Fly Fishing in Patagonia

 

Let´s go fly fishing in the most productive fishing areas of Patagonia. Esquel and Trevelin, located in Central Patagonia, have some of the most pristine waters you can find. We can personalize your trip according to your preferences and fishing skills. Float a big river, wade through a small spring creek, take a picture while holding a fish with a never ending sky or a whitesnowed peak in the background, or try our traditional asado… you name it.

 

 

An experience with Esquel Fishing Expeditions will be a mix of the best guides, the best waters and internationally recognized lodges at your service; all of this topped off with a variety of gourmet food, regional dishes and our world famous wines . We strive to care for and serve our customers with enthusiasm and dedication. Once you have fished with us, you will realize that not only you have met a guide or staff from some Patagonian lodge , you have also made a friend

 

 About Us

We are a group of friends who have shared countless hours of stories, mate (our traditional infusion) and asados, while fly fishing all over Patagonia. It all started about 20 years ago and it seems that it was yesterday. We have guided at the most important lodges of the region and now we have decided to keep doing what we most enjoy, but together. We would like to invite you come fly fishing in Patagonia and become part of our adventures. Come and have fun, we´ll take care of the rest.

Cholila

 optionsLago Cholila

It´s a beautiful 17-square kilometers lake with outstanding fishing. It has a good population of rainbows, brooks and some land-locked salmon. Its great bays and flat areas can surprise you when you cast big dries.

Río Carrileufu

It is a middle size river with 3 very attractive and productive floats. In the Carrileufu you can expect to find riffles, eddies and great deep gin crystal clear holes where you can cast dries, nymphs or streamers. Wild rainbows, browns and landlocked salmon (early in the season) are always ready to put up a hard fight.

Río Rivadavia

It is regarded as one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. This river begins in the Lago Rivadavia and its 7.5 km run trough amazing landscapes and stunning views. The main attraction of Los Alerces National Park. It is one of the most pristine (and challenging rivers in Patagonia when in comes to fly fishing). Here, sight fishing is the rule in normal conditions. Expect some action under the tree lined banks and by the huge sunk logs.

Lago Verde

It is a small lake fed by the Río Rivadavia. It is surrounded by reeds and it offers some interesting dry fly fishing action at the right time of the season. This small lake is hard to beat when it´s fishing good. We will fish this lake on our way to Arrayanes River, which is a short river that could surprise you.

Río Chubut

Located 45 minutes away from the lodge, it is a classic steppe river with high banks and great terrestrial activity. This river runs along the province of Chubut for 400 miles. It is well known for its high population of fish, especially medium size, and with some that are well above the average. It is considered one of the fastest dry fly action rivers in the area, and it is ideal for the beginner fisherman. At this river we can arrange a 2 or 3-day camp.

Estancia Tecka

Premium Option

Our program, which combines Los Alerces National Park and Estancia Tecka Lodge covers an unmatched variety of waters, shows you the most impressive scenery and wildlife, and provides a high-end fishing experience that will leave you wanting for more.

Estancia Tecka Lodge is one of the biggest ranches in South America. With its 175,000 hectares (435,000 acres) of land, and it is one of the few places in the world where you could fish the whole day and never find another soul, let alone another fisherman. Río Tecka, a few spring creeks, lagoons, a small lake, the worldwide known Río Corcovado make for a variety of waters that is second to none. Our guides, with over 15 years guiding at Estancia Tecka Lodge, will take you to the best spots depending the time of the year and your preference. The fishing opportunities are endless. Watch a big brown come out from an undercut bank for a big dry fly, fish for wild rainbows, and land the brook trout of your life. These are just some of the scenarios you will experience at this unique Estancia. During your stay, you cannot miss a great asado by the river bank courtesy of Peto, the chef.

Río Pico

Fly fish the Río Pico area, once the land of Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. It is located about 3 hours from Esquel and it has a handful of spring creeks that offer some of the best fishing in Patagonia. You will fish a wide variety of waters ranging from lakes, small freestone rivers, spring creeks, and slow moving waters that flow through meandering meadows. This region has more than a dozen lakes, and more than a hundred kilometers of rivers. The fish population consists of rainbow, brown and brook trout. Because of all of the above, it is considered one of the most popular places to fly fish in Patagonia.

Frequently asked questions

Send us an email to esquelfishingexpeditions@gmail.com providing your contact information and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
You can come and fish with us anytime between November 1st and May 1st. We have carefully designed and arranged the programs so as to make the most of each area according to the moment of the season.
You can definitely customize your trip. Just get in touch and we will help you find what you need.

Tackle & Equipment

We recommend you to bring a 9’ feet 6” weight rod when fishing with us. This is a great all around that works perfectly against the wind and when casting floating lines with big dries or sinking tips (200/250 grs) with big streamers. 3x 9 feet leaders and tippet ranging from 0x to 6x are enough to cover all the fishing situations. We fish dry flies, nymphs or streamers in most of the areas we guide. The fly selection varies based on time of year and location but an assortment of terrestrials, caddis, attractor dries, traditional nymph patterns, and streamers is usually all that is needed. Don´t forget your big streamers and big foam flies such as chernobyl ants and gipsy kings.

  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Jacket
  • Waders
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm clothes

Contact Us

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