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Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina Fly Fishing Tour

The Nahuel Huapi Fly Fishing Tour is your own adventure. Choose your own schedule for your trip and daily fly fishing destinations in and around the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina. Choose to stay in a lodge or camp. Fly-fish from boat and shore on rivers and lakes on the eastern side of the majestic Andes. Sip the best wines of Argentina and Chile and experience the flavors of traditional Patagonia.

The following rivers are among your choices for your own private tour. You don’t have to choose which rivers you would like to fish right away, though if you would like to do an overnight trip on the Caleufu, it is best if we know in advance. Most important is to choose the dates of your stay. Then figure out where you want to do your fly fishing. If you would prefer to do all day trips and stay in a lodge the whole time or see other options, check out the Los Alerces Fly Fishing Tour. You can also arrange to mix and match the tours.

Click to see a recommended fly fishing sample itinerary for the Nahuel Huapi area.

Caleufu River

A three day fly fishing float trip.

Location: 1.5 hrs drive North of Bariloche, Argentina.

The Fish: Browns and Rainbows are the most abundant - sizes are quite varied. It is possible to catch a 6 inch Rainbow in one cast and then a 24 inch Brown in the next. There are Perch in the lower stretch.

The River: The Caleufu is a medium sized river that can be divided into three sections. Its upper section is the steepest with white water flowing around medium to larger boulders - between these rapids are deep pools. The middle section is a succession of riffles that allows for wading and successful dry fly fishing. The lower Caleufu branches into several slower moving streams with smoother boulder-less riverbeds. This section is easy for wading while fly fishing.

On the Caleufu, fly fishing is easiest from the raft. When floating downstream, you can choose the best pools and runs to fly-fish by foot. Dark streamers are most effective with “across and strip” fly fishing technique, but a big dry fly is a temptation that many fish just can’t resist. The best rod is a #5 or #6 with a floating and Teeny Line. On calm days, a lightweight rod works well for fly fishing.

This is a fly fishing float trip of two nights and three days. We provide all the necessary equipment (tent, sleeping bags, mattresses, etc). A cargo raft carries all personal gear and equipment – floating ahead of us while you are fly fishing. For meals, expect the best of local produce and meats – prepared with large portions and a selection of Argentine wines.

Los Moscos, Roca and Hess Lakes

Location: Within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. (between 40 and 60 minutes driving from Bariloche, Argentina).

The Fish: Brook, Brown and Rainbows are common in all three lakes. The average size is about 17 inches.

The Lakes: All three lakes have similar characteristics as part of the Rio Manso drainage. The largest of the three lakes with two miles in diameter, Roca, is the best for catching Brook trout.

Lake Hess has the best protection of the three lakes for windy conditions. All of these lakes are worth fly fishing.

Typically, we use a boat to reach the most productive areas of each lake. It is easiest to cast from the boat toward shore – fly fishing close to the bank; reeds; logs; shallows and cliffs. Most of the time, the water is clear enough to see the trout rise for the flies.

With summer hatches of dragonflies and damselflies it is common to see fish jump for their food. A #5 or #6 rod works well for fly fishing these lakes.

While fly fishing the three lakes, it is common to choose to camp instead of staying in a hotel. We supply all of your camping equipment – tent, sleeping bag and pad. We also prepare your meals from the finest of local ingredients. After a full day of fly fishing, it is typical for guests to experience an Argentine asado with a mix of different meats served with unending glasses of wine in a beautiful campsite along the water’s edge.

Limay River

Location: 40 minutes driving from Bariloche, Argentina.

The Fish: Abundant population of LARGE Browns – mostly of silvery coloration. Also, there are many Rainbows - though smaller in physical size than the Browns.

The River: As the natural outlet to Lake Nahuel Huapi, the Limay is the largest river of the region. The water is clear and the presence of willows on the bank is common.

We suggest a stiff rod loaded with shooting heads for fly fishing. Long casts are recommended to cover as much water as possible. Most fly fishing is done with streamers, but dry flies are good for some of the shallow riffles. With average water levels, we recommend a 6 to 8 weight fly fishing rod.

This river can be divided into three sections. We typically fly-fish all sections in one day. In the afternoon, take a break from fly fishing and stop for a riverside lunch with fine wine.

Pichileufu  River

Location: 1.5 hours driving East of Bariloche, Argentina.

The Fish: There are primarily Browns and Rainbows, though in some deeper pools, there are Perch. The fish in this river are relatively small, but there is consistent response.

The River: In the Mapuche language, Pichi-leufu means small stream, the perfect description for this river. This stream flows for more than 100 miles through the steppes of the Andes. It has an endless succession of pools, riffles, cut banks and flat waters. This stream is easily waded while fly fishing.

If you love dry fly, nymph and lightweight rod fishing, this is your spot. We recommend a 3 or 4 weight line. The common techniques for dries and nymphs are quite effective, though sometimes a dark streamer can be perfect, especially early in the season.

In the afternoon, take a break from fly fishing and lunch on a wide assortment of smoked regional products and fine wines, cold beer and beverages.

Patagonia, Argentina and the Weather

Sitting in the rain shadow of the eastern side of the Andes, this narrow transitional zone of mountain to prairie offers abrupt change in relief as well as precipitation.

Month

Temperature

Rain(mm)

November

17º / 4º

350

December

19º / 5º

260

January

21º / 6º

200

February

23º / 5º

250

March

19º / 4º

220

April

14º / 2º

480

From the thick-forested, western most reaches of these river drainages to the dry, open and windy desert to the east, precipitation ranges from more than 3000 to 30 mm per year. The transitional region is dominated by grasslands as well as a variety of wildlife, though there are few trees.

It is hard to define an average temperature because the weather close to the Andes is unpredictable.

The following chart shows our findings of the best months for fly fishing these rivers.

November

December

January

February

March

April

Caleufu

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Limay

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Pichileufu

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Hess

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Moscos

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Roca

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Alarcón

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Carrileufu

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Rivadavia

 

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Pescado

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Arrayanes

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During fly fishing season, the weather is usually dry and warm, but the presence of rain in spring and fall is not uncommon.

Wind is a common characteristic of Patagonia, Argentina. Sometimes it is very strong, but it usually drops out by early December and picks up again by mid March. Even in the hottest months, good protection against the weather is a must while fly fishing.

In Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina:

The Nahuel Huapi Lodge is one of the finest hotels of the area. The location is very quiet and beautiful. The lodge has a high standard of service with many amenities including a sauna and an available masseuse. Every suite has separated bedroom, living room, and bathroom as well as a TV and microwave.

The lodge’s restaurant has a varied menu with local foods lincluding trout and venison. We can also arrange a menu if you have dietary requirements.


Big catch fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.





Big catch fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.






Big catch fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.






Fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.





Fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.







Fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.







Fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.







Fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.







Fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.







Lodging for fly-fishing in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.

 
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