Target Species: Rainbows and brown trout
Season: November – April
Major Fisheries: Malleo, Chimehuin, Collon Cura, Filo Hua Hum, Limay, Alumine, Traful
Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, high-end resorts, art gallery tours
Closest Major Air Hubs: San Martin de los Andes (CPC) and Bariloche (BRC)
In many regards, the San Martin and Junin de los Andes area of Northern Patagonia is the region that put Argentina on the map for world class trout fishing. With its wide-open mountainous terrain, dry temperate climate, consistent aquatic insect hatches, and a huge variety of available trout waters, this area reminds anglers more of Montana than any other fishing region in Argentina. Nearly all of this region lies within Argentina’s beautiful Neuquen Province – an area consisting of numerous glacial lakes, an abundance of freestone rivers, snow-studded volcanoes, and dense forests.Read More
There’s no question that Patagonia is one of the premier freshwater fly fishing destinations in the world – a productive, one-of-a-kind region in South America that is home to dozens of lodges, experienced and professional guides, and more rivers, streams and lakes that can possibly be fished in a lifetime. The options and choices are endless, which is why deciding on where, when and how to fish Patagonia can at times be overwhelming. This is especially true when planning or researching a first-time trip to the region.
Here at Yellow Dog, we receive a steady stream of inquiries from anglers interested in fishing South America, and usually the conversation begins with, “Should I be looking at Argentina or Chile?” and “Can you tell me the differences between the two?”
There are a lot of variables to consider when planning a fly fishing trip to Patagonia. Among the most common - and arguably the most important - question is, "When is the very BEST time to go?" With a long fishing season that typically extends from early November all the way through April, there are of course seasonal transformations to be aware of when planning a trip. From eager, early-season eats and unpressured characteristics of the early season in November and December, to the abundant hatches brought during the warm summer months of January to mid-March, all the way through to to the fall streamer season of April, Patagonia offers something for every trout angler. While we realize that the “best time to go” can be subjective and largely based on specific schedules and windows of availability, we have nonetheless put together a general summary and reference guide to help you choose the best time for your visit to Patagonia.Read More
Golden Dorado are often viewed as the apex predator fish in South America and despite their ferociousness, strength and brute power, they are exceptionally beautiful creatures to target on the fly. Fly fishing for golden dorado has grabbed the imagination of many anglers over the past decade and for good reason; they provide terrific sight fishing opportunities, incredibly aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights.Read More
While traveling down to Patagonia on your fly fishing adventure or returning home, you may end up having a layover day in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With a full day to explore the city, figuring out how to make the most of it may be challenging. Buenos Aires has fine dining, art, dancing, everything any large metropolitan city has to offer.
With a population around 14 million navigating the large city and knowing where to go can be daunting unless you have some pointers. Here is a list that we put together to help you decide how to make the most out of your time in Buenos Aires and how to navigate the city- from touchdown to takeoff.Read More
Working with Yellow Dog means that we will always put you in a lodge that best fits your needs and preferences. Where some booking agencies are in the business of filling beds, we are in the business of selling experiences, and something that may work for one angler may not work for another. When it comes to fishing, we realize that not everyone enjoys sitting in a boat and would rather walk and wade. We know one size doesn’t fit all so we’ve put together a short guide of Patagonia fly fishing trips perfect for walk and wade anglers.Read More
“How do I combine a fly fishing trip with a vacation that my non-angling significant other can also enjoy?” That is a question that we’re asked all the time here at Yellow Dog, as such we appreciate the challenge that many anglers face when balancing their fishing addictions with the vacation demands and desires of a significant other. If you’re trying to plan a trip where you combine great fishing with a “couples escape,” then the answer is “YES – We CAN make this happen!” We help hundreds of couples craft these types of packages and itineraries each year, and feel uniquely qualified to assist you in finding the destination that best suits you and your partners vacation needs.Read More
“It’s one of the best small pieces of water in the world for high densities of giant fish. Very little compares to it.” My eyes were probably the size of dinner plates when John Hudgens, longtime fly fishing guide and Yellow Dog’s in-house expert on Argentina, said that to me. For a guy who has fished across the globe, such a strong statement seemed a little over the top. But as I came to find, it was spot on. The reward for anyone who’s up for an adventure to the end of the world is some phenomenal fishing.
“What an awesome fish!” Kevin Eddy, my fishing buddy, yelled to me as he ran down the rocky bank. Both of us knew it was big; now it was a matter of landing it. As Kevin ran down the sides of the river, he looked minute in the middle of such a vast place. The jagged Andes mountains surrounded us, and the gin-clear river meandered like an Anaconda stretching across the harsh landscape - slow, tactful, powerful. Nowhere have I felt smaller than fishing in Patagonia, Argentina. “Keep your rod tip up!” Kevin yelled as he neared me, “let him run!” We both looked at each other and knew that there were no browns this high on the river - I was using a large heavy streamer making a rainbow unlikely, which meant it could only be that one big brook trout we both so desperately wanted.Read More
I was born in Montana. I've spent my entire life fishing and exploring the different waters in my great state, and only a handful of times have I lived anywhere else - once when I was in college on the East Coast, and the second time when I worked in Patagonia, Argentina. I need more fingers to count the number of times I've heard, "Imagine Montana 80 years ago." Images of the Maclean brothers tromping around in the Blackfoot River come to mind. Rugged peaks stand guard over endless miles of untouched water chocked full of trophy-sized fish. Those images of Montana naturally drew me to seek out places of equal grandeur and adventure. I think for any Montana boy, fly fishing in Patagonia, Argentina holds a certain lore, a place of unimaginable wilderness with pristine rivers and giant trout.Read More