Argentina Fly Fishing
Patagonia, Rio Grande trout fishing

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Argentina has two world class destinations for the fly fishing enthusiasts, Patagonia in the north and the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuega in the south. Patagonia stretches from the pacific ocean all the way accross south america to the Atlantic ocean. Against this spectacular scenery of Patagonia you can find an amazing diversity of fishing with natural stocks of brown, rainbow and brook trout. The Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuega is the worlds most prolific sea-trout river, with the sea-run trout two or three times more productive than they were forty years ago.

Most Argentine fishing is done in large remote park areas, almost guaranteeing stream privacy. Rivers are extremely varied, with wading is available, as is floating or drifting from comfortable boats. Patagonia fish tend to prefer to lie in faster water, hence prospecting with dry flies can be very productive even when no trout are observed rising. The Rio Grande is not a big river and can be fished with a wide variety of techniques. The sea-run browns are moody fish and must be shown the fly the way they want to see them, when they want to see them, day or night, for one to be taken.

When to Go
Patagonia trout season usually opens mid November and runs through to the second or third week of April. Depending on snow melt, fisheries are usually in shape by early December and fish well through January, February, and March. In Tierra del Fuego the sea trout can start to ascend the Rio Grande as early as November, though December to April is considered the prime time.


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