Estancia Laguna Verde - Jurassic Lake Giant Rainbows

Jurassic Lake is a 25-square-mile body of water in the absolute middle of nowhere (in wild Southern Patagonia). These burly wild rainbow trout average 6-to 8-pounds, fight like a freight train and offer you countless opportunities to catch the rainbow of a lifetime. World-class fly fishing is combined with excellent food, wine, and lodging in a very remote landscape.

Fishing Jurassic Lake - Lake Strobel

Jurassic Lake

Lake Strobel, also known as Jurassic Lake, has quickly become a must-visit rainbow fly-fishing destination. Catch your lifetime best rainbow. These fish average ten pounds, some are over twenty. Due to its remote location, the lake has only recently been discovered. Jurassic Lake is surrounded by three private ranches, so access is limited. Other than the lodge guests, you should not see any other anglers while fishing. Jurassic Lake and the other fifteen lakes and streams are available to the lodge. The first afternoon we arrived, our 2010 group of seven anglers landed over 100, 4-to 8-pound rainbows at Laguna Verde within 150-yards of the lodge. Hardworking English-speaking guides will guide you eight to 10 hours each day.
See YouTube video of Estancia Laguna Verde.
See Vimeo video of the lodge.
Monsters Bay Spring Creek is a recent discovery and is promising to be a guest favorite.
The Barrancoso River: This incredible river is the only tributary of Jurassic Lake. Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge owns this river tributary, and they maintain exclusive access to five miles of these incredible waters. This mountain freestone river is about 30 to 50 feet wide, with transparent waters and large boulders. Amazing rainbows lie in its pools, flats, and pocket waters. Barrancoso rainbows average 4 to 5-pounds with fish over 15-pounds.
See Barrancoso River video here.


About Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge

Estancia Laguna Verde

The lodge is open during peak season:  November 1 to April 30. Estancia Laguna Verde has improved their fishing program with more access to new fishing areas, new trucks, and daily shore lunches cooked by their guides. There are also new rooms at the Lodge, a wider selection of carefully chosen Mendoza wines, and an upgraded kitchen. Jurassic Lake is 15 minutes from the Lodge, and Barrancoso River is 5 to 20 minutes from the Lodge.
Guy Schoenborn's Recap:  "The fishing was fantastic. The facilities and food were great, and the guides were excellent. I captured the top four largest rainbows of my life, including a monster that was 23 pounds."
Brad Staples's Recap:  “If you are okay with standing in 47-degree water and casting as far as you can with an 8-weight and stripping it back, it is the best trip in the world for big rainbows. I loved it because I like BIG trout!”
Read: John Childress' Estancia Laguna Article in which he recommends Vibram® bottom boots with studs. They will help you walk better in mud or on slick rocks. 

Don McCleve's Recap:

Estancia Laguna Verde

Don Cleeve with 32 inch, 20 lb. rainbow
Don McCleve's Recap:

"My first of four days was probably the best fishing day for trout in my life. Fifteen fish averaging better than 7-8 pounds. Guides would say even 10 pounds, but there were a few small fish. Toward the end, I got my biggest rainbow ever: 32 inches, 10 kilos on the scale, but the net weighs a kilo, so a shade over 9 kilos or 20 pounds It was also the fiercest trout I've ever caught. It immediately charged away, until the backing was dangerously deteriorating and the guide warned me. Then the fish jumped an incredible distance away, and the line went totally slack. I was sure I'd lost it. I reeled furiously but felt absolutely nothing for the next three minutes, and I didn't feel motion until then. Apparently, it had turned 180 degrees towards me."

Getting Here:

From Buenos Aires, you’ll take a 2 hour and 30-minute flight to El Calafate, Argentina. (No flights are included in package.) For the weeklong package, the lodge requests guests to be in El Calafate, on the Friday night prior to the start of their trip. (The hotel is not included in the package.) On Saturday morning, you’re picked up at 8:30 a.m. for the five-hour drive to the lodge. The night of departure, overnight in El Calafate is not required as you’ll be able to head home by taking an overnight flight. 

Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge

The lodge accommodates up to 14 anglers. There are seven double-occupancy bedrooms, each with a private bath. There is a spacious living room with a view of Laguna Verde, a 42” LCD TV with satellite connection, a DVD player, a fly-tying desk and a library. There is a dressing and drying room for waders and clothing. Wine and cocktails are served in the evenings. All beverages are included - soft drinks, beer, bottled water, outstanding wines, and a moderate selection of liquor.

Rates valid thru April 30, 2018:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
Non-anglers 50% of angler rate

Packages include:

Ground transfers from El Calafate to the lodge, lodging, meals, beverages (including wine with dinner and open bar), guided fishing (one guide per two anglers), use of ATV’s inside the estancia, daily transportation to fishing areas, laundry service, and free internet access.

Packages do not include:

International and domestic airfare, ground transfers in Buenos Aires, first night hotel and meals in El Calafate, gratuities, fishing license (about $100.00), Airport Departure Tax (about $30.00 payable with credit cards or U.S. dollars), and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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Estancia Laguna photos

Martin Landholm with Jurassic rainbow

Martin Landholm

Robin Cartwright with Jurassic rainbow

Robin Cartwright

Guy Schoenborn with Jurassic rainbow

Lake Strobel fishing

Mike Wright’s rainbow at Estancia Laguna

Estancia Laguna Lodge

The lodge overlooks Laguna Verde

Estancia Laguna Lodge

Mario Masciola at the Barrancoso River

Estancia Laguna Lodge

Brad Staples with Jurassic Lake rainbow

Jurassic Lake rainbow

Comfortable bedrooms with ensuite bath

Estancia Laguna bedrooms

Dining at Estancia Laguna Verde

Estancia Laguna Lodge

New trucks for getting to the lake

Estancia Laguna transportation

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