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Hosted Las Buitreras Lodge Argentina Sea Trout Fishing Rio Gallegos

Customer Rating 90%
Tour Code ARG010

Sea Trout Fly Fishing

If you are a single angler or just looking to travel in a group with like-minded people, then our hosted Sea Trout fishing holiday to Las Buitreras Lodge in Argentina is designed for you. Each year we have exclusive peak weeks at this lodge just for Sportquest Holidays customers. This world-famous destination offers an unparalleled fishing trip, unlike any other. The catch statistics for size and numbers on both the Rio Gallegos River and the Rio Grande rivers are very similar. The main difference between them is if you like more technical fishing, the Rio Gallegos is an absolute dream to fish. 

On these hosted Sea trout trips, we manage the Sea Run Brown Trout fishing so that all 12 customers fish in solitude for unpressured fish on 25 private miles of both banks of the Rio Gallegos River. We run a guide and beat rotation to ensure that all 50 named pools are well-rested, and you get the chance to learn from each professional, bilingual guide. This fishing is exciting and varied, with excellent fly water that will reward you for approaching it with respect and understanding. It certainly is an exciting river to fish with pools ranging from deep stony runs to cut banks. Plus, as the Rio Gallegos River is relatively shallow, it makes for easy wading and eliminating the need for fast sinking lines.

If the real Sea Trout fishing Argentina experience is what you are looking for combined with like-minded anglers on a hosted group trip, then look no further.

THE RIO GALLEGOS SEA TROUT

As the Rio Gallegos River is shallow and easy to wade in the central parts, although it is a more technical river to fish, this is part of the pleasure as it is even more rewarding than just fishing the same deep pool for a whole session. An estimated 70-90,000 Sea Trout return to the Rio Gallegos every year and spread out over 300 km of water. Therefore, these fish are less concentrated than on the more famous, deeper and considerably shorter Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego. However, the sheer numbers and size of fish in this river are outstanding, with fish averaging around 10lb. Still, with every cast, there is the opportunity to hook one of Patagonia’s explosive Sea Trout that do reach 30lbs.

Fly fishing for Sea Trout on the Rio Gallegos demands a quitter approach than others, using small nymphs, light tippets, floating or intermediate lines, and single-handed or switch rods. The better and more discrete the presentation an angler can make, the more fish you will catch. The broader sections of the river will require longer and more powerful spey rods to cast and control a long line. However, you still need to have a careful approach; therefore, wading is discouraged or kept to a bare minimum.

A TYPICAL DAY FISHING LAS BUITRERAS

All anglers will fish in pairs and fish with one guide on a rotation system, where you fish two sessions per day, one in the morning and again in the evening. This allows for the main meal of the day to be taken back at the lodge around lunchtime and allows you time for a good needed siesta afterwards. However, for those still with an abundance of energy, the home bridge pool can be fished during the rest period. After an excellent rest period, you will then depart in the early evening and fish into the dark before returning to the lodge for more welcoming drinks and food. As mentioned in each fishing session, you will fish a zone with a guide who stays in that zone all week, and then in the next session, you move up one zone. This rotation system means that everyone gets to fish in each zone in both a morning and evening session, plus they get to fish with every guide twice during your week.

Las Buitreras Lodge is home to the most prolific Sea Trout Fishing Argentina on the Rio Gallegos River. Most pools can be covered with a one-handed rod; however, a two-hander is often useful when conditions are windy or dictate larger flies’ use. The wind can be powerful in this section of Patagonia; believe it or not, this is a good thing! The prevailing wind is westerly and blows down the river allowing huge casts. The wind helps by keeping the surface is broken, which dulls the amount of light in the river and makes lots of surface noise, enabling anglers to take large, normally wary Seatrout throughout even the brightest days. Usually, the wind calms down as the sun drops in the evening.

GUIDING AT LAS BUITRERAS LODGE

The Las Buitreras bilingual guide staff are some of the most talented casters and instructors in Argentina. They are loyal to Las Buitreras and work as a collective unit with no competition amongst each other. The long-standing team are as knowledgeable as they are friendly and equally hard-working. Crucially they know their stretch of the river backwards.

Guiding based on two anglers per guide on each zone, the zone and the guide rotation system are a significant advantage to the customers because they allow each guide to know exactly what is happening on his beat during a particular week. At the start of every week, the guides swap beats and brief each other on how their beat is fishing. This is unquestionably a key component in the lodge’s success and another reason customers return each year.

If you would like to see how good guiding and fishing is watch our YouTube videos on Las Buitreras

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT

The season on the Rio Gallegos starts in late October as the Sea Trout begin to enter the river in small numbers. However, for the travelling angler, fishing starts typically at the end of December. This is when considerable and reliable numbers of Sea Trout begin to enter the system. January, February and March are peak months for fresh, bright chrome Sea Trout. We open for customers to fish right up to the middle of April, after which you will start to see spawning beds in the middle to upper portions of the Rio Gallegos. Around the 1st May, Sea Trout are also spawning in the Penitente and Ruebens, two tributaries to the Rio Gallegos. Therefore at this time of the year, we close the fishing.

CAN I EXTEND MY STAY

A question that gets asked many times is it possible to extend my stay? The simple answer is yes, you can stay at Las Buitreras for as long as you wish; however, the fishing is sold in set weeks. Sportquest also has many additional destinations in Argentina to offer either full or half week add ons. We can arrange for you to fish different rivers for Sea Trout, fish smaller rivers for wild Brown Trout, Chase monster Chinook Salmon and even Golden Dorado fly fishing. Being the UK leading specialist in fishing holidays to Argentina, we can tailor your itinerary to suit. Please feel free to ask, and we will always work something out for just you. View all tours in Argentina

Accommodation

As mentioned, the lodge was purposely built for anglers and offered a perfect blend of luxury and rustic living. The lodge itself is comfortable with a wonderfully welcoming, relaxed and homely atmosphere. There are six twin and two single bedrooms, all with an en-suite bathroom & showers. Although we can accommodate up to 14 guests at a time, we welcome a maximum of 12 fishermen per week; however, this extra space allows us to offer a few more rooms on a single basis. Built around the lodge outside is a large conservatory that serves as the main drying room and changing room. When you arrive at the lodge, you will find your own personal space with your name neatly written on a blackboard above your pegs.

Downstairs in the lodge is an open plan where you and your fellow guests will enjoy all your meals on the huge lodge dining table. There is also a large lounge area with lots of comfortable seating where you will enjoy the late evening snacks and plenty of drinks. This is a great area to relax and unwind after each session and catch up on all the stories of each days fishing from the whole group. 

There is a fly tying bench in the lounge for those who wish to try their hand at a few flies, as there is nothing more rewarding than catching a fish on some you have tied yourself. Those who do not tie flies do not worry; just off the lounge is the main office, and inside, you will find a small tackle shop. The shop has all the flies you could ever wish for on your week, plus it also has a small selection of both fly lines, tippets and ploy leaders. The shop also has a small gift area where you can purchase branded clothing and memento’s to remember your stay.

Outside the lodge, there is plenty of room with rod racks in the gardens to sort your rods at the end of each session. Also, in the garden, there is a spacious courtyard that is protected from the wind, here we have a large fixed outdoor stone grill and terrace for hosting the weekly traditional Argentine assados (BBQ)

The lodge is run on a generator system; the generator is controlled by a timer and is only on at certain times, when it’s time to go fishing and when you return. For in the night time there are energy-efficient lights that work 24hrs per day, so light is always available. For charging electrical devices, it is advisable to bring spare batteries to charge items while you are fishing as there is no generator running overnight.

The lodge has WiFi that is available 24hours per day; please note that the WiFi signal is via a state-of-the-art satellite system; however, it is only suitable for e-mail and chat apps like Facebook and WhatsApp.

FOOD & DRINK

Breakfast and the day’s main meal are served at the dining room table, while the evening finger food is served around the lounge table and chairs. Breakfasts consist of both bowls of cereal, yoghurts, fresh fruit and both freshly cooked bacon and eggs to our own specification. There is also plenty of toast, jams, and orange juice tea/coffee to wash it all down.

The day’s main meal 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 lodges wine cellar has a fantastic selection of red wine from the Mendoza and San Juan regions. It is also stocked with Cerveza Isenbeck, an outstanding local beer. 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 to.

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

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

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.

Day 1: (Thursday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Day 2: (Friday)

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 Room) B/B

Day 3: (Saturday)

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 and walk on down to the bridge pool for some practice.

Overnight Accommodation: Las Buitreras Lodge (Twin Room) F/B

Days 4 to 9: Fishing Days (Sunday to Friday)

At the start of your fishing week, you will be paired up and will remain together throughout the week. Each day you will fish both a morning session and an afternoon/evening session. You will be fishing for around 10 hours per day and if that’s not enough, you can fish in the home pool during the midday siesta. Fishing is either with double-handed rods or single-handed rods all dependent on the wind, water levels, and its clarity. Our guides will remain in the same zone all week. This allows every customer the opportunity to fish each zone both as a morning and evening session.

Overnight Accommodation: Las Buitreras Lodge (Twin Room) F/B

Day 10: (Saturday)

Early in the morning transfer back 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 Room) B/B

Day 11: (Sunday)

You will take a taxi back to Buenos Aires International Airport

Depart Buenos Aires

Day 12: (Monday)

Arrive UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from December to March.

Sea Trout

Season: November to April
Peak: January to February
Weight: 5lb to 35lb
Average Weight: 14lb

Brown Trout

Season: November to April
Peak: January to March
Weight: 1lb to 6lb
Average Weight: 2lb

Rainbow Trout

Season: November to April
Peak: January to March
Weight: 5lb to 26lb
Average Weight: 12lb

Package Details

Prices from
£9,265
per person

Included

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

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 & Boots

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights in Buenos Aries
  • Single rooms in Buenos Aries
  • Tackle hire $250 per week paid direct to lodge
  • Dorado Fishing add on
  • Steelhead Fishing add on
  • King Salmon Fishing add on

Price Supplements

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Dates, Prices & Availability

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Departing Returning Days Price Availability
02/02/2023 13/02/2023 12 £9,265 Sold Out
01/02/2024 12/02/2024 12 £9,274 Enquire Now

Price Notes

Prices are per person and based on 2 people sharing a twin room and 2 anglers per guide. (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.

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Reviews

Kevin

If you want to be part of a crowd then this is not the venue for you, but if you want to visit one of the most unspoiled rivers on the planet with stunning scenery, incredible wildlife and see only you're angling partner and guide on dozens of named pools then look no further.

As a relative newcomer to the art of freshwater fly fishing I was a little concerned with reports saying this is a technical fishery,my fears were soon removed on meeting the guides and Christer and with some casting instruction and advise my hope of a sea trout were soon realised.

The lodge is clean and comfortable, the staff very attentive with a fine choice of food and drinks.

A big thanks to Sportquest Holidays, solid adventures and all fellow anglers British and Scandinavian for great company and finally a note of thanks to guide Luciano for his help in fulfilling my dream of a 20lb sea trout.

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Kevin

It was a pleasure to have you on the trip. The look of your face when you landed your first ever Sea Trout and then the one you dreamed of over the magical 20lb was a pure picture.

I personally can not wait to go back so hope to see you again soon.

Regards Peter

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David

For me there was no "best part", the whole experience added up to something that I'd previously thought to be available to only privileged anglers.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the mix of guests covered all aspects of life and experience, from complete novices to seasoned anglers.

From the outset everyone was friendly and this, along with the comfortable accommodation, made for an atmosphere that was both relaxed and informal. Special mention must go to the lodge staff and the guides, I have never before met so many pleasant and happy people, there were genuinely pleased to meet and help us and we wanted for nothing.

My stand out moment was when I was shown how to fish a pool during the day in preparation for the evening session. At dusk I was put into the pool on my own and told that if I made one bad cast then the fish would leave the pool. No pressure ! I hooked a fish on my fourth perfect cast and the guide was probably as pleased as I was when we landed it. Total satisfaction...

I really would struggle to suggest any improvements that could be made to this experience, maybe an option to visit Rio Gallegos ??

In the words of Arnie...........I'll be back.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

David

Thanks for your kind comments and scores for both us and the lodge. We will pass on all your kind comments to the staff and guides.

It was a real pleasure to have you on the trip. I can still remember us all meeting at the airport for the first time, with no one really knowing what to expect. Everyone had their own ideas and dreams. I think it would be fair to say that the reality more than exceeded any of our dreams. With over 120 fish between us all was just a dream trip.

As you said you will be back so I hope to see you and share your company again soon.

Regards Peter

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Tony

Fantastic holiday lots of fish and great food and service at the lodge.

Not for people who cannot cope with windy conditions as some days it blows quite hard believe me when it does it's a physical challenge.

The fishing can be very technical depending on conditions, also being proficient at Spey casting (unlike me) would be an advantage .

Having said that if you persevere and are determined you can reap rewards greater than your dreams

Personally having lent the rod and reel and had never cast double handed before, I luckily managed six double figure fish landing 10 over 4lb in total.

Fortunately for me my dreams came true, yours very easily could too, amazing fishing in unspoilt surroundings.,all in all,a stunning trip.

Forgot to mention the guides are fantastic informative and very patient with learners like me!

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Tony

Thank you for all your kind words. I totally agree the guides and lodge staff take great care of everyone and its their attention to detail that makes this not just a good holidays but an unforgettable holidays.

I would also just like to add and say thanks for your company on the trip, seeing your face returning after each session was a picture. Like a little boy on Christmas day who had received all the presents he had wished for.

I hope to see and get the chance to travel with you again.

Kind Regards Peter

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Alison

Right from the moment we were warmly & enthusiastically met at the airport in Rio Gallegos by some of the guides and our, soon to become friends, Swedish lodge mates; to the drop off 6 strenuous full days fishing later, we were made to feel right at home amongst kindred spirits.

As a beginner to fly fishing and a "girl" it could have posed a challenging week in a mans world but everybody was so friendly & helpful.

Special personal thanks to the girls (staff) at the lodge. Always a welcome mug of tea for me on return from fishing followed swiftly by a fortifying glass or two of delicious Argentinian wine!

Las Buitreras offers comfortable living with a great open plan dining/lounge area; great food , great company, great fishing!

The guides are excellent and I was delighted to land an 11 pounder on my second day in Zone 1 with Claudio helping and encouraging me all the way.

As a nature lover I was thrilled to see in particular the flamingos, skunk, armadillo, lama, bird life and of course all of the sheep and beautiful Gaucho horses roaming free.

Awesome landscape, huge skies night & day and a truly amazing experience which I hope I will be blessed enough to experience again!

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