By far the best lake to spend a day fishing from a boat, nestled between large snow-capped mountains on its summits until well into summer, creating large waterfalls into the lake, which transport food for trout, mostly rainbow, but also a large population of browns and some brookies (fontinalis), which are in great numbers and close to the shore.
The varied environment of its shores, with lush forests with a predominance of Lengas and Coihues, which at times leave room for stone and clear sandy beaches make the place a true paradise.
Fishing is excellent throughout the season, during the beginning we recommend using equipment 6 WT to 8Wt with fast sinking lines to cast far enough to reach the drop-offs, using flies size 2 to No. 6 ( Woolly Buggers, Matukas, Zonkers, Rabbits).
Once the warmer temperatures of December begin, trout begin to rise in search of food. We recommend equipment 4WT to 6WT with floating lines are recommended to cast from the boat towards shore, where trout are usually searching for hatching insects and terrestrials that fall from trees.
Flies such as Stimulator, Chernobyl, Marshals, Dragonflies yield very good results. You can also try the staples such as Adams, Caddis, Irresistible and Red Humphy. Despite the distance from the Lodge, 2 hours on paved roads, it is highly recommended program not only for the quality of its fishing, but also for the landscape both of the lake and trip to get there.
Limay is the largest and most important river in the area, starting at Lake Nahuel Huapi and, after covering more than 450 km. (270 miles) along with the Neuquen river, they form the Negro river, which pours its waters into the Atlantic. Due to its large dimensions and variants, all fishing techniques can be practiced and, with each of them, achieve average catches of 1.5 kg to 2 Kg (3 to 4 pounds), and catches of 5 kg (10 pounds) or even greater can be achieved.
Throughout the season it is a very productive river, but without a doubt, at the beginning and end of the season, the probability of catching a trophy increases considerably, with 6WT to 8WT fast action equipment, fast sinking ST lines, with streamers, Rabbit, Wolly Bugger, Matukas and Marabou Muddler in olive, chestnut or black and orange, tied on hooks No. 2 to No. 6. With lighter equipment, # 5 and # 6, sectors of the river will allow us to try to fish with nymphs of all sizes, the traditional Prince, Pheasant Tail and Stone flies.
As the flow of the river drops, it will be time to try some dry flies, with the same equipment as for the nymphs, using Bombers, Wulff, Irresistible, Yellow Humpy, Goodard Caddis, Sparkle Dun, Madame X, tied in size No. 6 to No. 12. Due to the large size of the river, and the latent possibility of strong winds, spey gear can be ideal various times of the day.
A short 5-minute drive from Rinconada Lodge there is an eight kilometer stretch of Río Collón Cura where guests will have the freedom to wade it on their own. We can, if desired, provide local guides with extensive expertise in area rivers, flora, fauna and history. Guides can help guests fish by wading and/or take them aboard drift boats to cover additional distances.
Collón Cura River
It is, without a doubt, one of the rivers with the most fishing varieties and yields in Northern Patagonia. It is the best-known river in the area that runs through a large valley. While some sections are approximately 35 meters (100 feet) wide, it is easy to wade.
The river has all the characteristics that a fisherman’s dream of. Riffles, runs, deep pools, small islands, high banks and plenty of rocks and trees for structure. If you choose to float it, you will be able to appreciate even more the different sections of the river and will be rewarded with a large number of fish.
There is a large population of trout, mainly rainbows and browns, which on average exceed one kilogram (2+ pounds) in weight. However, it is common at the beginning and end of the season to catch a trophy, since large browns settle to lay their eggs and, therefore, feed on nymphs, freshwater crab, eggs and fingerlings, with large sizes of 3 Kg. (6+ lbs.) And 4 Kg. (8+ lbs.) And some even bigger.
On top of unforgettable fishing, during the day you will have the chance to spot deer, wild boars, guanacos, condors and all kinds of birds, which are in abundance.
Suggested equipment: The ideal fishing equipment 4 to 7 weight, the latter is for windy days. Floating and sinking lines III-IV. Streamers (No. 2 to 6): Woolly Buggers, Matukas, Zonkers and Rabbits in general tied in green, olive, brown and black colors. Nymphs (No. 8 to 14): All imitations of Montana Stone, Woolly Worn well weighted, some Mayfly such as Pheasant Tail or Hare’s Ear, Stonefly and Prince. Dry flies (No. 12 to 16): Goddard Caddis, Red Humphreys, Irresistible. Attractor and some Chernobyl can yield great results on difficult days.
Due to its medium to small size, it is ideal for wading. The river starts in Lake Tromen and, after approximately 60 kms (35 miles). It flows into the Alumine River.
It is one of the most technical rivers in all of Patagonia. During the low water period we recommend the use of light equipment no greater than 4 WT with floating lines and long leaders in 5x and 6x tippets.
It is the ideal place for those looking to fish with small dry flies, the hatches of Caddis and Mayflies is spectacular during the season, as nymph and emerging lovers (Stone Flies, Zug Bug, Soft Hackle, Montana, Casual Dress, Red Squirrel Fox, Prince or Hare Ear).
However, at the beginning and the end of the season, it is advisable to try slow sinking lines and large streamers (Marabou Muddler, Woolly Buggers, Zonkers, Matukas) near their headwaters and mouth.
Medium-sized river, which begins in Lake Huechulafquen and ends in the Collón Cura river. It is the river responsible for Northern Patagonia’s excellent fly-fishing reputation. Its emblematic headwaters have witnessed countless trophies of enormous dimensions.
There is a large population of rainbows and browns, excellent for fishing small dry flies with light gear. It is recommended to float the river since, in many stretches, its banks are densely populated with trees.
Rinconada Lodge is located in the center of one of the best fly fishing areas in South America and the world. Incredible rivers such as Collón Cura, Chimehuin, Alumine, Malleo, Quilquihue, and paradisiacal lakes such as Tromen, Falkner, Hermoso, Traful, which guarantee entertaining, varied fishing and, occasionally, several trophies.
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We make your stay as pleasant as possible, you can enjoy our activities as long as they are available, although many are organized at the moment, in most cases it is convenient that you ask us what activities you would like to do.
We have Wi-Fi always available throughout the lodge, as well as in the outdoor living areas where you can enjoy the incredible views that make Patagonia famous. In the evenings, while enjoying one of our famous Malbecs, our guests can gather around the fire under the Southern Cross.
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# Access to 5 miles of private waters (Collon Cura river)
The estancia is self-sufficient, so it’s no surprise that much of the food is home-produced: ham and bacon from their pigs is cured in the smokehouse, they produce their own beef, lamb, venison and wild boar, and eggs come from the chicken run. Produce is seasonal, vegetables are grown in the organic garden, and fruits and nuts in the extensive orchards. Even the jam is made from surplus fruit!
Meals are varied and delicious and set around the large dining table, and can be tailored – with notice – to suit dietary requirements. There’s also a quincho (a special building) for asados (traditional BBQs). The local wine flows!
A great respect for the environment permeates the operations at Estancia Huechahue. Water is gravity-fed from natural springs and electricity comes from a water driven turbine. Tree planting provides enough firewood for all heating and hot water, meaning all energy used is renewable. The prevention of erosion is also paramount; walking and riding routes are designated based on their soil stability and any tracks showing signs of deterioration are reinforced.
Set in northern Argentinian Patagonia, at the foothills of the Andes mountains and close to the Chilean border, Rinconada Lodge feels remarkably remote. You can fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche, which is 200 kms away, from where we can arrange a transfer to the estancia. San Martin de los Andes is 70 kms away and Junin de los Andes is 30 kms.
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