Las Buitreras

some of best sea trout fishing in Patagonia

Flyfishing from Las Buitreras Lodge offers a wonderful Argentinian sea run brown trout fishing experience.  The catch statistics are very similar to the Rio Grande and anglers loyal to the river appreciate the beauty, low gradient, exclusivity and wildlife found here.

 


Large average sized sea trout

Las Buitreras offers 25 miles of excellent water on the Rio Gallegos.  Anglers have exclusive access to both sides of the river and over 50 named pools.  Rio Gallegos is shallower and easier to wade than the Rio Grande and has more structure along the banks like trees, cut banks and rocky bluffs.  Expert guides will help anglers to adapt their approach to each pool’s characteristics.  The shallow waters require stealth and precise presentation with light tackle. 

The guides here are real experts and, different to most operations, each guide works one beat all week with anglers rotating to fish a different beat every session.  This offers anglers a great advantage with each guide knowing exactly what’s happening on the beat during a particular week.

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.

An estimated 70-90,000 sea run brown trout return to the river each year. The average size sea trout is around 7 to 9lb but there are good opportunities to catch 15 to 25lb fish.

 

“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

Estancia Las Buitreras is a renovated traditional Patagonia ranch house, with one large open room on the first floor where guests can eat and relax. The upstairs has five double bedrooms and two single rooms. The bedrooms are surprisingly spacious with huge windows and private bathrooms.  Las Buitreras Lodge has a well-stocked wine cellar, a self-serve beverage cooler and an outdoor and indoor tincho specifically for barbecues.

The manager and hostess at Las Buitreras Lodge treat all guests’ needs as a top priority and ensure a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

The Rio Gallegos River

The Rio Gallegos River is nearly 300km long and has its origin in the Southern Andes. It emerges into the surprisingly mountainous area that encompasses the unique Las Buitreras beats, some 40km 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 lodge just 45 minutes from Rio Gallegos Airport which is served by regular flights from Buenos Aires.

 

 


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