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

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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.
New as of 2016:  Monsters Bay Spring Creek is a recent discovery and is promising to be a guest favorite.
The Barrancoso River: This incredible river is the one and 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

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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!”

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Don McCleve's Recap:

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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, Argentina, you’ll take a domestic flight to El Calafate. (No flights are included in the package.) From the town of El Calafate, the drive to the lodge takes about five hours. The first stretch of the drive is 170 miles of asphalt, and the last thirty miles, until recently, was comprised of rough, rocky private roads.Improvements have been made so that the drive is now more enjoyable. The last 12 miles now only takes about an hour. If you’re prone to motion sickness, bring along medication.

Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge

Built in 2008, the lodge overlooks Laguna Verde (Green Lake). The lodge accommodates 10 to 12 anglers with two double rooms and one triple room, each with private bath. There's around-the-clock power, satellite internet, Wi-Fi, twice-a-week laundry service, and a drying room for gear. Chefs prepare the best of Argentine dishes - "asados" (barbecues), the famous Patagonian lamb, and more... all served with great wines from Mendoza, and other areas of Argentina.

2017 Rates:

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
Rates are valid thru April 30, 2017

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, use of boats and skiffs (if weather permits), laundry service twice per week, and free internet access.

Packages do not include:

International and domestic airfare, first night hotel and meals in El Calafate, gratuities, fishing license (about $40.00), Airport Departure Tax (about $30.00 payable with credit cards or U.S. dollars), and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Prices are subject to change.

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

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Estancia Laguna photos

Martin Landholm with Jurassic rainbow

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Robin Cartwright with Jurassic rainbow

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Guy Schoenborn with Jurassic rainbow

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Mike Wright’s rainbow at Estancia Laguna

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The lodge overlooks Laguna Verde

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Mario Masciola at the Barrancoso River

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Jurassic Lake rainbow

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Comfortable bedrooms with ensuite bath

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Dining at Estancia Laguna Verde

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New trucks for getting to the lake

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