FLY FISHING – ARGENTINA, RIO GRANDE
Fly fishing for seatrout on Rio Grande river in Argentina, Tierra del Fuego. Fishmaster will arrange a hosted fly fishing trip to the Rio Grande, Aurelia Lodge on 18th-28th March 2020. Rio Grande is one of the best seatrout rivers in the world. Nowhere else in the world there are so much seatrout as there are in the rivers of Tierra del Fuego. They also grow big, the average size of seatrout in Rio Grande is 4-5 kg. Every season many seatrout over 8 kg will be caught, the biggest ones are over 10 kg. We are sure that you will enjoy both the superb fishing of the Rio Grande and Menendez rivers as well as the outstanding quality of the service, food and accommodation at Aurelia Lodge.
The Rio Grande, widely considered the finest sea run brown trout river in the world, originates at White Lake in Chile and flows west to east into the Atlantic Ocean. The river is roughly 160 km long with 70 km of its length flowing through Argentine territory. The landscape of Tierra del Fuego is a sparsely populated wilderness. Large sheep farming estancias share this land with wild guanacos, grey foxes, beavers and condors. The success of the fishery on the Rio Grande is a modern day fly fisherman’s Cinderella story. In just a decade, through access control and the diligent promotion of catch and release, fly fishing average catch results have steadily improved earning it the reputation as the world’s finest sea run brown trout fishery.
Fly fishing will be done on private Aurelia lodge beat on Rio Grande river. The Rio Grande is a medium size, 20-25 m wide river, with gentle gradients and easily waded, gravel-bottom pools. While the pools can be covered adequately with a single-handed rod, double-handers have become popular and deal with the famous Tierra del Fuego winds more efficiently. Aurelia Lodge’s pools are varied and interesting with island pools, traditional runs, undercut banks and meanders. All the pools are ideal fly water. Aurelia Lodge offers 14 km of double bank fishing on the Rio Grande and 24 km of double bank fishing on the Rio Menendez, main tributary of Rio Grande. The Rio Menendez is a smaller, 10-15 m wide river, with more intimate water and is a bit more technical. Wading the Rio Menendez requires a stealthier approach and frequently smaller flies, and presents a challenge that appeals to experienced anglers.
Maximum number of rods is 6 fishing this beat. There is always local fishing guide available per 2 fly fishermen. Local fishing guide will take you by car to the river and show where to cast. They know the fishing places like their own hands and their english is adequate. Both single and double handed fly rods can be used on Rio Grande (AFTM class 7-10, rod length 9′-14′). A big seatrout has here plenty of room to run and fishing hours are often allocated when the fishing is best. Fishing is ‘catch and release’ only. Best season for this excellent fly fishing is from first of February until 30th of April.
Guests will leave the lodge around 8 AM after breakfast each day, fishing until around 12. Lunch will be served in the Aurelia Lodge, about 20 minutes from the river, where you’ll find a great place to relax, visit the fly shop and enjoy the traditional siesta in spacious bedrooms. Guests return to the river between 5 and 6 PM and fish through until dusk.
FLY FISHING TACKLE
For fly fishing for seatrout on Rio Grande we recommend 12-14 ‘ foot double handed rods for lines #8-9 and suitable fly reels with good brakes. Single handed rod of 9-10’ for lines 7-9 will be also fine. Floating, sink tip or intermediate shooting heads are most used fly lines but bring also sinking shooting head for high water conditions. Also Skagit lines with T-8, T-10 and T-14 tips work well here.
Popular fly patterns for Rio Grande: Bunny Leeches, Zonkers, Woolly Buggers black, olive #4-12, articulated string leech types with electric blue flash on #2-4, Woolly worms in different colours #4-12, Girdle or Yuk Bug rubber legs #4-12, Bead head nymphs Prince, Hare’s Ear #10-14, Bomber, Green Butt, Green Machine #4-8, 1 ½ to 2 inch tube flies, Collie Dog tube flies 3 ½ – 4 ½ long, Sunray Shadow. Only single or double hooks are allowed.
The accomodation for fly fishermen is in the Aurelia lodge. At Aurelia Lodge we can comfortably acomodate 6 guests in 4 twin rooms. The number of rods, howewer, may not exceed 6 licensed anglers. The estancia house has been totally renovated to the fishing lodge, allows anglers and guests to enjoy spacious rooms, large and fully appointed private bathrooms, a warm and welcoming reception areas, and a fine dining room with a great view. An indoor barbacue and bar area is a casual lounge with a pool table and a fly tying place, makes a great place to enjoy the traditional Patagonian Lamb cook by our chef. In the dining room of the houses the guests will enjoy delicious local meals and drinks. All meals and drinks are included in the price.
Unhosted or hosted Fishmaster fishing trips. Jouni Rauha will travel with as a host for the hosted trips. Fly fishing trips to Argentina, Rio Grande will be arranged throughout the fishing season and the packages can be booked according to the client’s preferred dates. Anglers will take a flight to Buenos Aires and continue with domestic flight to Rio Grande. You will likely need to overnight in Buenos Aires before departing on a morning flight to Rio Grande. The guide will be waiting on the airport and take you to the lodge by car. The lodge is approximately 83 kilometers from the airport at Rio Grande City. The scenic drive is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. After fishing week guide will take the anglers back to Rio Grande airport.
- Dates: 18th-28th March 2020
- Price: 5780 eur/person
- Trip length: 6 fishing days, 7 nights in destination
- Group size: 1 host + 3-5 persons
- Bookings: Open rods
- Fishing trip includes: Transport from Rio Grande airport, Transports during the week, Accomodation, Fly Fishing, Fishing license, Meals, Wines, Drinks, Guiding
- Fishing trip excludes: Flights to Buenos Aires/Rio Grande, Gratuities
- Species: Seatrout, Brown Trout
- Season: 15th January – 30th April