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.

2024 Hosted Week:
December 4-13, 2024:
Brad Staples hosts

Lodge and Camp Combo
Five anglers + host
8-nights and 6-days guided fishing
(6-nights at the Lodge and 2-nights camping)
$5,500.00 per person
Click here for our Las Pitras Hosted Week page
as the Weekly Itinerary is very different from the Lodge's regular itinerary.

Los Alerces National Park

Patagonia River

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. You'll also lake fish for wild trophy trout.

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

Guide and Angler in Boat with Rainbow

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.
Boats:  Quality rafts are used for drift fishing.
Methods:  You'll mostly drift fish the rivers. You'll stop and wade on some productive beats. Fishing is generally with streamers in the lakes, dry flies and nymphs in the rivers. 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, with a $350.00 loss or breakage fee. A combo package of 20 flies is $70.00 at the Lodge. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Wading Boots:  If you bring your own waders and boots make sure that you can only bring brand-new felt-soled boots in Patagonia to avoid spreading invasive species like dydimo, etc. You are not allowed to bring "used" felt-soled boots.
Fishing License:  A fishing license is included in the package.

Angler with Large Brown Trout Two Anglers with Rainbows
Angler with Large Brook Trout on River Two Boats Shored Mountains in Background

Sample Weekly Itinerary

Day 1 - Your Arrival at the Lodge

After 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 Rivadavia

The 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 for 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 Carrileufu

The 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 Arrayanes

The 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 Chubut

The 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 Alerces

Lake 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 River

Fishing 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

Single Level Lodge with Mountains in Background

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

Anglers Dining in Large Vaulted Room

The chef prepares delicious homemade meals. Hot breakfasts include eggs, bacon, toasted homemade bread and cakes. Streamside lunches are sliced 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:  An open bar is included in the package. The open bar includes fine wine, lodge-brewed beers, gin, whiskey, vodka, tonic, and Cuba Libres.

Four Bedrooms at the Lodge

Two Beds with Colorful Painting

The Lodge hosts eight anglers per week in four rooms with private bathrooms.

The Living Room Lounge Area

Stone Fireplace with Crackling Fire

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.

Getting to Las Pitras Lodge:

From Miami, Dallas, Houston, or Los Angeles, you'll take a direct flight to Buenos Aires (about 9 hours. from Miami or 11 hours. from Dallas), arriving early the following morning. After clearing customs, you will need to take a 45 to 90-minute ground transfer (not included) from the international airport to the domestic airport. Allow several hours for this transfer due to traffic fluctuations. You'll take a 2.5-hour domestic flight to Esquel Airport in the Chubut Province. Upon arrival, the guides will greet you and drive you to the Lodge, a two-hour drive.
Most guests choose to spend their first and last evening in Buenos Aires; hotels and meals are not included in the package. A list of recommended hotels is provided in our confirmation packet.

2024 and 2025 USD Rates:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Two anglers per room and guide
$4,800.00 per person
One angler per room and guide
$5,500.00 per person
Non-Angler Companion
$4,000.00 per person
Activities such as horseback riding, kayaking, and ground transfers to local museums and regional fairs are included in the package.

Angler on the Lake with Large Brown Trout Request a Las Pitras
Information Packet.  

The Package Includes:

• Ground transfers between Esquel and the Lodge
• 7-nights at the Lodge
• Gourmet meals
• Open bar with fine wines and lodge-brewed beer.
• Wi-Fi
• Weekly laundry service
• 6-days guided fishing
• Fishing license
• Local taxes.

The Package Does Not Include:

• Airfare to Buenos Aires, and return
• Airfare from Buenos Aires to Esquel, and return
• Hotels and meals in Buenos Aires
• Ground transfers between airports
• Fishing equipment
• $150.00 rental fee includes rod, reel, and line
• $70.00 for a 20-pack of flies
• Gratuities for guides and Lodge staff
• Personal items
• Global Rescue
• Travel insurance
• Anything not covered under inclusions.

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558