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Limay River

The Fish and Location: 30 minutes driving from San Carlos de Bariloche, Limay River hold abundant population of large Browns over 4 pound to some in the 8 to 14 pounds range. Also, there are many Rainbows averaging between 16 to 20 inches.

The River: As the natural outlet from Nahuel Huapi Lake, the world-famous Limay is the main river in our system that flows through the entire Patagonia and reaches to the Atlantic Ocean after joining with the Neuquén and forming the Río Negro. The free-running Limay River, a stretch of about 55 miles… is the section we fish, before it empties its waters into the first lake. In this river, the biggest close to Bariloche, the water is crystal clear and the presence of willows on the bank is common.

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It is usual to have the chance especially at the beginning and end of the season, of catching some over 6 to 8 pound Brown, which makes it a very attractive stretch of water. Also it is possible to reach the closest of the private access stretches of this river, which allows a pleasant day, without a fishing pressure. This river can be divided into three sections. We typically fly-fish one section in one day. In the afternoon, take a break from fly fishing and stop for a riverside lunch with fine wine.

We suggest a stiff rod loaded with shooting heads for fly fishing. Long casts are recommended to cover as much water as possible. Most fly fishing is done with streamers, but dry flies are good for some of the shallow riffles. With average water levels, we recommend a 6 to 8 weight fly fishing rod.


Pichileufu River

The Fish and Location: The river is located 60 minutes driving East of San Carlos de Bariloche. The Pichileufu is teaming with brown and rainbow trout in the 6-17 inch range with consistent response.

The River: In the Mapuche language, Pichi-leufu means "small stream", the perfect description for this river. This is an outstanding river where the number and quality of its rainbow trout will be a pleasant surprise for you. It is a spring fed river that runs for almost 85 miles to finally enter in the Piedra del Aguila Reservoir. The remote location has helped preserve the river and the only activity you may see may be the gauchos passing through with cattle or sheep.

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It has an endless succession of pools, riffles, cut banks and flat waters. This stream is easily waded while fly fishing. It doesn't matter if you prefer dry flies or nymphs, both work extremely well on the river and you can easily catch 15 or 30 fish in a day!

If you love lightweight fishing… definitely this is your spot. We recommend a 3 or 4 weight line!



Manso River

The Fish and Location: This river is located into the heart of Nahuel Huapi National Park. About 35 miles away from Bariloche town. The fish we have chance to catch Rainbow, Brown and Brooks, normally 1 to 3 Pounds with some specimens doubling that figure.

The River: Is one of the most important water flows of the region that we wade or float. Its peculiarity is that, after being born on the Eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, it turns west, crosses it and finally empties its water into the Pacific Ocean. Flowing through a variety of lakes, waterfalls and rapids, Manso River is one of the most scenic rivers in Patagonia. It features a wide variety of fishing conditions that will suit preferences of all shorts.

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Fishing structure: undercut banks, meandering channels, overhanging trees, rock formations, rapids, slick dry-fly selective-trout water, foam feeding lines, fallen trees, riffles and classic pools. The variety is wide and interesting in the middle of the Patagonian forest where wildlife is profuse.

Fishing the Manso River is a bit of an adventure in many ways, it's a collection of different experiences, and it's great for fly-fishing beginners as well as for those demanding seasoned anglers.




Alumine River

The Fish and Location: In the north part of Neuquen Province the Alumine is a long river whose headwaters begin in the Alumine Lake and runs for nearly 95 miles to join the Chimehuin River, at which point the merged rivers become the Collon Cura River. What surprises in this river is the average size of its trout 2-3 pounds and the almost continuous action for the entire length of the river.

The River: Alumine River is one of the longest rivers in Patagonia that is fishable for its entire length. This is a perfect river for a week long float Expedition and will allow you to fish about 60 miles of the upper reaches of this interesting river. These float trips are great fun and we provide the best equipment and camping accommodations on this river journey. Floating down the upper section will take you through dry steppe land, high canyon walls, and willow lined banks of the river that often hold sipping trout. Usually we will find a good number of rainbows surface feeding in huge back eddies that won't hesitate to raise to a small Parachute Adams or a big Chernovyl Ant. If the inch worms are falling from the willows or the minnows are moving in the shallows fishing can turn crazy caching from 20 to 40 trout during a full float, which happens frequently!

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Water structure is perfect to be fished from the raft but also has ideal wading spots at some big runs and riffles. Fishing the runs of the Alumine often produce "hot" rainbows that will quickly put you in your backing. Both beginners and experts will enjoy this program and depending on the time of the season and water level, we will fish dries, nymphs and streamers. This incredible river is better fished after spring runoff when lower and clearer waters allow for easy wading and casting to numerous rainbows and browns.

Trout up to 10 pounds are caught every year on Alumine River!




Caleufu River

The Fish and Location: Located 55 miles north from San Carlos de Bariloche this river born in the union of the rivers Filo Hua-Hum and Melliquina. It flows along 60 miles until it reaches the Collon Cura River and the Alicura Reservoir. The rainbows average is from 1 to 3 pounds and browns around 4 pounds, although an occasional 6 pound brown pull-up the day average.

The River: This is a medium-sized tributary of the Collon Cura River. It is a great early and late season river due to the proximity to the reservoir. The landscape changes from the forest in the west to the real desert in the east. The only way to fish it is going on a 3 or 4 day float trip expedition and it can be floated up until the end of January approximately, because the level of water decreases too much to be able to float it afterwards. It is far away from any access or roads and floating it makes us feel we are in a truly virgin place.

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The Caleufu is a freestone river mainly fished from rafts, dark streamers are most effective with "across and strip" fly fishing technique, but a big dry fly is a temptation that many fish just can't resist. The lower section divides its main stream in many branches, the boulders are inexistent, and it is pretty easy to wade!

There is a very good population of brown and rainbow, sizes are quite varied but 2 pound wild rainbows in perfect conditions entertain us all day long, but… be ready to catch browns up to 5 pounds!




Malleo River

The Fish and Location: Only 30 minutes from Junin de los Andes town Malleo River is just the paradise for dry-fly fishing and light tackle. The browns and rainbows average are from 1 to 3 pounds, although an occasional 5 pound brown can be catch!

The River: Smaller than most of the rivers of the area this mid-size freestone river forms out of Tromen Lake at the base of the Lanín Volcano and flows for 32 miles before joining the Aluminé River. Is best known for offering dry fly fishing and match the hatch scenarios but the diversity of the river can lend it self to nymphing and even streamer fishing if the wind is up. The wading is relatively easy and dirt roads that run along the river allow you to move between the most productive stretches with ease. The Malleo can be broken down into three very different sections, with spring creek water on the upper river, canyon fishing on the mid-section, and classic riffle-and-run fishing on the lower region.

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The river is well known throughout the region for spectacular caddis and mayfly hatches, making this river a haven for dry fly enthusiast and offer the fly fisherman sight-fishing opportunities along its 32 miles. It is like fishing in a textbook, the classic way.

The Malleo is considered by many to be the best dry fly river in the region!




Collon Cura River

The Fish and Location: Located on Neuquen Province near to Junin de los Andes, the Collon Cura River is originated from the union of the great Alumine and Chimehuin rivers. Trout are exceptional fighters, with fish averaging in the 14 to 20-inch range. During the Argentine autumn, fall browns can run up to 28 inches.

The River: The Collon Cura River is perhaps the most prolific trout fishery in all of Patagonia. Flows nearly 50 miles until reaching the Piedra del Águila Reservoir. The first stretch covers 9 miles and it is possible to float downstream during the day. To have access to the middle and lower sections, it is necessary to go on a 3 or 4 days expedition trip, because the river flows far away from any road.

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Collón Cura is the most "guide-friendly" river since it offers numerous and diverse fishing options and can be fished both from the boat and by wading in the countless channels and pools. Streamer fishing is a productive way to fish the river especially true in January when the river is full of Pejerrey minnows. But fish will take big dries such as hoppers, stimulators and Chernobyl ants, as well as nymphs. Evening hatches are great and sometimes the fish even become selective and force us to match the hatches.

Not only can one catch many fish but one can also expect to catch a monster brown, at any time. Usually we will find a good number of rainbows surface feeding in huge back eddies that won't hesitate to raise to a Parachute Adams or Big Attractors. If the inch worms are falling from the willows or the minnows are moving in the shallows fishing can turn crazy caching from 20 to 40 trout during a full float, which happens frequently!




Chimehuin River

The Fish and Location: It is born at the base of the Lanín Volcano on the Huechulafquen lake, where you can find the famous spot known as "la Boca". Where Argentina's record brown trout of 25.5 pounds was caught. Average fish run 16 to 18 inches, while 21 to 24 inches are often taken.

The River: It's probably one of the most famous rivers, not only in the area but also in Patagonia. The reason is simple, its beauty and its fishing quality. These medium waters run for almost 30 miles through private estancias, public lands and the town of Junin de los Andes, to join the Collón Cura River.

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"La Boca" is well known for huge brown trout coming from the lake during most of the fishing season. The upper section is where the river becomes narrow with big boulders and some white waters. Our favorite…the lower section, a couple of miles after Junín de los Andes town with side channels, islands, shallow and wide riffles followed by deep runs, cut-banks and back-eddies provide a unique habitat for trout and fun structure for the anglers enjoy every cast! It is a special section for dry flies. In this lower section, the Chimehuin slows and you can wade or float in this large, gentle-flowing segment of the river. Our 2 days float trip in the lower section requires an over night camp, were we will provide all of the necessary equipment!




Fonck, Hess and Roca Lakes

The Fish and Location: Located at the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and 60 to 90 minutes far from Bariloche, the three lakes have similar characteristics…excellent fishing for brown, rainbows and brook trout. The average size is about 17-18 inches.

The Lakes: Depending on the time of year, we usually fish streamers and dry flies, both during a typical day. We fish the edges from Carolina skiffs, working the structure where rainbow and brook trout lay, with the occasional brown as well. With summer hatches of dragonflies and damselflies it is common to see fish jump for their food and "enjoy the violence" of the trout when catching the flies at surface!

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