This luxurious lodge provides an unbelievable Sea Trout fly fishing holiday on the Rio Gallegos, where the sheer numbers and size of fish is just outstanding. A trip to Rio Gallegos offers the adventurous angler the opportunity to pit their skills against the explosive Sea Trout of Patagonia. These fish reach up to 30lbs and will reward you with arm wrenching takes and blistering runs.
Where is the lodge?
The lodge is located in southern Argentina only a 45 minute transfer from the city of Rio Gallegos.
Where do they fish?
On the most prolific beats on the Rio Gallegos, consisting of over 40km of both sides of private water comprising of over 50 named pools.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
Depends on which zone you are fly fishing that session, but anything from 5 mins to 45 mins to the end zones. You can even walk down to the home pool after lunch to fish for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
What fish will I catch?
Sea Trout are the main target species, but not many people realise that you can also catch lots of high-quality resident Brown Trout.
How many fish will I catch?
Catch rates can and do vary depending on the water conditions and the weather, however, as the lodge keeps detailed daily catch records we can see and prove that on average customers land 11 Sea Trout per person per week. (Note: this figure does not include the numerous Brown Trout)
How do they fish?
The whole river section is now divided into 6 Zones, customers fish as a pair and stay as a pair for the entire week. Each pair of customers will then fish a rotation system whereby they will get to fish each and every zone both as a morning session and then again later in the week as an evening session. Another nice touch is each guide stays with a Zone for the whole week, this way again each pair will get to fish with every guide.
The fishing is normally made up of 2, 4-5 hour sessions. After breakfast, you depart for the main morning session after which you return to the lodge for the main meal of the day. After a nice siesta, it will be time to depart again for the evening session fishing in the dark.
Customers are advised to bring 7/8# single hand or switch rods for low water conditions and two-handed 9/10# rods for high water and windy conditions. Swinging and twitching relatively small nymphs on intermediate lines is a very popular technique. There is also a time when larger streamers and or dry flies are very effective.
Do the guides speak English?
All the guides and lodge staff speak very good English
Who is best suited to this destination?
We have taken customers of all degrees to this lodge from complete Sea Trout Fly Fishing virgins to fully experienced anglers. The great thing about this destination is as a beginner you will catch fish, however for the more experienced anglers who just love the rewards of technical Sea Trout fly fishing, this is a place where stealth and good casting skills can make a difference.
What skill level is required?
The more proficient you are at casting in the wind the better, however many times on the Rio Gallegos the wind will be in your back and therefore your friend. The majority of the time the fishing is with the river running left to right, however in some zones and pools you will be fishing from the opposite bank, therefore, being able to cast either left-handed or over the left shoulder will be beneficial.
How physically demanding is this trip?
As you are taken to the zones and between all the pools by a truck there is little walking. Also, the wading is quite easy, there are no physical demands worth noting for Sea Trout Fly Fishing in Rio.
When to go?
January through to mid-April.
How to get there?
Fly from the UK to Buenos Aires on arrival many customers take an overnight in Buenos Aires. Then the following morning it’s just a short flight to Rio Gallegos and from there a short 45 min ride to the lodge
What is the accommodation like?
Las Buitreras is a luxury all-inclusive Lodge from a totally renovated estancia which is tastefully furnished with traditional “campo” style antiques creating the traditional home feeling. The main open plan living area with its large dining room table and comfortable seating gives the lodge a relaxing feeling. There are 7 double rooms, 3 single rooms with private bathrooms. Outside the main lodge, entry is a large covered veranda with chairs for donning waders and plenty of racks and hooks for storing waders and rods. In the gardens, there is also an outside BBQ area with seating for complete groups on days when the huge steaks cook on the barbecue. The lodge is powered by a generator which runs during the day when guests are at the lodge and is shut off from roughly 11 pm to 7 am while customers are sleeping. Each room has its own battery-powered lantern to use when the power is off but it’s also helpful to bring your own headlamp.
What is the food like?
For breakfast you can choose anything from cereal to a full cooked breakfast, the lodge staff will ask you each morning what you require and will be cooked to order. Lunch is the “main” meal of the day and is served at the lodge between fishing sessions, each day the menu will be different and consists of three courses, whereas dinner is a lighter more casual meal consisting of filling and plentiful finger foods served couch-side in the lounge area after customers return from fishing late in the evening. The lodge is all-inclusive so we are sure you will be pleased to know that the lodge has its own wine cellar with a fantastic selection from the Mendoza and San Juan regions. It is also stocked with Cerveza Isenbeck, an outstanding local beer. You will not go hungry or thirsty on this trip.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
The lodge has a selection of quality rod and reel outfits available to guests for a weekly rental (To be booked in advance). There is a small fly shop in the lodge that carries a good selection of productive flies, leaders, tippet, fly lines, wading jackets and Patagonia down jackets for guests.
Is Internet and phone signal available?
There is no mobile phone reception at the lodge, however, the lodge has good FREE Wifi so customers can stay in touch with home either by messages or even to chat via mobile apps.
Are there other activities available?
For either non-anglers or anglers who do not wish to fish every session, there are long walks around the thousands of acres of the estancia with stunning barren scenery and wildlife. In addition with enough notice, we can arrange additional daily sightseeing trips departing from the lodge each day. Additional costs are payable locally.
How much does it cost?
Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers, to view all available weeks and prices click HERE
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all our own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have ANY questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.