Trip Report - Las Pampas Lodge, Argentina
By Sean Visintainer | Silver Bow Fly Shop
March 1, 2021
Shortly after returning home from our hosted trip to Patagonia last year the world took a turn for the worse and words like "COVID", "PANDEMIC", "CORONA VIRUS", and "SHUT DOWN" were plastered all over the news. The world of travel as we knew it was changed for the foreseeable future.

It has been a year since that last trip to the southern reaches of Argentina, yet it seems like it was yesterday. This trip was our second hosted trip to the fabled trout paradise of the Chubut, Argentina region. Known as the flat grasslands, Las Pampas is ideally situated at the base of the Andes mountains where fertile streams and lakes dot the landscape.
​Last year's trip group enjoyed some stellar late summer Patagonian weather. The climate in the Las Pampas area is more arid, but being near the mountains it does see a few more storms and cooler temps. For late summer, waders are still needed as the water is chilly and some days the wind can bring the air temps down even further. It is however, substantially warmer than our Inland NW winter and I have no complaints.

Everyone in our group (8 including myself) enjoyed numerous good days of fishing. Fishing is still fishing and depending on the body of water a couple slower days could be mixed in. The lakes in the Rio Pico region can be the trickiest. I would say this last trip yielded better results compared to our 2019 Las Pampas trip, but if you were to have a potentially slower day a lake might be where it happens. That being said, most of the trophy trout reside in the lakes and without fishing them you would be really missing out on a different experience that could land you a fish of a lifetime.
Stream fishing was mostly done walk / wade style in large part due to late season, lower flows. Streams in the Rio Pico region are easy wading and fish counts are so good that one really does not need a boat to get from spot to spot, or fish to fish. During February in Patagonia your fly selection will consist mostly of terrestrials, small attractors, and a few caddis or pmd style mayflies. For me I often found myself fishing a foam beetle, small pink hopper, and for more selective trout I little foam ant (affectionately known as tube steak) or a classic like the elk hair caddis. Since the trout don't see too many flies during the year having ultra-techy patterns and light tippet isn't normally necessary. The joke with the Las Pampas guides is, "What is 5x?!"
I appreciate the crew that headed down there with me pre-pandemic and look forward to hopefully returning to the Patagonia region again over the next couple years when travel becomes more normal again. Also, another big thanks to the great people of the Las Pampas operation and Fly Water Travel for helping facilitate the logistics. The Las Pampas crew truly makes you feel like you are part of the family, hence why we had to go back for a second visit!
If you are interested in joining in on group trips like these with us please reach out and we will add you to our list.

Silver Bow Fly Shop

Spokane's Fly Shop since 1988 

​Sean Visintainer has always had a strong inner desire to fish since he was 9. When he first read about fly fishing in a book he quickly became obsessed with it even before he started at the age of 12. As Sean would say... "I've been broke ever since". This inner desire to fish has led him on adventures to nearby rivers and lakes and eventually all over Rocky Mountains / Pacific Northwest. Part of the fun for Sean was pouring over catalogs of gear which would eventually aided in his hiring at the Silver Bow Fly Shop where he was to teach fly tying classes and sell gear.

Sean started working at the Silver Bow in 2002 and soon purchased the fly shop business on August 31st of 2005. After moving the business to it's current location, Sean developed a local guide service specializing in the Spokane River and other nearby waters for trout and steelhead. In addition to local guide trips, he has hosted numerous trips to Belize, Cuba, and Patagonia Argentina. Fishing travel has been a huge interest for Sean which has taken him to other destinations including various Bahamas Islands, Mexico and Alaska.
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Las Pampas Lodge

When it comes to diverse water types, fishing styles, and trout species, Las Pampas Lodge may be unbeatable. With a multitude of spring creeks, small freestone rivers, and trophy stillwaters, anglers find an array of rainbow, brown, and brook trout fishing options that would take weeks to fully sample.

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Jake Crawford

Patagonia, Pacific Northwest

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