some of best sea trout fishing in Patagonia
The Rio Gallegos River is nearly 300kms in length and has its origin in the Southern Andes with two pristine and very beautiful streams, the Penitente and the Ruebens winding its way through the wild Patagonian landscape.
Large average sized sea trout
Las Buitreras prides itself on having some of the best guides available with over five season’s experience of the beats. They are some of the best casters and instructors in Argentina and speak good English. When the water is stirred up by the wind or coloured from rain, tubes and larger flies work very well.
In turbid water conditions, we like bulky flies that “push” water. Tubes tied in the “Temple Dog” style on plastic and/or brass in all colours and sizes are good to have along. Traditional sea trout and salmon patterns are good and the locals also fish with a wide variety of trout patterns such as bitch creek nymphs, yuk bugs, egg-sucking leeches, woolly buggers and muddlers.
There are a few pools where sea trout can be taken by simply swinging the fly as one would for Atlantic Salmon, but generally speaking, these fish don’t favour the same types of lies as salmon do. They lie in quieter seams and tails and the motion imparted by stripping the fly produces some fantastic “induced” takes.
“I have never had so many large sea trout in a week in my life! Coupled with the great food and even better wine this really was a tip to remember.” P.B., UK
“In 8 years, and 12 trips to the RG, I have never seen so many big chrome fish. Getting the nets out of the river is paying off huge….” Tim Pask, US
Stunning renovated estancia
Las Buitreras Lodge is a renovated house on the estancia and furnished with traditional “campo” style antiques.
The living area is comfortable and clean. There are 5 double rooms, 2 single rooms and a new annex with indoor barbeque and an extra room with 3 beds. There is a wine cellar with a fantastic selection from the Mendoza and San Juan regions. It is also stocked with Cerveza Isenbeck, an outstanding local beer.
Outside, there is a huge veranda, a spacious courtyard that is protected from the wind, and a large, fixed stone grill and terrace for barbecues. House wine and beer is included in the lodge rate but we do keep a wide selection of local wines not often available elsewhere and guests are welcome to purchase these at a very reasonable rate. There is a small gear shop within the lodge with a restricted selection of flies, leader materials, rods, reels, lines, and clothing.
The Rio Gallegos River
The Rio Gallegos River is nearly 300 kms in length and has its origin in the Southern Andes with two pristine and very beautiful streams, the Penitente and the Ruebens winding its way through the wild Patagonian landscape.
It emerges into the surprisingly mountainous area that encompasses the unique Las Buitreras beats, some 40kms from the river mouth. The flood plain that lies between these outcrops teems with birdlife, alongside large numbers of rheas, silver foxes, horses, hares, flamingos and guanacos. The fishing is exciting and varied with pools ranging from deep stony runs to cut banks and streamy shingle flats. Relatively shallow, the river makes for easy wading, obviating the need for fast sinking lines and creating an exciting and challenging fishing environment.