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Despedida Lodge

Tierra del Fuego
Log-Style Lodge Rooms
Sea Run Brown Trout
Ideal For
Fishing-Focused Anglers
Trophy Sea Run Brown Trout
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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. The Rio Grande offers comfortable and easy wading for brown trout that frequently run over 20 pounds, and with a few fish just under the 30 lb. mark, this is a fishery like none other. The river hosts a healthy population of 8 – 12 lb. fish throughout the season. Estancia Despedida’s 3.5 miles of riverfront property is located in the middle to lower stretch of the Rio Grande River, known by the locals as the “heart of the river”. In addition to the prime beats and pools of the Rio Grande River, the estancia also provides access to 35 km of the Menendez River, a productive and rarely-fished tributary to the big river. Estancia Despedida is a small and intimate family-run operation. Owners and onsite managers Danny and Helen Lajous have been operating the Estancia for nearly 20 years and have put together an elite team of guides.
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Lodging Details
Estancia Despedida is a warm and comfortable log-style lodge located in the middle of the Tierra Del Fuego wilderness in the heart of the best sea-run brown trout fishing on the planet. The lodge is located in a scenic location within minutes of both the Rio Grande and Menendez Rivers. The small and intimate lodge has three-bedroom suites, each outfitted with two beds, plenty of space, and private heated bathrooms. The suites feature two double beds, nightstands, dressers, and a full closet. Rooms are spacious with ample room for all gear, equipment, and belongings.

This is very much a “fishing-focused” lodge that prides itself on the quality of its guide staff and the quality of the lodge’s waters and beats. After long morning and evening sessions on the water, anglers enjoy relaxing in the lodge’s main living room and bar area. This large and spacious great room is tastefully decorated and furnished with lounging in mind; with comfortable couches and chairs, a full bar, and big-screen satellite television and sound system, relaxation comes easy.

Food and Beverages
Estancia Despedida serves a variety of classic Argentine dishes, primarily excellent meat cuts paired with fine Argentine wines. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the lodge’s main dining room. Guests typically return to the lodge after a four or five-hour morning session on the water for lunch and a ‘siesta’ (the obligatory time of rest in Argentina). After lunch and a brief nap, anglers are back on the water for a long afternoon and evening, almost always fishing until dark. 

Typical Length of Stay
Seven (7) nights / six (6) days of fishing. Most packages run Saturday through Saturday. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
This destination is not the ideal option for non-anglers, as the program and focus is all about fishing on the Rio Grande. While the lodge is very comfortable and the food and wines are fantastic, Estancia Despedida does not offer guided non-angling activities.

Internet / Communications
The lodge currently has limited Wi-Fi. Each room is equipped with a phone and guests are welcome to call home for a fee of $3.00 per minute.

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