In northern Patagonia, at the foot of the Andes, San Huberto lodge is located on the center of a 22,000 acre cattle ranch homesteaded by the Olsen family in the 1890s. While maintaining their ranching tradition, the Olsens have developed the lodge to offer access the some of Argentina’s finest trout fishing, as well as other activities such as bird watching, hiking and horseback riding.
The Malleo river is ranked among the top 10 rivers for flyfishing throughout the world. It needs no introduction for dry fly angling, as it produces some of the best and most consistent caddis, mayfly and midge fishing. This medium-sized river – averaging 60-90 feet in width – has the perfect size for the wading angler. Very seldom, with a little positioning, are there rising fish that can’t be reached with a 20 to 30 foot cast.
It supports healthy populations of naturally reproducing rainbow and brown trout averaging 15-19 inches, with many opportunities for larger fish. It is easily wadeable for most of its course with pebbled bottoms and sandy shoals. Despite its size, the Malleo has the character of a spring creek; it’s currents are slow and the fishing can sometimes be rather technical, requiring small flies and tippets and delicate presentation. This is certainly a stream where anglers need to “match the hatch” to be successful and it can challenge the expert while pleasing all visitors.
In addition to the Malleo river, San Huberto lodge also has access to Tromen lake. With the Lanin Volcano as an ever-present backdrop, vast vertical basalt walls and a pristine sorrounding forest, this lake has some of the most agreeable large trout. Its peculiar hand-like shape differs completely from the rest of the lakes in the area, this unique structure results in quiet bays and secluded corners where anglers of all abilities get delighted with the quality of fishing.
The temperature and clarity of Lake Tromen’s waters offer wonderful conditions for brook trout, as well as rainbow and brown. At points, land-locked salmon may be caughed, but this is not typical. Your fishing guide will encourage you to try sight fishing here, instead of trolling. Sight fishing will surely enrich your fishing experience.
Close to San Huberto lodge, you will also be fishing the Collon Cura river, that runs through a wind and water eroded valley. Sections of banks are covered by dense willow trees which produces a beautiful green contrast with the dry land. Deep and slow pools, shallow and flat runs, long cut banks, riffles, a labyrinth of channels and small lagoons provide habitats for densely populated rainbows and browns. Among the smaller fish, there are plenty of trout between 18 and 25 inches to give memorable fights.
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Gun / Fishing Equipment - Available or suggested:
* Rods: 6 Weight + reel with two spools, one with WF-Floating. And the other one with a Sinking tip (teeny line like, according to weight of rod) line. The second rod would be a 3 or 4 Weight + reel with WF-Floating. If you are bringing only one, the most suggested is a 5-weight but 4 or 6 instead are ok, too.
* Leaders: 2 x 7 Ft. / 3 x 9 Ft. / 4 x 9 Ft. (three of each size)
* Tippets spools: 2X - 3 X - 4 X – 5 X – 6 X (one spool each)
* Dry flies: Royal PMX #8 #10 #12 / Adams #16 #18 / Parachute Adams #14 #16 / Royal Wulff #12 #14 #16 / Royal Madam X Parachute #6 #8 - Terrestrials: Black Beetle (peacock body) #14 / Black Flying Ant #16 - Nymphs: Bead Head Pheasant Tail #14 #16 / Bead head Prince #12 #14 / Copper Johns #14 #16 / Pheasants Tail #16 #18 / Prince #12 #14 - Streamers: Black Zonker #8 / Black Wooly Bugger #8
(suggested number half a dozen of each type and size)