NAHUEL HUAPI NATIONAL PARK
PATAGONIA ARGENTINA OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERY ANGLER
The Limay River drains the Nahuel Heap Lake in Bariloche City. This famed river is know throughout the world for its large wild trout, in particular its migratory freshwater browns. The Limay flows northeast and creates a natural border between the provinces of Rio Negro and Neuquen.
Beneath the gin-clear water, anglers can find an abundance of Rainbow and Brown Trout, and an occasional Brooke Trout. Rainbows generally out-number Browns about 3 to 1. Trophy-sized fish are not uncommon, many ranging above 20 inches.
In November, the Limay river flows high and currents can be very fast. Nevertheless, the last pool of the spawning Rainbows become quite aggressive and great fun for anglers who wants a lot of action. Big Browns are also making their way into the river to feed on an abundance of small minnows.
December on the Limay can still present high water levels, but the current begins to slow. This usually marks the beginning of great hatches and a chance for world-class dry fly fishing. January and February continue to provide good hatches, along with some productive nymph and streamer fishing. As the season progresses, fishing on the Limay becomes more technical. Every day presents new opportunities and challenges. In the Fall, as the trees turn orange and red, anglers can find Brown Trout migrating from the lake into the river. These monster fish range from 5 to 15 pounds!
Manso means “quiet, slow” and is often considered one of the most beautiful rivers in our area. The Manso can be found in the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. From Tronador Mountain, the Manso starts its journey, cascading down the Castano Over Glacier. The Manso flows through 5 lakes en route to the Pacific Ocean. Between the lakes, segments of the Manso are very calm, while others become fast with technical rapids. The last section of the Manso, which flows west towards Chile, passes through very steep canyons and multiple, impassable waterfalls. This is a section loved by extreme rafters.
The Manso’s clear, emerald colored waters travel through lush forests and rugged mountains. We float different sections of the river and in general we used rods number 5 and 6 , a variety of dry and wet flies and nymphs. Rainbow and Brown Trout average 16-17 inches. Anglers will love the challenge of fishing for these trout in pristine, clear water conditions. Fine tippets and well presented flies are key to an anglers success.
Hess Lake is one of the lakes through which the Manso flows. It is located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, about 45 minutes from Bariloche. Hess Lake is a relatively small lake, but it provides some amazing fishing opportunities. The lake features internal channels and extensive reed structure, providing some very inviting habitat for Rainbows, Browns and Brook Trout. Terrestrial patterns presented agains the reeds can produce some explosive strikes. Hess Lake is best known for prolific hatches of caddis flies, mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, damselflies and other aquatic insects. During the summer, the lake comes alive with massive hatches just before the sunset.
Into the Nahuel Huapi National Park limits is Fonck Lake. Fonck Lake is just a few miles from the Chilean border, and is also one of the lakes through which the Manso River flows. This is an exceptional lake due to a combination of breathtaking landscapes and outstanding fishing. Brook Trout average 16 inches, but can often reach 18-20 inches. The lake is fed by cold creeks that make it a prime habitat for beautiful Brook Trout. Much like Lake Hess, terrestrial patterns can be productive, but streamers are also very good.
Sight fishing with dry flies on Fonck Lake will also attract Rainbows and Browns that average 18 inches or more. An ugly streamer, fished in deep pools, will give an anglers surprises. Brown trouts around 28-29 inches and make for a great day of fishing!
PICHI LEUFU RIVER
Located about an hour east of Bariloche, the Pichi Leufu means “small river” offers some of the best dry fly action in the area. This is a great river for beginners. Anglers can enjoy non-stop action with Rainbows and Browns on 3-5 weight rods. In the early part of the season, micro-streamers and big nymphs are fished on light sinking lines to produce good results.
This environment is one of the best options for walk and wading, is so small in some sections that’s make almost imposible float the river
Pichi Leufu is in the heart of the Patagonia Argentina steppe, and offers riffles, deep pools and slow, grassy banks. This beauty river is suited for both beginner and intermediate anglers.
LANIN NATIONAL PARK
The wildest trouts in North Patagonia
The Caleufu River born by the union of two smaller mountain rivers: the Filo Huam River and the Meliquina River, both of which give birth to some of the most wonderful rivers of the Lanin National Park, Caleufu.
The Rio caleufu is an environment that can only float during the months of November, December and part of the month of January, due to its fluctuations of level. This makes the fishing pressure very low during the fishing season and more throughout the year.
The quantity and quality of the trouts is just amaizing! Many and big size! Streamers action in the beginning of the season and dry flies – nymph mostly in January.
The river passes through several private fields, so the only way to floated and fish almost entirely, is just in an overnight trip. That’s make another condition in favor of low fishing pressure, not everbody want sleep in the middle of nowhere. Another thing is, there is only one acces for drop the boats and just one place for take out.
The completely river of more than 45 km ends in the Collon Cura water reservoir, another water system, well known and super productive if we talk about fishing and trouts.
For get into the put in, we must drive around two and half hours from Bariloche City, we go with a driver who give us a hand in everthing too. First 65 km in route 40 (Pavement) and them anothers 60 km in a dust route call Paso Cordoba. In the last one, the beauty and the landscape is unique. When we arrive into the put in, we put all the staff together and in 1 hour more or less since we arrived we are floating and fishing course the first camp.
At the end of this three days-two nights we will finish in a place call “the broken bridge” close to Collon Cura water reservoir. The driver its gonna wait for us around 16 -17 hs pm, and we have another 40 min for put all the staff together and come back to Bariloche City. Thanks god, all the route is pavement. In 2 hours we are in the city again.
- Collon Cura River
- Chimehuin River
- Malleo River