The newly constructed Carrileufu River Lodge was purpose-built for anglers with all the amenities one would expect from a world-class trout fishing operation. The lodge is conveniently situated near the quaint rural town of Cholila just outside the northern border of Los Alerces National Park, a park widely considered one of Argentina’s most stunning and biologically diverse national treasures. Carrileufu River Lodge has access to a vast network of crystalline lakes and rivers in the Chubut Province of central Patagonia that offer incredible sight fishing for rainbows, browns, brook trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon. The program specializes in fishing many of the famed waters of this area including the Carrileufu, Rivadavia, Arrayanes and Chubut rivers. With such a wide variety of water types at their disposal anglers fish completely new water each day. Their spectacular post and beam main lodge overlooking the magnificent Carrileufu River valley offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere in addition to excellent Argentine cuisine and tasteful double occupancy accommodations. If you have been looking for the right place from which to enjoy the remarkable region surrounding Argentina’s renowned Alerces National Park, look no further.
Fishing Program: Guests enjoy a wide range of fishing options with the nearest being a five minute drive and the farthest being a 50 minute drive. Most venues are 20-30 minutes from the lodge. These waters drain Tres Picos mountains in the spectacular Los Alerces National Park. These waters are very clear and eventually flow into Chile becoming the Rio Futaleufú. Guests will have the option to fish from drift boats and rafts and they can also enjoy a wide range of walk and wade venues. Most fishing is done with dry flies, dry/dropper rigs or with streamers. Most of the fish average 14-16 inches but fish over 20 inches are common. Rainbows make up the majority of the catch. Some of the largest fish are in the lakes where guests can sight fish to large cruising fish.
In addition to the numerous waters found in Los Alerces National Park, the lodge can also arrange a three-day wilderness float on the Rio Chubut from December through February. The lodge can take two to six anglers on this adventure and they will provide all camping equipment as well as great meals.
Seasons: Fishing starts in early November and ends in late April. There is access to good fishing during the entire length of the season, however most anglers prefer to plan their Argentina fly fishing trips during the first half of December through mid-February. This is generally the part of the season that provides the widest variety of fishing, allowing anglers to catch fish on dries, nymphs and streamers.
In November and early December large fish, including landlocked salmon, can be caught fishing sinking lines with streamers but very little dry fly fishing is available. The weather is cooler and less predictable, but the fishing can be good. The dry fly fishing starts to pick up in mid-December, as the weather warms, and usually remains productive until early March. Late March and April generally bring cool, clear mornings and signal migratory fish in the rivers. The cooler air and water temperatures can slow down the dry fly action, but streamers can yield surprising results.
Adventure Activities: While this is primarily a destination for anglers, guests looking for additional experiences can tour Butch Cassidy’s cabin, enjoy guided horseback riding and a wide range of hikes in Los Alerces National Park. Guided tours and activities are included in all non-angler packages and can be set up on short notice. We recommend discussing the options with your hosts upon arrival.
Accommodations and Meals: The elegant new lodge was finished in 2014 and is currently managed by Pancho Panzer. Pancho loves the region, guiding and doing all that he can to ensure his guests enjoy their stay. The lodge was built with high ceilings and handsome natural materials. It features very large guest rooms and a somewhat modern feel and layout. There are six spacious double rooms with queen sized beds for 12 guests and has a large gathering room with beautiful views of the Tres Picos mountains. Meals are of the highest quality with an emphasis on the famous local grass-fed beef and lamb. Guests also enjoy homemade bread, fresh salad, fruit, vegetables, cheese and sausages. Great Malbecs and Sauvignon Blancs, as well as soft drinks and beer complete the scene and are all included.
Friday: Arrive Buenos Aires in the morning. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
Saturday: Fly from Buenos Aires to Esquel. At the airport you will be met by a representative of the lodge, who will transfer you to the lodge.
Sunday-Friday: Six full days of guided fishing.
Saturday: Depart the lodge after breakfast and transfer to the Esquel airport. Fly to Buenos Aires for an evening flight home.
2018-2019 Rates: $5,600 per person for a 7 night/6 day package. Stays of varying length are available.
Included: Accommodations, meals and beverages including beer, wine and alcohol at the lodge, ground transfers to/from Esquel or Bariloche, guided fishing (two anglers per guide), transportation to/from fishing locations, laundry service.
Not Included: International and domestic flights, fishing license, optional park entry fees (approximately $15 US per person paid in cash on site), fishing equipment, guide & staff gratuities.
Species: brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, Atlantic salmon
Season: December - April
Capacity: 12 anglers
Map: Cholila, Argentina
Time: The time in Argentina is four hours later than Pacific Standard Time (during U.S. winter months).