Recommended Gear for Northern Patagonia Lodge, Argentina

Northern Patagonia Lodge is centrally located in one of the most productive cold water fisheries in all of Patagonia. The lodge is situated on the banks of the world famous Chimehuin River. The area, made famous by Joe Brooks and other writers in the last century, has been a destination for fly fishermen for over 50 years.

The lodge is within a short drive of world class waters such as the Malleo, Colon Cura, and Alumine rivers. Also close by are several other rivers and lakes, so the lodge’s guides can provide you with the best choice relative to the current weather conditions or time of the year.

Being that salmonids are not indigenous to South America, the early European estancia owners who settled the area in the late nineteenth century, made several attempts to plant various trout and salmon species.

The first plantings were composed of brook, lake trout and landlocked salmon all coming from New York, USA. They were planted with mixed success in lake Nahuel Huapi, Traful, Espejo and Gutierrez. Later plantings from California and Europe were much more successful and has resulted in the world class fishery that exists today.

In 1933 of a fish hatchery was built in San Carlos De Bariloche. They developed a technique that would maintain the wild character of the fish by only utilizing eggs from wild spawning fish. That assured that the area’s fish would continue to reach trophy size which to this day attracts fishermen from around the world.