Jurassic Lake Lodge Argentina

If we were put on the spot and asked specifically where the most prolific 100 yards of trophy trout water in the world was, our response would be instant and our tone would be confident. “It is where Argentina’s Rio Barrancoso flows into Lago Strobel.” We have been there and fished it and must say that in all our years of fly fishing, we have never seen, heard of or experienced anything remotely like it. Some label it surreal or incomprehensible, but for simplicity and accuracy let us call it the one and only Jurassic Lake Lodge.

Jurassic Lake is nothing short of a biological anomaly and must be the most prolific trophy rainbow fishery on the planet. The lake itself is a large desert sink lake measuring approximately 20 by 15 km. It is located at approximately 3,000 ft. elevation in the wide open desolate expanse of the Patagonian Steppe. And while it looks like a saltwater body of water with its wind-chopped, blue water channels and shelves, it is teaming with small scuds and massive rainbow trout. Here the rainbow trout average over 8 pounds with countless fish in the mid-teens as well as good numbers of fish into the 20 + pound class. These fish are extremely stout and most are incredibly strong and acrobatic.

The Lodge has the good fortune of being located at the mouth of Jurassic lake’s only significant tributary. With no outlet, this is far and away the best location on the lake with anglers stacking up big numbers of big fish virtually every day of the season. There have been some reports of slower fishing in February where anglers might only catch 5-10 big fish a day, but by in large the general level of productivity of the camp water is hard to comprehend.

Location: Jurassic Lake is located in the Santa Cruz Province in Argentina. The lake is roughly six to seven hours north of Calafate by vehicle, but only about 380 kilometers (236 miles) away, and one hour southwest of Comodoro Rivadavia by charter flight.

Fishing Program: All fly fishing is done while wading or standing on the bank. GUests fish two anglers per guide. Anglers typically fish stations in nearby bays, on the peninsula, near the river’s mouth, and the lower stretches of the Barrancoso river and cast (often into or across the wind) with floating or intermediate lines and employ a slow retrieve. Also, there are several excellent upper river beats that we encourage all anglers to rotate through during the week. There are a wide variety of flies that work well, with woolly buggers, zonkers, various sizes and styles of dry flies, and especially assorted nymphs tied on heavy wire hooks being the staples.

There are certain times and specific bays where, during certain conditions (especially during the low light evening hours) the big fish (most often pods of them) come within a few feet of the banks and cruise the shallows like massive bonefish. Even in harsh wind keep mindful of sight fishing opportunities as you can often make out dark pods of fish.

The guides are a combination of camp hosts and guides. They will show you the general fishing program and fishing areas, give advice on fly selection and technique, help with landing fish, take photos, and assist you with whatever you may need.

Accommodations and Meals: This newly remodeled and improved lodge facility can take as many as ten anglers housed in eight rooms single/double occupancy rooms with private bath and shower. The main lodge structure has a spacious lounge area and dining room area complete with wood burning stove, comfortable couches and craft whiskey and wine bar for guests to enjoy. Excellent and hearty meals and are served in the main lodge. 

Sample Itineraries:
Full Week (7 Night/6 ½ Day)
Friday: Arrive in Buenos Aires in the morning. Transfer to the domestic airport, fly to Comodoro Rivadavia and overnight.
Saturday: Take an early charter flight from Comodoro Rivadavia to Jurassic Lake Lodge. Fish upon arrival.
Sunday-Friday: Six full days of fishing.
Saturday: Take an early charter flight from Jurassic Lake Lodge to Comodoro Rivadavia. Arrive in Comodoro Rivadavia before noon. Return flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to international airport for late flight home.

First Half Week (3 Night/3 Day)
Friday: Arrive in Buenos Aires in the morning. Transfer to the domestic airport, fly to Comodoro Rivadavia and overnight.
Saturday: Take an early charter flight from Comodoro Rivadavia to Jurassic Lake Lodge. Fish upon arrival.
Sunday-Monday: Two full days of fishing.
Tuesday: Fish half day. Depart the lodge and transfer to Calafate. Overnight in Calafate.

Second Half Week (4 Night/3 Day)
Monday: Arrive in Buenos Aires in the morning. Transfer to the domestic airport, fly to Calafate and overnight.
Tuesday: Depart from Calafate to Jurassic Lake Lodge at 11:30 AM, arriving at the lodge around 6:00 PM. Fish the rest of the day.
Wednesday-Friday: Three full days of fishing.
Saturday: Take an early flight from Jurassic Lake Lodge to Comodoro Rivadavia. Arrive in Comodoro Rivadavia before noon. Return flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to international airport from late flight home.

Rates and Details

2019 -2020 Season Rates:

Full Week (7 Night/6 ½ Day)
Oct 12-Dec 14 Weeks - $6,330 per person
Dec 21-Jan 18 Weeks – $5,600 per person
Jan 25-Feb 22 Weeks – $5,200 per person
Feb 29-May 1 Weeks – $5,600 per person

Add $570 for charter flight on full week programs

Add $700 for a single room upgrade.

Half Weeks (3 Night/3 Days & 4 Night/3 Days)
Jan 26-Mar 16 Weeks – $3,380 per person
Mar 16-May 1 Weeks – $3,640 per person

Add $350 for charter flight & ground transfer

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, wine/beer/alcohol, guided fishing, round-trip charter flight to/from the Lodge and Comodoro Rivadavia and fishing license.

Not Included: International and domestic airfare, hotels/meals/transfers in Buenos Aires and Comodoro Rivadavia, fishing equipment, laundry and staff and guide gratuities.


Species: Rainbow Trout

Season: Mid-October through April

Capacity: Up to 10 anglers

Map: Lago Strobel, Argentina

Time: UTC/GMT -3 hours. No Daylight Savings Time.

Jurassic Lake Lodge Argentina NEWS

Aug 16, 2018

Expert Q&A – Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina

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Jun 11, 2018

Jurassic Journey by George Krumm

Read the recently published article on Jurassic Lake Lodge in Salmon, Trout, and Steelheader  
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May 23, 2018

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Mar 18, 2018

Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina – 2018/2019 Prime Availability

Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina “I fished at Jurassic Lake Lodge last November and it’s very difficult to describe to people as there is nothing else like it in the world. The best I can say is imagine wading through a river, pushing 10 pound trout out of the way with your feet so you can […]
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Mar 15, 2018

When is the “best” time to go? – Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina

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Jan 2, 2018

Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina – 2018 Availability

Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina “I fished at Jurassic Lake Lodge last November and it’s very difficult to describe to people as there is nothing else like it in the world. The best I can say is imagine wading through a river, pushing 10 pound trout out of the way with your feet so you can […]
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Nov 9, 2017

Jurassic Lake Lodge – Early Season Report 2017

Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina We just received the first report of the season from head guide Llewellyn Claven at Jurassic Lake Lodge. Sounds like the season is off to an excellent beginning! With over 6,000 rainbow trout landed during the first two weeks of the season, the river flowing with excellent water level and the […]
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Sep 14, 2017

A Bigger Journey (Video) – Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina

Check this wonderful short film “A Bigger Journey” from our friends at Jurassic Lake Lodge. If you are considering a trip to Jurassic Lake Lodge it would be worth you while to take a few minutes to watch.  Click below and enjoy! For more information contact Kyle Kolodziejski at 800.552.2729.  
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Jul 3, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Visit: Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina

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Dec 1, 2016

Trip Reports (Video) – Jurassic Lake Lodge – 2016/2017 Season

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Nov 1, 2016

Destination Spotlight – Jurassic Lake Lodge – Southern Patagonia, Argentina

Jurassic Lake is nothing short of a biological anomaly and must be the most prolific trophy rainbow fishery on the planet. The lake itself is a large desert sink lake measuring approximately 20 by 15 km. It is located at approximately 3,000 ft. elevation in the wide open desolate expanse of the Patagonian Steppe. And […]
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Feb 2, 2016

Trip Reports (video) – Jurassic Lake Lodge – 2015/16 Season

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Dec 3, 2015

Trip Report – The Fly Syndicate’s review of Jurassic Lake Lodge

  Jurassic Lake Lodge Client Trip Report:  Week 2 (Nov. 7th-14th, 2015) We’ve been getting inundated with glowing feedback from clients who’ve recently visited the new and improved Jurassic Lake Lodge.  Not only are clients blown away by the superb fishing they have been quite impressed with the level of customer service and the many […]
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Nov 12, 2015

Trip Report – Early Season at Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina

Jurassic Lake Lodge Client Trip Report:  Week 1 (Oct. 31st-Nov. 7th, 2015) Special thanks to Simon and Joe Heyes for submitting the following letter and trip report from their recent, opening week, trip to Jurassic Lake Lodge.  The wonderfully edited video below, created by the lodge’s on-staff videographer, captures their week of fishing at Jurassic. […]
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Nov 26, 2014

Trip Report: Early Season Jurassic Lake Lodge

  Jurassic Lake Lodge:  Fishing report – Week 1 Unreal fishing!  Huge amounts of fish caught both in the river and the lake made our first week of the season a great success: our 10 guests accomplished an outstanding approximate total of 2250 fish caught. Averaging 250 fish per rod per angler. All guest caught […]
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Jan 14, 2014

Fishing Report – Jurassic Lake, Argentina – January 2014

The latest report from Jurassic Lake: Battling gruesome monster rainbow trouts on light fly gear is undisputed one of the finest ways to start your fishing season 2014. A group of dedicated fly-fanatics from Japan couldn’t agree more. They had traded hectic new years preparations for the sacred silence of our Jurassic Lake River Mouth […]
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