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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. Fly fishing in 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. An Argentina fly fishing trip 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 Argentina fly fishing 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.

Argentina Trout Fishing Lodges

The waters of Patagonia hold rainbow, brown and brook trout, and though these trout species are found in other locations in the world, few places offer the sheer abundance of unpressured rivers, lakes and spring creeks as found in the southern third of Chile and Argentina.  Trout in Patagonia are mostly pursued with large dry flies throughout the entire season.  In Patagonia, anglers won’t find many tailwaters rivers, drift boats, paved boat ramps, or strike indicators, rather the opposite – wild rivers, unfenced country, remote settings and happy, large trout!

Ron and Vanessa Sorensen’s Chocolate Lab Expeditions, based in San Martin de los Andes, offers anglers a combination of exceptional fishing, classic Argentine estancia accommodations, private access, and the authentic culture and hospitality of Patagonia

“El Encuentro” translates to “the meeting place” in English, which is a very apt description for the Lodge, which serves as the centerpiece of the Beale family’s outfitting operation in the stunning Chubut province of Argentina.

Located on the southern coast of Jurassic Lake, the Estancia offers fishermen the chance to experience some of the largest rainbow trout in the world as well as beautiful, rugged and untouched landscapes.

The Lago Strobel region in the southern portion of Patagonian Argentina offers the most consistent fishing for large rainbows found anywhere in the world. This fishery holds so many large rainbows it’s something that has to be experienced to be believed.

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.

Arguably the most complete, comprehensive, high-end, and professional fishing operation in all of Patagonia, Patagonia River Guides' (PRG) southern program offers first class accommodations, the best in Malbec wines and gourmet cuisine, and an endless frontier of incredible Patagonia fly fishing.

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.

Argentina Sea Run Brown Trout Destinations

There are few places in the world where sea-run brown trout live in existence, and Terra del Fuego’s Rio Grande has been recognized as THE river to pursue these fine fish.  The Rio Grande produces sea-run browns that range from 8 lbs up to 25 lbs.  These fish have the beauty of a pristine brown trout but fight as a saltwater specimen.  Fishing for them is similar to Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead, with a classic approach of fishing down and across while stepping through a soft and gentle run.

The famed Rio Grande River, located on the island of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost tip of South America, hosts the most prolific and consistent sea-run brown trout fishing found in the world.

Established in 1897 as a wool-producing sheep ranch, Estancia Maria Behety is the most well-known and established destination for anglers fishing the famed Rio Grande River.


Argentina Golden Dorado Fishing Destinations

Golden dorado are relatively new for fly fishing anglers and have gained popularity as they are one the hardest fighting freshwater species on the planet. Golden dorado love to eat large streamers stripped fast on steel bite tippet and can get as large as 40 lbs.  The most recognized locations to fish golden dorado include parts of Northern Argentina and the Bolivian jungle.  

Ricardo Pinti's Dorado Lodge is located in northern Argentina on the dense, jungly banks of the Upper Parana River, the natural boundary dividing Argentina and Paraguay. This large, clear-water river holds healthy numbers of golden dorado, pacu and pira pita

Yellow Dog is proud to team with Fly Fishing Patagonia to offer a cast-and-blast experience of a lifetime! Catching a Golden Dorado on the fly is an incredibly visual experience, as these large, voracious fish will often leap six or seven times during a battle.

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