For serious anadromous anglers that want to experience the very best swing fishing in Argentina, this is the trip. Swing the broad glacial-blue flows of the mighty Rio Santa Cruz for Atlantic steelhead and then continue on to Tierra del Fuego to fish the remarkable Rio Grande, home to the world’s most prolific race of sea-run brown trout.
While there are a great many appealing and productive steelhead rivers in the world, the argument for Argentina’s mighty Rio Santa Cruz being far and away the most unique is near bulletproof. The reasons are many; its massive size, the harsh and surreal Dali-esque landscape through which it flows, the subtlety of its lies and structure and the trump card that it is the only true Atlantic steelhead return in the world. We have no real idea as to how many fish it holds but what we do know is that after more than a decade of commitment to the system by some of Argentina’s top guides, that its secrets have been revealed exposing a consistent and viable gem that might possibly be the last major river to be added to the cannon of steelhead classics. Like many steelhead rivers the fish here average 9-10 pounds but what is unusual is that one in ten of these fish is likely to exceed 20 pounds!
Estancia Maria Behety
In terms of a sea trout property, the Estancia Maria Behety (EMB) is the greatest brown trout fly fishing lodge in all Tierra del Fuego. Boasting 32 miles of the lower river’s prime water, easy wading, access to both sides of the river, skilled fly fishing guides, and high catch rates, it is no wonder that dedicated anglers from around the world covet their dates at Estancia Maria Behety.
Availability: 5 rods
Los Plateados: $4990 per person
Included: Meals and accommodations at the lodge, transfer to/from Rio Gallegos, wine and beer, and guided fishing
Not Included: International and domestic airfare, hotels/meals/transfer in Buenos Aires and Rio Gallegos, fishing equipment, alcohol, staff and guide gratuities
Estancia Maria Behety: 5520 per person
Included: Accommodations, meals and liquor (wine, beer, spirits) at the lodge, meet and greet at the Rio Grande Airport, round trip auto transfers to the lodge, fishing permits/license, and daily guided fishing.
Not Included: Airfare to/from Buenos Aires and Rio Grande, hotel accommodations in Buenos Aires, gratuities, tackle, and equipment.
March 15: Arrive Buenos Aires / Overnight
March 16: Depart Buenos Aires – Arrive Rio Gallegos – transfer to Los Plateados
March 17-22: 6 full days of guided fishing – after fishing on March 22nd you will transfer to El Calafate and overnight
March 23: Depart El Calafate – Arrive Ushuaia – transfer to Estancia Maria Behety
March 24-29: 6 days of guided fishing at Estancia Maria Behety
March 30: Depart Rio Grande – Arrive Buenos Aires – Depart Buenso Aires
For more information or to reserve your spot contact Ken 800.552.2729