- Price:$7700-8400 // 7 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS FISHING
- Fish Species: RAINBOW, BROOK, AND BROWN TROUT
- Seasonality: November – April
- Location: Trevelin, Argentina
ESQUEL, LOS ALERCES, AND RIO PICO REGIONS
Anglers from North America travel overnight to Buenos Aires (EZE), transfer to the domestic airport (AEP) for a connecting two-hour flight to Esquel (EQS) with Aerolineas Argentina. From Esquel, anglers are transferred by ground thirty minutes to Trevelin or three hours to Tres Valles. Most travelers elect to spend at least one night in Buenos Aires on the front end. Our concierge service and travel agents in Buenos Aires will assist with ground transfers, tours, hotel reservations, and domestic airfare with the local airlines.
TARGET SPECIES ARE BROWN, RAINBOW, AND BROOK TROUT.
PRG’s “fish a different river every day” philosophy affords anglers incredible diversity in fishing style and venue. From spring creeks, to walk and wades, all day float trips, and incredible stillwaters, PRG offers unmatched options for guests to choose from both at Trevelin and Tres Valles.
PRG’S SEASON IS NOVEMBER 1ST – MAY 1ST
Spring in Patagonia (November – December) has offered some of the best conditions each of the past three seasons, and are not months to overlook. January – March (peak summer months) are by far the most popular – yet are usually booked a year in advance. Late March marks the beginning of autumn in Patagonia and offers beautiful fall colors, spawning browns and brookies as well as quail and stag hunting options for guests. There is no bad time to visit PRG!
PRG’s Lodge at Trevelin is a program that will accommodate ALL anglers regardless of skill level, age or gender. It is Patagonia’s most comprehensive fishing and lodging program. PERIOD. Rance and Travis have thought of every last fine detail to create the ultimate guest and fishing experience – all the while maintaining the integrity of all that is cultural and charming about the traditional Argentine holiday
Starting at $7000
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing at Trevelin and Tres Valles is $7000 (November-December) and $8400 (January-May). Shorter stays on a case by case basis. Additional expenses include but are not limited to airfare to Buenos Aires, hotel and services in Buenos Aires, Airfare to Esquel with Aerolineas and Gratuities. See RATES for details.
You the client don’t pay a penny for our travel services! Our destination recommendations, organization, and pre-trip planning services are completely free of charge – and oftentimes less expensive than booking direct with a lodge or outfitter. We can assist with every question, concern, or special request related to your adventure at zero cost!
Patagonia River Guides, or “PRG,” is American owned and operated by Rance Rathie and Travis Smith. Rance and Travis are born and bred fly fishermen who have been guiding anglers in Montana since their teens. Their passion for fishing and guiding ultimately led them to Argentina where they saw a unique opportunity to apply their extensive knowledge and expertise to build the most comprehensive and professional fly fishing operation in Patagonia.
Whether its their modern and well maintained trucks, boats, and fly fishing tackle, their all-star guides and staff, amazing fishing, distinct scenery, ridiculously good cuisine and wines, or their “fish a different river everyday” philosophy – there is no question PRG offers the most complete and dynamic cultural and angling experience in Patagonia for hard-core anglers as well as adventurous couples. In addition to their world-class fly fishing programs, PRG also offers some of the finest wild quail and red stag hunting in South America allowing guests the unique opportunity to combine fly fishing and hunting from the same lodge.
PRG operates in three separate and distinct regions: the Esquel and Los Alerces National Park Area (Trevelin); The Rio Pico Area (Tres Valles Lodge); and the San Martin and Junin del los Andes Area (PRG North). PRG has unique lodges in each area and extensive fly-fishing programs covering almost all of the trout regions of Argentina.
Experience the best fly-fishing in Argentina with Patagonia River Guides (PRG). Guests of PRG have the opportunity to enjoy the most comprehensive fishing programs from over ten diverse lodging choices across the three most productive regions of Patagonia, Argentina – Esquel, Rio Pico and San Martin de los Andes. Every trip is customized according to the angler’s needs and desires, and trips as short as three days or as long as three weeks are easily executed. The PRG experience is a unique blend of inspiring waters, varied fishing, beautiful scenery, interesting culture, lasting friendships and unrivaled service. All of this complemented by gourmet and regional cuisine, delicious wines and first class accommodations.
There are few places in the world where you can enjoy the diversity and quality of fishing offered in Patagonia, and careful planning and execution are critical to getting the most out of your trip. Patagonia River Guides’ philosophy to fishing is straightforward: fish the best rivers, at the best times, with the best guides. On any given day, PRG’s guests could find themselves wading small freestone streams or spring creeks, floating bigger rivers from comfortable rafts or drift boats, stalking fish and sight fishing in gin-clear water or even spending a day in search of fish over ten pounds on our area’s still waters. Fish size and numbers depend on the type of water and the angler’s skill level, but we are confident that the quality, diversity and unparalleled beauty of Patagonia’s fisheries will not disappoint. Since PRG has so many options, extended stays are recommended in order to see and experience as much as possible in one, two or all three distinct regions.
PRG is American owned and operated by Rance Rathie and Travis Smith. Rance and Travis are born and bred fly fishermen who have been guiding anglers in Montana since their teens. Their passion for fishing and guiding ultimately led them to Argentina where they saw a unique opportunity to apply their extensive knowledge and expertise to build the most comprehensive and professional fly-fishing operation in Patagonia. For over ten years, they’ve cultivated a staff of Argentine employees, guides and managers that is unmatched in terms of experience, professionalism and passion.
As long-time professional guides, Rance and Travis understand that a good guide can often be the difference between an average trip and the trip of a lifetime, which is why they take great care in maintaining the best guide staff in the region. Without exception, PRG’s guides are talented professionals, excellent and enthusiastic teachers, passionate fishermen and expert oarsmen. Apart from their extensive fishing skills, they also enjoy sharing their local knowledge of flora, fauna, culture and history.
PRG is extremely well equipped to handle the ultimate fly-fishing adventure. They are not only outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, tackle and gear, but we also supply each guest with Simms waders and boots, Winston Rods, Hatch Reels and every fly at no additional charge.
THREE REGIONS TO CHOOSE FROM
PRG operates in three separate and distinct regions: the Esquel and Los Alerces National Park Area (Trevelin); The Rio Pico Area (Tres Valles Lodge); and the San Martin and Junin del los Andes Area (PRG North). PRG has unique lodges in each area and extensive fly-fishing programs covering almost all of the trout regions of Argentina. Because of the many lodging options, waters, and fishing options, we are able to customize trips to suit every guest’s desires.
ESQUEL REGION & LOS ALERCES NATIONAL PARK (TREVELIN LODGE)
PRG’s Trevelin area programs are arguably the most sought after in all of Argentina. The area surrounding Trevelin and Esquel offers over two-dozen rivers and the most diverse fishing in all of Argentina. From temperate rainforest in Los Alerces National Park to the arid Patagonia steppe – all within striking distance of The Lodge at Trevelin – the area is a fly fisherman’s dream come true. Since the waters, fishing, and scenery are so distinct, we recommend trying PRG’s signature “fish a different river daily” program to make the most of the experience. Those that do will enjoy casting flies in every kind of water imaginable and catching a variety of strong wild trout. The area’s rivers boast rainbows, browns, brook trout, and landlocked salmon in their waters.
There is such a large selection of large rivers, small rivers, spring creeks and lakes in the Trevelin area that anglers can choose to wade or float daily. Guests can also choose and enjoy as much or as little sight fishing, match the hatch dry fly fishing, terrestrial fishing, streamer fishing, and spot nymph fishing, as they wish. Novice as well as the most seasoned anglers will take pleasure in the sophistication of PRG’s outfitting and the diversity of the fishing. Their talented guides specialize in fishing diverse waters and have the necessary flies and tackle required to change tactics daily, and since each professional guide has an assistant, walk fishing guests will always enjoy a single guide.
Weeklong programs are standard at Trevelin, but trips as short as three days can easily be designed. And for those that want a completely customized itinerary, combining our programs at PRG North or Rio Pico with Trevelin is easy.
The Esquel region resembles fishing in the American West in many ways. Rivers in this area originate in the Andes Mountains or the Patagonia Steppe, and all the rivers except for the Arroyo Pescado, Tecka and the Chubut flow west to the Pacific Ocean. What? The continental divide is actually on the Eastern side of the Andes Mountains! The rivers in this area are as varied as the countryside and there are many creeks, lakes and rivers all of which contain excellent numbers of trout. Some of the rivers are large and carry a substantial volume of water year-round; others are small and intimate and require a stealthy approach. About half of the area rivers can be floated while the other half need to be waded.
Los Alerces National Park was formed to protect one the last stands of giant sequoia trees, Los Alerces, in Patagonia. These trees aren’t as large as their cousins in the United States but older (amongst the oldest trees in the world). Los Alerces encompasses more than 500,000 acres and contains over two dozen rivers and lakes. Most of the national park never gets touched because of the limited access on just the eastern edge of the park. The ecosystem would be described as valdivian rainforest making it different than much of Argentine Patagonia. Most guests enjoy the scenery of park as much as the fishing.
Trout were planted here in 1964 and they have flourished. You can catch rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, and even land locked salmon in the emerald colored waters and sight fishing is the norm. The visibility of the water is astounding and in most rivers, every fish can be spotted before you cast. Get off the beaten path a little bit and anglers will find fish that will confidently swallow size four dry flies.
EXAMPLES OF THE RIVERS FISHED IN THE ESQUEL AREA:
EXAMPLES OF RIVERS FISHED IN THE LOS ALERCES ARES:
RIO PICO REGION
PRG has been offering exceptional expedition-style trips to the Rio Pico region in combination with other PRG programs for over a dozen years.
While Rio Pico has historically provided lodging with less luxury and comfort, PRG at Rio Pico now operates the new Tres Valles Lodge – a beautiful facility up to the higher standards of anglers familiar with Trevelin and the estancias up north. In addition to upscale accommodations, Tres Valles has also brought miles of private water including Las Pampas River, Arroyo Negro, and Lake Ness. Tres Valles can be combined with other PRG programs with a stay as short as three nights, but should definitely be considered a stand alone program accommodating anglers with tremendous diversity in waters fished for a week+.
There is not a paved road in the entire region and anglers often have to ford rivers and open several gates on the way to remote fishing locations. PRG’s professional guides, some of them that grew up fishing the region, are well equipped to fish in the isolated region and all have rugged 4×4 trucks, inflatable rafts with custom-designed fishing frames, and years of experience in negotiating the terrain.
PRG’s Rio Pico fishing program combines quite possibly the best lake fishing in all of Patagonia with exciting spring creek and small stream fishing. Both rainbow and brown trout, averaging six pounds and exceeding twenty pounds, can be targeted on one of the area’s many productive lakes, and often times these “hogs” can be landed on large dry flies.
Unlike other locations such as Jurassic Lake, Rio Pico offers a diverse valley with more than a dozen productive lakes, each with its own distinct character. Guests could fish for an entire week never touching the same lake twice. What’s more, the area also offers not only trophy rainbows, but also brown trout and brook trout. No other stillwater destination offers the beauty, variety, or productivity of the Rio Pico.
Guests may also choose daily between one of several wade fishing adventures for trout averaging sixteen to twenty inches. It is necessary to walk or hike to the best sections of area streams, but those willing to explore will encounter some of Argentina’s best-kept secrets.
The Rio Pico Area is located about three hours south of PRG’s main lodge at Trevelin, and offers anglers the chance to explore and fish off the beaten path rivers and lakes while enjoying incredibly nice accommodations at Tres Valles Lodge. Their research, experience and knowledge over the past ten years has been aimed at opening this frontier for you to enjoy. This is an area which gives you the chance to catch some large fish and to enjoy a part of Patagonia without any influence from tourism. Nightly barbecues, fine wine, and stories told around the fire add to this amazing experience. Lake fishing can be very exciting because of the size of the fish and the potential to sight-fish when condition are right. Lakes are not the only reason to visit this area because there are several rivers and spring creeks in the area which will provide plenty of action and exciting moments.
EXAMPLES OF LAKES AND RIVERS FISHED FROM RIO PICO LODGE:
Rio Las Pampas
Lagos Uno, Dos, Tres, Quatro, Cinco (and more)
GUIDE TRUCKS, BOATS & EQUIPMENT:
PRG’s equipment is extensive, and it has to be to get to all the places they fish. Each guide is required to have a comfortable, safe, and rugged 4×4 – most choose the Toyota Hilux, and there is no other truck like it. Each guide also travels daily with a boat designed for the area. PRG Trevelin and Rio Pico guides use Northwest River Supply self-bailing rafts, and frames because they are light, durable, safe, and designed for fly fishing. PRG invented collapsible frames and a rack for the back of each truck so that boats can go anywhere – places those trailering a boat could only dream of. PRG North guides utilize mostly comfortable RO drift boats designed in Montana. PRG guides also have a fleet of motorboats with new low emission four-stroke motors enabling them to reach remote areas.
Each guide carries nearly the same kit including (but not limited to): VHF radio to keep in constant communication, tackle bag loaded with hundreds of dozens of flies, tippet, leaders, extra reels and lines, first aide kit, and extra clothing in case of inclement weather. Each guide is also equipped with Simms waders, boots, hip pack, and backpack to use depending on the location, and can always pull out an extra pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, superglue, leatherman, etc. to provide for guests that might need something.
ALL FISHING EQUIPMENT PROVIDED
Clients are outfitted with any and everything they might need for their fishing trip. PRG is supported by Simms and provides their high end breathable waders and boots for any guest that might not want to travel with their own. PRG also has over 40 Winston Boron IIx, IIIx, IImx, and IIIsx six-weight rods to loan to guests for the day or for the week, and Hatch Reels loaded with RIO floating and sinking lines. Each guest is also provided with a Simms dry bag to hold extra clothing, sunscreen, license, etc. Guests should only have to pack a rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, and fishing clothing to enjoy an adventure with PRG; although, some choose to bring their own waders, rods, and reels. We encourage all guests to bring their favorite rods, reels, and custom waders, but it isn’t necessary if you just don’t want to pack a full kit.
PRG LODGE AT TREVELIN
PRG’s Lodge at Trevelin awaits guests’ return from daily adventures in the Esquel and Los Alerces National Park area. The lodge consists of 12 spacious, tastefully appointed bedrooms, each with private ensuite baths and all the comforts one would expect in a five-star facility. The lodge has two full bars – one with a pool table and scotch bar complete with adjacent wine cellar and cigar humidor, and the second, which opens to a huge wrap-around deck – both perfect for sipping cocktails, sharing stories and gazing at the spectacular 360-degree views of five surrounding mountain ranges. The lodge also features two living/relaxing rooms and a central dining area with indoor parilla (barbeque grill) where gourmet meals and world famous Argentine asados (barbeques) are served by professional kitchen staff. PRG’s Lodge at Trevelin always comes with complimentary private and individual rooms so a group of friends can individually enjoy a pleasant and restful night of sleep, and a little bit more space.
PRG offers an authentic Argentina fly-fishing program, and the same is true with our approach to cuisine. Their professionally trained kitchen staff offers a unique blend of regional and gourmet to produce meals that showcase local organic fruits, meats, cheeses and vegetables (many grown in their own gardens). Guests enjoy Argentina’s superb beef and famous Patagonia lamb asados (barbeques) coupled with diverse menus featuring pork, chicken, fish and pasta. Lunch and dinner are complemented by a rotating assortment of some of Argentina’s finest red and white wines so that guests can choose their favorite.
TRES VALLES LODGE AT RIO PICO
PRG has been offering exceptional expedition-style trips to the Rio Pico region in combination with other PRG programs for over ten years. Tres Valles Lodge offers guests first-class accommodation, excellent service, and fine meals in the Rio Pico Area. Tres Valles is a beautiful mountain lodge offering four spacious double suites each with private baths and private deck overlooking the spectacular Desnudo Mountain.
The six-thousand square foot lodge is intimate but spacious and distributed on two levels with a living room on each level, library, full bar, two dining areas, mudroom, large outside deck, barbeque pit, and two large fireplaces. As remote and private as the lodge is, it still offers guests both fixed phone and wi-fi, a luxury that guests have never enjoyed in Rio Pico before. Tres Valles also offers a professional kitchen preparing delicious gourmet meals along with traditional asados and barbeques showcasing grass-fed estancia beef and lamb. Guillermina and Simon Madero take pride in all aspects of the estancia and lodge management ensuring guests enjoy an amazing lodging and fishing experience while staying in Rio Pico.
Guests travel to Buenos Aires via direct overnight flight from several U.S. cities including New York, Miami, Houston, and Dallas/Ft. Worth International airports — arriving into Buenos Aires the following morning.
Guests traveling straight through then gather their luggage, clear customs, and are met by a driver who transfers the group across town to the Domestic Airport (AEP) for the flight to Esquel, Bariloche, or San Martin de los Andes (depending on itinerary and fishing program) aboard Aerolineas Argentinas. Most travelers elect to spend the day and evening in Buenos Aires prior to departing for Patagonia the following morning. If you have the time, B.A.’s nightlife, restaurants, museums, culture, and shopping are well worth the effort. This is a great way to break up the two legs of the journey, do some sightseeing, and recharge your batteries.
Tailwaters uses a very reliable local travel agent and concierge who lends a hand with domestic airfare as well as customs assistance and chauffeur service that provides ground transfers for all our clients in Buenos Aires. They can also facilitate reservations at all the nicest hotels in Buenos Aires, and can also lend a hand with restaurant reservations, city tours, and other side trips.
Upon arrival in Patagonia, all PRG groups are met by a representative from Patagonia River Guides and transferred 30 minutes to Trevelin or three hours to Tres Valles.
NOTE ABOUT LOL ARGENTINA (OUR BUENOS AIRES CONCIERGE)
Gaia and LOL Argentina is our recommended choice for assistance in Buenos Aires. In addition to booking your domestic flights in Argentina, one of the many services LOL provides is complete airport assistance, which is invaluable for most non-Spanish speakers. Gaia and her staff provide meet and greet services at the international and domestic airports, informative transfers within the city, assistance checking in at airports, solutions to delayed flights, and can perform miracles at times with any other issues that might arise.
If you use LOL’s service, you can also think of them as your personal concierge to the city of Buenos Aires. They can recommend and make dinner reservations, get you tickets to events, show you around the city, take you shopping (or shop for you), change local currency (for a better rate), answer questions, or just enjoy a drink and get to know you. Please count on Gaia and her staff to provide you with a memorable experience in Buenos Aires. None of LOL’s services are included in the price of PRG’s trip and we will make all intros with LOL and assist in making all these arrangements.
SAMPLE TRAVEL ITINERARY FOR 7 NIGHT / 6 DAY PACKAGE
The following itinerary demonstrates the traditional travel schedule with an evening in Buenos Aires prior to pushing onward to Patagonia. The following itinerary also reflects the travel involved for visiting Trevelin or Tres Valles (Rio Pico) via Esquel (EQS). Guests of PRG North Estancias generally travel through San Martin and sometimes Bariloche.
Note: Flights from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Esquel (EQS) are daily except Wednesdays.
Evening overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival into Buenos Aires the next morning.
Upon arrival at Buenos Aires’ International Airport (EZE), anglers gather their luggage, clear customs, and are met by a driver who transfers the group approximately one hour to a hotel downtown. Guests have the option of taking guided tours, organized dinner plans, tango shows, and a night on the town in B.A escorted by our concierge partners at LOL Argentina.
Guests are collected at their hotel mid morning and driven 10-15 minutes to the domestic airport for the flight to Esquel, Argentina aboard local carrier Aerolineas Argentina. Tailwaters uses a very reliable customs assistance and chauffeur service that operates comfortable, air-conditioned vans. LOL’s staff of drivers make sure you are properly checked in for your two-hour domestic flight to Esquel.
DEPART BUENOS AIRES (AEP) ON AEROLINEAS FLIGHT #2662 @ 12:50PM || ARRIVE ESQUEL (EQS) @ 3:23PM
Upon arrival in Esquel, the group is then met at the baggage claim and driven 20 minutes to the lodge at Trevelin or three hours to Tres Valles (Rio Pico).
Six full fishing and exploring days with PRG and continued overnight.
After breakfast guests are transferred back to Esquel for the flight to Buenos Aires.
DEPART ESQUEL (EQS) ON AEROLINEAS FLIGHT #2663 @ 4:05PM || ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES (AEP) @ 6:19PM
Guests are then picked up at the domestic airport (AEP) and transferred back to the International Airport (EZE) and assisted through check-in for your flight on to the United States. Overnight flight back to USA.
NOTE ABOUT CUSTOM ITINERARIES WITH PRG
A week not enough? Combine multiple venues ranging from the Estancias up north to Trevelin as well as Rio Pico. Every fly fishing trip booked by Tailwaters Travel to PRG is custom designed for the angler based on their desires; and because they have several lodging and dozens of fishing choices, we can easily match each guest with exactly what they want. Changes can easily be made to schedules depending on conditions and desires when guests arrive. Some may choose to repeat a river or venue, some may choose to do more floating or wading, and some may choose to take a day to enjoy non-fishing activities.
PRG’s philosophy has always been to give guests the ultimate in variety allowing them to experience different kinds of fishing such as floating and wading; big rivers and small rivers; lakes and spring creeks. Trips as short at 4 nights can easily be arranged, but taking advantage of the travel to get there is highly recommended. A weeklong trip goes by in a flash leaving most wanting a few more days. There is no other operator in Argentina that can provide the variety or quality of fishing as PRG. Contact us today to get more information or dream up your own custom trip and we can propose numerous itineraries to consider with seamless connections between each region.
When to Go
SPRING (NOV 1ST TO JANUARY 1ST):
The fishing season officially opens in Argentine Patagonia on November 1st. Spring is a special time to visit Patagonia as the Andes Mountains still hold a good amount of snow and valleys are covered with spring flowers. Precipitation decreases throughout the spring and average temperatures rise along with the length of day until the summer solstice on December 21st. Area fisheries are full of water, but almost every stream is fishable after December 1st due to the many river-lake systems in the area. Since the water is higher this time of the year, the largest fish tend to be more aggressive and accessible. Fishing is generally spectacular but flexibility is a must as streamers, dry flies, and nymphs are all used depending on the river levels and daily weather conditions. Large flies normally concocted with rubber legs, long hackles, bunny fur, foam–you name it (chernoble’s, garbage, junk, bichos, mutant’s, big foam, etc.)—can be thrown and are very effective this time of the year due to the aggressive nature of the fish and the lack of pressure. You can leave your 5X at home but be sure to bring some 0X and even a sink tip to go down and dirty. Your guide will be as anxious as you are as they have been waiting all winter for the fishing season to open. Tourism season begins after Christmas and the New Year so the area is much more relaxed and the fish are very willing. PRG normally offers a pre-season rate to attract clients during this time, not because of poor fishing, but because the holiday season tends to keep most anglers at home. If you’re looking for a great place to spend the holidays, imagine long days, great fishing, energetic guides, and a very relaxed atmosphere with few people.
SUMMER (JANUARY 1ST TO MARCH 15TH):
Summer is the most popular season for fishing and tourism in Patagonia. Kids are on vacation and tourists abound. The weather is the best this time of the year with the warmest temperatures. Some snow remains on the highest Andes peaks and almost all the spring flowers are already gone. The grass is growing, and with warmer temperatures—you guessed it—hoppers and terrestrial insects are prolific and dry fly fishing is at its best. There are uncountable species of beetles, ants, hoppers, crickets, wasps, and other unidentified flying objects this time of the year and the trout are looking for them. Take note of a South American phenomenon: the hottest, brightest, and clearest days are the best dry fly and fishing days! Yes, it’s true, a bluebird-fisherman’s dream! All of the above being said about fish looking to slam dry flies is true, but presentation is key on some streams as fish have seen a few gypsy kings, fat alberts, chernoble ants, hoppers, etc…..and they are as suspicious as they are aggressive this time of the year. You might have to drop down to 3X, 4X, and occasionally even 5X and use a dropper to attract fish in the crystal clear water. You will have lots of sight fishing opportunities and wet wading is possible a majority of the time. Water levels continue to drop and water temperatures rise this time of year. Every fishery is open and in perfect shape giving you the most options for the “fish a different river every day” philosophy that PRG follows throughout the season. This is Prime Time and getting a spot with PRG is not easy. Repeat customers reserve most spots year after year, but If you can get a spot, you won’t be disappointed!
FALL (MARCH 15TH TO MAY 1ST)
Fall is the favorite of many anglers, and it is a great time to visit Patagonia. Summer tourist traffic drops off completely and anglers once again have a vast wilderness to themselves. Temperatures starts to decrease, which normally brings on the fall feeding frenzy of area trout. Brown trout and brook trout are getting ready to spawn and many of those larger fish, which migrated back into the lake during the middle of summer, are headed back to the river to feed or spawn. Fall colors in Patagonia are spectacular and if you are lucky enough to be able to come and enjoy the fall, you will probably become addicted to the beauty, the tranquility and the fishing. Although the days are not as long as the spring and the summer, you still get plenty of time on the water. In fact, you might actually get more fishing as the guides are excited this time of the year. PRG gets a second wind like no other and scours every last honey hole, secret spot, sure bet, and hog spot to try to catch every last fish before they have to put away their gear for winter. You will enjoy the coziness of the lodges, the fall foods, and the fireside conversations with some of the most passionate fishermen in the world. If you can get a spot, you’ll be thrilled to wake up to cool and clear mornings, fall colors, and snowcapped peaks while getting ready for the ultimate fly fishing adventure that PRG offers!
CAST AND BLAST OPTIONS WITH PRG
In addition to their world-class fly fishing programs, PRG also offers some of the finest wild quail and red stag hunting in South America allowing guests the unique opportunity to combine fly fishing and hunting from the same lodge starting March 15th. Cast and Blast trips can be arranged for as few as four days, but it is recommended to spend a full week to try three or four different and unique rivers and two to three days of quail hunting. Guests could easily fish a full week and never fish the same river twice and PRG has over 100,000 acres leased for quail hunting. For those guests’ wishing to fish, quail hunt, and stalk red stag, we recommend either a nine or ten night program to allow time to dedicate to all three species.
Guests should be physically fit and enjoy easy to moderate walking to hunt quail with guides and pointing dogs. Hunting wild quail the traditional way – with a dog and a gun — is a fulfilling experience and there are few places one can still do that today. Argentina’s California Quail bob and weave from bush to bush and prefer to run; however, once pinned down by the dogs, they are quick to fly and very challenging for the average hunter. A good shot should expect between six and dozen quail per day and most shoot over a box of shells per outing. As with everything in fishing and hunting, some shoot a whole box and bag just a few quail so assigning a number per day is arbitrary. That’s hunting but trust us when we say the birds are not your kick-and-shoot pen raised birds, they are challenging and there are many.
PRG has six well-trained English and Elhew pointers and professional guides to handle the dogs and execute great hunts. One guide is provided for every two hunters and safety is the highest priority! PRG provides Beretta Urika 391 Automatic 20-gauge shotguns w/ interchangeable chokes and shells for each guest for a small fee. Guests should pack field pants, high quality field-hunting boots, and game bag or vest (with hunters orange). Shooting glasses and gloves are optional. If you would prefer to bring your own gun, as many do, we can help you with the paperwork and getting your gun into Argentina. The process is straightforward and Argentina is hunter friendly.
It is also possible to hunt Red Stag from PRG’s Lodge at Trevelin on a private 10,000-acre estancia fifteen minutes from the lodge during March, April, and May. The rut is typically from March 15th to April 15th depending on weather and other factors. Red Stag hunting is easily combined along with all of PRG’s trout and quail programs. The stag average an impressive 198 points CIC (similar to a 340 SCI elk), and trophy fees start at only $3000 for animals up to 200 points CIC. If you have wanted to hunt a red stag and don’t have the full week to dedicate to the program, this might be a wonderful opportunity to hunt a trophy. Archery hunts can be arranged for guests, but archery hunters should be experienced and rather self-sufficient. The private ranch provides a ranch guide for each hunter (extra charge of $150 per client per day + license), and PRG handles all logistics, food, beverage and lodging. Hunters will want to have hunting clothing (camo is preferred for stalking), hunting boots, and binoculars. The ranch will provide guns and those who want to bring their own should inquire for information on the process.
OTHER NON-FISHING ACTIVITIES
Patagonia River Guides has a great deal to offer in addition to world-class fly fishing. Non-fishing guests or those who simply want to take a day off from fishing, can enjoy relaxing around the lodge or choose from a variety of guided activities including: walking, hiking or biking in or around Patagonia’s national parks; horseback riding on one of the area estancias; bird watching with an ornithologist; massage and holistic healing activities with professional therapist; whitewater rafting or scenic float trips; area cultural tours; shopping for local arts, crafts and gifts; visits across the border to Chile; and on-site cooking classes.
Non-fishers are just as important as the fishermen and a complete itinerary will be prepared with as few or as many activities as the non-fisher would like. Please contact us for a complete schedule and options for non-fishing programs.
For those who want to enjoy more of Argentina than just the spectacular fishing in Patagonia, PRG, in partnership with some of the best travel experts in the USA and Argentina, is pleased to arrange extended stays to unique destinations such as Iguazu Falls, the glaciers in the South, the charming Northwest region of Argentina, the endless pampas and of course, wine tours in Mendoza and wingshooting trips. Please let us help you create your trip of a lifetime to Argentina!
Patagonia River Guides has a great deal to offer in addition to world-class fly fishing. Non-fishing guests or those who simply want to take a day off from fishing, can enjoy relaxing around the lodge or choose from a variety of guided activities including:
- Day Hikes
- Horseback Riding
- Mountain Biking
- 4×4 Expeditions
- National Park Visits
- Cultural Visits & Tours
- Bird Watching
- Tours to Chile
- Museum & Art Visits
- Artisan Fairs
- Float Trips & Whitewater Trips
- Spa Activities
- Estancia Visits & Activities
- Cooking Classes
PRIVATE ROOM / SHARED GUIDE
November 1 – December 28, 2019
(based on private room / shared guide)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing: $7o00 per person***
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing: $6000 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing: $5000 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing: $4000 per person
December 28 – May 2, 2020
(based on private room / shared guide)
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing:$8400 per person
TRANSFERS TO BARILOCHE (FROM ESQUEL OR SAN MARTIN):
$350-$600/car (2-3 passengers)
$600 – $800/van (4+ passengers)
Charter Flights Possible from Esquel and San Martin (ask for quote)
HUNTING EXPENSES (LODGE AT TREVELIN)
Shotgun Rental + Shells: $100 per day
Hunting License: $35/week
Fishing + Hunting on Same Day: $250/day
ESTANCIA ESCONDIDA RED STAG
Rifle & Cartridges: $100/day
Daily Access Fee: $150/day
Hunting License: $100/week
Extra Guides: $250/person (when someone wants to hunt stag and hunt quail or fish same day)
RED STAG TROPHY FEES
First Stag Trophy Fee = $3500
Additional Trophy = $3000
Cull Stag = $1500
Additional Trophy Fees
200-220 CIC points = $1000 Extra
SHIPPING TO USA:
Accommodations, all meals, house drinks, local transportation, professional guide, assistant guide, private water fees, and fishing license. Includes all flies, terminal tackle, and loaner equipment such as: Winston Rods, Simms waders, Simms wading boots, and Hatch Reels with lines.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Meals, Lodging and other expenses in Buenos Aires as outlined by LOL Argentina; Airfare to Esquel, Argentina from Buenos Aires with Aerolineas; Guide and Staff Gratuities; Specialty liquors & Cigars; Airport Departure Taxes; Overweight baggage expenses; Items of personal nature such as telephone calls; Laundry service; Ground transfers from the Bariloche Airport if applicable. Cast and Blast trips do not include guns, shells, or license.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters and lodges which it represents. Patagonia River Guides’ policy follows: A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to secure all reservations. Final balance is due 90 days prior to departure. All deposits are non-refundable unless clients can be replaced. Full payment may be transferred to another guest for original dates. PRG reserves the right to charge a handling fee of $500 per person for date changes after initial reservation has been made. No credits or refunds are given for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.