With a mainland area of over one million square miles, Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest in Latin America, and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations. In fishing circles, Argentina is often compared to Montana and the US West due to the similar landscapes, the abundance of productive water, and fishing pressure that is considered extremely light by modern standards. It is a destination that should absolutely be at the top of the “fishing bucket list” for every serious trout angler. The country is noted for its amazing culture, friendly people, excellent food (the finest steak in the world) as well as wine (amazing Malbecs and Pinot Noirs). On top of all that, the fish are wild, strong and fast.
Throughout Patagonian Argentina, the hatch and insect activity is generally consistent throughout the summer and fall fishing seasons, which means that anglers can almost always “fish the hatch” and throw dries in addition to swinging streamers and fishing large attractor patterns. The fishing infrastructure (lodges, guides and outfitters) in areas like San Martin, Esquel, Junin and Rio Pico is the best in South America, making this a great choice for those new to trout fishing who are looking for a week of detailed, on-water instruction. More experienced anglers can focus on technical dry fly fishing or hunting huge trout in a variety of different rivers and streams.