The following equipment list covers fly fishing in Patagonia, Argentina with ATAC. On this tour, you will choose where you will fly-fish and how many days you want to be there. Unless you have requested otherwise, you will be based at a cabin near town and make day trips to different rivers and lakes for fly fishing. Keep in mind that your clothes will most likely get a little dirty.
- Community emergency first aid kit - our kit is thorough including Epi-Pens, ibuprofen, athletic tape, etc.
- Boats, vehicles, guides, etc.
If you already fly-fish, it is recommended that you bring your own rod, waders, boots and vest. We recommend rod weights 6 to 8 with medium to fast action, floating and sinking lines (T200 - T300) and 01X to 6X leader stock for dry fly, nymphs and streamers. Keep in mind, we have extra fly fishing rods and equipment. If you have questions regarding fly fishing equipment and purchases, please contact us
- Passport and plane tickets!!!
- Comfortable shoes.
- Water bottle /canteen - 1 qt. recommended.
- Rain gear - avoid ponchos and plastic. Look for sealed seams and fitted wrist and leg cuffs. Rain gear is used for protection from wind and rain showers.
- Long underwear - polypropylene, capilene or fleece keeps you warm when wet.
- Fleece sweaters – one or two mid-weight capilenes.
- Socks - thick wool or synthetic blend socks for walking.
- Warm hat - made of either fleece or wool.
Note: Air temperatures can be extremely hot or surprisingly cold. Be prepared for all extremes!
- Shorts - loose, nylon or fast drying material (i.e. synthetics- NOT COTTON) that allows freedom of movement and does not chafe.
- Bathing suit - to swim in if you want.
- Oversized, loose, soft clothing - we recommend nylon pants and shirts for hiking and general comfort. They are quick drying, lightweight and pack small.
- Hat or baseball cap - large brim.
- Sunglasses - with retainer to prevent from losing them. Glasses rated for 100% UV protection and neutral shades are recommended. Polarized lenses are recommended for fly fishing.
- Towel - small pack towel for washing.
- Day pack or fanny pack – to keep personal stuff in during the day.
- Camera equipment - it is advisable to purchase a waterproof camera bag or hard shell case for expensive photography equipment. Waterproof disposable cameras work well.
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses - lens cleaner for contacts and an extra pair of prescription glasses are recommended.
- Biodegradable soap and shampoo - small containers are recommended.
- Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, and other personal items.
- Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm - SPF 15 or higher.
- Medications - a double prescription is recommended; one to be given to the trip leader for safe keeping. Diabetics should bring a glucose monitoring kit. If you have allergies, bring your own allergy medicine.
- Epi-Pen or Ana-Kit - Individuals at risk for severe allergic reactions to insect bites or food must bring at least one. Though we carry these items, we encourage a backup.
- An alarm watch is convenient for getting up for early fly fishing sessions.
How much is enough or too much?
Pack for your personal needs. You should be prepared for the temperature extremes of Patagonia. It is difficult for us to advise you of exact quantities (i.e. 2 shorts, 3 shirts, etc.), as everyone has different needs. Our guests are amazed at how much they can do without. On the other hand, if yours is the one trip a year with rain everyday, you'll be glad you were prepared.
Valuables: Leave them at home! We recommend that you put essential items (wallet, credit cards, traveler's checks) in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocs) and store them in your day bag or leave them at the hotel. Store exposed film and medications in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocs) rolled in your clothing. You may want some cash on you for emergencies or gratuities.
Beverages: Alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) are supplied, though if you would like to bring a hard alcohol treat, please bring it in a plastic container - NOT GLASS.
Items to keep in your fanny pack / day pack:
* Water Bottle.
* Rain Gear.
* Mid-weight capilene sweater and long underwear.
It is best to purchase your shoes well in advance to allow proper break-in time. Tastes, opinions and fit vary with each person; therefore, it is difficult for us to recommend one specific shoe over another. Remember, the trails along the river can be very muddy and slippery.
Note: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.