Aug 30th, 2019
Relatively unknown to the modern world of traveling anglers, the Irigoyen and its sister systems in southernmost Tierra del Fuego win top honors for the smallest systems with the largest sea-run trout. For trout anglers who enjoy small water, complex woody stream structure, solace from the wind and the chance to land multiple brown trout in the 10 – 20 pound class on their favorite 7 weight rod, no other systems even come close. It’s not a river for huge numbers, but every fish hooked is a reward and the next one could well be that fish of a lifetime, both in terms of size and memory. World’s End Lodge is one of the most unique and rewarding trophy brown trout fly fishing destinations we know of.
For more information please contact Mike or Brian 800.552.2729.
Expert Q&A – World’s End Lodge, Argentina
By Diego Castillo
Top reasons to go.
1. Fish the most remote, wild and scenic trophy sea-trout river in Argentina.
2. Fish primarily with single-hand rods and floating lines in a semi-forested environment that is largely sheltered from the wind.
3. Enjoy a flexible fishing schedule to take advantage of tides and prevailing weather conditions.
4. Fish for really large fish in small un-pressured waters. Four anglers per week have exclusive access to over 40 pools and 20 miles of river.
5. Experience great meals, wine, accommodations, experienced sea trout guides and have the chance to catch a Robalo (sea bass) that can reach 20 pounds, in the estuary.
Where is the lodge?
The lodge is located on the coast of the island of Tierra del Fuego approximately 100 miles south of the city of Rio Grande. This is the southernmost great sea-trout system in the world.
How do I get there?
Guests fly into the international airport in Buenos Aires (Ernesto Piztarini) and then overnight. The following day you will transfer to the domestic airport (Jorge Newbery) for your flight to Ushuaia. You will be met in Ushuaia by a representative of World’s End Lodge and then transferred 4-5 hours by vehicle into the lodge.
Do I need a visa?
When should I go?
The season runs from mid-December to the end of March. The month of December offers bonus fishing for Robalo.
Where do they fish?
Guests fish the Irigoyen River and sometimes its tributaries, the Malengüena and Udaeta Rivers.
Where do we stay?
Anglers stay in a nice, cozy, comfortable cabin/lodge with four spacious single occupancy rooms.
What angler is best suited to this destination?
This destination is best suited to anglers who like beautiful, remote fisheries that are somewhat challenging to reach. It is also best suited to guests that are willing to work for a modest number of very high-quality fish. This fishery is somewhat technical and rewards precise casting and delicate presentations.
What are the meals like?
The menu is based on local, fresh and organic resources like steak, lamb, fish, and mushrooms. The cuisine is classic Argentine with a gourmet touch.
How would you describe the general vibe and atmosphere?
This is a very small operation, so the atmosphere is always relaxed. Most dinners will be in the company of one of the guides or managers.
Is there an on-site manager, owner or point person at the lodge?
Yes, there is a manager, Diego Castillo, who is a cofounder of the lodge.
Pablo Lopez and Karina Vargas (owners and founders) visit the lodge almost every week too.
Is there internet and cell service?
Yes, there is limited internet connectivity due to it being a satellite connection. However, it works well enough to check emails and messages. There is no mobile phone service in the area.
How do they fish?
Fishing the Irigoyen river requires accurate casting with single handed rods and floating lines. The river is full of holding structure on the banks and below the surface. All fishing is done on foot.
Casting 15 to 20-yards with a #8 wt. rod will allow you to cover 90% of the river.
Small nymphs to medium size streamers are excellent to fish during the day and some bigger flies like leeches or articulated streamers are great for your evening sessions.
How many fish will I catch?
The nature of swinging flies for any anadromous fish is that there is a lot of variation in catch rates. That said, we feel that guests should go into the trip with the expectation that hooking 2 – 2.5 fish per day is a great trip. The average weight of these fish is just under 10 pounds.
For Robalo in December, it depends on the tides and conditions, but usually 5 to 20 fish per session is a good average with sizes from 4 to 15 pounds.
What are the guides like?
Extremely professional, very friendly and they speak excellent English. They are very driven and are always doing what they can to catch one more fish.
Will we see other anglers?
No, we are the only fishing operation on the entire river system.
Is there wade fishing?
100% of the time, but we typically don’t require more than 200-300 yards of walking at each spot.
How far is it to the fishing grounds?
The closest pools can be reached within a 5-minute walk from the lodge. The furthest pools will be about a 45-minute ride in our amphibious 6-wheel ATV. Transportation between fishing locations is done in our 6-wheel ATV.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
No, but there are rods available to use if needed.
Does the lodge provide Flies?
Flies are not included, but they are available for purchase if needed.
What are the top flies?
The top fly the last four seasons has been the articulated leech in several colors, followed by the unique and heavy Wonder bugs which is a type of nymph with rubber legs.
Are there other activities?
There is a lot of natural wildlife to see in this part of the world. Birdwatching is one of the most interesting things to do. There are also wild bulls and horses near the lodge that can also be photographed. With that said, this is an operation best suited to serious anglers.
What is the cost?
The rates vary from $6,040-$6,540 depending on the week.
Are there hidden (additional) expenses?
Included in the rate is your fishing license as well as a $250 conservation fee. The conservation fee goes towards biological research in the area, wildlife and river preservation/protection.
What is the cancellation policy?
We always try to be fair with our clients. We do not refund deposits or final payments, but in some cases we can offer to move a deposit to a future season if needed.
Do I need trip insurance?
We always recommend trip insurance to protect from any unforeseen circumstances.
Does this trip combine well with other trips?
Yes, it is a great place to combine with other sea-run programs on the Rio Grande or Rio Gallegos rivers as well as Jurassic Lake Lodge.
Are there special skills required?
What are the physical demands?
Only walking short distances, around 300 yards maximum.
Dangers and annoyances?
No. Irigoyen is a great place to fish, no people around, no wind and my favorite… no mosquitos or bugs. Guests should, however, remain mindful of the wild bulls.