This boutique, family-style fly fishing program takes two lucky anglers on a truly authentic journey combining the best brook and brown trout fishing in southern Patagonia. Guest will stay at traditional family-run Argentine estancias dating back to the 1930’s as well as a unique wilderness Eco Camp. Limited to only two rods per week, this intimate program gives anglers the opportunity to fish four completely private and well-rested spring creeks which hold all sizes of brook trout including some in the 4 to 6-pound class. This quaint homestay style venue and Eco Camp experience is a treasure within the vast open Patagonian landscape. The Route of the Spring Creeks offers rewarding homespun cultural experiences coupled with some of the finest spring creek fishing south of the equator.
Location: The Estancia Rio Pelke, Estancia Chank Aike and Pali Aike Eco Camp are located in Southern Argentina along Route 40 between the towns of El Calafate to Rio Gallegos.
Fishing Program: Along the Route of the Spring Creeks guests will stay in classic Argentine estancias followed by a comfortable and unique Eco Camp. During this time, guests fish four completely private and seldom fished springs creeks that hold great numbers of sizable brook and brown trout that readily fall to large terrestrial dry flies twitched on the surface or slowly stripped dark streamer patterns. All four rivers can be fished with 3 to 5-weight rods with either a standard floating line or a floating shooting head with running line. Fishing is mainly done with floating lines, however sinking poly leaders are used at times to reach larger fish in deep pools. These intimate spring creeks require some casting precision with both short and long casts and most beats require little to no wading.
Accommodations and Meals: The estancias along the Route are not what you would expect from well-polished and manicured trout lodges in Northern Patagonia. These are authentic and somewhat rustic small homestay-style venues where guests are received as members of the family and experience local customs and traditional Argentine ways of life. Additionally, guests will stay at the Estancia Pali Aike Eco Camp, which consists of geodesic dome tents complete with private bathrooms, heating systems, a shower and power for charging electronic devices. The Eco Camp stay is on the last night of the Route, which allows guests to experience a more wilderness like setting for the closure of their Patagonian experience. Meals at the estancias are thoughtfully prepared using traditional Argentinean recipes showcasing locally sourced produce and farm-raised lamb and beef. Complimented by hand-selected Salentein wines, each meal takes you on a farm-to-table journey which demonstrates the evolution of farming in Patagonia.
Friday: Fly to Rio Gallegos. A lodge representative will meet guests at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Saturday: A guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning and transfer you to Estancia Rio Pelke. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by the Estancia owners/hosts, Pedro and Fernanda, receive a tour, and shown to your room where you can get settled in and fish the remainder of the day. Guests typically start off fishing the Rio Pelke for several hours, which runs directly in front of the main house, break for lunch and a siesta, then travel a short distance to fish the intimate Rio Coyle Norte for the second half of the day.
Sunday: Anglers will fish a variety of beats on the Rio Pelke and Rio Coyle Norte with a mid-day break for lunch and rest.
Monday: After breakfast anglers depart Estancia Pelke and travel roughly 1.5 hours to Estancia Chank Aike arriving close to 11am. Guests are set in the rooms and then a short fishing session is done on the closer beat with a late lunch around 2:30pm. Fish the afternoon at South Coyle river. Dinner 9:30pm
Tuesday: Anglers will fish a variety of beats on the Rio Coyle Sur with a mid-day break for lunch and rest.
Wednesday: After breakfast anglers depart Estancia Chank Aike and travel roughly 2 hours to Estancia Pali Aike where the Camp is located which sits along the edge of the Argentina/Chile border. Upon arrival guests will unload luggage into their Dome tents and head out to fish the private waters of Rio Chico Sur. Anglers will also fish a few beats of the Rio Pali Aike. This is the last night along The Route.
Thursday: Anglers will fish a full day before returning to the lodge for a late lunch. After lunch guests will have time to pack before the return transfer to Rio Gallegos. Guests will overnight at a hotel in Rio Gallegos.
Friday: A lodge representative will meet guests at their hotel and transfer them to the airport for their return flight to Buenos Aires.
$3,995 per person for a 5 night/6 day package
$3,395 per person for a 4 night/5 day package
Included: meals and accommodations at the lodge, transfer to/from Rio Gallegos, wine and beer, and guided fishing
Not Included: International or domestic airfare, hotels/meals/transfers in Buenos Aires and Rio Gallegos, fishing equipment, alcohol, staff and guide gratuities
Species: Brook trout and brown trout
Capacity: 2 - 4 anglers
Map: Rio Gallegos, Argentina
Time: The time in Argentina is four hours later than Pacific Standard Time (during U.S. winter).