Northern Patagonia Argentina

A perfect fly fishing destination

If you travel with your family as well as with your fishing mates, the region around San Martín and Junín de los Andes, better known as the lakes district, exhibits some features which make it a perfect destination for your fly fishing trip.

Below we expose those we consider are most important, might help you know the area a little more, and may make your mind to choose it as your next fly fishing destination.

San Martín de los Andes

Many of us, during our fly fishing lifetime, have ever had to arrange a trip where combining family interests with fly fishing has been its first issue. Even more challenging would have been that your family could enjoy each of the days you would be out fishing as much as you do.

Well, let me tell you that this is a great future that turns San Martín de los Andes into a great destination for your family trip.

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The Town

San Martín de los Andes is a typical mountain village with charming architecture, has around 45,000 inhabitants, and is located on the eastern headwaters of the Lacar Lake, south of the province of Neuquén. It has a wide range of accommodations, turning it really easy to find a town lodging that best fits everyone’s needs.

Downtown provides lots of outstanding gastronomic options of both regional and international cuisine which would be great accompanied by some world-renowned Argentine Malbec.

La Tasca and Domingo are 2 highlights in town. For sure, at each of the restaurants you visit, you will not only enjoy their exquisite meals but also great moments.

Non-fishing Activities

Finally, let me tell you about one of the most important features of your family trip. This area has an endless range of nonfishing activities. Yes!, everybody will find a great way to spend the day while you are out fishing.

Half-day, as well as full-day activities, can be carried out. Conventional touring will give you the chance to know some of this area’s endless touristic attractions. If you are more avid in search of more sporty activities, rides through great mountain bike paths; all skill levels of trekking and hiking; Kayaking the Lakar, Nonthue, or Machónico lakes; horse-back riding among amazing sceneries and rafting over grade I up to IV+ rapids are some of the options among others.

Also, those requiring some time to recover and relax can enjoy a relaxation program based on water systems and different types of massage. Lots of options… lots of fun!

For sure, San Martín de los Andes town programs are a great option to enjoy superb trout fishing as well as lovely familiar moments.

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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!

Water Diversity

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.

Town, Lodge & Camping Options

Also, there are a wide variety of accommodations to choose from during your stay. You can decide to be hosted downtown as well as in some of the many fly fishing lodges and estancias of the area, which usually provides high-end all-inclusive service and private river access; high-end riverside camping, or just ask for a combination of them.

Diversity not only gives us outstanding operational flexibility but also lets us find the perfect program that best fits your needs.

Seasonal Phenomenon

Northern Patagonia Argentina features some natural phenomenons which make the experience amazing. Fishing the minnows migration at the Collón Cura River and Caleufu River between the end of January up to late March will be breathtaking. Late January willow worm hatch in the Alumine River will make your adrenaline rise up to unthinkable levels as well as hopper time in the lower Chimehuín River.  Later in the season, by end of March, Brown trouts start their spawn migration; a great time to head your trip to the Limay Medio River in search of a trophy trout!

How can each spot be included in your schedule?

    • Alumine River
      • Daily float trips.
      • 2 days float trips with high-end riverside camping.
    • Malleo River
      • Daily wading trips.
    • Chimehuín River
      • Daily float trips (November – Mid January)
      • 2 days float trips with high-end riverside camping.
    • Collón Cura River
      • Daily float trips
      • 2 / 3 days float trips with high-end riverside camping.
    • Caleufu River
      • 2 / 3 days float trips with high-end riverside camping (November up to Mid January).
      • Daily wading trips (From February to Early April).
    • Filo Hua Hum River
      • Daily wading trips are being hosted at Estancia 3 Lagos lodge.
    • Limay Medio River
      • 3 days floats with high-end riverside camping.
    • Quillén, Calfiquitra and Malalco
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