Located on the banks of Argentina’s renowned Chimehuin River near the alpine village of San Martin, Spring Creek Lodge boasts a combination of world-class fly fishing with comfortable accommodations. Centrally located within the heart of Patagonia’s most diverse and productive trout waters, Spring Creek Lodge offers anglers the ability to float or wade-fish a variety of pristine waters including the Chimehuin, Malleo, Alumine and Collon Cura rivers.
From their two-bedroom bungalows, guests at Spring Creek Lodge will enjoy the lovely pond, private spring creek, and backdrop of nearby Lanin Volcano. Meals in the main Spring Creek Lodge feature some of the world’s most delicious beef accompanied by fine Argentine wines. For a wonderful Argentine trout fly fishing experience with exceptional variety and quality water right at your doorstep, Spring Creek Lodge represents a value and overall Patagonia fly fishing experience that we highly recommend.
Location: Spring Creek lodge is located outside of the town of Junin in Northern Patagonia. The lodge is approximately 30 minutes from the San Martin airport and 3 ½ hours north of Bariloche.
Fishing Program: Anglers have the opportunity to fly fish in new, productive trout waters each day. Techniques include casting dries and streamers in a classic western fashion for hefty rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout. While many of these Patagonia fish run from 14 to 20 inches, true trophy trout in excess of eight pounds abound.
The Argentine guides are professional fly anglers with strong instructional and English speaking skills. They have a passion for fly fishing and share their knowledge in a warm and patient manner. We consider these guides to be among the best in the Patagonia region.
Your guide will meet you each morning after breakfast for your day of fishing. Spring Creek Lodge offers fishing locations that are ten minutes to an hour’s drive from the lodge. The chosen fishery will determine if a drift boat or raft is used for the day’s fishing.
The Spring Creek Lodge fishing program offers walk and wade fishing as well as float trips on the following rivers:
Chimehuin River: The "Chime" is a freestone river, with classic pools and runs. Home to many of the big brown trout, tightly lined willow banks make the river feel smaller than its true size. The river is rich with great hatches of caddis, PMDs, large mayflies, and plenty of hoppers throughout the season.
Alumine River: The Alumine flows out of the Alumine Lake for 100 miles until it joins with the Chimehuin River. Together these two rivers form the famous Collon Cura River. Both rainbow and brown trout are found with averages about 16 inches. The river cuts through the dry Patagonia steppe with rocky and willow lined shores.
Malleo River: The Malleo is an easily wadable river boasting some of the most frequent hatches in Patagonia. This mid-size, freestone river ranges from quick-moving to tranquil and is fairly easy to wade. Anglers have sight fishing opportunities for both rainbow trout and brown trout mostly in the 14 to 20 inch range, with occasional browns reaching 24 inches.
Collon Cura River: The Collon Cura River is formed by the Malleo, Alumine, and Chimehuin Rivers. As a freestone river, the Collon Cura is probably one of the most prolific fisheries in the Patagonia region. Running through a high desert valley, at a mild gradient, anglers fish endless broad riffles, and have great float fishing opportunities every inch of the way. Just about every fly fishing technique can be effective on the Collon Cura. From big foam hoppers with droppers in the riffles and banks, mayfly hatches in riffles and flats, to caddis, mayflies, streamer fishing. Most of the fish are rainbow trout; however, there have been large resident brown trout released as big as 15 pounds.
Accommodations and Meals: Spring Creek Lodge is nestled on the banks of the Chimehuin River with impressive views of Mount Lanin. The main lodge has a commanding view of the area and a porch overlooking the pond and stream on the ranch. The lodge is comfortable and has a dining area and a lounge area for cocktails. There are four spacious two-bedroom cabins with an inviting deck that wraps around each cabin to enjoy the views. Cabins are double occupancy with two twin beds and feature a kitchen, bathroom and den. The lodge has a wood heated hot tub to soak in after a long day of fishing.
Hearty breakfast and dinners are taken in the main lodge and feature some of the world’s most delicious beef accompanied by fine Argentine wines. Fresh breads and sweet desserts are local specialties. The lodge’s bar offers a modest selection of liquors and beer and wine are plentiful.
A fine picnic lunch is typically taken on the water; however, if you are interested in returning for an afternoon siesta, guests can take lunch back at the lodge.
Day 1: Depart home. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Arrive San Martin de los Andes airport or Bariloche airport and transfer to the lodge.
Day 3-8: Full days guided fishing on the Chimehuin, Malleo, Collon Cura, and more.
Day 9: Depart for the San Martin de los Andes or Bariloche airport.
2019 -2020 Rates: $5,250 per person for a 7 night/7 day package
Included: Meals and accommodations at the lodge, transfers to/from lodge and San Martin airport, all flies and needed fishing equipment (rods, reels, waders, boots), wine and beer, and guided fishing.
Not Included: International and domestic airfare, fishing tackle, flies, and equipment, premium alcohol, and gratuities.
Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout
Season: November - April
Capacity: 8 Anglers
Map: San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
Time: The time in Argentina is 4 hours later than Pacific Standard Time (during U.S. winter).