Tailwaters’ own, Matt Jones, just returned from a three week pilgrimage in Argentina visiting our old friends with Patagonia River Guides (PRG). While Matt is still under the hood editing photos and video, we thought it could hurt to share a few teaser images and short videos. Explore his trip report on our blog and see first hand why Matt Jones has become one of the industry’s most reputable and professional photographers. Believe it or not, his images don’t embellish the stunning beauty and professionalism found at all of the PRG programs! There is no better way to experience Argentine Patagonia than with Patagonia River Guides. From their PRG North operation at all the estancias around San Martin, to their flagship lodge at Trevelin near Esquel, or the stunning Tres Valles Lodge at Rio Pico – nobody does it better. Whether you represent a group of buddies looking for mind blowing fishing and bird hunting, are putting together a couples trip, or want to haul down the family to explore Patagonia, you can be assured PRG is the way to go.
Matt Jones Photography Trip Report: by Matt Jones
Three weeks in Patagonia. It was the perfect way to escape the last bit of winter here in Texas. What could be better than trout streams, hatches, streamers, big fish, endless scenic landscapes, glacier fed rivers, wine, asados, beef, lamb and much much more…? Absolutely nothing.
Our friends at Patagonia River Guides brought me down to their operation based out of Trevelin, Argentina to shoot photography for a few weeks. I had the pleasure of working alongside two other talented artists as well, Austin Treyser and Isaias Miciu. The task at hand was to shadow PRG guests and document their adventures, along with the guides, equipment used, scenery and wildlife. Basically everything that makes PRG what it is (the best operation in Patagonia, of course). Over the span of three weeks, the three of us traveled hard and documented everything in between Rio Pico to San Martin de Los Andes. For me, it is easily the most memorable photography assignment I’ve ever been a part of. Days were long and tiring, but worth every moment. Lots of big fish, tons of variety in water, great food and culture. Read on to get a little bit more on our adventure….
Week 1 – Esquel Region
It’s tough for me to label any part of this trip as my favorite part, as every region is vastly different from one another. When explaining the Esquel Region, one word comes to mind — DIVERSITY. A guest could spend 3 weeks in this region alone and fish different water each day. Everything from glacier fed rivers, tailwaters, lakes, and desert spring creeks – all of which hold large fish.
Each morning the photo team was given the location to shoot for the day. Rance and Travis (PRG owners) would send us out with our own boats and guides making sure that we could get anywhere at any given time in order to get “the shot”. Our week was a combination of Rio Grande (Futalefeu), Rio Frey (Los Alerces NP), Rio Rivadavia (Los Alerces NP), Guahaina (spring creek), and Arroyo Pescado (spring creek).