Perch (native fish)
Half & Full Day Trip;
Expeditions (1 to 3 nights);
8 to 34 inches long
November 1 - May 31
This is the most popular river in Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is located between 10 and 40 miles from Bariloche City and it can be floated along many of its sections. It originates in the East side of Nahuel Huapi lake. Lost in a typical steppe landscape with gin clear waters, big and deep pools, fast and strong currents and enormous fish, of course.
Plentiful rainbow and brown trout, from 6 to 28 inches (and larger), live in the river. At the beginning of the season (November - December), the water level is high and we find a great number of rainbows spawning, migrating from the river to the lake. This is the reason why streamer fishing is the best choice at this time. When the summer starts and the strong heat appears (December - January), hatches start to happen, especially caddis and mayflies, so it is the perfect time for dries and emergers. Toward the end of summer (February - March), the water levels drop and the fishing becomes more technical. We are able to wade in many spots and we nymph numerous runs and riffles. The last two months of the season (April - May) is when big migratory brown trout migrate from Nahuel Huapi Lake to the river, preparing to spawn. It is big streamer fishing time! Be patient, as the browns are like steelhead. Many, many casts, but when you hook up, it WILL be a dandy!!! If you are looking forward to fishing the trout of a lifetime then this is your choice. Bear in mind that you should be an advanced angler (long casts with heavy sinking lines are required) to fully enjoy this experience because fishing here is a challenge. Fishing season: November 1 - May 31
Full Day Trip
8 to 24 inches long
December 1 till mid-March
Located at the South edge of Nahuel Huapi National Park and almost two hours from Bariloche City, Manso river meanders through dense and old-growth forest, connecting several lakes on its journey. This makes it an excellent option to find pleasure in an incredible day surrounded by the unique cold patagonian forest in the centre of Patagonian Andes. It might be even difficult to concentrate on fishing due to the stunning scenery around us.
We float in a cataraft or drift boat for 6 miles from Steffen Lake to the confluence of the Villegas and Manso Rivers. Manso is a middle size river with extraordinarily clear emerald and pristine waters, some rapids and huge pools that hold strong, beautiful browns and rainbows. The fishing season starts in December and lasts till middle March because the water levels don't allow us to float it by the end of the regular season. During the high waters of December, we use sinking lines and streamers, landing many brown and rainbow trout as large as 20 inches. If we are lucky, there is the chance to catch a nice one more than 23 inches long! Middle summer (January - February) brings dragonfly and damselfly hatches. We then use floating lines and big attractors. If you love dry fly fishing this is the time for you. Additionally, wading is possible. Fishing season: December 1 till mid-March
at Estancia Arroyo Verde Lodge.
6 to 28 inches long
November 1 till April 30
Without question, this is one of the most popular and marvelous rivers in northern Patagonia, the land of Landlocked Salmon.
Located on the Northeast side of Nahuel Huapi National Park, 60 miles from Bariloche City, the Traful River is 16 miles long from where its heads in the homonymous lake to the confluence with Limay River.
The environment is what we call a transition between the cold forest and the patagonian steppe.
Because of its middle size, high waters and the number of willow trees on its shore, this river is a difficult one to visit at the beginning of the season. Brown and rainbow trout and Landlocked salmon are the predominant species.
In spite of its difficulties, Traful River can be generous with persistent anglers, as trophies can come in the shape of 20+ inch trout and 26-27 inch salmon. The only way to enjoy this river is by wading and we’ll fish the Lodge Estancia Arroyo Verde, the most highly productive stretch of the river, several miles in length.
To start with, streamers and sinking lines are the most suitable way to fish from November to mid December. Then, during the rest of the summer, we can add floating lines and big dry flies. And to close the season, when the water level is low and the grown salmon arrive to spawn, we use nymphs and some particular streamers.
Fishing season: November 1 till April 30
Perch (native fish)
Full Day Trip,
Expeditions (1 to 2 nights);
6 to 17 inches long
November 1 till January 15
On the East side, one hour drive from Bariloche City, the “Pichi” shares with us a rugged steppe landscape with rocky formations beautifully sculpted by the wind.
In the Mapuche language, “Pichi'' means small and “leufu”, river. This is the accurate description of it and that's why it is easier than others to wade. In addition, there is a great amount of brown and rainbow trout (6 to 17 inches) which makes this river the ideal environment for fly fishing beginners. No long cast required in this typical steppe river: run/riffle/pool.
Normally, we use floating lines with dry flies and nymphs, and during the first month of the season, we also use some small streamers.
Fishing season: November 1 till January 15
Perch (native fish)
(2 to 4 nights);
8 to 20 inches long
November 1 till May 31
Definitely, this is the most advisable option for a two or three nights expedition. With almost 30 miles long, Collón Cura River offers us the remarkable chance to fish one of the most productive rivers in the whole of Patagonia.
At the Northeast side of Bariloche City and one and a half hours from it, this river originates at the confluence of the Aluminé and Chimehuin Rivers and flows through a vast desert valley to the South, ending in Piedra del Águila Reservoir. Full of countless secondary channels and islands covered with willow trees on the shores, this river is a highly productive freestone stream with lots of food: minnows, fresh crabs or “pancoras”, grasshoppers, inchworms, mayflies, caddis… It is filled with rainbows, browns and perch from 8 to 20 inches, and always the chance to find some larger browns. During November, at the beginning of the season when the water level is high, we fish with streamers and sinking lines, being able to wade in secondary channels as well. Lower water levels in December and January, with plenty of hatches also (mainly mayflies and caddis), brings us the chance to use dry flies almost all the time. Late summer time is when trout feed themselves with inchworms eating willow leaves all along the banks. By the end of February and during March, thousands of punyens (poo-sjin, small local fish) start their reproductive run from the reservoir to the river. Streamer fishing time again for big browns and rainbows! Fishing season: November 1 till May 31
Perch (native fish)
(2 to 3 nights);
10 to 20 inches long
November 1 till mid-January
If you want to spend a couple of days on an expedition, this river, 2 hours far from Bariloche City and in the Northeast part of the National Park, is your best choice. It goes through 30 miles of private land so the fishing pressure is almost null! You should stay not less than two or three nights, you won't regret it.
A “transition” forest zone is followed by a fantastic mountainous valley full of local trees, especially the Cypress kind. Further down the river, the landscape starts to change slowly into a dry and arid zone called Patagonian steppe. Andean condors, red deer and wild boars are part of the fauna that will follow us through our adventure. Rainbows, brown trout and perch (a local fish similar to the smallmouth Bass) are the kind of fish we will find during this trip. Mostly regular size (10-20 inches) but if we are lucky maybe a larger one might appear. Mainly streamers and sinking lines are used at the beginning of the season and then, summer brings the chance to use floating lines, dry flies and nymphs. Caleufu River can only be visited between November and mid January because of the low level of the water during the rest of the season. Fishing season: November 1 till mid-January
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