From the birthplace of Patagonia fly fishing in the north to its frontier in the south, Route 40 runs through the heart of Patagonia. Join Big Sky Angler’s Steve Hoovler March 21 – April 4, 2020on a customized, two-week adventure from the north to the south of Argentina’s classic trout country.
We have spent the last 2 decades living, working, and fishing throughout this vast region and this trip encompasses some of our absolute favorites. You’ll experience the best fly fishing and authentic Argentine hospitality in all of Patagonia. You’ll be fishing with english-speaking guides that are not only our partners but are our friends, the people we have come to know and respect through our years of experience.
This two week adventure is designed to sample the best of what Patagonia has to offer, 5 days of fishing in the south and 5 days in the north. It begins in a remote basecamp situated on the high steppes at the base of the Andes, here you’ll be fishing for large, migratory brook trout while enjoying views of the glaciers and mountains of Chile. We’ll venture north, fishing from drift boats and rafts on the Rio Corcovado and southern Argentina’s fabulous tailwater fishery, the Rio Grande. We’ll stay at El Encuentro lodge on the banks of the Rio Grande, enjoying the warm hospitality of our good friends, great wine selections, and terrific food. After the first five days of fishing, we’ll drive through Los Alerces National Park and make our way to Bariloche for a rest day on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi.
We’ll spend the next session north of Bariloche near the cradle of flyfishing in Argentina, drift boat fishing on the Rio Collon Cura and Rio Limay, lodging on the shores of the Collon Cura. These are two of the most spectacular and exciting fall fisheries of Patagonia and both host great populations of resident trout with migratory fish in the systems as well. The Collon Cura valley is filled with wildlife, and you’ll catch glimpses of red stags in the rut, rheas, wild pigs, and armadillos. Condors soar high above the river and and flocks of parrots will noisily entertain you while drifting the river. The Rio Limay is located out in the steppe country, away from the Andes, some of the largest brown trout in Patagonia are taken from its waters.
We invite you to join us on this unforgettable Patagonia flyfishing adventure! Please contact us for more information.
ucked away in a remote corner of Argentine Patagonia is a pristine fishery which is home to a population of wild Brook Trout the likes of which are the stuff of legends. Three to five pound fish are the norm, and ten+ pound trout are a very real possibility. A series of interconnected lakes drain into a stunning backcountry river valley framed by the jagged Andes mountains. The habitat in this system is ideal for trophy brook trout, and many believe a world record fish may be found here. El Encuentro’s Brook Trout Basecamp offers unparalleled access to this brook trout Valhalla, and affords visiting anglers a comfortable, well appointed camp with all of the comforts of home in this remote corner of central Patagonia. In addition to the fabled brook trout waters, other classic argentine fisheries like the Rio Corcovado and Rio Pico region are within easy striking distance from camp providing opportunities at trophy brown trout and rainbow trout as well .
We have been involved with the Brook Trout Base Camp from the very beginning. We helped scout, plan, and implement the project from concept to market, and are proud to host visiting anglers to this special corner of Patagonia with our close partners at El Encuentro Fly Fishing. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this exceptional fishery, and the Brook Trout Basecamp.
Welcome to the third edition of Dispatches, a new series which reports on the Big Sky Anglers crew as they travel the globe in search of angling adventures. Each edition of Dispatches will feature an interview with one of our angling pros while they are on assignment or traveling for fun. Our crew might be hosting anglers in a remote destination, guiding clients on our home waters, or exploring new fishing territory at home and abroad.
This edition features BSA guide, Steve Hoovler who is reporting from the Brook Trout Base Camp in Argentine Patagonia. Steve spent a month in Argentina this Spring working with our good friends at El Encuentro Fly Fishing to help develop their late-season fishing and wingshooting programs. During his time in Patagonia Steve visited El Encuentro’s Brook Trout Base Camp on the Rio Corcovado to hunt for trophy brook trout. Give a listen to what Steve has been up to, and stay tuned for more reports from the BSA crew.
“Where are you right now?”
“How did you get there?”
“What is your target species? Why did you pick this location and time for that species?”
“How are you targeting these fish?”
“What’s one thing that’s happened on your trip so far that you didn’t expect?”
“What are the conditions like?”
“What’s been your favorite piece of gear on this trip so far, and why?”
“What’s the best thing you’ve had to eat?”
“Have you learned any new words or phrases?”
“What’s your playlist been on this trip…what tunes are you listening to?”