Jurassic Lake Lodge - Argentina
Fly Fishing for Giant Rainbow Trout
Jurassic Lake and the Barrancoso River are nothing short of a biological anomaly and are probably the most prolific trophy rainbow fishery in the world. Jurassic Lake, also known as Strobel Lake, is a vast desert sink lake measuring approximately 12.4 by 9.3 miles in size. The Lake is at 3,000 feet elevation in the wide-open desolate expanse of the Patagonian Steppe.
Fly Fishing Jurassic Lake
Meng Syn with Jurassic Lake Rainbow.
Jurassic Lake Lodge is only a five-minute walk from great fishing. The Lodge has the good fortune of being located at the mouth of Jurassic Lake's only significant tributary, the Barrancoso River. The Lodge controls more than 9.3 miles of the lake's southern shoreline. The wind has created some fantastic fishing bays. With no outlet, this is by far the best location on the lake. Here, anglers stack up large numbers of big rainbows every day of the season.
Rainbows average 8 to 10-pounds with countless fish in the mid-teens and good numbers of fish into the 20+ pound class. These rainbows are incredibly stout, incredibly strong, and acrobatic.
All fishing is catch-and-release.
The Barrancoso River: The most productive bays of the lake are those surrounding the mouth of the Barrancoso River. Jurassic Lake Lodge holds more than 15 miles of this pristine, freestone river, including the only mouth. The Barrancoso, a typical mountain freestone river, is the only significant tributary of Jurassic Lake. With its transparent waters and big rocks, the Barrancoso holds amazing trout in its beautiful pools, pocket waters, flats, and runs. The Barrancoso runs almost entirely through Jurassic Lake Lodge's property.
View Meng Syn's Video (2018 Hosted Week)
Click here for Guy's Jurassic Lake Trip Report.
Jurassic Lake Lodge - Fishing Facts:
Fishing Season: The season starts in November through April. Peak fishing runs from November through mid-January. During this time, fish concentrate in large numbers in
and around the mouth of the Barrancoso River, allowing anglers to rack up absurd numbers of fish. If sheer numbers (or pounds, in this case) of fish is not exactly your thing,
visiting in early March through April can be incredibly rewarding for many anglers. The loss in quantity is made up for in quality. The late run of rainbows tend to be ultra-bright and turbo-charged.
Methods: All fishing is done while wading or standing on the bank. There are no boats.
Fishing Tackle: is not included in the package. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
One or Two-Handed Rods: Single-handed rods are preferred. However, a short two-handed rod could come in handy, with similar line weights as you'd used for single-hand rods. Click here for the article.
Fishing License: is included in the package.
Guides: Two anglers per English-speaking guide. The guides show you the general fishing program and fishing areas, give advice on fly selection and technique, help with landing fish, take photos, or assist with whatever you may need. Bring a flash drive so you can download their great shots at the end of the week.
Boots: At Jurassic Lake, Vibram® bottom boots with studs will help you walk better in mud or on slick rocks.
A Typical Fishing Day:
Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
Lunch is at 1:00 p.m.
Dinner at 9:00 p.m.
You're guided from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each day, you'll rotate guides and fish three to four different beats. Your beat and guide assignments will be posted each night for the next day's fishing. You may fish anytime you like, but you may only fish your assigned beat for that portion of the day.
2021 and 2022 Hosted Weeks:
2021 Hosted Week:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$7,250.00 per person
• December 2-11, 2021:
Brad Staples hosts - SOLD-OUT
2022 Hosted Week:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
• December 1-10, 2022:
Guy Schoenborn hosts
You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book Jurassic Lake Lodge for a time that works best for you.
About Jurassic Lake Lodge: The main lodge structure has a spacious lounge area and dining room area complete with a wood-burning stove, comfortable couches, and craft whiskey and wine bar, and great views of the lake and mouth of the Barrancoso River. The newly remodeled lodge hosts ups to 12 anglers in double-occupancy rooms with a private bath and shower. Single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional $700.00 per week and subject to availability. Limited laundry service at no additional charge.
Power and Communications: The Lodge has reliable 24-hour electricity. You will need a power adaptor to fit Argentina plug type “C” (two flat slanted prongs). The Lodge has a satellite phone for emergency use, and there is no cell phone service. The Lodge has a slow but reliable satellite-based internet service.
Meals: Enjoy excellent and hearty meals served in the main lodge. The Lodge specializes in traditional Argentinean dishes, including their famous barbecue (asado) and Patagonian lamb. Hearty meals and dinners served with wine.
Alcohol: Beer, wine, and alcohol (except single malt selections - available by the bottle or shot) are included in your package price.
Getting to the Lodge:
You’ll fly to Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You'll need to take a ground transfer to the domestic airport, a 45-minute drive, depending on traffic. You can arrange this transfer online or pay with a credit card onsite when you arrive. From the domestic airport, you'll take a 2-hour and 15-minute connecting flight to Comodoro Rivadavia. Strict 50-pound baggage, including carry-on limit. At the airport, you'll be greeted by a lodge representative who will drive you to your hotel. You'll spend the night at a hotel in Comodoro Rivadavia. (The hotel night is not included in the package - recommendations are listed in our confirmation packet.) In the morning, a lodge representative will drive you to the local airport for a 75-minute flight to the Lodge's new runway. From the airstrip, you'll be driven to the Lodge by a staff member, a 15-minute drive. The roundtrip 75-minute charter flight is included in the week-long packages, a $570.00 value. For the half-week packages, a one-way charter flight and a one-way ground transfer are included.
2021 and 2022 Rates:7-night and 6.5-day packages
Saturday through Saturday.
$7,250.00 per person
Upgrade to a single-occupancy room for $700.00 per room/week based on availability.
3 or 4-night packages are available mid-January - April.
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing, Saturday - Tuesday:
$3,900.00 per person
4-nights and 3.5-days guided fishing, Tuesday - Saturday:
$4,900.00 per person
Upgrade to a single-occupancy room for half-week $350.00 per room/week - based on availability.
Full-Week Package Includes:
Roundtrip charter flight between Comodoro Rivadavia and the Lodge, accommodations, meals, alcohol (except whiskey), and limited Wi-Fi at the Lodge, 6-days lightly guided fishing and fishing license.
Half-Week Package Includes:
A one-way charter flight to the Lodge and a ground transfer out on Saturday to Tuesday or a ground transfer to the Lodge and a charter flight to Comodoro Rivadavia on Tuesday to Saturday, accommodations and meals, alcohol (except whiskey), and limited Wi-Fi at the Lodge, 3-days lightly guided fishing, and fishing license.
All Packages Do Not Include:
International airfare to Buenos Aires; meals, hotels, or ground transfers in Buenos Aires, Comodoro Rivadavia, or El Calafate, as needed; fishing equipment,
transportation not included in the itinerary, optional side trips, staff and guide gratuities, laundry, baggage insurance, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
The closest hospital is in Calafate is eight hours from the Lodge. Due to the remote location, we strongly recommend that anglers purchase travel insurance and medical evacuation coverage. We recommend Global Rescue.
Argentina’s seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. Spring weather begins in September. The warmest summer months are January and February. March and April are considered early fall. The winds can be harsh in this region, so come prepared. Temperatures can vary widely, and the area can be hot, especially in February. The early season, and especially March and April, can be cold. Be sure and pack sunscreen and quality windproof clothing.