Jun 7th, 2018
Route of the Spring Creeks – Southern Patagonia, Argentina
This boutique-style fly fishing program takes anglers on a truly authentic journey combining the best brook and brown trout fishing in southern Patagonia with stays at two traditional family-run Argentine estancias that date back to the late 1800’s and a comfortable and rustic Eco Camp consisting of multiple geodesic dome tents. Limited to only two rods per week this intimate program gives anglers the opportunity to fish four completely private and well-rested spring creeks which hold brook and brown trout up to six pounds. This small homestay-style venue is a treasure within the vast open Patagonian landscape. The Route of the Spring Creeks offers rewarding homespun cultural experiences coupled with some of the finest spring creek fishing south of the equator.
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1. Experience a truly authentic journey combining trophy brook trout and brown trout fishing with stays at traditional family-run Argentinian estancias and a comfortable, rustic Eco Camp.
2. Fish four completely private spring creeks that are fished by less than 40 anglers each season.
3. Enjoy the warm hospitality of a true Patagonian pioneer family.
4. Wading is easy and anglers rarely need to wear waders.
5. Limited occupancy (maximum of two rods per week) and extremely low fishing pressure.
Where is the lodge?
All three estancias are located in southern Argentina along Route 40 between the towns of El Calafate and Rio Gallegos.
How do I get there?
Guests fly to Rio Gallegos, Argentina and are transferred 1.5 hours to the first estancia by vehicle.
When should I go?
Mid-December through mid-February.
Where do they fish?
They fish four completely private spring creeks within the estancias’ holdings.
Who is best suited for this destination?
Anglers and guests seeking rewarding homespun cultural experiences coupled with some of the finest spring creek fishing in southern Patagonia.
What are the accommodations and meals like?
The accommodations are basic, clean, comfortable and consistent with 3-star rated hotels. The estancias date back to the late 1800’s – early 1900’s and have been either remodeled and/or retrofitted with modern amenities such as indoor bathrooms, running water, and electricity. Additionally, guests will stay at the Estancia Pali Aike Eco Camp, which consists of geodesic dome tents complete with private bathrooms, heating systems, a shower and power for charging electronic devices. The Eco Camp stay is on the last night of the Route, which allows guests to experience a more wilderness like setting for the closure of their Patagonian experience. Meals at the estancias are thoughtfully prepared using traditional Argentinean recipes and showcase locally sourced produce and farm-raised lamb and beef complimented by hand-selected Salentein wines.
Describe the atmosphere and style of the estancias?
The Route of the Spring Creeks is an intimate, inclusive and family-driven program where guests are received as members of their extended family. Although each estancia is unique in their own way, the overall vibe is casual and inviting. Despite some modern upgrades, the estancias have remained true to their authentic Patagonian character and guests should expect to go with the flow and quite possibly make some small concessions in the same way you would when visiting a distant family relative.
Is there an on-site manager, owner or point person at the lodge?
The Biott Family own and operate Route of the Spring Creeks and are always on-site and available to guests. Juan Manuel serves as the primary host and “manager” but each family member chips in wherever needed to assure each guest are well cared for.
How do they fish?
Typically they fish two anglers per guide. Fishing grounds are accessed by 4×4 truck and anglers walk and wade the fishing beats.
Will we see other anglers?
No. Limited to just two anglers per week on completely private water there is no chance of seeing other anglers.
What fish will I catch?
Brown trout and brook trout.
How many fish will I catch?
Anglers can expect to catch 15-20+ fish per day.
Is there wade fishing?
Anglers wade-fish 100% of the time. Wading is very easy and rarely do anglers need to step into the water. In fact, anglers can fish most of the route without waders. Most of the fishing is done by walking along the dry grassy edges of the creeks and can be done with a decent pair of durable hiking shoes/boots. We still recommend bringing waders as there are times when they are needed.
How far is it to the fishing grounds?
The daily commute to the fishing grounds from the estancias range from 5-30 minutes and the transfers between estancias range from 1-1.5 hours.
Is there internet and cell service?
Only one of the estancias has an internet connection and it only comes on at night while the generator is running. There is no cell service available.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
The lodge does not provide equipment.
What is your favorite rod(s) for the trip?
Any medium-fast action rod in the 3 to 5-weight class will do. If you only took one rod, take the 4-weight. Fiberglass and Tenkara rod aficionados are highly welcomed!
Are there other activities?
What are the physical demands?
None. There’s not much walking required and the wading is very easy.
Do guides speak English?
Both guides speak excellent English.
What are the guides like?
Brothers Juan Manuel and Tomas Biott were literally brought up fly fishing the creeks along the route and have an intimate knowledge of these systems like no other. Juan and Tomas are both warm-hearted, genuine, kind, attentive, and extremely knowledgeable individuals that are a pleasure to get to know and spend time with on and off the water. Both are great instructors and guides and willing to share their knowledge about fishing and local Patagonian culture and history.
What is the cost?
$3,995 per person for a 5 night/6 day package
$3,395 per person for a 4 night/5 day package
Does this trip combine well with other destinations?
Yes, this program combines well with trips to Jurassic Lake Lodge, Las Buitreras Lodge and other destinations in and around Southern Chile (such as Torres del Paine National Park).
Are there special skills required?
It can be windy at times so it’s a good idea to practice casting in the wind with accuracy.
What are the physical demands?
Dangers and annoyances?