There are new places and there are great places and on occasion there are great new places. This will certainly go down in history as one of those lucky few. Located in the arid wide-open expanses of the Patagonian flatlands mid-way between Bariloche and Neuquén, the newly constructed Limay River Lodge sits entirely on its own overlooking what might be the most biologically rich and rewarding trophy trout river in Argentina.
Limay River Lodge is located on a vast braided stretch of river with more than 50 miles of water and ten distinct beats. While historically thought of as late season migratory brown trout river the truth of the matter is that this system is packed with resident rainbows and browns, the vast majority of which are 18-22 inches and eager to eat large dry flies. Add to that even larger resident fish, huge migratory browns from March through May and you will see why this operation has gotten the attention of the most seasoned South American anglers.
The lodge itself is a handsome adobe style structure with luxurious guest rooms, exceptional cuisine, and a seasoned staff of professional guides headed by Patagonia guiding legend Jorge Trucco. Anglers float the various sections and braids in new Hyde drift boats and spend roughly half their time fishing from the boat and half their time wading.
Location: The Lodge is positioned on the southern bank of the Limay River about 43 miles down-river from the town of Piedra del Aguila in the semi-arid Patagonia high steppe country along the border of the Neuquén and Rio Negro provinces. It is nearly equidistant and easily accessed from the Bariloche, Chapelco, and Neuquén airports.
Fishing Program: Probably the richest fishing resource in Northern Patagonia, the Middle Limay River offers big water drift fishing combined with walk and wade fly fishing opportunities for anglers seeking larger than average resident rainbow and brown trout and migratory brown trout. The middle Limay River is a high desert river surrounded by mesas, high sandstone cliffs, and wondering groves of cottonwood trees. The sheer power of this river has made it an attractive option for hydro-electric and the middle section is a controlled tailwater, virtually insuring optimum fishing conditions throughout the season. The middle Limay offers ten full-day floats. Each float is unique offering the chance to wade gravel bars, back channels and large riffles in addition to pounding the banks and structure from drift boats.
Accommodations and Meals: The new lodge is a modern adobe-style structure nestled in a grove of shady Poplars situated a few hundred yards from the river-edge. The U-shaped structure has seven luxuriously appointed double-occupancy guest rooms, kitchen, and dining room that wrap around a simply landscaped court yard with fire pit and spacious seating area. Each room is complete with plenty of storage space for clothes and equipment, private bath with relaxing rainfall shower and rod racks and wader hangers outside each entry.
There is plenty of room to spread out with a spacious living and dining room complemented by a beckoning central fireplace to enhance comfort and comradery on cool desert evenings. Complementing the accommodations the lodges seasoned kitchen staff, focus the menu on traditional Argentine cuisine with flair and signature international dishes. Meals are wholesome and festive and served in the family-style setting.
Guests can take advantage of the fully stocked top shelf bar and wine cellar as they saunter on their way to the outdoor fire pit. This is definitely “the place to be” for guests and guides alike to view the clear desert sky, share stories of the day and plot the next morning’s drift on the mighty Limay River.
2019 -2020 Rate: $6,860 per person for a 7 night/6 day package based on double occupancy.
*Stays of varrying length also available
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, wine/beer/alcohol, guided fishing, use of fishing equipment, fishing license, round trip transfer from Bariloche airport to lodge, and laundry service.
Not Included: International and domestic airfare, transfers to/from Bariloche Airport to the lodge ($130 per way), transfers/food/hotels in Buenos Aires, and staff and guide gratuities
Species: Rainbow Trout, Resident and Migratory Brown Trout
Season: November - April
Capacity: 14 Anglers
Map: Middle Limay River, Argentina
Time: The time in Argentina is four hours later than Pacific Standard Time (during U.S. winter months).