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Estancia Glencross | Brown & Sea Trout Fly Fishing | Argentina

Overview

Tour code: ARG021

When one river is not enough how about three rivers all in one destination? A destination that allows you as the anglers to choose which river to fish each session and if you wish to target the resident huge Brown Trout or the Sea Trout that make it upstream. Imagine chasing Brown Trout on either the Penitente or Rubens rivers before ending your day with the larger Sea Trout on the upper stretches of the famous Rio Gallegos. Add to this that all this water and lodge is exclusive to just 4 to 6 rods each week make Glencross both the ideal destination for a unique adventure in its own right, but as we can also offer split weeks makes an ideal add on to our Las Buitreras destination weeks giving you 9 days of fishing.

Location

Located high on the slopes of the magnificent Cordillera de Los Andes, in the Santa Cruz province of southern Patagonia is the traditional Estancia Glencross. The Estancia is right on the border between Argentina and Chile therefore on both on the Chilean and the Argentinean side of the Cordillera. This traditional working Estancia covers 85.000 hectares of land. Over this huge area of land, there are three distinct landscapes.

To the south of the Rio Turbio Valley, you will discover the typical Santa Cruz arid sceneries. This arid landscape gives way to higher grounds, the height keeps on increasing until it reaches Chilean territory and it’s beautiful Lenga fields. Throughout Estancia Glencross, there are three different river systems to, all holding resident Brown Trout as well as much larger Sea Trout.

Fishing the Rubens and Penitente Rivers in Argentina

Our fishing offers the opportunity to cast a fly in three different rivers, all with different scenery and structure. The main sections of the Rubens river and Penitente river, both tributaries to the larger Rio Gallegos (which is one the best Sea Trout rivers on the planet) are perfect to cover with a single-handed rod. You will use several different methods such as swinging flies, casting into pockets, and stripping streamers to entice those takes. These rivers are similar in structure to many sections of the Rio Gallegos, only smaller, making most pools easy to cover and extremely fun to fish.

The upper part of the Rubens river is surrounded by Lenga trees and when walking those banks, it’s easy to imagine that you are fishing in a tropical jungle somewhere. Fishing here is similar however with the deadwood log jams in the water there is always some structure cover that will hold a few Sea Trout. Fish here are generally not as big as further down the river but fishing in these surroundings and catching fish is amazing.

Fishing the Rio Gallegos

You will also fish the upper part of Rio Gallegos which has some amazing Brown Trout fishing. The upper sections of Rio Gallegos have plenty of varying structure with weed beds, rocks, backwaters and more. The lower part of this stretch of Rio Gallegos, from where Rio Turbio connects, looks more like a traditional southern Patagonian Sea Trout river with cut banks and gravel banks on each side.

For those wanting to try these lower sections a light switch rod will come in handy. With all this water on offer and the varying structures and landscapes, anglers will not only get a chance to practice several types of fishing and techniques for Trout, but they will also experience one of the most iconic estancias in the Santa Cruz province well as some of the most beautiful landscapes southern Patagonia has to offer, all in one program.

Tackle & Technique

As always, when fishing Brown Trout and Sea Trout in clear, mostly shallow water, a stealthy approach is required. In certain sections, this means avoiding wading completely and in some places even crouching down when approaching the pool or section you are about to fish. Make a soft cast, let the fly sink and swing for a second, strip, strip, boom! When fishing for resident Brown’s it’s hard to go wrong with a smaller streamer or leech imitation. Especially leeches which seem to bring out the worst in these fish. Just like in Rio Gallegos, rubber leg nymphs also work well.

On calm days drifting a dry or skating a surface fly can be super fun and deadly effective. A standard single hand rod in weight class 5 or 6 along with an easy to cast floating line will enable anglers to cover and fish most of the water. The exception is the lower part of the Rio Gallegos section where a 7 or 8 weight rod is to be preferred, alternatively a light number 6 or 7 spey / switch rod. This section is a little bit wider, more exposed to wind, and holds more Sea Trout which can grow up to 30lbs. Landing one of those is a hard enough task on any rod. For more tips and techniques on Sea Trout fishing, visit our YouTube Channel.

Guiding

As like all our lodges in Argentina we only employee first-class guides who all speak English. The level of guiding is always high and based on just 2 or 3 anglers per guide. You will access the fishing and rivers with your guide in 4×4 vehicles.

Other Activities

For either non-anglers or anglers who do not wish to fish every session staying, there are long walks around the thousands of acres of the estancia with stunning barren scenery and wildlife. At Glencross you can also go horse riding; from the back of a horse, you will experience these virgin lands in total contact with nature. The guides will take you to the best sightseeing spots and will help you connect with nature and its history. Also, with enough notice, we can arrange additional daily sightseeing trips departing from the lodge each day. Additional costs are payable locally.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on our Sea Trout fishing holiday to Estancia Glencross in Argentina, contact us in the office. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Make sure to explore all our Sea Trout fishing holidays and all our tours to Argentina. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

 

Accommodation
Estancia Glencross

Purchased back in 1908 by the Menendez family and still run by the same family today, this lodge which sits on the borders between Argentina and Chile and its private access to three rivers over its 85,000-hectare estate makes this one of the most private and exclusive places to stay in Argentina.

The Lodge

Estancia Glencross caters for only 4 to 6 anglers per week. The traditional estancia well-appointed facilities offer casual elegant wilderness living filled with creature comforts and an atmosphere of camaraderie.

The whole estancia is composed of a number of picturesque buildings including a school for the children of the workers on the estancia, there is even its own library, shearing station, bakery, stables, and much more.

The main house of the Estancia, where you will stay is a beautiful building built in the traditional southern Patagonian style and is the heart of the whole estancia. For the customers of between 4 to 6 people per week, we have 4 single rooms and one two-bedded room. All room share two main bathrooms.

Apart from the guest rooms, the estancia has the main dining, where all meals are provided, a separate lounge just perfect to relax and share plenty of glasses of wine and tell many fishy stories. Outside there is a big outdoor Asado (Argentinian barbeque) area where you will enjoy the weekly rack of lamb.

Food & Drink

The Estancias chef and staff will prepare a hearty breakfast and dinner each day. Breakfasts are made to order and include your choice of hot and cold cereals, bread, fruits, eggs, toast and bacon, juices, and coffee or tea.

The main meal of the day will be served as a three-course lunch lubricated with unlimited amounts of beer or Argentina red wine. Meals are of a very high standard all cooked by a professional chef ensuring you enjoy an inspiring range of both Argentinean and continental dishes throughout your week.

The lodge can and will cater to any individual dietary needs. Please just inform the house staff manager who will welcome you on arrival if there are any food items you either dislike or are allergic too.

In the evenings when you return from the evening fishing session, finger food of delightful variety will be served. Each night will be a different themed night of food and again limitless beer and wine.

This goes a long way to create such a homely and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests at the end of each day. Just another reason why everyone falls in love with this trip.

Board: Full Board
Rooms
Internet: Free wifi
Power: 230 Volts via Generator
Meals: In Main Lodge
Alcohol: All included
Equipment Hire: Available with advance notice
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Sea Trout
Season: November to April
Peak: January to February
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 9lb
Brown Trout
Season: November to April
Peak: January to March
Weight: 1lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 2lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one based on a complete week at Estancia Glencross, however, as we can also offer Estancia Glencross as split weeks we can tailor an itinerary to add on to our existing Las Buitrears destination. You can visit Estancia Glencross either before or after Las Buitrars giving you a 9-day fishing program instead of 6.

Day 1: (Thursday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available).

Day 2: (Friday)

Arrive Buenos Aires.

On arrival take a taxi to your overnight hotel. (Taxi not included)

The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore.

Overnight Accommodation: Buenos Aires Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 3: (Saturday)

Early in the morning take a taxi to the Jorge Newbery internal Airport and fly to Rio Gallegos airport. (Taxi not included)

On arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to Las Buitreras where you will pick up any other guest who may have been fishing the previous week at Las Buitreras. From Las Buitreras you will normally depart around 11 AM. Transfer to Glencross by car or minibus. Transfer time from Las Buitreras is appr. 1.5 hours.

On arrival at the lodge, you will be shown to your rooms and the rest of the day is yours to either relax or if you prefer, set up all your rods for some casting practice.

Overnight Accommodation: Estancia Glencross (Twin Rooms) F/B

Days 4 & 5: Fishing Days (Sunday & Monday)

Each day you will fish both a morning session and afternoon/evening session.

After the morning session, it will be back to the lodge for the main meal of the day a sit down three-course meal served with unlimited amounts of wine. After dinner its time for a siesta before returning back to the water around 5 pm until dark.

Overnight Accommodation: Estancia Glencross (Twin Rooms) F/B

Days 6 & 7: Fishing Days (Tuesday & Wednesday)

We have 3 different rivers to fish with lots of areas to cover as there is only a small number of anglers each week you can choose with your guides where you would like to fish.

Overnight Accommodation: Estancia Glencross (Twin Rooms) F/B

Days 8 & 9: Fishing Days (Thursday & Friday)

You will be fishing long days with the main break in the middle, however, as its such a small lodge we can be more flexible if you would like to change your fishing times please just talk to the lodge manager the night before.

Overnight Accommodation: Estancia Glencross (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 10: (Saturday)

Around 5 am in the morning transfer back Las Buitreras to pick up other customers and then all proceed to Rio Gallegos airport. You will depart Rio Gallegos and arrive at Jorge Newbery airport.

On arrival take a taxi to your hotel.

Overnight Accommodation: Buenos Aires Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 11: (Sunday)

You will take a taxi back to Buenos Aires International Airport.

Depart Buenos Aires

Day 12: (Monday)

Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
04/02/2021 15/02/2021 12 11 6 £5,895 On Request Sold Out N/A
11/02/2021 22/02/2021 12 11 6 £5,895 On Request Enquire Now N/A
18/02/2021 01/03/2021 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Sold Out N/A
25/02/2021 08/03/2021 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Enquire Now N/A
04/03/2021 15/03/2021 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Sold Out N/A
11/03/2021 22/03/2021 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Enquire Now N/A
18/03/2021 29/03/2021 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Sold Out N/A
03/02/2022 14/02/2022 12 11 6 £5,895 On Request Enquire Now N/A
10/02/2022 21/02/2022 12 11 6 £5,895 On Request Enquire Now N/A
17/02/2022 28/02/2022 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Enquire Now N/A
24/02/2022 07/03/2022 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Enquire Now N/A
03/03/2022 14/03/2022 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Enquire Now N/A
10/03/2022 21/03/2022 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Enquire Now N/A
17/03/2022 28/03/2022 12 11 6 £5,795 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flights
  • Transfers to and from Lodge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals at Lodge
  • All soft and alcohol drinks at Lodge
  • 6 days fishing
  • Fishing license

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at Buenos Aries Hotels or bar expenses
  • Transfers in Buenos Aries
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing tackle
  • Waders and Boots

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Buenos Aries

  • Single rooms in Buenos Aries

  • Tackle hire $250 per week paid directly to lodge

  • Dorado Fishing add on

  • Steelhead Fishing add on

  • King Salmon Fishing add on

Price Supplements

  • There are no single angler supplements on this holiday

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry, no visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Argentina

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Buenos Aires (approx 14hrs) Buenos Aires – Rio Gallegos (approx 3 hours).

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s website for the up to date allowances.
If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Glencross Lodge – Rio Gallegos (approx 2.5 hours)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Glencross Lodge is located in southern Argentina, only a 2.5-hour transfer from the city of Rio Gallegos. The lodge is located upon the headland waters of the famous Rio Gallegos, where the Rubens River and the tributary Penitente joins the river.

Where will I fish?

This program offers fishing in three different rivers, all with different scenery and structure. The main sections of the Rubens river and Penitente river, both tributaries to the larger Rio Gallegos which is one the best Sea Trout rivers on the planet. The upper part of Rubens is surrounded by Lenga trees and when walking those banks it’s easy to think you are fishing in a tropical jungle somewhere. You will also fish the upper part of Rio Gallegos that has plenty of varying structure with weed beds, rocks, backwaters and more. The lower part of this stretch of Rio Gallegos, from where Rio Turbio connects, looks more like a traditional southern Patagonian Sea Trout river with cut banks and gravel banks on each side.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

This depends on which river you are fishing but anything from 5 mins to 45 mins. You will access all the rivers with the guides in 4 x 4 trucks.

What fish will I catch?

Fishing these stunning rivers you will be targeting huge resident Brown Trout along with the migratory Sea Trout

How many fish will I catch?

Catch rates can and do vary depending on the water conditions and the weather, it also depends on the fish you are targeting for there are many more opportunities to catch Brown Trout than Sea Trout. Also, the method used, if you wish to be a purist and only fish with dry flies you will catch less than with traditional wet flies.

How will I fish?

A standard single hand rod in weight class 5 or 6 along with an easy to cast floating line will enable you to cover and fish most of the waters. The exception is the lower part of the Rio Gallegos section where a 7 or 8 weight rod is to preferable, alternatively, a light number 6 or 7 switch rod is ideal. This section is a little bit wider, more exposed to wind, and holds more Sea Trout which can grow up to 30lbs. Landing one of those is a hard enough task on any rod.

Do the guides speak English?

All the guides and lodge staff speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

The great thing about this destination is that you will catch fish as a beginner however for the more experienced anglers who just love the rewards of technical fly fishing you will never get bored. This is a place where stealth and good casting skills will make a difference.

What skill level is required?

The more proficient you are at casting you are with both a single-handed rod and light switch rod the better. However, these are smaller rivers so no need for a hero long casts. It is far better to be able to cast a nice straight line with a soft landing as those anglers will catch more fish. Having said that so will complete beginners.

How physically demanding is this trip?

As you are taken to the zones and between all the rivers by a truck there is little walking. Also, the wading is quite easy, there are no physical demands worth noting.

When is the best time to go?

January through to mid-April.

How will I get there?

Fly from the UK to Buenos Aires. On arrival many customers overnight in Buenos Aires. Then the following morning it’s just a short flight to Rio Gallegos and from there a short 2.5 hr drive to the lodge.

What is the accommodation like?

Estancia Glencross is located in the Santa Cruz region of southern Patagonia, right on the border between Argentina and Chile. With its location, high on the slopes of the magnificent Cordillera de Los Andes, Glencross offers fantastic scenery and invites guests to explore the area on either horseback or hiking. The 85.000 hectares Estancia is an active cattle and sheep farm and its design is based on the Australian idea of creating rural “stations” to keep livestock. Glencross station is composed of a number of picturesque buildings including a school for the children of the workers at the station, a library, shearing station, bakery, stables, and more. The main house of the station, the Estancia, where you will live is a beautiful building built in the traditional southern Patagonian style and is the jewel of the station. Apart from the guest rooms, the estancia has the main dining, a separate lounge and a big outdoor Asado (Argentinian barbecue) area.

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 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).

Is internet and phone signal available?

There is no mobile phone reception at the lodge. However, the lodge has 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?

Apart from the fishing, you can go thinking on trails with a guide (Subject to availability) there is also horseback riding available.

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 arrangements we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Reviews

Felix

I was able to scout the place several times before it will now be opened for guests and it is all that a passionate trout fisher is looking for. Estancia Glencross is offering an all-round experience with traditional food, beautiful accommodation and being part of an Estancia life as real as it can be. The brown trout fishing on the tributaries Penitente and Rubens is excellent where you are catching fish we would have to work quite hard for during a season in Europe. The rivers consist of bends, pocket water, rocks, small pools, cut banks and grass lines - all you need to make it interesting. The trees and little stretches of forest give it a special character, I was impressed by how green those places can be down south. The bonus is that here you don’t have to fish thin/long leaders with tiny nymphs etc., we were using big foam dry flies such as Chernobyl Ants plus the usual nymph or streamer patterns we fish for Brown Trout. These fish are strong and on a 5 weight a lot of fun. On the upper part of the Rio Gallegos, we were doing well with a 7 weight single-hander or double hander as you have a decent chance of hooking into a Sea Trout (we caught a few up to 7 lbs), although the main target is still Brown Trout. In summary, this is a great place for catching your fair share of good-sized Brown Trout with a chance of hooking up with their relatives from the ocean, all this combined with a beautiful landscape seeing the Andes mountains in the background and experiencing Argentinian culture first-hand.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Felix, thanks for the review, you are sure a lucky many to be one of the first to experience what this new destination has to offer. We are really excited and looking forward to the first season with customers. Regards Peter

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