Fly Fishing within the Patagonian Lake District of Argentina

Fly fishing has all the time been certainly one of my favorite hobbies. Ever since I used to be a Three-year-old boy I’ve cherished every little thing about it. The sound of the river speeding beneath my ft. The tranquility of nature. The abundance of life within the wilderness. The mild whisper of the fly line because it cuts by the air, and naturally, I really like the sensation I’ve when a giant fish bites down on the fly and sends my reel screaming and my adrenaline pumping!

Once I was younger, my dad picked me up each Saturday and took me and my older brother, Justin, out fly fishing. It represents a particular half in my childhood and I want I used to be in a position to do it extra typically immediately.

The Lake District in Argentina is world-famous for having among the greatest fly fishing rivers and lakes on this planet, so I knew that I needed to attempt angling right here. What makes it even extra interesting is the setting. Nestled beneath the Andes Mountains, a sequence of river-connected glacial lakes gives a breath-taking panorama in one of many planet’s most pristine environments, Patagonia.

(Don’t miss the video from this journey on the finish of this text)

My first try at fly fishing within the Lake District was a fail. I rented my very own rod (450 pesos / $30 USD), paid for a 24 hour fishing licence (460 pesos / $21) and drove out to a river simply north of the city of San Martin de los Andes.

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I casted till my fingers had been actually blistered, however I didn’t have a single chew. 5 hours I spent on that river, with Dariece patiently ready on the shore, till lastly I gave up. My dad and brother would attest that I’m not the “luckiest” fisherman, however at the present time on the river was undoubtedly a foul exhibiting on my half.

I wanted assist if I used to be going to catch any fish in Patagonia.

I referred to as up the fellows at Wilderness Patagonia and we waited for day to hit the river. Not too sunny, however not wet. A time when the fish had been more likely to be at their hungriest.

When Mario & Christian pulled as much as the Alma del Lago Resort the place we had been staying, I used to be amazed at how skilled the arrange regarded. A Three/four ton choose up was hauling a fantastic drift pontoon boat, full with hand railings and 360° rotating chairs.

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I had by no means been in a correct fly fishing boat earlier than and I used to be excited to provide it a attempt.

As we drove out in direction of the Limay River, the clouds darkened and the air moistened. I nervous that it was going to be a moist day, however I might inform I used to be going to get alongside nicely with Mario, my fishing information for the day. He was a wealth of knowledge. I’ve been fishing on and off for my total life, however I nonetheless discovered a lot from him within the brief 1 hour drive to our start line.

I used to be satisfied that the rain that had dampened our travels in The Lake District for the previous 2 weeks had been about to return. After we pulled up on the river and launched the boat, it began to drizzle a little bit bit, however Mario assured me that it was going to go.

We suited up in full gear, full with waiters, boots, vests, hats, fly containers, 2 rods… the entire package. The gear was wonderful and Mario introduced extra flies than I might depend, all tied by him throughout his low season months when he works as a private coach.

Wilderness Patagonia Fly Fishing in Lake District Argentina Patagonia

From there we boarded the boat and began to float down the Limay River. “Limay” means “clear water” within the Mapuche language and as quickly because the boat left the shore I might see why. Even when the river was at its deepest, I might see by the water like glass.

There are not any motors allowed on this portion of the river, so the one sounds we heard had been the chirping of birds and delicate splashes because the paddles entered the water with every stroke.

We stopped at our first fishing spot the place two arms of the river met. We stepped off the boat and waded within the water for about 10 steps. Mario pointed to an space of water that was churned up close to the neck of the smaller arm.

He pointed and stated “There, solid there.”

I listened to his directions and anxiously waited as my fly drifted down the water, gently floating above every ripple within the speeding river. He jogged my memory to “mend” the road, which helps the fly to drift extra naturally.


Mario then scanned the floor of the water once more, expertly looking for the proper place to throw my fly. “There, that’s the spot”.

Once more I casted to the place he pointed and inside 2 seconds of the fly hitting the water, a fish struck and I might really feel the shaking and thrashing reverberating down the skinny rod and into my fingers.

I felt that very same rush that I used to get as a boy as I reeled within the fish. It was on no account a monster, in actual fact a small fish might’ve eaten it, however I had caught a fish!

Wilderness Patagonia Fly Fishing in Lake District Argentina Patagonia

The day carried on like that. We hung out drifting down the river within the boat and wading within the shallows, all of the whereas I used to be casting into the spots that Mario prompt. I caught two small fish early on within the day which was nice, however I used to be simply glad to be fly fishing in Patagonia!

At occasions I ended casting and let the road lay zig-zag on the floor of the clear water. I’d gaze away from my reel and have a look at the large mountains and rock formations throughout me.

I needed to remind myself the place I used to be on just a few events and likewise remind myself that this was actual. This was actually occurring and the surroundings wasn’t one thing printed on a submit card. It was proper in entrance of me.

At one level whereas I used to be gazing off at my environment, I rotated to see that Mario had arrange a desk and chairs on the river financial institution. He laid out a bunch of sandwiches, fruit, crackers, cookies and even a bottle of purple wine.

Wilderness Patagonia Fly Fishing in Lake District Argentina Patagonia

I paused fishing for some time and Mario and I loved some lunch and wine whereas chatting about life. I do know that if I had extra time with Mario, we might have many chats like that. He too left a busier life to attempt one thing new and observe his ardour – fishing and the outside. Whereas he’s nonetheless a busy man, he was genuinely glad along with his life and appeared very constructive about his job.

Shortly after that lunch break, the day was finished. I couldn’t consider it! The time handed so shortly, however we had been on the river for practically 6 hours complete. Wilderness Patagonia additionally provides multi-day fishing, drifting and tenting journeys down the river, so subsequent time I come to Patagonia, I need to ebook a type of excursions for certain.

Wilderness Patagonia Fly Fishing in Lake District Argentina Patagonia

As we drove again to city, a brand new hearth was lit inside me. I need to get again into fly fishing. I need to return to Patagonia and the Lake District in Argentina and I need to return through the peak fishing interval within the spring or fall. I need to catch one of many huge 12 – 15 lb fish which are lurking in these rivers and I need to be taught extra from Mario about how you can discover them.

Wilderness Patagonia Fly Fishing in Lake District Argentina Patagonia

Shortly after this fishing journey, Dariece and I left Patagonia. As I gazed out of the window of the bus on the golden peaks, the mirror-like lakes and the glistening rivers, I felt a forlorn melancholy come over me. I really didn’t need to go away. I’ve by no means left a area and felt so related to its nature.

From the epic O Trek that we accomplished in Torres del Paine, to the rugged glacier fields of El Chalten and naturally, this fishing journey, I had fallen underneath Patagonia’s spell. This won’t be the final time we journey on this unimaginable area of the planet.

Traveller Suggestions:

  • Wilderness Patagonia provides many fishing journeys together with the at some point personal journey that I did and multi-day fishing and tenting excursions. In addition they supply different outside and journey excursions. Take a look at their web site for more information.
  • It’s also attainable to fish independently in The Lake District. You possibly can lease rods from fly retailers in lots of cities together with San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche. They price round $30 / 24 hours
  • There are lots locations across the Lake District to purchase fly fishing gear together with rods, waiters, flies and reels. I went to Mambo’s and Damonte Outfitters.
  • All fishermen and ladies will need to have a sound licence to fish in Argentinian Patagonia. It prices round $30 for 24 hours. You can even buy Three day, 5 day and seasonal licenses. I used to be personally checked by rangers, so be sure to get one. You can even purchase these within the fly fishing retailers in lots of cities. I picked mine up at Mambo’s in San Martin de los Andes.
  • Nice fishing spots embody the Limay River, the Correntoso River, the Lolog River on the highway simply north of San Martin de los Andes and Rio Hermoso (close to the mouth of Lago Meliquina).
  • In Bariloche, we stayed at Panamericano Resort and Alma del Lago. In different areas of the Lake District, we stayed in Río Hermoso Boutique Resort and Correntoso Lake & River Resort.

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