Get ready to experience Sea Trout Fly Fishing like never before. Welcome to Las Buitreras Lodge on the Rio Gallegos River in Argentina. 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. However, many anglers remain loyal to the Rio Gallegos for it’s a dream to fish with its low gradient, technical characteristics, exclusivity, outstanding guides, and just the vast number of pools you get to fish each day always providing well-rested water.
Located in southern Argentina, Las Buitreras Lodge sits 45 minutes outside the city of Rio Gallegos and sits in an amazing 290,000 acre Estancia. The whole area is visually inspiring with mountainous outcrops, which makes this part of the Rio Gallegos one of the most spectacular stretches of fly fishing water in Patagonia. There is private access to over 40kms of double bank fishing with over 50 named pools all divided into 6 zones.
Las Buitreras Lodge is home to the most prolific Sea Trout Fly Fishing on the Rio Gallegos River. The fishing is exciting and varied with wonderful fly water that will reward anglers to approach it with both respect and understanding. It certainly is an interesting river to fish with pools ranging from deep stony runs to cut banks. As the Rio Gallegos River is quite shallow it makes for easy wading and eliminating the need for fast sinking lines. Nearly all the pools can be covered with a one-handed rod however a two-hander is often useful when conditions are windy or dictate the use of larger flies.
The wind can be very strong 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 is nearly always assistance as it keeps the surface broken enabling anglers to take large, normally wary Seatrout throughout even the brightest days. Normally the wind calms down as the sun drops in the evening.
All customers our 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 main meal of the day 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 again in the early evening and fish in too dark before return back to the lodge again for more welcoming drinks and food. Each fishing session you will fish a zone with a guide who stays with the zone, then the next session you move up one zone. This rotation system means that all customers get to fish each zone in both a morning and evening session, plus get to fish with every guide during your week.
The Rio Gallegos River
The fishing on the Rio Gallegos can be immensely rewarding. The sheer numbers and size of fish are just outstanding with fish averaging around 9lb. Las Buitreras Lodge offers adventurous anglers the opportunity to put their skills against the explosive Sea Trout of Patagonia with fish that reach 30lbs. Visit our YouTube Channel to see for yourself how incredible the fishing can be in Argentina.
As the Rio Gallegos River is a shallow river in the main 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, the better and more discrete the presentation an angler can make the more fish you will catch. Having said that the Rio Gallegos River is also suitable for beginner anglers as we have plenty of water and pools suitable to catch fish.
We pride ourselves on having some of the best guides in the industry who all speak good English. Each is a very talented angler, and they are some of the best casters and instructors we have seen anywhere. The long-standing team are as knowledgeable as they are friendly and equally hard-working. Crucially they know their stretch of the river backwards. Unquestionably a key component in the success of the lodge and another reason why anglers return each year.
For either non-anglers or anglers who do not wish to fish every session, there are long walks around the thousands of acres of the estancia with stunning barren scenery and wildlife. In addition, with enough notice, we can arrange additional daily sightseeing trips departing from the lodge each day. Additional costs are payable locally.
If Sea Trout Fly Fishing in Las Buitreras sounds interesting, enquire today. Make sure to explore all our Argentina Sea Trout destinations and if you have any questions on the fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.