Sample Itinerary (7 Days Fishing)
This is a sample itinerary for the purpose of illustration only. These are the waters we typically fish from the Lodge. We may vary your specific itinerary according to your fishing preferences and prevailing weather, temperature, water levels, fish migration and the opinions of our guides. We can also arrange trips to other great fisheries from the Lodge if you so desire.
Arrival at San Martin de los Andes Airport (2 pm)
Drive to CHIME Lodge.
After a quick lunch and license purchase we will float the Chimehuin River from Town to Curva del Manzano “Apple tree bend” which is clearly visible from the road coming from the Airport. We also call this stretch of water “the miracle mile” as it produces a lot of fish, constantly. You can fish both banks, throughout the season. We’ll have plenty of time to have a great late afternoon fishing for rainbow and brown trout using floating lines and a “Stimulator-Nymph” combo. Chernobyl ants with a Prince dropper 3’ below surface works great too. Late afternoon is spent casting dry flies below the willows.
We’ll drive back to the Lodge around 9.30 pm.
Recommended rods: 5/6 wt with floating lines and 9’ to 12’ leaders, or a fast sink tip with a streamer at night.
After Breakfast we’ll drive to the Lower Malleo River. This section of the river is located in the Mapuche Reservation Amutuy Quime. It is wading only. There are hundreds of pools to fish all day long and then some. We’ll move around with the trucks to find the most productive pools. A lot of sight fishing is done picking the best and bigger fish. The same Stimulator/Chernobyl Ant/Hopper – nymph combo works phenomenal. In January and February there is also the incredible green inch worm hatch. If there is a little wind (and there always is in Patagonia) hundreds of tiny chartreuse worms fall in the water below the willows. A well placed fly in the right spot often produces really nice rainbows and browns. Caddis and mayflies are ever present in the Malleo. Late afternoon we may switch to a weighted streamer or Pancora crab imitation to try to catch a trophy fish.
Back to Lodge
Recommended rods: 4/5/6 wt with floating lines and 7’ to 12’ leaders
Our day starts on the Upper Collon Cura river. The CC is a large river, with fish from 12’ to several pounds. There are brown and rainbow trout and Perca, our native fish. Percas puts a nice fight, much like a brown trout and eat whatever you throw at them. We’ll float most of this river and we’ll stop and wade the many channels formed around the islands in the river. There are red stag and guanacos on the banks. It is best fished with streamers and either a sink tip with big streamers or Pancora crab imitations, however, if a good hatch occurs, we’ll switch to floating lines. During warm days we also use the Stimulator-Prince combo. There are great caddis hatches late afternoon.
Back to Lodge
Recommended rods: 5/6/7/8 wt with floating lines and 9’ to 12’ leaders, sink tips type 130 to 200 grain or shooting heads with 4’ leaders.
Today we’ll drive to Tromen Lake, below the shadows of Lanin Volcano and 3 miles from the Chilean border. We will fish the Lake for trophy brown, rainbow and brook trout. This is the place where we change our customer’s perspective of fishing a Lake. We’ll fish from our rafts casting to submerged logs, weed patches, obstacles and boulders where big trout live. There is a tiny spring creek that can be fished while we cook you an Argentinean Asado (barbeque) for small brookies or you may fish the outlet of this creek for trophy size brook trout up to 7 lbs.
If you are in the mood of walking, there is a 40 minute walk to the mouth of the Malleo river. Fishing with dry flies sometimes produces non stop action for rainbow trout and large rainbows or browns early or late in the season.
Back to Lodge
Recommended rods: 5/6/7 wt with floating lines and 9’ to 12’ leaders, sink tips type 130 to 200 grain or shooting heads with 4’ leaders with wooly buggers, muddler minnows, bunny leeches, etc.
Today we’ll float the Upper Chimehuin river, from Piedra del viento (200 yds upstream from Chime Lodge) to the Military Bridge. It is an all day float with a lunch brake around 1 pm. We’ll fish the pools that made Junin de los Andes a world class destination for fly anglers. A lot of fishing is done from the rafts but we’ll stop at the best spots and wade fish
Back to Lodge
Recommended rods: 5/6 wt with floating lines and 9’ to 12’ leaders, or sink tips for the streamers
Our day starts at the confluence of the Malleo with Alumine river. The Alumine is a large river, with fish from 12’ to several pounds. There are brown and rainbow trout. We’ll float most of this river and we’ll stop and wade the many channels formed around the islands in the river. All fishing techniques work well and we’ll choose the best for the reigning conditions. There are great caddis and mayfly hatches late afternoon.
Back to Lodge
Recommended rods: 5/6/7/8 wt with floating lines and 9’ to 12’ leaders or sinking fly lines.
Fish the Mid Malleo River, streamside barbeque. This is pretty much the same (unforgettable) fishing as the lower Malleo River. You’ll love to be back in this jewel River.
Recommended rods: 4/5 wt with floating lines and 7’ to 12’ leaders
Today we will go to San Martin de los Andes for some shopping and lunch (depending on departure flight) and then transfer to Chapelco Airport for Departure.