Pursue Trophy Trout in Small, Gin-Clear Streams
The Route of the Spring Creeks is a unique journey along intimate and pristine trout streams flowing through the vast arid Patagonian landscape in southern Argentina. Along the way, anglers will follow the Route and have the opportunity to fish four different private spring creeks and stay in homestyle accommodations including two historic estancias and a remote, yet comfortable, basecamp. After spending their days casting dry flies and streamers to trophy brook and brown trout, guests will retire to the homes of their hosts for traditional Argentine meals and friendly hospitality featuring the region’s wonderful produce, beef, lamb and wines. The Route of the Spring Creeks is as much immersion into the authentic culture of rural Argentina as it is an opportunity to be among the small handful of anglers allowed access to this premiere trout water each year.
You will be staying on private estancias and will experience real Patagonian hospitality. These are no lodges but authentic estancias and one of the true treasures of southern Patagonia. You will be received as a family member and experience first-hand local traditions and ways of preparing food. All meals are made with local produce where preparing food is something more than just a necessity, it’s a way of life and something to take pride in!
Estancia Rio Pelke
2 single rooms with shared bathroom or 1 double room with a private bathroom.
Estancia Pali Aike ECO CAMP
2 double rooms with twin beds and private bathroom and shower. Heating systems are included in each dome.
Food and Beverages
Along with local produce, lamb and steaks prepared and served Guacho style, garden grown vegetables, naturally produced jam and much more are all served. “Farm to table” is the way things are done on the estancias. The recipes used here go back generations and offers a lens to the evolution of farming in Patagonia.
No trip to Patagonia would be complete without delicious Argentine wines. Salentein Wines is an exclusive winery for the most discerning anglers. This is one of the highest ranked wineries in Argentina and the wines go hand-in-hand with the food served.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical length of stay is five (5) nights / six (6) days.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This is a fishing-focused destination with few non-angling options.
Internet / Communications
The estancias don’t have internet or phones.
How To Get There
For fishermen traveling to The Route of the Spring Creeks, we recommend that you fly from Buenos Aires’ Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) to Rio Gallegos (RGL) or El Calafate (FTE). Upon arrival, a lodge representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The next morning you will be transferred to the estancia.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
We recommend spending a day in Buenos Aires to explore the city. The following day, take a flight to either El Calafate or Rio Gallegos where we also recommend spending a night in a hotel. The following morning a lodge representative will transfer you to the estancia.
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, 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.
Yellow Dog can assist with travel logistics required for your trip and can recommend you to a preferred travel agent who can help you book airline tickets, hotels, transfers, trip insurance and other travel needs. Contact us at 888-777-5060 for more information.
Each estancia is fished for two days. When guests arrive in the morning fishing is done in the closer beats where you can reach by foot in five minutes. There is only one group each week which means anglers can move at their own pace. Usually, lunch is served around 1 PM and returns to a different beat after lunch. Every beat is managed to ensure the least amount of pressure possible and there will be beats that haven’t been fished for weeks. Dinners are served with the Biotts family in the main dining room of each estancia. After two days of fishing, the entire group moves to the next estancia proceeding breakfast. Within an hour of transfer, guests will arrive at the next estancia, get their luggage put into their rooms and start fishing on a nearby beat.
All four rivers can be fished with a 4-weight rod and a floating line with a shooting head make it easy to cut through the wind when necessary. Casting in spring creeks requires some precision with a mix of both short and long casts. Although floating lines are mainly used, it’s also recommended to bring some sinking poly leaders for the bigger pools as the big brook trout tend to sit deeper in the water. Bring some dry flies such as Chernobyl ants, small mouse patterns and elk hair caddis. Be sure to throw in some hare’s ear nymphs, copper johns, and stoneflies for selective fish. However, the most important flies to have in your fly box are black streamers with bead heads such as wooly buggers and zonkers. You must consider that every day you are going to have the chance to fight fish in the 4 to 7-pound range. Waders are only used when the wind is hard to allow you to cross the creeks for a better position. Most of the fishing requires no wading at all.
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.
Five (5) nights / six (6) days = $3,995 (rates are based per person and double occupancy)
- All meals and accommodations
- Fully guided daily fishing
- Transfers to and from Rio Gallegos or El Calafate
- Wine and Beer
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- All meals and accommodations in Buenos Aires, Rio Gallegos, and El Calafate
- Fishing Equipment
- Staff and Guide gratuities