It is no secret that we at Fly Water Travel love being on the water, and when answering, “how much time do we want to spend there?” the answer is always, “the more the better!” On Northern Patagonia float trips, that is just what you get: quality river time and lots of it. Trips are run on three of the most famous and productive trout rivers in northern Patagonia including the Caleufú, Collón Curá and Middle Limay rivers. These rivers run through remote and hard to access reaches of the semi-arid Patagonian Steppe, a region in many ways reminiscent of western Montana. Each trip covers 20 to 60 river miles with deluxe camping along the river.
Location: Northern Patagonia Float Trips start in the lakeside town of Bariloche which is roughly a three-hour flight from Buenos Aires.
Fishing Program: Float trip options include an orientation dinner and a hotel overnight in Bariloche, three nights camping and four days fishing on the river and concludes with a farewell dinner and hotel overnight in Bariloche on the last night. Anglers fish two per guide from well designed and comfortable locally crafted custom drift boats while employing a variety of trout fishing techniques. Each river float is different but all three concrentrate on dry fly and streamer fishing while offering their own unique appeal.
Collón Curá: The Collón Curá River is created by the converging of three well-known tributaries - the Malleo, Aluminé and Chimehuin rivers. This willow-lined river offers miles of inviting habitat for trout that run between 12 and 22 inches. This large river has deep, slow pools, shallow and flat runs, long cut banks, riffles, countless channels and small lagoons, which support healthy populations of rainbows and browns. The diversity of water and consistent flows allow for productive fishing all season long.
Caleufú: The intimate and spectacularly stunning Caleufú River starts in Lanín National Park cutting its way through beautiful low canyons and pine forests then meanders through the grassy willow-lined banks of the dry steppe reaching its terminus at the Alicurá Reservoir. With most of the river surrounded by private ranches overnight float trips are the only way to fish the entire river. The Caleufú hosts a healthy population of rainbow and brown trout averaging 15 to 18 inches. This river is best from November to mid-January and offers a great sense of seclusion, superior fishing and spectacular scenery that is not to be missed.
Accommodations and Meals: Northern Patagonia Float Trips offer “glamping” at its finest and provide everything from quality camping gear to gourmet meals on each of their trips. While guests and guides float and fish each day a support team will float ahead to ensure that camp is set up and ready for your arrival, including fireside hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail bar. Camps are set up near productive fishing and are designed with your comfort in mind including a main dining tent and bathroom tent. Large four-person tents are provided for every two anglers complete with comfortable air mattresses, sturdy cots, pillows and spacious sleeping bags. All guests need to bring are clothes and fishing gear, everything else is provided.
Day 1: Arrive to Buenos Aires in the morning. Transfer to the domestic airport and fly to Bariloche. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Meet your guide in the morning and transfer to the river. Full day of fishing. Overnight camping.
Day 3-4: Two full days of fishing and camping.
Day 5: Full day of fishing. Take off the river and transfer back to Bariloche. Farewell dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 6: Check out of the hotel in the morning. Transfer to the Bariloche airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires.
2018-2019 Rate: $2,595 per person for a 5 night/4 day package
Included: Meals, open bar and accommodations, deluxe camping accommodations, guided fishing, all ground transfers in Patagonia.
Not Included: International and domestic airfare, fishing equipment and flies, fishing license, services in Buenos Aires and gratuities.
Season: November – April
Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout
Capacity: 2-10 anglers
Map: Northern Patagonia, Argentina
Time: The time in Argentina is four hours later than Pacific Standard Time (during U.S. winter)