers, tours, hotel reservations, and domestic airfare with the local airlines.
TARGET SPECIES ARE BROWN, RAINBOW, AND BROOK TROUT.
PRG’s “fish a different river every day” philosophy affords anglers incredible diversity in fishing style and venue. From spring creeks, to walk and wades, all day float trips, and incredible stillwaters, PRG offers unmatched options for guests to choose from both at Trevelin and Tres Valles.
PRG’S SEASON IS NOVEMBER 1ST – MAY 1ST
Spring in Patagonia (November – December) has offered some of the best conditions each of the past three seasons, and are not months to overlook. January – March (peak summer months) are by far the most popular – yet are usually booked a year in advance. Late March marks the beginning of autumn in Patagonia and offers beautiful fall colors, spawning browns and brookies as well as quail and stag hunting options for guests. There is no bad time to visit PRG!
With the abundance of fishing venues and lodging/estancia options available, PRG North can accommodate any and all group types. From the most hard-core anglers to couples looking for luxury and/or non-angling activities (horseback, spas, etc), we can design the best custom itinerary with the proper estancia and fishing schedule for your group. PRG North is best for those interested in visiting multiple estancias or for folks who don’t have time for a full week stay. Their “Unplugged” program is also the best camping and wilderness experience in Patagonia, and the PRG North area should be considered the best dry fly region in Patagonia.
Starting at $4000
5 Nights / 4 Days fishing at all Estancia’s during peak season are $4000/person.
Longer and shorter visits offered. Additional expenses include but are not limited to airfare to Buenos Aires, hotel and services in Buenos Aires, Airfare to Esquel with Aerolineas, Gratuities, $160 Reciprocity Tax. See RATES for details.
You the client don’t pay a penny for our travel services! Our destination recommendations, organization, and pre-trip planning services are completely free of charge – and oftentimes less expensive than booking direct with a lodge or outfitter. We can assist with every question, concern, or special request related to your adventure at zero cost!
Managed by partner and local San Martin resident, Alex Knull, PRG North is the newest addition to the PRG portfolio of programs offering fishing in the renowned San Martin and Junin de los Andes Region. This northern Patagonia fishery is home to some of the largest, oldest and most established estancias in the country. From the genuine working polo or sheep ranch to the super polished luxury lodge, PRG North guides out of a half dozen estancias for you to choose from in the region.
Incredible rivers such as the Chimehuín, Aluminé, Collón Cura, Limay, and Malleo offer guests some of the finest fishing in all of South America. Classic hatches of mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies are prevalent, and other phenomenon such as world-renowned minnow runs, unique pancora crabs, and unforgettable willow worms “hatch” at distinct times of the season. Hundreds of miles of productive rivers and wide-open spaces await, and guests can choose to float and fish from PRG North’s RO drift boats or wade fish on private access.
Every PRG North trip is custom designed based on guest’s desires for accommodation, fishing choices, non-angling activities, and skill level. Trips as short as three days fishing are possible and any estancia stay can be combined with unique wilderness camp trips better known as PRG Unplugged. Like all of PRG’s signature programs, PRG North provides the finest equipment, gear, tackle, guides, and service that have set them apart for more than ten years.
PRG North is the newest addition to the PRG portfolio of Patagonia fly fishing programs offering fishing in the renowned San Martin and Junin de los Andes Region. This northern Patagonia fishery is home to some of the oldest and most established estancias in the country. From the genuine working polo or sheep ranch to the super polished luxury lodge, PRG North guides out of a half dozen estancias in the region. We will assist in matching your group with the best lodges that match your needs and expectations in accommodations, non-angling activities, and fishing style.
The area offers one of the most diverse river systems in all of Patagonia and without a doubt the best dry fly fishing because the waters are rich with bug life. Like all of PRG’s signature programs, PRG North provides the finest equipment, gear, tackle, guides, and service that have set them apart for more than ten years, and PRG North has talented professional guides to host each adventure.
Incredible rivers such as the Chimehuín, Aluminé, Collón Cura, Limay, and Malleo offer guests some of the finest fishing in all of South America. Classic hatches of mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies are prevalent, and other phenomenon such as world-renowned minnow runs, unique pancora crabs, and unforgettable willow worms “hatch” at distinct times of the season. Hundreds of miles of productive rivers and wide-open spaces await, and guests can choose to float and fish from PRG North’s RO drift boats or wade fish on private access. Drives can be as short as five minutes and guests can often return to the lodge for lunch and a short break before fishing the evening hatch.
PRG North offers classic stays at area estancias and combining two or more is highly recommended. Every PRG North trip is custom designed based on the guest’s desires for accommodation, fishing choices, non-angling activities and skill level. Trips as short as three days fishing are possible from November 1st to June 1st and any estancia stay can be combined with unique wilderness camp trips better known as PRG Unplugged.
THREE REGIONS TO CHOOSE FROM
PRG operates in three separate and distinct regions: the Esquel and Los Alerces National Park Area (Trevelin); The Rio Pico Area (Tres Valles Lodge); and the San Martin and Junin del los Andes Area (PRG North). PRG has unique lodges in each area and extensive fly-fishing programs covering almost all of the trout regions of Argentina. Because of the many lodging options, waters, and fishing options, we are able to customize trips to suit every guest’s desires.
The San Martin area fished by PRG North reminds anglers more of Montana than any other fishing region in Argentina. Every river in the area, without exception flows to meet the Limay River and eventually meeting the Atlantic Ocean. Each river offers classic riffles and pools over long distances and offer some of the best dry fly fishing in Patagonia. These Mapuche Indian named rivers are much easier to fish than pronounce and offer variety depending on the valley they flow through. Some, like the Malleo, Filo, and Traful, are strictly waded while others like the Chimihuin, Alumine, Collon Cura, and Limay are best fished from PRG’s drift boats.
Many of the northern rivers have daily hatches and consistent dry fly fishing is the norm. Most of the best waters are on private estancias protected by large tracks of land, but just about anywhere you can get to the water will produce beautiful rainbows and brown trout. In addition, the area is beautiful and the town of San Martin de los Andes is one of the most charming towns in all of South America, an ideal location to base a fly fishing adventure.
The Rio Chimehuín begins at Lago Huechulafquen and it’s world-famous boca, where Argentina’s record brown trout of 25.5 pounds was caught. PRG generally fishes this river from the Estancia Tipiliuke, a five star fishing lodge that offers many activities for non-fishermen also. This is great for people who prefer wading over floating. Besides the water inside the private estancia, there are also several stretches of river that you can float while staying at Estancia Huechahue. The river fishes very well with every technique, dry fly, nymphing, or using streamers.
The Rio Malleo begins at Lago Tromen and winds its way southeast thirty-five miles where it flows into the Rio Aluminé. The water ranges from quick-moving to tranquil and easy to wade, and the rainbows and browns vary from 16 to 20+ inches. Most of the river is mid-size freestone, except for the meadows section of the Olsen’s San Huberto Ranch. In this section, the character of the river is much more like a spring creek with small gravel and the best hatches in all of Patagonia. Dry fly fishing is the preferred and most effective way of catching fish in this magnificent river, and matching the hatch is essential.
This is one of the country’s most demanding rivers, but it holds potentially big rewards. This is not a numbers fishery, and it is possible that on some days you will catch few fish. When things turn on and you make the right presentation, you will have the possibility of catching the fish of a lifetime. The river is spectacular and it’s gin clear pools allow for the ultimate in sight fishing. There are a limited number of rods allowed on the ranch per day and wading is the only option. On this river, you will have shots at trophy rainbows, browns, and even a landlocked salmon.
The Rio Aluminé begins at Lago Aluminé and runs for about a hundred miles before meeting the Rio Chimehuín to form Collón Cura. The Aluminé offers excellent dry fly fishing, great streamer fishing, and if necessary fishing nymphs can be very productive. It’s not uncommon to catch 15-25 fish per rod each day with the average fish averaging 16 to 18 inches. Overnight trips on these rivers are known for fine meals and viewing of wildlife such as guanaco and red deer. The Alumine is best fished from Estancia Huechahue.
The Rio Collón Cura is the largest river in the area and offers a little bit of everything. It maybe best known for seasonal minnow runs, willow worms, and pancora crabs, but the Collon Cura also offers some decent hatches and one of the healthiest populations of trout in Argentina. It’s not uncommon to catch 15-25 fish per rod each day with the average fish averaging 16 to 18 inches. It is ideally fished from Estancia Quemquemtreu to reach the last 30 miles before Alicura Reservoir , but day trips are also possible from other area estancias, including Huechahue.
The Rio Meliquina and Rio Filo Hua Hum join to create the Rio Caleufu which flows west to east 40 miles before it flows into Alicura Reservoir. The only way to really fish this river is a one or two night camping float trip since the water flows through private property most of its length. The fish are not all large on this river and average about 15-inches. The water is beautiful though and the ability to camp out and cover water makes it a very special trip.
The Limay River is getting rave reviews and many are saying it is one the best rivers in the world, but careful planning is needed to enjoy the best fishing! The Limay around Bariloche is crowded and although it may be productive at times, is better avoided. We fish this river out of the town of Piedra Del Aguila situated about an hour and a half away from San Martin de los Andes. From there we have access to the middle section of this river (Limay Medio), where we utilize three different sections. This large river provides excellent fishing on dries, nymphs, and streamers with the opportunity of catching huge brown trout up to and sometimes exceeding thirty inches. A two or three day camping trip (PRG Unplugged) on the lower stretch of this section is also possible – and highly recommended – to get into water that has almost no fishing pressure from other anglers and to enjoy great camping and nightly asados.
RIO FLIO HUA HUM
The Filo Hua Hum is a short river connecting two lakes almost exclusively inside Estancia Tres Lagos. The Filo is a very scenic river that holds large brown trout as well as rainbows. This is a river that is best left to the experts and experienced waders since the fish are spooky and require expert presentation and stealth. The fishing is best with dry attractor patterns and nymphs.
In addition to the above rivers, PRG also has several other options to fish small rivers, spring creeks, and lakes. Some of these rivers are exclusive accessed within private ranches like the Arroyo Quemquemtreu or the Rio Huaca Mamuil. Others are public accesses that are rarely concurred by the general public in and out of the Lanín National Park like the Rio Aunquinco that feeds into the Lolog Lake or the Malalco Spring Creek, which flows into the Rio Quillen. There are still more smaller and seasonal rivers and creeks like the Quilquihue, Catan Lil, and Meliquina. During the middle of summer there is also spectacular lake fishing in the San Martin Area with chances to sight fish with large dry flies to large fish like Lago Tromen, Lago Lolog, Lago Filo Hua Hum, Lago Curruhue Grande, Lago Curruhue Chico, and Lago Falkner.
GUIDE TRUCKS, BOATS & EQUIPMENT
PRG’s equipment is extensive, and it has to be to get to all the places they fish. Each guide is required to have a comfortable, safe, and rugged 4×4 – most choose the Toyota Hilux, and there is no other truck like it. Each guide also travels daily with a boat designed for the area. PRG Trevelin and Rio Pico guides use Northwest River Supply self-bailing rafts and frames because they are light, durable, safe, and designed for fly fishing. PRG invented collapsible frames and a rack for the back of each truck so that they can take a boat anywhere – places those trailering a boat could only dream of. PRG North guides utilize mostly comfortable RO drift boats designed in Montana. PRG guides also have a fleet of motorboats with new low emission four-stroke motors enabling them to reach remote areas.
Each guide carries nearly the same kit including (but not limited to): VHF radio to keep in constant communication, tackle bag loaded with hundreds of dozens of flies, tippet, leaders, extra reels and lines, first aid kit, and extra clothing in case of inclement weather. Each guide is also equipped with Simms waders, boots, hip pack, and backpack to use depending on the location, and can always pull out an extra pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, superglue, leatherman, etc. to provide for guests that might need something.
ALL FISHING EQUIPMENT PROVIDED
Clients are outfitted with any and everything they might need for their fishing trip. PRG is supported by Simms and provides their high end breathable waders and boots for any guest that might not want to travel with their own. PRG also has over 40 Winston Boron IIx, IIIx, IImx, and IIIsx six-weight rods to loan to guests for the day or for the week, and Hatch Reels loaded with RIO floating and sinking lines. Each guest is also provided with a Simms dry bag to hold extra clothing, sunscreen, license, etc. Guests should only have to pack a rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, and fishing clothing to enjoy an adventure with PRG; although, some choose to bring their own waders, rods, and reels. We encourage all guests to bring their favorite rods, reels, and custom waders, but it isn’t necessary if you just don’t want to pack a full kit.
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 it’s all around service, accommodation, 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 and 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. Tipiliuke is well located for non-fishermen being 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. Tipiliuke is one of the best options 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 courses in South America possible as well.
Estancia Mamuil Malal is located at the base of the Lanin Volcano on the south bank of the Malleo River.The owners, Bertil and Dolores Grahn, offer their home as a casual, original and genuine homestead. Mamuil Malal takes a maximum of eight anglers in four double rooms with private baths. The lodge consists of a ground floor with a classic English-style country living room, bar and dining area.Guest rooms are distributed throughout the second level and the owners occupy the third floor.The Grahns serve home cooked meals and take pride in local and traditional dishes that are both hearty and delicious.Wonderful snacks are provided at cocktail hour around the large fireplace or at the quaint bar traditionally stocked with local wine, spirits and beer.
The estancia offers private access to the best stretches of the upper Malleo River and is what really defines this as one of the most exclusive venues in Patagonia. The owners have also recently improved a spring creek providing a secondary stream for those who enjoy wading small spring creeks.From Mamuil Malal, guests can also easily fish the unforgettable Tromen Lake, which offers exceptional dry fly fishing or venture off property and float one of several sections of the Alumine River.
Staying at Estancia Mamuil Malal is a unique experience providing an unparalleled opportunity to fish the best of the Malleo River with a short five to ten minute drive. Some guests believe the lodge is too casual; others make Mamuil Malal part of their annual routine and return each year to fish the Malleo and enjoy Bertil and Dolores’ hospitality. The estancia and the Grahns are true treasures of the ranching world in Patagonia.
Guests typically stay at Mamuil Malal for up to four nights then combine with a second estancia such as: Estancia Quemquemtreu, Tres Lagos Lodge, Tres Rios Lodge or Arroyo Verde.
Huechahue offers guests of PRG North the best central location in the San Martin de los Andes area. Huechahue is truly what a Patagonia lodge should represent. It is set in the middle of a classic Argentine working estancia of approximately 20,000 acres, allowing guests to enjoy an authentic cultural as well as unique estancia experience. From Huechahue, PRG North has the opportunity to fish a different river daily with choices such as the Chimehuín, Malleo, Collón Cura, Quilquihue, Catán lil, Filo Hua Huam, Tromen Lake, and Aluminé. The lodge consists of a spacious main house where breakfast, cocktails and delicious dinners are served. Accommodations are spread out in two separate cabins or outbuildings as well as in the main lodge. Each of Huechahue’s eight rooms has a private bath and all the amenities guests desire at top lodges. Single occupancy is always given to PRG’s guests when available – at no extra cost!
Guests will also enjoy a sauna, jacuzzi, and an incredible “quincho” where the famous “asados” take place around an enormous and elaborate fire pit. Estancia Huechahue is known as one of the finest estancias for horseback riding in all of Patagonia and fabulous rides can easily be arranged from one day to the next. Other non-fishing activities such as: visiting the town of San Martín de los Andes, bird watching, day hikes on site, art tours, golf, and other cultural tours are easily put together making the non-fishers’ stay at Huechahue as fun and exciting as the fishers’. Trips as short as 4 days can easily be arranged at Huechahue, and diverse extended stays can also be added on, including deluxe overnight camping trips and stays at other area estancias. Guests can also combine with PRG’s exclusive Lodge at Trevelin to make their trip the ultimate in variety and scenery.
Estancia Quemquemtreu is one of the largest ranches in the area encompassing close to 200,000 acres. Quemquemtreu is one of the most beautiful and interesting working ranches in Patagonia. The estancia has over 3000 mother cows and a total of more than 5000 head of Hereford cattle. 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 has five spacious and very comfortable double rooms located in a wing off of the dining room and in a separate building, only 100 feet away, another 3 rooms are being added to give the guests more possibilities for single rooming if desired – without going over their 12 rod capacity. The lodge also features a cozy sitting room centered around a rock fireplace. The bar is located in another separate building (there are over 30 buildings at the estancia headquarters) where you will enjoy a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres, wine, or the drink of your choice before heading for dinner.
From Quemquemtreu, PRG North can fish more than twenty miles of the Collón Cura River, one of the most productive fishing rivers in Argentina. Floating is the preferred method 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 intimate walk wading stream, which fishes best in the months of November, December, early January, and also during the month of May. Quemquemtreu is going through some landscaping projects and for those who have already visited the lodge at Estancia Quemquemtreu, you will see immense improvements on the lodge grounds.
The San Huberto Lodge is the best lodging choice when fishing the legendary Malleo River. This beautiful lodge was completely renovated in 1999 and has room for up to sixteen guests, but only a maximum of twelve anglers at a time. The service is superb as are the meals. The lodge includes an in-house bar, hot tub, masseuse, a “quincho” for the Sunday “asados” and all the amenities of a five-star fishing lodge. San Huberto is a household name when speaking of fly fishing in Patagonia and space is limited so 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, famous for its dry-fly fishing and only accessible if staying at the lodge.
Estancia Arroyo Verde sits on one of the most magical valleys in the Argentina and alongside the gin-clear Trafúl. The main house accommodates up to ten guests, while a separate cabin overlooking Lake Trafúl provides guests with a unique private experience. The service here is truly deluxe and the lodging elegant. This location is very popular with guests traveling with non-fishing spouses offering additional activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching. The only way to fish the Trafúl River is to stay on this ranch containing just over ten miles of river starting at Trafúl Lake. 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.” As great as the lodge is, the river is just as challenging. Trophy fish can be landed on the Trafúl but the river will hand out just as many “skunks” as trophies. It is not for everyone but is everything a fishing lodge and river should be for others. Let us help you decide.
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 Fernandez Beschtedt family has been in the area for many generations and you can immediately feel this as you enter the main house. 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 main house. Three beautiful cabins, which were built about ten years ago, surround the home and overlook the Filo Hua Hum Lake. Waking up in the morning and looking out the window provides 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 Lake for about eight miles though the property and holds trophy brown trout (some resident and some that migrate between lakes). As great as it sounds, this is a location best suited for expert wade fishermen who enjoy sight fishing.
PRG UNPLUGGED (OVERNIGHT AND MULTIDAY CAMPING FLOAT TRIPS)
PRG Unplugged offers those wanting to get away from it all overnight float trips on area rivers such as the Chimehuín, Limay Medio, Aluminé and Chubut. Guests enjoy a completely catered multi-day camping trip offering long days and incredible fishing without any drive time. Guests will normally cover between ten and twelve miles daily and always float into a new campsite daily. Our camps are “deluxe” and have been designed for our guests’ comfort and enjoyment.
In addition to oversize cots and tents, our camps come with a professional chef to prepare delicious meals, hot pressurized water for showers, private bathroom facilities, unique 12-volt lighting system, spacious wall tent for dining, and hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness. Camping is often the highlight of the whole trip, and for those who like to fish a few more hours or skip the chit chat at the lodges, this is the perfect opportunity to fish until dark. Each day, our assistants pack up, move, and reassemble the camp in a new location. Everything is ready for clients’ arrival including a crackling fire, snacks, and a full bar. Fruit, cereals, and eggs to order are ready for breakfast before guests grab their rods and throw their first casts from our custom drift boats.
PRG Unplugged programs are easily combined with other PRG programs. Please contact us for more information and to set up a custom trip for a small group. A minimum of 4 anglers is required to share a private camp and a maximum of 8 is allowed on our exclusive trips.
Guests travel to Buenos Aires via direct overnight flight from several U.S. cities including New York, Miami, Houston, and Dallas/Ft. Worth International airports — arriving into Buenos Aires the following morning.
Guests traveling straight through then gather their luggage, clear customs, and are met by a driver who transfers the group across town to the Domestic Airport (AEP) for the flight to Esquel, Bariloche, or San Martin de los Andes (depending on itinerary and fishing program) aboard Aerolineas Argentinas. Most travelers elect to spend the day and evening in Buenos Aires prior to departing for Patagonia the following morning. If you have the time, B.A.’s nightlife, restaurants, museums, culture, and shopping are well worth the effort. This is a great way to break up the two legs of the journey, do some sightseeing, and recharge your batteries.
Tailwaters uses a very reliable local travel agent who lends a hand with domestic air travel as well as customs assistance and chauffeur service that provides ground transfers for all our clients in Buenos Aires. They can also facilitate reservations at all the nicest hotels in Buenos Aires, and can also lend a hand with restaurant reservations, city tours, and other side trips.
Upon arrival in Patagonia, all PRG groups are met by a representative from Patagonia River Guides and transferred to your Estancia of choice.
NOTE ABOUT LOL ARGENTINA (OUR BUENOS AIRES CONCIERGE)
Gaia and LOL Argentina is our recommended choice for assistance in Buenos Aires. In addition to booking your domestic flights in Argentina, one of the many services LOL provides is complete airport assistance, which is invaluable for most non-Spanish speakers. Gaia and her staff provide meet and greet services at the international and domestic airports, informative transfers within the city, assistance checking in at airports, solutions to delayed flights, and can perform miracles at times with any other issues that might arise.
If you use LOL’s service, you can also think of them as your personal concierge to the city of Buenos Aires. They can recommend and make dinner reservations, get you tickets to events, show you around the city, take you shopping (or shop for you), change local currency (for a better rate), answer questions, or just enjoy a drink and get to know you. Please count on Gaia and her staff to provide you with a memorable experience in Buenos Aires. None of LOL’s services are included in the price of PRG’s trip and we will make all intros with LOL and assist in making all these arrangements.
Sample Travel Itinerary for 7 Night / 6 Day Package
The following itinerary demonstrates the traditional travel schedule with an evening in Buenos Aires prior to pushing onward to Patagonia. The following itinerary also reflects the travel involved for visiting PRG North via San Martin (SMA). Guests of Trevelin and Tres Valles travel through Esquel (ESQ).
Note: Flights from Buenos Aires (AEP) to San Martin (SMA) are daily except Thursdays.
Evening overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival into Buenos Aires the next morning.
DAY #2 – ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES
Upon arrival at Buenos Aires’ International Airport (EZE), anglers gather their luggage, clear customs, and are met by a driver who transfers the group approximately one hour to a hotel downtown. Guests have the option of taking guided tours, organized dinner plans, tango shows, and a night on the town in B.A escorted by our concierge partners at LOL Argentina.
DAY #3 – TRAVEL TO SAN MARTIN OR BARILOCHE
Guests are collected at their hotel mid morning and driven 10-15 minutes to the domestic airport for the flight to Esquel, Argentina aboard a local carrier such as Aerolineas Argentina or Lan Airlines. Tailwaters uses a very reliable customs assistance and chauffeur service that operates comfortable, air-conditioned vans. Our staff of drivers make sure you are properly checked in for your two-hour domestic flight to San Martin or Bariloche.
Upon arrival in San Martin or Bariloche, the group is then met at the baggage claim and driven to the Estancia of your choosing.
Full fishing and exploring days with PRG North and continued overnight.
START TRAVELING HOME
After breakfast guests are transferred back to San Martin or Bariloche Airport for the flight to Buenos Aires.
Guests are then picked up at the domestic airport (AEP) and transferred back to the International Airport (EZE) and assisted through check-in for your flight on to the United States. Overnight flight back to USA.
Early morning arrival back in the U.S.
NOTE ABOUT CUSTOM ITINERARIES WITH PRG NORTH
Guests of PRG North are encouraged to visit multiple estancias. This allows you to enjoy access to new water and have a change of scenery. If a week is not enough, combine multiple venues ranging from the Estancias up north to Trevelin as well as Rio Pico. Every fly fishing trip booked by Tailwaters Travel to PRG is custom designed for the angler based on their desires; and because they have several lodging and dozens of fishing choices, we can easily match each guest with exactly what they want. Changes can easily be made to schedules depending on conditions and desires when guests arrive. Some may choose to repeat a river or venue, some may choose to do more floating or wading, and some may choose to take a day to enjoy non-fishing activities.
PRG’s philosophy has always been to give guests the ultimate in variety allowing them to experience different kinds of fishing such as floating and wading; big rivers and small rivers; lakes and spring creeks. Trips as short at 4 nights can easily be arranged, but taking advantage of the travel to get there is highly recommended. A weeklong trip goes by in a flash leaving most wanting a few more days. There is no other operator in Argentina that can provide the variety or quality of fishing as PRG. Contact us today to get more information or dream up your own custom trip and we can propose numerous itineraries to consider with seamless connections between each region.
When to Go
SPRING (NOV 1ST TO JANUARY 1ST):
The fishing season officially opens in Argentine Patagonia on November 1st. Spring is a special time to visit Patagonia as the Andes Mountains still hold a good amount of snow and valleys are covered with spring flowers. Precipitation decreases throughout the spring and average temperatures rise along with the length of day until the summer solstice on December 21st. Area fisheries are full of water, but almost every stream is fishable after December 1st due to the many river-lake systems in the area. Since the water is higher this time of the year, the largest fish tend to be more aggressive and accessible. Fishing is generally spectacular but flexibility is a must as streamers, dry flies, and nymphs are all used depending on the river levels and daily weather conditions. Large flies normally concocted with rubber legs, long hackles, bunny fur, foam–you name it (chernoble’s, garbage, junk, bichos, mutant’s, big foam, etc.)—can be thrown and are very effective this time of the year due to the aggressive nature of the fish and the lack of pressure. You can leave your 6X at home but be sure to bring some 0X and even a sink tip to go down and dirty. Your guide will be as anxious as you are as they have been waiting all winter for the fishing season to open. Tourism season begins after Christmas and the New Year so the area is much more relaxed and the fish are very willing. PRG normally offers a pre-season rate to attract clients during this time, not because of poor fishing, but because the holiday season tends to keep most anglers at home. If you’re looking for a great place to spend the holidays, imagine long days, great fishing, energetic guides, and a very relaxed atmosphere with few people.
SUMMER (JANUARY 1ST TO MARCH 15TH):
Summer is the most popular season for fishing and tourism in Patagonia. Kids are on vacation and tourists abound. The weather is the best this time of the year with the warmest temperatures. Some snow remains on the highest Andes peaks and almost all the spring flowers are already gone. The grass is growing, and with warmer temperatures—you guessed it—hoppers and terrestrial insects are prolific and dry fly fishing is at its best. There are uncountable species of beetles, ants, hoppers, crickets, wasps, and other unidentified flying objects this time of the year and the trout are looking for them. Take note of a South American phenomenon: the hottest, brightest, and clearest days are the best dry fly and fishing days! Yes, it’s true, a bluebird-fisherman’s dream! All of the above being said about fish looking to slam dry flies is true, but presentation is key on some streams as fish have seen a few gypsy kings, fat alberts, chernoble ants, hoppers, etc…..and they are as suspicious as they are aggressive this time of the year. You might have to drop down to 3X, 4X, and occasionally even 5X and use a dropper to attract fish in the crystal clear water. You will have lots of sight fishing opportunities and wet wading is possible a majority of the time. Water levels continue to drop and water temperatures rise this time of year. Every fishery is open and in perfect shape giving you the most options for the “fish a different river every day” philosophy that PRG follows throughout the season. This is Prime Time and getting a spot with PRG is not easy. Repeat customers reserve most spots year after year, but If you can get a spot, you won’t be disappointed!
FALL (MARCH 15TH TO MAY 1ST)
Fall is the favorite of many anglers, and it is a great time to visit Patagonia. Summer tourist traffic drops off completely and anglers once again have a vast wilderness to themselves. Temperatures start to decrease, which normally brings on the fall feeding frenzy of area trout. Brown trout and brook trout are getting ready to spawn and many of those larger fish, which migrated back into the lake during the middle of summer, are headed back to the river to feed or spawn. Fall colors in Patagonia are spectacular and if you are lucky enough to be able to come and enjoy the fall, you will probably become addicted to the beauty, the tranquility and the fishing. Although the days are not as long as the spring and the summer, you still get plenty of time on the water. In fact, you might actually get more fishing as the guides are excited this time of the year. PRG gets a second wind like no other and scours every last honey hole, secret spot, sure bet, and hog spot to try to catch every last fish before they have to put away their gear for winter. You will enjoy the coziness of the lodges, the fall foods, and the fireside conversations with some of the most passionate fishermen in the world. If you can get a spot, you’ll be thrilled to wake up to cool and clear mornings, fall colors, and snowcapped peaks while getting ready for the ultimate fly fishing adventure that PRG offers!
CAST AND BLAST OPTIONS WITH PRG
In addition to their world-class fly fishing programs, PRG also offers some of the finest wild quail and red stag hunting in South America allowing guests the unique opportunity to combine fly fishing and hunting from the same lodge starting March 15th. Cast and Blast trips can be arranged for as few as four days, but it is recommended to spend a full week to try three or four different and unique rivers and two to three days of quail hunting. Guests could easily fish a full week and never fish the same river twice and PRG has over 100,000 acres leased for quail hunting. For those guests’ wishing to fish, quail hunt, and stalk red stag, we recommend either a nine or ten night program to allow time to dedicate to all three species.
Guests should be physically fit and enjoy easy to moderate walking to hunt quail with guides and pointing dogs. Hunting wild quail the traditional way – with a dog and a gun — is a fulfilling experience and there are few places one can still do that today. Argentina’s California Quail bob and weave from bush to bush and prefer to run; however, once pinned down by the dogs, they are quick to fly and very challenging for the average hunter. A good shot should expect between six and dozen quail per day and most shoot over a box of shells per outing. As with everything in fishing and hunting, some shoot a whole box and bag just a few quail so assigning a number per day is arbitrary. That’s hunting but trust us when we say the birds are not your kick-and-shoot pen raised birds, they are challenging and there are many.
PRG has six well-trained English and Elhew pointers and professional guides to handle the dogs and execute great hunts. One guide is provided for every two hunters and safety is the highest priority! PRG provides Beretta Urika 391 Automatic 20-gauge shotguns w/ interchangeable chokes and shells for each guest for a small fee. Guests should pack field pants, high quality field-hunting boots, and game bag or vest (with hunters orange). Shooting glasses and gloves are optional. If you would prefer to bring your own gun, as many do, we can help you with the paperwork and getting your gun into Argentina. The process is straightforward and Argentina is hunter friendly.
OTHER NON-FISHING ACTIVITIES
Patagonia River Guides has a great deal to offer in addition to world-class fly fishing. Non-fishing guests or those who simply want to take a day off from fishing, can enjoy relaxing around the lodge or choose from a variety of guided activities including: walking, hiking or biking in or around Patagonia’s national parks; horseback riding on one of the area estancias; bird watching with an ornithologist; massage and holistic healing activities with professional therapist; whitewater rafting or scenic float trips; area cultural tours; shopping for local arts, crafts and gifts; visits across the border to Chile; and on-site cooking classes.
Non-fishers are just as important as the fishermen and a complete itinerary will be prepared with as few or as many activities as the non-fisher would like. Please contact us for a complete schedule and options for non-fishing programs.
For those who want to enjoy more of Argentina than just the spectacular fishing in Patagonia, PRG, in partnership with some of the best travel experts in the USA and Argentina, is pleased to arrange extended stays to unique destinations such as Iguazu Falls, the glaciers in the South, the charming Northwest region of Argentina, the endless pampas and of course, wine tours in Mendoza and wingshooting trips. Please let us help you create your trip of a lifetime to Argentina!
Patagonia River Guides has a great deal to offer in addition to world-class fly fishing. Non-fishing guests or those who simply want to take a day off from fishing, can enjoy relaxing around the lodge or choose from a variety of guided activities including:
National Park Visits
Cultural Visits & Tours
Tours to Chile
Museum & Art Visits
Float Trips & Whitewater Trips
Estancia Visits & Activities
All rates are based on a shared room/guide. Private room/guide itineraries are available.
Longer and shorter itineraries, as well as combination itineraries, are available. Please inquire for details.
STANDARD ESTANCIAS (November 1 – December 31, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $5950 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $5100 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $4250 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $3400 per person
ESTANCIA TIPILUKE (November 1 – December 1, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $6300 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $5400 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $4500 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $3600 per person
ESTANCIA TIPILUKE (December 1-31, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $7000 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $6000 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $5000 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $4000 per person
PRG UNPLUGGED (November 1 – December 31, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $5250 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $4500 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $3750 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $3000 per person
STANDARD ESTANCIAS (January 1 – May 1, 2019)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $6300 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $5400 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $4500 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $3600 per person
ESTANCIA TIPILUKE (January 1 – May 1, 2019)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $7000 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $6000 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $5000 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $4000 per person
PRG UNPLUGGED (January 1 – May 1, 2019)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $5600 per person
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $4800 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $4000 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $3200 per person
TRANSFERS TO BARILOCHE (FROM ESQUEL OR SAN MARTIN):
$350-$600/car (2-3 passengers)
$600-$800/van (4+ passengers)
Charter Flights Possible from Esquel and San Martin (ask for quote)
Accommodations, all meals, house drinks, local transportation, professional guide, assistant guide, private water fees, and fishing license. Includes all flies, terminal tackle, and loaner equipment such as: Winston Rods, Simms waders, Simms wading boots, and Hatch Reels with lines.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Meals, Lodging and other expenses in Buenos Aires as outlined by LOL Argentina; Airfare to Esquel, Argentina from Buenos Aires with Aerolineas; Guide and Staff Gratuities; Specialty liquors & Cigars; Airport Departure Taxes; Overweight baggage expenses; Items of personal nature such as telephone calls; Laundry service; Ground transfers from the Bariloche Airport if applicable.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Patagonia River Guides’ policy follows: A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to secure all reservations. Final balance is due 90 days prior to departure. All deposits are non-refundable unless clients can be replaced. Full payment may be transferred to another guest for original dates. PRG reserves the right to charge a handling fee of $500 per person for date changes after initial reservation has been made. No credits or refunds are given for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.