An Extensive Fishing Season
North Patagonia River season starts November 1st. and extends up to May the 31 st.
Almost seven months of sport fishing season in Northern Patagonia Argentina gives you the opportunity to schedule your trip from a widespread calendar, making it easier to find a date that would better fit your travel possibilities. On the other hand, you will be able to choose from a wide range of options among techniques, weather, and natural phenomenon.
The early season usually exposes colder and windy weather with high water levels due to late spring rains and snow thaw. This would be the right time to fish your bank with some dries and nymphs when wading, for example, the Malleo River; while streamers with a sinking tip line would be the choice for most of the time during float trips, mostly on side channels.
As the weather and water warms up, first mayfly and caddis hatches show up. Floating lines would be usually our first choice either twitching a foam fly or making an accurate drift of a tiny dry “just there”. Between late December and early March, you will find the drier weather in North Patagonia; being late February is usually the time when rivers reach their lowest level. This will be the time to focus our fishing strategy on more oxygenated and faster waters, using longer leaders and thinner tippets.
Late fall will carry the first late-season rains and the weather gradually starts getting cold again, however, you should consider this late-season time if you are a serious fisherman in search of big fish!
This Argentine region, commonly known as Northern Patagonia, has a large diversity of trout waters. More than 15 world-renowned fishing options among Rivers, Streams and Lakes, within a small radius around San Martín de los Andes downtown, will let us daily fly fish different spots.
Aluminé, Collón Cura, Malleo, Chimehuín, Quilquihue, Caleufu, Limay Medio and Filo Hua Hum rivers; Malalco, Calfiquitra, Quillén streams; Lacar, Nonthue, Tromen and Lolog Lakes in between others make up a rough list of the waters we usually fish.
This destination provides opportunities either for Streamer fishing, dry fly fishing – many times being in front of sight fishing situations – as well as for nymph fishing. You will find a perfect water structure despite your angling preference.
This large water variety also gives us the advantage to eventually face the needs of any last minute change on your schedule due to weather, water or fishing conditions, as well as the possibility to offer our guests different outing types to enjoy their fly fishing trips in the area. Daily wading and float trips, float trips with riverside camp overnights and lake fishing are some of the options we include in our tailor made programs.
Lack of public access
Patagonia is well known both for its superb fishing as well as for its large ranches and estancias, many of which belong to –or are highly sought after by– foreign people. Many of the rivers and streams we used to fish runs through these extensive properties what translates in a lack of public accesses and, despite Argentina waters are public, they have very limited accessibility. This should be taken as an important note by those who are planning a self-guided trip.