Sea Trout Fishing in Argentina Q&A
Sea Trout Fishing in Argentina at Worlds End Lodge on the Irigoyen River is a unique fishery and the only operation on the river. You will have the opportunity to move up and down as you need in search of finding the best chances to hook a sea trout. Just 4 lucky customers each week fish the Irigoyen River and its main tributary the Malaguena River.
Where is the lodge?
On a remote, 45,000 acre ranch in Tierra del Fuego, 180km south of Rio Grande, Worlds End Lodge sits within Southern Beech forests, overlooking the Irigoyen River and the Atlantic Ocean approx 4 hours by car from the Rio Grande.
Where do they fish?
Just 4 lucky customers each week fish the Irigoyen River and its main tributary the Malaguena River. The first 3 beats empty into the Atlantic Ocean and are easily accessed by walking on foot. These beats offer amazing fishing for not just Sea Trout but also Robalo (Falkland Mullet or Rock Cod as it is also known). The two upper beats are accessed by 6 wheeled amphibian ATV’s. The majority of the Irigoyen River is only 20 – 30m wide with lots and lots of pools ladened with log jams.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
This depends on which zone you are fishing in that session, but anything from 5 to 45 mins to the end zones.
What fish will I catch?
On the Irigoyen River, the main species and target are the Sea Trout however there are also Robalo which can grow to around 15lb and make great sport on a fly rod.
How many fish will I catch?
The Irigoyen River 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 2.2 fish per day averaging around 9-10lb.
How will I fish?
You will fish both a morning and evening session on all the beats based on two customers to one guide. The Irigoyen River is however different from the more known rivers like the Rio Grande and the Gallegos Rivers. The Irigoyen River demands a single handed rod to make precise casts along with log jams or effectively cover the Irigoyen’s narrow width. You will be mainly fishing with full floating lines but it is also advisable to bring both intermediate and some sink tips at different rates.
Do the guides speak English?
All the guides and lodge staff speak very good English.
Who is best suited to this destination?
Our fishing on Irigoyen River is suitable for levels of anglers, plus being more sheltered than the more famous rivers, it is far easier to cast for beginners with a single handed rod. The great thing about this destination is as a beginner you will catch fish. For the more experienced anglers who just love the rewards of technical Sea Trout 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 the more fish you will catch, as the river is not very wide there is no need for big long distance casts. You are far better off being an accurate caster with a good gentle presentation than someone looking to cast to the horizon.
How physically demanding is this trip?
Some of the pools are an easy walk, the walking is not too difficult as the river has nice stoney banks. You may have to clamber over the odd log jam on the river bank. Upstream the Irigoyen River is accessed by ATV’s so limited walking.
When is the best time to go?
December through to March.
How will I get there?
You will fly from the UK to Buenos Aires on arrival many customers take an overnight in Buenos Aires. The following morning it’s just a short flight to Ushuaia and from there a 4-hour transfer to the Irigoyen River and the Worlds End Lodge.
What is the accommodation like?
The lodge has three cabins; a guest cabin with 4 single or double rooms (according to requirements) with a private bathroom in each room and comfortable beds. Also a warm wader room at your entrance.
The next cabin is the dining room and is only 30 meters from the guest cottage; the warmth and comfort make this space our favourite place to enjoy talks and appetizers before each dinner or lunch enjoying the wonderful view of the Irigoyen River valley.
The third cabin is a comfortable fly and gift shop, and also has a large living room. Radiators and wood stoves are used to heat the cabins. The electricity service is 220v and the communication is permanent, through a telephone and satellite internet. The speed of the same is limited by climatic conditions and distance, but it works of regular and permanent way.
What is the food like?
The food consists of a mix between gourmet and classic Argentine cuisine where the good wine (Malbec preference) and the best cuts of meat stand out, as well as the best lamb in the world, a speciality that our chef prepares every week.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
The lodge does not provide tackle. There is some loaner equipment should anyone’s luggage get delayed or lost.
Is internet and phone signal available?
Satellite phone coverage and limited wifi internet. Please note the coverage and speed of these can and is affected by the weather conditions.
Are there other activities available?
As the lodge is literally at the end of the world, apart from taking walks to see the wildlife and birdlife there is not much else to do.
How much does it cost?
We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.