Las Pitras Lodge
Fly Fishing Argentina
Patagonia Rainbows and Browns
Las Pitras Lodge, a world-class fly-fishing operation, is near Los Alerces National Park with short drives to famous Patagonia rivers like Rivadavia, Carrileufu, Chubut, Arrayanes, and the Futaleufu Lakes region and some of the most pristine watersheds of Argentine Patagonia.
Los Alerces National Park
Los Alerces National Park in central Patagonia is renowned for its beauty. Founded in 1937, the Park boasts numerous mountain lakes and rivers with wild trout. From the Lodge, you can stalk large brown trout on a crystal-clear spring creek, float fish for the day, or fish lakes in the area for big brook, brown and rainbow trout, plus landlocked Atlantic salmon.
Typical Fishing Day:
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m., the guides drive you to the fishing areas.
Most of the fishing will be from boats floating the rivers.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m., you'll have a streamside lunch, then continue fishing.
7:30 p.m., you're back at the Lodge, with drinks and appetizers waiting for you.
Between 9:00-9:30 p.m., dinner. A late dinner is typical for Argentina.
Las Pitras Lodge Fishing Facts
Season: The Lodge is open from November 1 to May 1.
Travel Time: The guides drive anglers in Toyota HiLux trucks to the fishing areas. Most fishing is a 45-minute to one-hour drive from the Lodge.
Guides: The owner Fabian Philipp and his guide team will do their best to provide you with an enjoyable trip. Two anglers per guide. All guides speak adequate English. You'll get in 7 to 8 hours of guided fishing each day.
Methods: You'll mostly drift fish the rivers for a more productive and comfortable experience. You'll stop and wade on some productive beats. You'll also lake fish for wild trophy trout. The Lodge practices catch-and-release fishing.
Equipment: No equipment is provided. A rod, reel, and line rental is available for $150.00 per week. A combo package of 20 flies is $40.00 at the Lodge. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: A fishing license is included in the package.
Sample Weekly Itinerary
Day 1 - Your Arrival at the LodgeAfter your flight from Buenos Aires to Patagonia, the guides will greet you at the San Carlos de Bariloche airport and drive you to Las Pitras Lodge, a two-hour drive.
Day 2 - The Rio RivadaviaThe Rivadavia contains rainbows, browns, brook trout, and landlocked salmon and is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in the world and possibly the crown jewel of Argentine fishing. It flows from Rivadavia Lake five miles until it reaches Green Lake. The fishing is challenging but rewarding as the fish average over 18 inches and pull like freight trains! The water is gin clear, and beech trees and fallen logs line the banks, often making casting a challenge. Wade and sightfish with small nymphs. Cast large dries over the logs or chuck streamers under the tree-lined banks to entice the large browns. You’ll float the four-mile-long river in one day. You may also have the chance to sightfish one of the river’s small spring creek tributaries before finishing your day on the shores of Lago Verde.
Day 3 – The Rio CarrileufuThe Rio Carrileufu is born from Lago Cholila and is home to wild trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon during the early and late season. The river is best fished by floating in one of the lodge’s rafts, although there are opportunities to get out and wade productive runs and riffles. The Carrileufu flows approximately twenty miles before entering the Lago Rivadavia and Los Alerces National Park.
Day 4 – The Rio ArrayanesThe Arrayanes, a six-mile-long river, starts in Lake Verde, runs through Los Alerces National Park, and ends in Futaleufu Reservoir. Early and late in the season, the river has a healthy population of browns, rainbows, and landlocked Atlantic salmon and is best fished with dries and streamers.
Day 5 – The Rio ChubutThe Rio Chubut is a small willow-lined stream that flows east to the Atlantic Ocean. You'll float a 15-mile stretch casting to the banks with dry flies. Day 4 is a long and productive day.
Day 6 – The Lake Verde National Park Los AlercesLake Verde, a one-mile-long reed-lined stream, is also inside Los Alerces National Park. These reeds are home to numerous food sources for trout, such as dragonflies, mayflies, caddis nymphs, baitfish, crayfish, and snails. Cast a large dry fly to the banks for nice trout.
Day 7 – Lake Cholila or Repeat your Favorite RiverFishing Lake Cholila is very similar to Lake Verde but much larger. Fish the reeds, submerged logs, and banks. Dry flies or streamers are best. Lake Cholila offers a surprising number of sizeable fish. On Day 8, you'll depart the Lodge.
Las Pitras Lodge
The family-run Lodge has a large dining room and common areas, plus an outdoor swimming pool with views of a beautiful garden and the Epuyen River. Fabian, the owner and head guide, built the Lodge.
Meals and Alcohol
The chef prepares delicious homemade meals. Hot breakfasts include eggs, bacon, toasted homemade bread, and homemade cakes. Streamside lunches consist of cold meals, meats, chicken, and salty cakes. Enjoy dinner entrees such as chicken, pork, fish, pasta, and beef, including lodge-grown vegetables and fruits. An Asado (BBQ) night features a whole roasted lamb. Desserts include flan, ice cream, seasonal fruits, and cakes.
Alcohol: Argentine wines and an open bar are included in the package. The open bar includes gin, whiskey, vodka, tonic, Cuba Libre, and homemade beers made at the lodge.
Four Bedrooms at the Lodge
The Lodge hosts eight anglers per week in four rooms with private bathrooms.
The Living Room Lounge Area
Communications: Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge and outdoor sitting areas.
Electricity: 220 volts/ 50 Hz. The plugs used in Argentina have two rounded prongs. You may not need a converter if you bring any electric device such as a laptop, an electric shaver, iPod, Cpap, etc. Make sure your device is dual voltage 220/110. The Lodge has complimentary adapters.