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Las Pampas Lodge, Argentine Patagonia

Well past the end of the good road where the outermost tendrils of rangeland blend with the rugged snow-capped Andes is a fantastical angling landscape of endless diversity and intrigue. This rugged of-the-beaten-path region of Argentina’s Chubut province is far beyond the familiar waters surrounding Esquel and San Martin to the north but shy of the harsh almost uninhabited steppe country typical of the Santa Cruz province to the south. This area is simply referred to as Rio Pico and it is the setting for Las Pampas Lodge’s quintessential Patagonian trout fishing program.

When it comes to available waters types, fishing styles and trout species, Las Pampas Lodge may be unbeatable. With a multitude of spring creeks, small freestone rivers and trophy still-waters all within a small radius of the lodge, anglers are presented with an array of rainbow, brown and brook trout fishing options that would take weeks to fully sample. If the available lodge-based options aren’t enough, during key times of the season anglers can round out their experience with a special satellite trophy brook trout camp extension. This program has its origins in the Patagonia clothing company’s upcoming film Finding Fontinalis, in which the guides at Las Pampas take Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard on an expedition in search of a world record brook trout.

Their local Argentine staff is of equal quality and create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and truly enjoy making their guests feel like part of their larger family.

See Full Trip Details: Las Pampas Lodge

2018 Availability:
Mar 25-Apr 1 (2 rods)
Apr 7-14 (6 rods)
Apr 14-21 (4 rods)

Rate: $5000 per person for a 7 night /6 day lodge package

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, wine/beer/alcohol, transfers to/from Esquel Airport, guided fishing, fishing licenses, all terminal tackle (leaders, tippets, and flies) and fishing equipment (rods, reels, and lines, and waders and boots).

Not Included: International and domestic airfare, meals/transfers/hotels in Buenos Aires, staff and guide gratuities, and satellite telephone calls.

Sample Itinerary:
Thursday: Depart home.
Friday: Arrive Buenos Aires and overnight.
Saturday: Take a mid-day flight from Buenos Aires to Esquel.  At the airport you will be met by a representative of Las Pampas Lodge, who will transfer you to the lodge (2 ½ hour drive).
Sunday-Friday: Six full days of guided fishing in the Rio Pico area.
Saturday: Depart the lodge after breakfast and transfer to the Esquel airport.  Fly to Buenos Aires for an evening flight home.
Sunday: Arrive home.

To learn more about this destination call Kyle at 800.552.2729.


Finding Fontinalis is a short film presented by the Patagonia Clothing Company that show cases Las Pampas Lodge’s trophy brook trout program.