We have all dreamt about catching one of those huge trout that only exist in legends or in old fishermen’s stories….. We have thought about what it feels like to hold it in your hands as you carefully put it back in the water after a fierce and challenging combat. One day, you have seen in your dreams the fish of the Terra des Fuega, at the end of the world. We can offer you an exceptional lodge, located on the Rio Grande and which also gives you the chance to fish one of its tributaries, the Rio Menendez. Fabulous fishing in landscapes right out of a film……. Everything tailored to your needs….. Top-quality accommodation and cuisine …….Hesitate no more!
Rio Grande / Rio Melendez tour
10 days from Europe to Europe, 7 nights, 6 days fishing
|Friday||Flight from Europe to Buenos Aires (we can deal with your booking)|
|Saturday||Arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer from the international airport to the domestic airport if necessary,* flight to Rio Grande. You will be met and driven to the lodge.|
|From Sunday to Friday:||6 full days fishing|
|Saturday||Transfer from the lodge to Rio Grande airport. Flight to Buenos Aires, transfer to international airport if necessary.* Return flight to Europe.
*depending on airline
|Sunday||Arrival in Europe|
Argentina is almost five times the size of France and stretches 3330km from North to South. It has borders with Chili to the west, Bolivia to the north-west, Paraguay to the north and Brazil, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
You will discover the Rio Grande and the Rio Melendez, two of the most beautiful rivers of this wonderful region located at the southern point of the American continent and which Magellan called the ‘Terra des Fuega’
The Rio Grande is undoubtedly the best reserve of seatrout in the world. There are only six lodges on the river and your lodge can boast to be the only one with access to both banks of the river and the lowest density of anglers. This ensures the most fabulous experience anyone can have on the Rio Grande. These waters offer excellent opportunities for seatrout on dry flies.
The lodge covers 14000 hectares of land for sheep farming and is the only one authorized by the government to fish this part of the river.
Fishing is on 9km of the Rio Grande and 24km on its main tributary, the Rio Melendez, which also offers great opportunities for good seatrout. In normal conditions, an average fishing day is 3 to 4 fish per angler from 9 to 15 pounds with a few trophy fish reaching 30 pounds.
The Rio Grande and Rio Menendez are Catch and Release and are reserved for fly-fishing.
The Rio Grande is right in front of the Lodge and is an average-sized river offering easy wading. Two-handed rods are increasingly popular here as they are more efficient in Terra des Fuega winds.The Lodge pools are interesting and varied and are ideal for fly-fishing.
The Rio Melendez is the main tributary of the Rio Grande and the principal spawning zone for seatrout. The Lodge has 24km of fishing on this smaller (14m wide) and more technical river. Wading requires more stealth and smaller flies, and fishing here is more of a challenge for experienced anglers.
Fishing season: From the beginning of February to the end of April. Catch and Release only.
A typical day’s fishing
The day is split into two sessions of 4 hours so that you can make the most of the best and least sunny moments. Your guides will pick you up after breakfast, around 8 am. You will be driven to the river in comfortable 4WD vehicles equipped with rod racks and VHF radio. Most pools are accessible by jeep and little walking is necessary. You will fish until lunch-time and then go back to the Lodge for a meal. Those fishing the Rio Grande will meet up fin a comfortable fishing cabin overlooking the river for a delicious lunch followed by a siesta. Those fishing the Rio Menendes will go back to the main Lodge for lunch and a siesta. Late afternoon, around 5 pm , you will go back to the river to fish until dusk. A headlamp will come in useful.
You will have a guide for two anglers and will fish with the same guide each day. The number of anglers is limited to eight. The local guides are experienced and speak English. They will give you all the advice you need to catch big trout. Depending on the conditions, you will use floating lines and nymphs, bombers, sinking tips and steamers.
Is the tackle provided?
No, but there is a tackle shop with offers a wide selections of material.You can also find a choice of flies if you need to replace yours or if your guide recommends a certain pattern.
Climate : The Lodge is only open during summer in the region. You can expect a wide range of temperatures. It can be sunny and hot during the day but the region is quite well-known for its winds. You should bring warm garments and also a windstopper/rain jacket.
Sea-run brown trout.
The brown trout is the second most common species in Patagonia. These sea-run brown trout complete an annual migratory cycle of salmonids, spawning during the summer in fresh water. Unlike Pacific salmon, a large proportion of sea trout will complete several cycles.
Young brown trout feed on insects whereas the adults are predators, on the look-out for other fish, like young trout or other species living in the river (small rainbow, whitefish, chub, minnows). The bigger fish can also feed on small animals which fall into the river (mice etc)
The Lodge was transformed from a traditional ranch to a fishing lodge in 2005. Guests will enjoy spacious rooms with bathrooms en-suite and a friendly living-room area. You will also appreciate the large dining-room, the bar, as well as the fly-tying facilities. There is also a drying room for your waders and rain jackets.
The Lodge can accommodate up to 12 people in 5 double rooms, one of which can sleep 4 (ideal for a family). However, the number of rods is limited to 8 per week. A lodge representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to the lodge. This journey takes about one and a half hours.
The Lodge offers excellent cuisine based on local produce, Patagonia lamb (among the best in the world), beef and vegetables. A traditional Asada (BBQ) will be held once during your stay and you will be able to taste different cuts of meat and delicious salads. A cooked breakfast is available, as well as fresh fruit, yoghurt, home-made bread, jams and a choice of cereals.
Alcohol : The Lodge offers a selection of fine Argentinian wine, beer and spirits. Guests can also bring their own drinks. Bottled water is also available. We advise you not to drink the tap water.
Electric current and communications : The lodge has reliable electric power and back up. Standard European plugs should work throughout Argentina. Wifi Internet is available free of charge.
Non-fishing guests : The lodge can organise a range of activities such as horse-riding ,outings to discover the local wildlife (wild geese, lama, guanaco, grey fox, falcons, condor) and photo safaris.
For French citizens : A passport valid 6 months after your date of return
Other nationalities : please contact your embassy or consulate
Health : no vaccinations required
Language spoken : Spanish but English is spoken at the Lodge
Time : Five hours behind us in summer ( when it is 10 am in France, it is 5 am in Argentina) and four in winter (when it is 10 am in France, it is 6 am in Argentina)
Currency : Argentine pesos. Dollars are widely accepted and you can change dollars to pesos in your hotel in Buenos Aires or in any bank. If you pay in dollars, most shopkeepers will give you change in pesos and this is a good way to get small change for taxis, tips for porters etc (although dollars can also be used) It is difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside Buenos Aires.
Please note : At the lodge, any souvenirs, tips or extras must be paid for in cash