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Hosted Bella Sofia Lodge Argentina World Class Sea Trout Fishing

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Tour Code ARG025

Sportquest Exclusive Week

We offer a range of hosted Sea Trout fishing holidays throughout Argentina, visiting an array of different lodges, including the incredible Bella Sofia. Hosted by our CEO Peter Collingsworth, the trip is perfect for solo travellers looking to experience some of the best Sea Trout fishing found anywhere in the world and for those looking to experience such a trip, with the added peace of mind of having a host.

Originally opening its doors in 1995, Bella Sofia was one of the original pioneers in successfully introducing sea-run trout into the surrounding rivers and was considered by many in the region as an inspiration. However, the lodge closed for eleven years due to unfortunate events until re-opening in 2023. Our 2023 hosted trip to this incredible destination was the first full group of anglers the lodge had seen since closing all of them years ago.

Located 98 kilometres from Rio Gallegos airport in Argentina, in an area of Patagonia famed across the world for its first-class freshwater fly fishing, it’s situated right on the banks of the famous Rio Gallegos River and is the main house in the Estancia. It provides visiting rods with an incredible amount of water to wet a line, as it controls more than 65 kilometres of the Rio Gallegos and 18 kilometres of its little brother, the Rio Gallegos Chico.

Catering to just six rods per week, we have the whole lodge booked, meaning this hosted week is exclusively for Sportquest customers only.

First Class Fishing On The Rio Gallegos & Gallegos Chico

At Bella Sofia, the fishing programme is based around two main rivers. The first and one where the majority of the fishing gets based is the mighty Rio Gallegos River, one of the world’s most famous Sea Trout rivers and one well-known amongst the travelling fly fishing community. 

The second is the Rio Gallegos Chico, a smaller tributary of the main river. Although not as well known, it’s responsible for producing some equally outstanding fishing for Trout in its own right. Combining the length of both these rivers equates to over 10 kilometres of water for each of the six visiting anglers, making it the most exclusive fishery in all of South America.


The Rio Gallegos is a breathtaking waterway, running for more than 360 kilometres through desolate pampa before finally merging into the raging Atlantic Ocean. It provides visiting rods with over 65 kilometres of water to wet a fly, and it’s one of the most sought-after Sea Trout rivers found globally. Its topography is exceptionally varied and features everything from classic, deep pools to long, fast runs to high banks and large structures. Most of the fishing is wading in generally shallow water, with an average depth of 40 to 45cm, although on some occasions, it might be a little deeper in some of the more famous pools.

The Sea Trout in the river average around 9lb in weight, which is impressive considering their natural habitat, but specimens of over 20lb and even 30lb have been landed before. 


Despite being known as the Rio Gallegos’ ‘Little Brother,’ the Rio Gallegos Chico is an incredibly impressive waterway in its own right. Starting as a small spring creek on the Chilean border, it flows for over 300 kilometres into the main Rio Gallegos river, and Bella Sofia Lodge controls 18 kilometres of its banks. It’s full of good-sized Brown Trout, with an average size of around 3lb, providing anglers with stunning sight fishing opportunities and a unique dry fly fishing experience.

When tackling up for the fishing at Bella Sofia, two-handed rods between 12 to 15ft in length are the norm, not only to allow longer casts but also to allow you to control your fly lines, which will either be floating, intermediate or slow sinking. Single-handed and switch rods can be used in conjunction with dry flies or skaters when the wind drops in the evening and when fishing for the Trout on the smaller Rio Gallegos Chico.

All the riverbanks on both rivers are very accessible, with roads that lead to a few metres away from the water, making them easy to access with the lodges 4 x 4 trucks.

Hosted Sea Trout Fishing

Our CEO Peter Collingsworth hosts our trips to Bella Sofia and is well-versed in tackling the waterways of this remote part of the world. He has been visiting and fly fishing in Argentina for nearly a decade and has hosted hundreds of customers through the years, helping many land new PBs and tick items off their bucket lists. He’s exceptionally knowledgeable in all forms of fly fishing, especially Sea Trout fishing on the rivers of Patagonia and has landed fish to over 20lb.

As well as being on hand to help with the fishing and fishing tackle, he will be with you throughout the duration of the trip, helping you navigate the airports and transfers on both sides of the Atlantic.

During the fishing week, Peter will join you, your fishing partner and your local guide for a couple of fishing days, offering his expertise and ensuring you get the most out of your holiday and get to grips with the mighty Rio Gallegos. He’ll also be on hand to help manage the fishing rotations to ensure everyone has their fair share of opportunities.

Our trips to Bella Sofia are exclusive, so the whole lodge is booked for Sportquest customers only. This destination’s main aim, motivation, and the goal was to create the best possible fishing experience, which is why it’s based on only six rods, with an absolute abundance of water to fish.

To learn more about the excellent Sea Trout fishing on offer at Bella Sofia Lodge in Argentina, visit our YouTube channel.

Fully Guided Fly Fishing

All the staff at the new era of Bella Sofia are led by the host and mentor, Guy Soubra, who is well respected in Argentina and has worked and run some of the most fantastic fishing and hunting lodges in the country for more than a decade. All the guides at the lodge have also been guiding and fishing the waters of Patagonia for many years and are highly knowledgeable when it comes to chasing Sea Trout. They are also experts on casting techniques with single and double-handed rods and, along with Peter, are there to ensure guests get the very most out of their stay.

After breakfast each morning, anglers leave with their guide in the lodges 4 x 4s to fish some of the combined 80+ kilometres of water on offer, and a typical day on the water consists of two fishing sessions.

Daily Schedule:
7:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – Depart for the river
12:30 pm – Back to the lodge for lunch and a siesta
6:00 pm – Return to the river to fish until evening

The fishing times may vary slightly each day depending on the time of year and conditions, but there’ll always be at least seven to eight hours of fishing every day.


Bella Sofia Lodge features four single occupancy bedrooms and one large double occupancy bedroom, all with en-suite bathrooms to provide a comfortable, homely experience. The living room has a fireplace, a cosy seating area and an array of beautiful bookcases and the dining room, again with a fireplace, can seat ten guests. The adjacent sunroom has a stunning view over the gardens and accommodates the piano bar, where draught beer and drinks get served every evening after a busy day on the water. There’s also a heated wader room where anglers can leave their wet gear to dry out before the next fishing session.


The lodge prides itself on fresh, delicious food and the evening meals consist of quality steaks, lamb and venison, with starters of warming soup of fresh salad. Lighter meals such as chicken, fish and seafood get served for supper, and in the mornings, for breakfast, there’s a range of homemade bread and local marmalades and an array of egg options.

A selection of fine wines from different parts of Argentina completes their gourmet dining experience.

Board: Full board
Meals: 3 meals per day, including alcohol
Internet: Free WiFi
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Power: 220 volt generated


The new era of Bella Sofia Lodge is committed to environmentally-friendly sustainability and is striving to reduce fossil fuels. It will be the first lodge in South America to use a wood-pellet furnace as a heating system. All vegetables served in the restaurant are grown in their greenhouses, the Estancia provides the lamb, and the lodge values local and organic produce.

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Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.


Depart UK (alternative routes available)


Arrive Buenos Aires

On arrival take a taxi to your overnight hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore.

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


Early in the morning take a taxi to the Jorge Newbery internal Airport and fly to Rio Gallegos airport. On arrival at Rio Gallegos airport, you will be met and transferred to the lodge. 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 ready for the week ahead.

Overnight Accommodation: Bella Sofia Lodge (Single Rooms) F/B


You will start your first two days fishing in pairs with your guide. Each pair will remain together throughout the week. The fishing is based on the famous Rio Gallegos and the Rio Gallegos Chico, for the hard fighting Sea Trout and Brown Trout.

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

Overnight Accommodation: Bella Sofia Lodge (Single Rooms) F/B


Early in the morning transfer back to Rio Gallegos airport. From here you will fly to Jorge Newbery. On arrival, you will take a taxi to your hotel.

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


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

Depart Buenos Aires


Arrive UK

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The season runs from November to March.

Sea Trout

Season: November to April
Peak: January to February
Weight: 4lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 9lb

Brown Trout

Season: November to April
Peak: January to February
Weight: 1lb to 7lb
Average Weight: 3lb

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  • All international flights
  • Internal flight Buenos Aries to Rio Gallegos
  • Internal flight Rio Gallegos to Buenos Aries
  • Transfers to and from Lodge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals at Lodge
  • All soft & alcoholic drinks at Lodge
  • 6 days fishing
  • Fishing license


  • 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 & Boots

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights in Buenos Aries
  • Single rooms in Buenos Aries
  • Dorado Fishing add on
  • Steelhead Fishing add on
  • King Salmon Fishing add on
  • Dove shooting add on

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01/02/2024 12/02/2024 12 £9,265 Enquire Now
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08/02/2024 19/02/2024 12 £9,265 Enquire Now
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My third visit and another great trip, in spite of the very low water conditions (due to an exceptionally dry Spring) The fishing was challenging, but there were good numbers of fish in the river. I landed a few very decent sea trout (by UK standards) and hooked into, and lost, two monsters - without doubt the biggest I've had on the end of my line in over 50 years pursuing these fantastic fish. But hat's fishing!

World's End Lodge is in a wild and remote location as far down the Atlantic coast of Tierra Del Fuego as is accessible by wheeled vehicle. As well as the spectacular scenery there is an abundance of wildlife, including wild cattle and horses, foxes, beavers and many birds. No light pollution, so amazing night skies.

Very comfortable accommodation, exceptional food and great guides and lodge staff.

The Irigoyen is a very different river to the well-known Argentinian sea trout rivers such as the Rio Grande or Rio Gallagos. It is therefore more important than ever to take the guide's advice. It is a technical river with the need for accurate casting. In most cases you will be fishing very close to structure, in the form of log "jams". So you will really need the recommended minimum 20lbs tippet strength and when a fish is hooked, do not give it line! This is not a river for anglers who like to play their fish - with the exception of the Sea Pool, that is.

Staff & Service
Would use Sportquest again
Would recommend Sportquest


World`s End Lodge
My third visit to this magical place.Fishing,guides,accomodation and food first rate again.The water could have been higher but with the added bonus of the sea pool and the River Melanguela not a day was lost.
This lodge and river are unique for fishing in Tierra del Fuego and should be on everyone`s bucket list.

Bella Sofia
Again a great weeks fishing with a lot of Sea Trout and big Brownies in the system despite low water.
Guides very helpful and friendly.
Lodge brand new and refurbished to a high standard
Food excellent and facilities very good
Great dry fly fishing on the Rio Gallegos Chico,don`t forget your lighter weight rod !!
Repeat visit in 2024 Can`t wait.

Staff & Service
Would use Sportquest again
Would recommend Sportquest

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