THE LOS ALERCES NATIONAL PARK REGION - ARGENTINA
Los Alerces National Park in Argentina was established to protect one the last stands of giant redwood trees in South America. It encompasses more than 500,000 acres and is home to over two dozen rivers and lakes for your fly fishing pleasure.
Most of the national park is never touched, due to the fact that no roads exist except on the eastern edge. The ecosystem is best described as a temperate rainforest, making it different than most of Argentine Patagonia (which is generally dry.) To access the national park, you will most likely stay in Esquel on the western entrance or in Cholila on the northern entrance.
Fortunately, someone with insight planted trout in this area about one hundred years ago and today they are flourishing. You can catch rainbows, browns, brook trout and landlocked salmon in the area's emerald waters, and, will no-doubt, enjoy the park as much for the scenery as the fishing. The Los Alerces region offers access to the Carrileufu, Rivadavia, Arraynes and Frey rivers.
THE CHUBUT REGION
With private access to 60 miles of Argentina rivers on a 150,000 acre ranch and another 60,000 acre estancia offering 17 miles of private water, it quickly becomes apparent the exclusivity of an Esquel Outfitters fly fishing experience.
THE ESQUEL REGION
In many ways the Esquel region resembles fishing in the American West fifty years ago. The city of Esquel is located in the middle of one of Patagonia's largest volcanic craters on the eastern front of the Andes Mountains. Esquel has great services for fly fishermen and is the center of some of the best trout fishing on the planet.
This is the gateway to Argentina's Los Alerces National Park and to the Southern Andes Mountains. The area has many creeks, lakes and rivers, all of which contain excellent numbers of trout and it’s just a short drive to incredible fly fishing on the Rio Grande, the Corcovado, the Nant-Y-Fall, the Rio Chubut and the Arroyo Pescado spring creek.
THE RIO PICO REGION
The Rio Pico is one of those places you'll dream about long after you've returned home. You'll definitely want to bring a camera along on this photogenic outing. It is a perfect river for wading and the tributaries that feed into the Rio Pico will knock your socks off. A beautiful 20 minute walk is required to access these waters, with nobody else but a gaucho passing by.
The Rio Pico (and the spring creek that feeds it) are great streams to wrap up a week of fishing. The spring creeks present some challenging opportunities to catch big trout, both browns and rainbows. You'll enjoy fishing for some of the most beautiful browns in the world, not to mention the view, which undoubtedly belongs to Patagonia. You'll appreciate the fact that the spring creek is out of the wind and you'll love the added challenge of keeping your hooked monster out of the willows. Don't even think about using less than 2X tippet, (that is unless you don't mind crying in front your guide).
The countryside is especially striking with the backbone of the Andes right in front of you, rising up five to six thousand feet from the high hills of Rio Pico. The Rio Pico river meanders through a forest here and access is via a large Estancia where the sheep keep the grass trimmed to no more than a couple of inches. The first of the tributaries is a full-blown spring creek with double the water volume than the famous Arroyo Pescado and some truly huge trout!
This stream, which remains nameless, will cap your trip if you enjoy challenging fly fishing scenarios. The spring creek flows through the willows, with limbs extending right to the water, then fifty yards farther, it emerges into an open space with many deep weed-lined channels where the fish will just sink out of sight once they spot you. Combine the nasty wind with overgrown willows and cane patches that resembled miniture bamboo overhanging the water and you have some challenging fly fishing for sure.