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Central Patagonia, Argentina Fly Fishing: Bariloche, Esquel, Los Alerces National Park, and Rio Pico

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 19, 2019 1:42:19 PM



Region Facts

Target Species: Rainbow, brown, and brook 

Season: November – April

Major Fisheries: Arroyo Pescado, Rivadavia, Arrayanes, Corcovado, Tecka, Carrileufu, Corintos, Chubut, Nilson, Rio Pico, Rio Grande

Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking in Los Alerces National Park, horseback riding, birdwatching

Closest Major Air Hubs: Esquel (EQS) and Bariloche (BRC)

Argentina is home to some of the planet’s most diverse fly-fishing destinations and the Central Patagonia region, and more specifically this part of Argentina, offers the greatest variety and diversity of fishable waters in this South American country. With small creeks, natural spring creeks, small and large rivers, and lakes, all back-dropped by micro-regions of open steppes, rugged mountains, and temperate forests, Central Patagonia feel like parts of the U.S. West of nearly a half-century ago.

The region is comprised of three separate and distinct areas including Esquel, Los Alerces National Park and Rio Pico. The waters throughout this region are as varied as the countryside.



In many ways, the Esquel area resembles fishing in the northern Rockies of the US. With dozens of rivers flowing through an arid steppe ecosystem defined by wide open valleys and rocky escarpments, the look and feel is akin to Montana or Wyoming. In contrast, Los Alerces National Park contains a network of rivers and glacially-formed lakes surrounded by thick, temperate rainforest and feels remote and undeveloped.

Farther south, the remote and open expanses of the Rio Pico region offer anglers the chance to explore and fish several off-the-beaten-path rivers, spring creeks, and high-desert-like lakes for larger-than-average trout.

With so many fishing options found throughout this region, guests can customize a fishing week based on their preferences to wade small technical freestones and spring creeks, float big rivers, or chase trophy-sized trout on productive lakes. Additionally, depending on the time of year and conditions, anglers can employ a wide range of techniques, including stalking fish with small dry flies and nymphs to stripping streamers to large, aggressive fish.

Over the course of a trip, on many of the rivers and creeks anglers can expect to catch good numbers of strong, wild trout in the 12 to 20-inch range, with plenty of shots at fish exceeding 20-inches.

Although this region of central Patagonia is home to a diverse and exciting array of fly fishing options, a variety of non-angling activities including hiking in Los Alerces National Park, horseback riding, birdwatching, and whitewater river rafting can be arranged.



For the most part, the fishing lodges located in this region offer fixed, full-week packages where guests can fish different rivers and lakes each day and non-angling companions can enjoy a wide-array of options each day. With lodge-based operations, anglers and non-anglers come home the comfort of a “home base” lodge for an evening of amazing food, great wines and genuine Argentine hospitality.

Sound interesting to you? Learn more about our lodges and outfitters in this region:

LAS PAMPAS LODGE

CARRILEUFU RIVER LODGE

TECKA LODGE

EL ENCUENTRO FLY FISHING

PATAGONIA RIVER GUIDES SOUTH

RIO MANSO LODGE

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

6 Special Permitted Fly Fishing Trips in the Western United States

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 18, 2019 3:23:05 PM

Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming are home to some of the West’s world-famous fly-fishing waters. Within these four states lie Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and over a dozen designated wilderness and roadless areas.

Our decades of experience fly fishing these special waters in even more special landscapes has whittled down the backcountry fly fishing trips we feel offer consistent fly fishing paired with outfitters who are experienced, safe, and provide a level of amenities we’re proud to offer.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Montana: Not Just for Anglers!

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 14, 2019 10:16:13 AM

All photos courtesy of Visit Montana. 

Montana clocks in at over 140 million acres and is the fourth largest state in the union. With over two dozen well-known fly-fishing waters and home to plenty of beautiful and wild trout, anglers the world-over know Montana's great fly fishing.

But, we are also home to some great activities for non-anglers.

With our exciting range of activities for non-anglers, it is also important to understand just how big Montana is—when considering non-angling activities, do some research to learn the proximity of one activity to another or where you may expect to be your home base for your Montana fly fishing trip. Things may not always be an easy down-the-road experience and may require additional logistics. When in doubt, contact us at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to help plan your Montana travel.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

The Two Types of Permit: Atlantic and Pacific

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 13, 2019 3:47:03 PM

If catching your first permit on a fly was an accomplishment, consider catching both species—one in the western hemisphere and one in the eastern hemisphere. Yes, that is correct. Two types of permit exist to further embolden the Trachinotus species as the pinnacle of fly-fishing accomplishment.

The Atlantic permit and the Indo-Pacific permit are regarded as the two primary species responsible for inflicting anguish and elation to anglers dedicated to pursuing permit with a fly rod.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Northern Patagonia, Chile: Los Lagos Region

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 5, 2019 12:47:35 PM

Region Facts

Target Species: Rainbow and brown trout, with occasional salmon and sea-run brown trout

Season: December – March

Major Fisheries: Yelcho, Futaleufu, Palena, Rosselot, Figueroa

Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, hot springs

Closest Major Air Hubs: Puerto Montt (PMC)

The southern half of the Los Lagos Region, along with a small section of the northern Aysen region, defines the non-political boundaries of what is commonly considered northern Chilean Patagonia. Anglers have been fishing in this area of Chile for decades. It is home to rivers, creeks, and fjords harboring rainbow and brown trout and occasional salmon and sea-run brown trout. Heading south from Los Lagos’ capital city of Puerto Montt, the connected mainland quickly transforms from forested and fertile agricultural lowlands dotted by broad snowcapped volcanoes, to rugged tracts of untouched, mountainous wilderness.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Montana: Fish the Same River Intimately or Multiple Rivers in One Trip?

Posted by yellowdog on May 31, 2019 7:02:00 AM

Montana is home to hundreds of miles of world-class fly-fishing rivers and creeks. Choosing where to plan your fishing trip can feel like a monumental task, but Montana is Yellow Dog’s home and we know fly fishing in Montana. If you desire native trout in a wilderness river or access to a local brewpub once off the water or a lodge with a professionally trained chef and a first-class wine list, put our experience in Montana to work for you….and our knowledge and services are always free. That’s a win-win.

With as much variety as we have, choosing how to fish Montana requires assistance. The best way to plan a trip is to call us and talk options on fishing the same river or multiple rivers in one trip. But here’s some more food for thought.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Belize: Five Must Have Flies for Northern Belize

Posted by yellowdog on May 30, 2019 6:59:15 AM

Home to a diversity of saltwater flats fly fishing habitats—from reef-side flats to backcountry lagoons to white sand beaches—the saltwater fly fishing in northern Belize offers some of the planet’s most varied opportunities for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, and several other species. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures is proud to partner with the region’s lodges and outfitters to provide anglers with unprecedented access to a wide-range of destination lodges and day trip opportunities.

But, none of it matters if you don’t tie the right fly onto the end of your line. Because Yellow Dog and Belize go hand-in-hand and compiled from our decades of experience fly fishing in Belize, here is our list of the Five Must Have Flies for northern Belize.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Montana Fly Fishing Hatches Made Simple

Posted by yellowdog on May 29, 2019 10:42:54 AM

Home to world-class rivers and creeks, an angler in Montana can have a difficult time choosing where to fish or what fly to tie onto the leader. Understanding our local hatches is an important step in the right direction when planning a Montana fly fishing trip.

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Montana Fly Fishing Trips on Freestones vs. Tailwaters

Posted by yellowdog on May 28, 2019 11:06:07 AM

When planning a fly-fishing trip to Montana, choosing the right destination can seem daunting. We’ve got the Bighorn River, Big Hole River, Smith River, spring creeks, backcountry waters, and more. Fortunately, these waters will always be here in Montana and in your life time you can strive to fish them all.

Montana is our home and we take pride in its diversity of fishing. We have the luxury of being able to fish whenever, and usually wherever, we want. Here’s somehelp and knowledge on our two main types of rivers—freestones and tailwaters.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

New Zealand: The Skinny on Fat Fish in Mouse Years

Posted by yellowdog on May 24, 2019 10:45:35 AM

2019/2020 Season Could Be "One of Those Years"

As if the beauty of fly fishing in New Zealand were not enough, there is also a natural phenomenon known as the mouse year that truly must be experienced to be believed.

Photo Note: Look closely to see what this brown trout ate and is now disposing of...

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

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Central Patagonia, Argentina Fly Fishing: Bariloche, Esquel, Los Alerces National Park, and Rio Pico
6 Special Permitted Fly Fishing Trips in the Western United States
Montana: Not Just for Anglers!
The Two Types of Permit: Atlantic and Pacific
Northern Patagonia, Chile: Los Lagos Region