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Las Buitreras Lodge Argentina Sea Trout Fishing Rio Gallegos

Limited Availability - We only have very few rods remaining for the 2022 season
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Sea Trout Fishing Argentina

Get ready to experience Sea Trout Fishing Argentina like never before. Welcome to Estancia Las Buitreras Lodge on the Rio Gallegos River in Argentina. This world-famous destination offers an unparalleled fishing trip, unlike any other. The lodge manages 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. The guide and beat rotation ensure that all 50 named pools are well-rested, and anglers get to learn from each professional, bilingual guide.

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. 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 a lodge with modern conveniences, fine cuisine and Argentine hospitality, look no further.

A Typical day fishing Las Buitreras

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.

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 way, the day’s main meal is taken back at the lodge at lunchtime, which also provides time for a siesta. (However, for those who do not wish to rest, we open up the home pool) You will then depart in the early evening and fish into the dark before returning to the lodge for more welcoming drinks and food. Each fishing session, you will fish a zone with a guide who stays in that zone all week, then 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 during your week.

fly fishing The Rio Gallegos River

The Gallegos River lies in the Santa Cruz province of Patagonia, Argentina and stretches over 300 km from the southern Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. 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. 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.

As the Rio Gallegos River is shallow and easy to wade in the central parts, it is a more technical river to fish, but for all anglers, this is the pleasure as it is even more rewarding than just fishing the same deep pool for a whole session. The river demands a quitter approach, using small nymphs, light tippets, floating or intermediate lines and single-handed rods. The better and more discrete the presentation an angler can make, the more fish you will catch. Wading is discouraged or kept to a bare minimum.

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.

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 how their beat is fishing. This is unquestionably a key component in the lodge’s success and another reason customers return each year.

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 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. 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 Rooms) F/B

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

You will start your first two days fishing in pairs. Each pair will remain together throughout the week. We have divided the whole river into 6 zones and each session will be fished in a different zone. Our guides remain in the same zone all week, so this way every customer gets the opportunity to fish every zone both as a morning and evening session, plus get to fish with all our guides.

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

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

Day 10: (Saturday)

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

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 November 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

Package Details

Prices from
£6,564
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Included

  • 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 & 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
  • Dove shooting add on

Price Supplements

On some weeks we can fish 3 rods pr zone which offers a reduction, contact our office for full details.

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Dates, Prices & Availability

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.

Departing Returning Days Price Availability
13/01/2022 24/01/2022 12 £7,317 Sold Out
20/01/2022 31/01/2022 12 £7,317 Enquire Now
Only 2 rods remaining on this peak season week Only 2 rods remaining on this peak season week
27/01/2022 07/02/2022 12 £7,317 Sold Out
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30/03/2023 10/04/2023 12 £6,679 Enquire Now
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01/02/2024 12/02/2024 12 £8,669 Enquire Now
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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.

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Reviews

Libby

It is always a privilege to visit a truly unspoilt part of the world, fantastic Sea Trout and great wildlife. Such helpful guides and staff at the Estancia becomes a truly memorable experience. Thank you to everyone in the office and all other staff involved in making it such a dream holiday.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Mrs Hill it was a pleasure as always, Argentina is such a amazing place we are glad that you both agree.

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NIALL

A wonderful week spent at Las Buitreras (with sea trout from 6lb to 17lb, averaging just under 9lb). Great company, great food, great fishing (apart from the Patagonian wind) and great attention to detail. Nothing was too much trouble, for the entire staff, and I can easily sum up the lodge in one word.... Faultless! Already booked for next year with the added bonus of flying Business Class.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Niall, thanks for your important feedback and also taking the time to talk to me. Great results by everyone on the trip and congratulations on all your fish. It is great to have you back again next year and oh yes you will notice the difference in business class. Tight Lines Peter

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Charles

An excellent itinerary which contained all the information required for the trip of a lifetime, we also had a lot of helpful tips from Peter. The best tips I can give take a short headline that gives a good presentation and don’t be afraid of using size 12 flies because they will hook and land large sea trout.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Charles, glad you had a great time and you really enjoyed it all. Congratulations on your fish and I would love to see some pictures. Thank you for your feedback and comments as they are much appreciated. I will look forward to helping you with your next adventure. Tight Lines Peter

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Richard

A brilliant first time week greatly enjoyed by everyone and I am sure we will be back. A big thank you to all the staff and guides who looked after us so well.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Richard, I am pleased you enjoyed your first experience Sea Trout fishing with us. As per telephone call we look forward in seeing you again next year.

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Roger

An excellent and interesting holiday. We were beleaguered by the weather with the driest summer for 40 years down in Patagonia so significant problems with both the fishing on the Jurassic lake and with the sea trout on the rio gallego. When we went north to shoot there were then major floods! Lovey country and it was a great time. All your organizations went well. Thank you.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks Roger

Glad you all enjoyed the trip even though the weather conditions was against you at both ends of the scale.

It was a pleasure dealing with you all and we certainly hope that we can assist you all again soon.

Thank you for all your business

Regards Peter

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George

We have now had two trips to Las Buitreras Lodge with Sportquest and I can honestly say both Sportquest and all the staff at Las Buitreras Lodge never let us down.

First class from start to finish.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

George, it was nice to have you return with us as your custom is always much appreciated.

So are you all ready for the third trip :)

Talk to you soon.

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Charles

We had some low water for the first two days, but then the water rose 6inch overnight which made an amazing difference.

So much so we could not believe it, most days we landed 4 fish each day.

The staff and guides know exactly how to fish all the beats in the varying conditions.

First class operation for anyone interested in the best Sea Trout fishing in Argentina.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Charles, it was nice to catch up after your trip and thanks for both the feedback and pictures, we will put some on our blogs.

Shame about the river conditions at the start, but as we all know river and weather conditions plays a big part in all our fishing. So glad that is was good in the end and you all enjoyed the destination.

I will pass all our nice comments on to the staff for you.

Regards

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Dr Wheeler

It was more challenging than I thought it would be, the weather for us unfortunately was not kind. However, with the support and encouragement with the guides we all managed to connect and land fish. Returned home feeling as if we have some unfinished business so that only means one thing, we will be back.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Dr Wheeler, thanks for all your feedback, you unfortunately had a rough week with the weather, but it was the same across all the sea trout lodges at the same time. Weather in all types of fishing can have a big impact on the fishing. However I am glad that you all felt that the guides and staff did everything possible to make the most from your stay. It was also nice to see you all with some fish. Lets look at getting you all back soon.

Regards Peter

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Angus

Las Buitreras was amazing thank you.

It was everything that you said and more... Our team had a great time and everyone caught fish. One thing that was very pleasing was the amount of chrome fish, around 90% just the odd darker coloured one.

Would we go back ? simple answer yes as soon as we can.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for the feedback and your comments, glad the team all enjoyed the trip. Good comment about the chrome fish as at Las Buitreras they do get a huge run of fresh fish and there is nothing better than a huge chrome fresh sea trout.

Look forward in helping you all agin next year.

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Dominic

We originally wanted to go to Argentina for shooting, however after talking to Peter we decided as it is quite away to travel for a few days shooting that we would add on a weeks Sea Trout fishing.

We are so glad that we listened to your expert advice for the Sea Trout fishing at Las Buitreras was first class. I think the whole group got more out of the fishing trip than we did the shooting (Although the shooting was also faultless)

I urge anyone thinking of traveling the 14 hours to Argentina to take a week out of your itinerary to spend at Las Buitreras, like us you will not be disappointed.

Regards Dom

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Dom

I told you that you would love it, so glad that I managed to convince you all to go.

Thanks for the feedback and chat on the telephone, let me know when you are all sorted what dates you can all make again.

Tight Lines

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Laurence

Both my wife and I travelled to Las Buitreras with Sportquest Holidays (The first time we have used their services). We were both a little unsure if the destinations would be suitable for us both as we have previously only ever fished with single handed rods.

I am very pleased to report that we had no need to worry. At certain times we used single handed rods and at others with help from the guides and tackle provided by the lodge we so got to grips with the double handers.

I massive thank you from both of us for such a great holiday, we loved the scenery, river, lodge, food and guides.

This was meant to be a one off trip for us both but now we are unsure as we feel like we left our home back at Las Buitreras

Response from Sportquest Holidays

That is what we like to hear that you both had a great holiday as that is what we try to provide. Loved the pictures as there are some great pictures of you as a couple. So nice to see more and more ladies fish.

You always need to go back as I am sure they will welcome you both back like it is your second home.

Thanks for choosing Sportquest and I look forward in helping you both again soon.

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Ernest

We have just returned home from what can only be described as a amazing holiday.

We had 1 full weeks fishing at Las Buitreras Lodge, which was our first but not last trip.

Can you please pass on our thanks to all the guides and lodge staff for making our stay so enjoyable. Great fishing, food and far too much wine.

Regards Ernest

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Glad you all liked the trip, it was great talking to you on the telephone and thank you so much for the pictures.

Looking forward in seeing you all again soon.

Regards

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Oliver

A week of two halves...

The first part of our week fishing conditions was tough, crystal clear water, no wind and bright sunshine. We had packed for the cold and the famous winds but all ending up getting very sun burnt.

On our last 3 days fishing the weather and fishing changed drastically. We could not believe the winds on day 3 and went out fishing expecting it to be only more difficult fishing. How wrong could we be, the wind (Mainly in our backs) helped with casting and covering the water, but it also tired up the fish.

We would love to go back some day soon and hopefully have perfect fishing conditions for the complete week.

Gabi's transfers in BA are spot on and everyone should use her services.

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Oliver

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat to me and for completing the customer feedback. Sorry that the weather was not perfect for the first part of the week, but so glad that things came right in the end. Just goes to show you what a great destination this is.

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Charles

Dear Peter,

What a marvellous holiday, I echo all Charlies’ comments. We were so well looked after in the Lodge and the river really did bring back my love of fishing and the true meaning of anticipation, waiting for the reel screaming takes !

Charlie caught considerably more than me , but I had 4 seat trout and few splendid brownies. My biggest fish was approx. 17lb, I attach a picture of the fish and the fight.

The dove shooing was great fun and we were well looked after but concur with Charlie, probably something to do once whereas I would certainly return to Rio Gallegos.

My only feedback was on the strange internal flights. We had to wait about 4.5 hrs to fly from BA to Cordoba when there was seemingly a flight every hour and likewise we would have had to get up at 0300hrs to catch the 0600hrs flight you had booked us on from Cordoba to BA when again there were plenty of flights and availability at more civilised times. Thankfully You kindly rearranged this flight for us.

Apart from that, I have nothing but praise for the way you organised our holiday.

Very Many Thanks

Charles

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Charles

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with customer feedback.

Congratulations on your trip as it sounds like you both had a great time. I understand that the Doves after the Sea Trout can seem a little overwhelming. Also the Dove shooting is some that you either do once so you can say that you have done that, or its something you get hooked one and customers return year on year.


In relation to the flights I understand its annoying, however when we come to book these flights theres not always all the options available for the amount of flights that depart. It is a pain as sometimes we can not see all the flight options as they have either sold out or have not yet been released. Then you have customers waiting at an airport with a long wait watching earlier flights departing.

However at least me did manage to change your return flights to a more convenient time.

Glad you would both like to return to do the Sea Trout fishing again, as we would love to have you both back.

Keep in touch

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Charlie

Fishing at Las Buitreras is a truly special experience. It was everything I expected and more. From the fantastic, isolated surroundings, to the river crammed with both sea and brown trout, to the superb hosting at the lodge. It was an ideal package. We would love to return one day.

We benefited from good water in the river but, as is always the case with fishing, other challenges arose! During our week we had 3 days of bright, still weather. Very pleasant, but it made the fishing harder, though we still managed a few fish on these days. We were, however, thankful for the return of the 25 mph wind for the last 2 days, when we caught more fish.

Being able to borrow rods and reels made the travel that bit easier and the tackle shop on site was useful for topping up flies and tippet.

We went on to Cordoba for 2 days dove shooting after the fishing. That made leaving Las Buitreras that bit less hard. Again, fabulous hospitality. Endless doves ...

The SQ organisation was superb and made our life very easy - thank you.

We will do it again when we get permission!

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Charlie

Thank you so much for the customer feedback, so glad to hear that you guys had such a great time. As you quite rightly said the fishing is always effected by conditions, but that is what makes the fishing so interesting.

Also a huge thank you for your kind comments about our services, we do try hard to recommend to customers the correct destinations for the right time of year.

Love to have you back out to Las Buitreras with us again (Subject to permissions) as soon as possible.

Thank you for the pictures, once I have details of the weeks report I will put them up with a catch report on our blog.

I also look forward in talking to you again soon.

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Charle

Dear Peter,

What a marvellous holiday, I echo all Charlies’ comments. We were so well looked after in the Lodge and the river really did bring back my love of fishing and the true meaning of anticipation, waiting for the reel screaming takes !

Charlie caught considerably more than me , but I had 4 seat trout and few splendid brownies. My biggest fish was approx. 17lb, I attach a picture of the fish and the fight.

The dove shooing was great fun and we were well looked after but concur with Charlie, probably something to do once whereas I would certainly return to Rio Gallegos.

My only feedback was on the strange internal flights. We had to wait about 4.5 hrs to fly from BA to Cordoba when there was seemingly a flight every hour and likewise we would have had to get up at 0300hrs to catch the 0600hrs flight you had booked us on from Cordoba to BA when again there were plenty of flights and availability at more civilised times. Thankfully You kindly rearranged this flight for us.

Apart from that, I have nothing but praise for the way you organised our holiday.

Very Many Thanks

Charles

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Charles

So glad that you both loved the trip as I thought you both would. A 17LB Sea trout on your first trip is an amazing capture and one to be very proud of.

Glad you both also enjoyed the Dove shooting but agree sometimes after Las Buitreras it can seem like an anticlimax .

As discussed the flights can be a pain as we can only offer what flights are available at the time of booking, so when you see other flights going before you it seems strange but if they are full at time of booking we always try to book you on the earliest one possible.

You have both said you would love to return and it would be great to have you both back. I have managed to bag two of the best weeks all season for next years hosted trips and it would be great to have you both on those weeks.

Tight Lines

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Chris

Nothing further, a very good holiday and great but challenging fishing!

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Hi Chris

Thank you for the feedback scores and short comment as they all count. It was a real pleasure to have you on the trip and it was great to hear you say you both enjoyed the trip and would indeed do it again one day. Yes at times the fishing can be challenging as we did on some days have poor weather, bright blue sky and then little wind with clear water is not the best when we are trying to catch Sea Trout.

I will try and call you next week to have a chat in more detail if you are free, if not I will try and contact in a couple of months.

Also can I say a huge thank you for your custom, I do appreciate you have a choice when choosing a holiday company so are grateful that on this occasion you choose Sportquest Holidays

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Philip

Thank you for such an amazing trip and holiday. A big mention to Claudio who runs a very good ship and also his help in finding our missing luggage, with out him I am sure that our luggage would still be going around the world.

Had a stunning 18.5lb Sea Trout as my first fish.

Best part - the fishing and the estancia.

Beat/guide rotation was good

Accommodation was good - if a little echoey

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Phil

Thanks for your customer feedback and also taking the time to talk to me on the telephone. I must also say a huge thank you to you for both your company and business. It was a real pleasure having you on the trip.

I think this year even though at times the water level was a bit tricky we had a very good group of anglers.

The trip was great fun from the start until the very end.

I hope that we can share some trips together again in the future.

Kind Regards

Peter

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John

When I mentioned to a non fishing friend that I was going to get on a plane for 17 hours to go fishing in Argentina, they thought I was bonkers...especially as we have a river with coarse fish just 200 yards away from the house! I had always wanted to fish for big sea trout in Tierra Del Fuego and this was my chance...

It was a fantastic experience from start to finish. We were greeted like long lost friends and made to feel right at home from the moment we arrived. The lodge has great facilities including a lovely open area for dining and socialising - where stories of big fish are told!! My room was comfortable with a good bed and a great shower.
Agustina and her team greeted us with warm smiles and large glasses of house wine as we returned from each fishing session. We enjoyed delicious meals both at lunchtime and with our informal hot suppers at 10.30pm, after the evening sessions.

The Rio Gallegos itself is a rare treasure with lovely clear water and a big variety of pools and all set in an amazing wilderness. The landscape was "endless" with views as far as the eye can see. The arid and sparse dry country was a total contrast to the river and its surroundings which were like a never ending oasis -teeming with wildlife...my binoculars had a lot of use, every time we left the lodge.

The fishing was more technical than I had imagined with tidy casting and long leaders important. There was so much water to fish in every zone and we never saw another soul which was amazing....a real point of difference from so many destinations.

The guides were excellent, offering as much help as we needed and doing their utmost to give us the best chances of success. We were confronted with tricky weather conditions at times, with bright sunshine and some unusual upstream winds. On the Tuesday Chris, a great friend, had 3 fabulous fish to 14lbs while I struggled to get a response. Claudio was determined to put this right and suggested we tried a fresh spot at 10pm! This meant more 4X4 off road driving and then a hike in the dark to reach a favourite pool. All that effort finally paid off when a fabulous 18lb fish grabbed my surface lure in the darkness. With Chris, Peter our host, Claudio, Posho(? spelling) and Ezekiel all there offering encouragement it was an unforgettable moment.

Finally a word about the fish..they were a sight to behold - fresh, wide, fat and really strong. They were challenging to catch at times, and you had to earn them, but they were so beautiful that it was hard to let them go!

So yes, Patagonia is a long way to go to catch fish - but a week at Las Buiteras on the Rio Gallegos is something that I'll remember with a big smile on my face. I'd go back in a heartbeat!!

Thank you to all of the team at Sportquest and the lodge itself for delivering such a treasured memory.

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John

Wow.... Thank you so so much for such a nice detailed customer review. It is comments and feedback like this that helps us remember why we enjoy doing this job so much.

I must say it was also a huge please in meeting you and spending time with you on the week. I also have fond memories of that evening session when you landed your best ever Sea Trout, I can still see the smile on your face and remember you recounting the events on our return to the lodge with one of those large glasses of wine.

It would be a real pleasure to have both you and Chris back on day. As I mentioned going back for a second visit you normally catch more fish as you are more prepared and have a better understanding of what is required to be successful. Having said that, you ended up being top rod for the week on your very first trip.

Talk again soon

Regards Peter

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Michael

Full Marks all round.

I loved the fishing and what a place.

The guides and staff took very good care of us all.

Peter the host was great company and made sure everyone on the trip was well taken care of, he does it all with a smile and makes it all look easy, which in reality we all know its not the easiest job in the world.

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Lamby

Thank you for the full marks and your kind words.

It was great having you on the group and thats not just from me I am sure that will be from everyone. You certainly were the group entertainment and your stories always had the group in full spirits.

A huge thank you from me and I certainly hope to have you back Sea Trout fishing with me again out there. A trip will never quite seem the same again.

Kind Regards Peter

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Tim

Yet another excellent couple of weeks of a hosted trip.

I just can not wait till the next one

Regards Tim

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Tim

Thanks for the feedback and scores as it is very much appreciated.

As normal it was a pleasure on having both you and your dad along for the journey.

Also congratulations on the fish you landed, I bet you are still smiling even today.

So until next year keep in touch.

Regards Peter

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(John ) Paul

Las Buitreras - Rio Gallegos - Patagonia.

We encountered low water on our last two trips to LB - I think there could be greater emphasis on ensuring that
clients cover this eventuality in the rods etc which they bring.

Airport transfers with Gaby are a no brainer and should be included in the package.

Clients should be encouraged to travel with bags that can contain rods and clothing - rod cases are a nightmare.

All staff at LB are exceptional, which greatly enhances the 'total' experience.

Slippers/slip on shoes make life much easier when taking off waders to enter the lodge.

We were very fortunate to enjoy a lot of fun with a very gregarious party.

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Paul

Thank you for your review and your comments. As you know we are all learning more and more about the destination especially when there is low water. Lighter rods, lines and even the new vision clear floating line with clear poly tips have made an amazing difference.

We all love Gabby she is so worth every penny as it takes out all the hassle of any transfers.

Glad that you will both be joining me again next year as it was such a good team of people, I am sure next year will be just as enjoyable for everyone but this time hopefully with a little bit more water and normal weather conditions.

Thank you for your continued custom as it is always very much appreciated.

Regards Peter

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Carl

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Thanks for the call earlier in the week

I just want to pass on my personal thanks to yourself and Tracy for your professionalism and friendship on our recent trip.

This was my first experience of organized adventure and my expectations were surpassed in every respect. Both on and off the river, I gained memories which will live with me forever.

I can’t wait until the next trip !

Please pass on my thanks to the guys and girls in the office who have helped to gain a customer for many years to come.

Best wishes and speak soon.

Carl

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Carl

Thank you for your kind words I have passed them on to the staff in the office as they do work hard so its always nice to pass on compliments to them as they do desire it.

It was a pleasure to both meet you and have you on the trip and as you are returning for the Sea Trout next year we will see each other again soon. The group of customers for next year is already looking amazing it looks like it is going to be a laugh a minute…

Again thanks for your custom

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Peter

WHAT A TRIP ! It was my first time at Las B. I have always wanted to fish for sea trout in Argentina ,but did not know prior to going if it would live up to the years of hopes & expectations built up from viewing, reading & hearing about sea trout fishing in Patagonia.

Thanks to Peter & Tracey our hosts it far exceeded my dreams, the whole team, including the other guests were all fantastic.

The guiding team were top notch, patient, knowledgeable & helpful I was lent lines flies etc. I could not fault them & they were nice guys, to boot .

The lodge staff were equally good attentive & nothing was too much trouble. The food was very very good but I do have one complaint ! there was so much food & drink & it was so delicious that i will have to slim for months to get in my clothes.

The thing that really takes my breath away is that conditions, I was told by everyone ,were not good ,as can often happen in any fishing scenario yet I beat my previous personal best sea trout with four fish caught on this trip ! the best of which beat my previous PB by 300% I cannot wait to go back & find better water !

Please convey my thanks to everyone.

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Peter thank you so much for your customer feedback and yes what a week it was and it seems that everyone had a good time.

I am already looking forward in getting you back out there and this time lets get you over the magical 20lb fish.

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Patrick

Thank you for such a great trip it was a pleasure in seeing everyone again.

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Hi Pat it was great catching up with you again both on the trip and after we returned. I will miss your sense of humour next season.

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Chris

An extremely good trip - do not tell anyone.

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Hi Chris it was certainly another good group of people and I am already looking forward to next year.

As before thanks again for both your custom and company, I look forward next year to some more wine lessons

Regards Peter

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