Trip Overview 

Rio Manso Lodge is located in the heart of Argentina's Nahuel Huapi National Park on the banks of Lake Hess and the Rio Manso itself. In an area that seems both wild and incredibly remote, the Lodge is actually only 90 minutes from the city of Bariloche, making it very easy to access on a regular and direct basis. When fishing out of Rio Manso, guests have access to such diverse fisheries as the Rio Manso, Quieto, Pichi Leufu, and numerous area lakes. Each of the Lodge’s eight rooms faces northwest, offering spectacular views of Lago Hess and the nearby Andes Mountains. The main living room and sitting area (complete with a huge river stone fireplace) is where cocktails and hor d’oeuvres are served each evening. Because of its close proximity to Bariloche, this operation is a great option for couples trips, shorter Patagonian fishing packages, and as an add-on to other longer Patagonian fishing adventures.

Destination Quick Facts 

Yellow Dog Community and Conservation FoundationLOCATION:  Nahuel Huapi National Park near the city of Bariloche, Argentina

SEASON:  Early November through late April

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 10 anglers per week, with a maximum lodge capacity of 16

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport/EZE and Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport/AEP)

TARGET SPECIES:  Rainbow, brown and brook trout

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Uniquely designed, every room at Rio Manso Lodge faces northwest with spectacular views of Lago Hess and the Andes Mountains. Just 15 miles away from the Lodge towers majestic Mount Tronador, a massive glacier-topped mountain running the border with Chile. Each of the eight rooms is comfortably appointed with either large double bed or two single beds. Every room has its own private bath and several of the rooms are equipped with a Jacuzzi as well. As far as the amenities and overall accommodations go, Rio Manso is one of the nicest, most complete lodges in all of Patagonia. It is also our favorite operation in Patagonia for couples, non-anglers and families. The Lodge features a dry sauna and massages can be arranged upon request. The Main Lodge features a full wader and drying room for tackle and waders, a fly tying area, a small bar, and a spacious sitting area in front of a huge riverstone fireplace. Many nights it's cool enough to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a roaring fire. This is where the Lodge will normally serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres each evening.

Food and Beverages
Rio Manso's professionally trained chef has created a menu that reflects a worldly influence, with each dish featuring only the freshest of ingredients. Breakfast is cooked-to-order each morning, and dinners are served in the main dining room - a fitting, gourmet conclusion to a day on the water or a day spent exploring the wonders of Patagonia. One of the highlights at the lodge is the weekly asado, the traditional Argentine grilled BBQ that features such items as beef, lamb and pork.

Typical Length of Stay
Most trips to Rio Manso Lodge are seven (7) nights / six (6) days long (typically a Saturday to Saturday). Because Bariloche is so easy to access, however, and because there are so many flights in and out of Bariloche on a regular basis, trips of any length can be arranged. Shorter trips can easily be accommodated, and many of our clients will add a short stay at Rio Manso Lodge on to another Patagonian adventure.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
For guests looking for other things to do besides fishing, Nahuel Huapi National Park and the surrounding area offers many interesting diversions. The area around the Lodge is a paradise for hikers, horseback riders, and birders.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for Lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones may also work at the Lodge.

FISHING

General Information
Fishing in the heart of Patagonia is a unique experience. Imagine casting to big, healthy trout in crystal-clear water without seeing another person all day. The fishing season in Argentina runs from the beginning of November until the end of April. It is the exact opposite of the North American season, with the longest day of the year falling on December 21. Rio Manso Lodge is open for the entire season and here is an idea of what to expect when fishing the region:

Early Season (November – December)
These months are often marked by high water, which gradually recedes in December. You will typically start the season fishing lots of weighted streamers on sinking lines. Sporadic mayfly and caddis hatches in November will intensify in December, providing increasingly better dry fly fishing. Early to mid-December will see dragonflies hatching on the lakes and rivers, bringing up the largest fish and providing exciting surface action.

Summer Season (January - February)
Falling water levels coupled with solid hatches provide excellent evening dry fly action in January, especially in the channels near the lodge. Both mayfly and caddis hatches bring the fish up early and late in the day. As temperatures warm in February, the mid-day fishing can slow down on both the river and in the lakes. Terrestrials play an increasingly important role in the daily diet.

Fall Season (March - April)
As fall approaches, water temperatures begin to cool and the fish become more active. Evening fishing is characterized by a brief flurry of activity right before dark while most daytime fishing is with streamers or large attractor dry flies. Big rubber-legged dries work well in the lakes. April is when the big browns become aggressive prior to spawning season.

Boats and Equipment
The Lodge utilizes rafts outfitted with fishing and rowing frames. For the lakes, guides use a number of different watercraft, including motorized Carolina Skiffs. There are a limited number of rods at the Lodge in the event that you break one, so it is recommended that anglers bring their own equipment, including rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, and all terminal tackle.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
The Lodge is near the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, which makes access extremely easy. There are several flights a day connecting this city with Buenos Aires' Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP). Upon arrival at the Bariloche Airport (BRC), a Lodge staff member will be waiting to take you to Rio Manso (a drive of approximately 90 minutes).

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
You can arrive and depart Bariloche (BRC) for your Lodge package on any day of the week, at any time.

Documents Required
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and other Western European nations do not need a visa for tourist trips of up to ninety days. You will need a valid passport and will have to fill in a landing card on arrival and you will be given a stamp for stays of thirty, sixty or ninety days. Staple your duplicate of the landing card into your passport, next to your entrance stamp, as you'll need it to leave the country. If you do lose it, it's rarely a serious problem, but you'll have to fill in a new form at the border control. On entering the country, you will also be given a customs declaration form. Duty is not charged on used personal effects, books, and other articles for non-commercial purposes, up to the value of $300. Make sure you declare any valuable electronic items such as laptop computers, as customs officers can be suspicious that you may be bringing them into the country to sell.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Angling Package
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,750.00

Non-Angling Package
7 Nights / 6 Days = $3,100.00

Base Rate
Fishermen = $750.00 per night
Non-Angling = $495.00 per night
Single Occupancy Surcharge = $250.00 per night

What's Included

  • Transfers between the Bariloche airport and the Lodge (90 minute drive)
  • Lodging in a single or double room
  • All meals and snacks at the Lodge
  • The best Argentine wines and beers, soft drinks, and all alcoholic beverages
  • All guided fishing (two anglers per boat)
  • Argentine fishing license
  • Laundry and internet access

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to Buenos Aires (EZE)
  • Domestic airfare from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Bariloche (BRC)
  • All personal tackle and gear
  • Gratuities for guides and Lodge staff
  • Phone calls and other items of a personal nature
OTHER INFO

Right in front of the lodge is one of the best fishing spots in all of Patagonia - the Hess Channels, where almost every evening mayfly and caddis hatches take place, and some of the Lodge's largest trout are landed. Is not uncommon that after a journey of fishing in some other stretch of water, guests request to come back for afternoon and an evening spent fishing the Channels.


Client Testimonials

"I wanted to share with you what a great time we had at Rio Manso. The trip went off without a hitch, all flights on time and Roberto waiting at the Bariloche Airport for our arrival. Roberto is an extremely gracious host and a true gentleman. He made us feel right at home in his lodge and a source of great conversation. Sharon Green, the manager, is outgoing, personable and attentive. Always there at the right time and ready to make your stay carefree and as relaxing as possible. In my opinion the scenery along the Rio Manso and Lake Fonck was more than offsetting and that alone made the trip a success. The guides, Marcello and Lucas were both outstanding. Constantly changing up rigs and suggesting different fly patterns in an effort to put us on fish. They were both fun to spend the day with and fine ambassadors for the people of Argentina. I hope I'm lucky enough to return someday to Rio Manso and experience everything it has to offer."
- Kevin L. (Denver, CO)

"One of my best fishing trips ever. I'm was very happy with Rio Manso and Yellow Dog!"
-Taylor M. (Denver, CO)