Trip Overview 

Winston lodgePatagonia River Guides (PRG), a long-time lodge and outfitting entity based in Esquel, recently expanded their operations to include full-service outfitting in the San Martin and Junin de los Andes areas in the northern region of Patagonia. With PRG North, anglers will enjoy great service, new equipment, first-class accommodations and delicious food – all while staying at different estancias, traveling with their guides, and fishing different waters every day. Guests can choose from estancias and lodges that include Arroyo Verde, Tipiliuke Lodge, Estancia San Huberto, Estancia Huechahue , Estancia Quemquemtreu and Estancia Tres Lagos. In addition to area estancias, PRG North also hosts guests in and around the charming town of San Martin de los Andes for those that want to experience a little bit more of the local culture. Multi-day camping and on-river float trips can also be arranged.

Destination Quick Facts 

Patagonia River Guides North - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  San Martin De Los Andes, Argentina

SEASON:  Early November through mid-April

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 12 anglers at a time

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

TARGET SPECIES:  Rainbows, browns and brook trout

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

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
One of the most attractive parts of the San Martin-area experience is the ability to choose from well-known lodges and estancias (large ranches) when creating an overall fishing itinerary. Unlike fishing from the PRG fixed-base and exclusive lodges in the Esquel and Rio Pico Regions, guests that fish with PRG North travel with their guide, stay on different estancias, and fish all different types of private and public waters. Each estancia is completely unique from the next, and staying at least two or three nights at each is recommended. Staying right on the water you are going to fish is certainly a plus. Drives on most estancias to and from the river are as short as ten minutes. For those wanting to experience multiple days of non-stop fishing, PRG North provides a full-service, on-river camping experience.

Estancia Huechahue
The Estancia is set in the middle of a classic Argentine working ranch of approximately 20,000 acres, giving guests a true Argentine experience. The location is also very convenient as it is central which allows easy access to the area’s huge diversity of fishable water.

Estancia Tres Lagos (Three Lakes Lodge)
Private access to the Filo Hua Hum and the area’s surrounding lakes. The estancia itself is a beautiful ranch surrounded by national parklands and breathtaking scenery.

Estancia Tipiliuke
One of the nicest estancias in the area, this operation is very popular for couples and non-anglers as well as focused fishermen.

Estancia Collon Cura
Ted Turner's estancia offers clients access to four different day floats on the Collon Cura. Good food and accommodations and amazing wildlife, including red stag and Russian boar.

Estancia San Huberto
The Olsen family are the owners and operators of San Huberto, a legendary operation that offers private access to 30 miles of the Malleo River.



Estancia Quemquemtreu
An option that is ideal for non-anglers and non-fishing significant others. Great fishing for the angling-focused as well on the Collon Cura River and Quemquemtreu Creek. One of the region's finest operations for both food and accommodations.

On-River Camping Trips
PRG North can provide a “deluxe” camping experience with large tents, huge cots, sleeping bags and linens, hot showers and typical argentine dishes served on the banks of the river. There are several rivers in the area like the Chimehuin, Alumine, Limay and Caleufu that are perfectly suited for multi-day camping and fishing packages.

Food and Beverages
Where you will eat will be determined by which estancia you stay in. All of the estancias pride themselves on first-class service, appetizers, main courses, desserts, and an array of fine Argentine wines. The service, hospitality, and food is always impressive and is always 100% included in each PRG North package.

Typical Length of Stay
All packages are completely customized, and trips of any length can be arranged.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Patagonia has much to offer the non-angler, and there is a great deal more to explore than just the trout streams. Some of the many area activities include flora and fauna tours, horseback riding, hiking, and scenic raft trips. Also, just outside of the town of San Martin de los Andes there is a famous Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. More relaxing pursuits include wine tasting, birdwatching, local shopping, massage, cultural tours and photography safaris.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge at most estancias and in the hotels in and around San Martin. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones may also work throughout the area.

FISHING

General Information
These custom trips are unique because every fishing day features a different river, spring creek, or lake; even if you decide to fish the same river for a couple of days, we guarantee that you won't repeat the same stretch or see the same piece of water! PRG North utilizes both private and public waters. Some waters are floated, some are waded, and some offer a combination of the two depending on conditions and angler desires. PRG North operates on the philosophy of fishing the best rivers at the best times with the best guides, a mission statement that is followed closely by program director, Alex Knüll and his team of experienced guides. Through this “nomadic” program, guests can enjoy some of Patagonia's best waters (many of them featuring private access) and the Argentine lifestyle and culture at its best.

The Traful River (Estancia Arroyo Verde)
Over 10 miles of private access on the world renowned Traful River, a fairly difficult river, but well worth the effort for the angler pursuing the fish of a lifetime. Narrow and clear, the Traful is big fish water with many browns and rainbows in the 25 to 30-inch class. With such incredible water clarity, the river is most often fished using New Zealand style sight-casting techniques.

The Filo Hua Hum River (Estancia Tres Lagos)
Another 10 miles of private access on the Filo Hua Hum, a small freestone stream that offers excellent opportunities for both beginning and experienced anglers. A short river located between two lakes, the Filo offers very consistent action for rainbows and browns. Experienced anglers can enjoy sight-fishing for trout in the 20 to 27-inch range with mouse patterns and other large dries.

The Chimehuin River (Estancia Tipiluike)
A large freestone river similar in many ways to Montana’s Madison River. It is a perfect fishery for float fishing, sight-fishing, and prospecting with streamers, nymphs, and large attractor dry flies. This river fishes the best from late December into early February, and late March into April.

Collon Cura River (Estancia Collon Cura)
Perhaps the most prolific trout fishery in all of Patagonia and a must-fish river for anglers visiting the area. The water is similar in appearance to Wyoming’s Snake River, but lined with willows and high sandstone cliffs. The river is fairly large, with a mild gradient and broad gravel riffles that make for easy wading. Collon Cura trout are exceptional fighters, with fish averaging in the 14 to 20-inch range.

Malleo River (Estancia San Huberto)
Located in the northern portion of the San Martin fishing area, the Malleo is a very consistent fishery with solid, hard fighting fish. The river is well known throughout the region for spectacular caddis and mayfly hatches, making this lodge a haven for dry fly enthusiast.

Boats and Equipment
PRG North utilizes fiberglass RO Skiffs outfitted with swivel seats, anchor systems and plenty of dry storage in each boat. These drift boats have been designed specifically for fly fishing and are a pleasure to fish from. Four-door Toyota trucks, all in excellent condition, are used to transfer anglers to the fishing areas each day. PRG North also has plenty of back up rods, reels, waders and boots for loaner or demo use. Use of any of this equipment in included in your package. Flies are also included in your package.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
Getting to Patagonia is not difficult. Take an easy overnight flight to Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Internaitonal Airport (EZE) from one of several major cities in the U.S. and awaken in Argentina. PRG North is based out of San Martin de los Andes, which makes access fairly direct and easy. Guests can either fly directly in to San Martin (CPC), or into the larger airport in nearby Bariloche (BRC). You will be met upon arrival at either airport and transferred to where you will be staying to begin your trip.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
A two-hour flight from Buenos Aires' Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) brings you to San Martin de los Andes (CPC), home to the most famous fishing estancias in Patagonia. Your guides will meet you at the airport and transport you to the best waters in the region. Due to the flexibility of the PRG North program, you can arrive and depart on any day of the week. That said, it is important to try and book your flights on the days of the week when the airlines fly in and out of San Martin.

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. Rates will vary based upon type of package, waters fished, time of year, and choice of accommodations. Due to the customized and personalized nature of these packages, Yellow Dog will quote each trip based on length, expectations, and desired itinerary. Prices below are listed in US dollars. Please call for details.

EARLY SEASON: November 1st to December 31st 

PRG NORTH’S UNPLUGGED PROGRAM (camping trips on the Limay, Chimehuin, Caleufu): 
$750.00 per night / per person

Single occupancy is $1,125.00 per night

PRG NORTH’S AUTHENTIC ESTANCIAS (Huechahue, Quemquemtreu, Tres Rios, San Huberto, Arroyo Verde, Mamuil Malal): 
$850.00 per night / per person

Single occupancy is $1,275.00 per night

PRG NORTH’S PREMIUM ESTANCIA (Tipiliuke): 
$900.00 per night / per person

Single occupancy is $1,425.00 per night

HIGH SEASON: January 1st to May 1st

PRG NORTH’S UNPLUGGED PROGRAM (camping trips on the Limay, Chimehuin, Caleufu): 
$800.00 per night / per person

Single occupancy is $1,200.00 per night

PRG NORTH’S AUTHENTIC ESTANCIAS (Huechahue, Quemquemtreu, Tres Rios, San Huberto, Arroyo Verde, Mamuil Malal): 
$900.00 per night / per person

Single occupancy is $1,350.00 per night

PRG NORTH’S PREMIUM ESTANCIA (Tipiliuke): 
$1000.00 per night / per person
Single occupancy is $1,500.00 per night

What's Included

  • Ground transportation to and from the San Martin de los Andes Chapelco Airport (CPC)
  • Accommodations and all meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Professional guided fishing
  • Fishing license and private water fees
  • Supplemental flies, leaders and tippet
  • Use of waders, boots, rods and reels

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Buenos Aires (EZE)
  • Airfare to either San Martin de los Andes (CPC) or to Bariloche (BRC)
  • Transfers, hotel, and food in Buenos Aires
  • Ground transfers from the Bariloche Airport (if applicable)
  • Laundry services
  • Special liquors and cigars
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Personal shopping
OTHER INFO

All PRG trips feature:

  • 1:1 guide ratio on walk wade trips - unique at most flyfishing lodges.  One pro guide and one assistant guide per two anglers.
  • Simms Waders and Boots, Winston Rods, and Hatch Reels for all guests to use.
  • PRG provides all flies, leaders, tippett, and license - clients don't need to pack more than clothing for a trip.

Client Testimonials

“Sight casting for huge rainbow and browns in some of the most beautiful water on the planet at the base of the Andes. Two of the best guides we have ever fished with plus great food and world class wines......it couldn't get any better! We didn't want to leave and will be back next year.”
- Donna R. (Santa Rosa, California)

 “I cannot recommend this guide service more highly. They are energetic, enthusiastic, and ready to shape the future of fly fishing in Patagonia for all to enjoy.”
- Ted O. (Northern California)