El Encuentro Lodge

A family run lodge in the heart of central Patagonia

El Encuentro Fly Fishing Lodge

The longest running lodge in Central Patagonia, El Encuentro has been welcoming and providing fly-fishing trips to anglers for over 30 years. Situated on the Futaleufú River, this family-run lodge offers a charming and comfortable cottage setting for up to eight guests with a privileged riverside location.

The lodge is still a family matter and the Beale brothers have each one a significant role in its success. This is why once there you will feel at home straight away.

The Fishing

The Esquel & Trevelin area offers a variety of rivers that allow you to fish from drift boat or small streams ideal for the anglers who prefer to walk.

The lodge is in the banks of Futaleufú river (also known as the Río Grande), an amazingly diverse fishery with islands and side channels that allow you to wade or drift for its many rainbows and browns. The area is also home to famous rivers such as Arroyo Pescado among other small rivers you will love to fish.

Esquel & Trevelin area has great variety of big lakes that at the right time can offer world class fishing as well.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day 2 – After arriving in Buenos Aires. Transfer the group one hour to the domestic flights airport for flight to Esquel, 2 hrs approx.).

Arrive at Esquel airport were you will be meet and driven to El Encuentro lodge, approx. one hour and fifteen minutes. Fish the rio Futaleufu in the afternoon.

Day 2 – Fish the Rio Futaleufu. A hundred yards walk to be on the water.

Day 3 – Fish private access lake and combine it with the Rio Percey. (private access)

Day 4 – Fish arroyo Nant y Fall. (private access)

Day 5 – Wednesday, Fish Laguna Larga in the morning for big brown trout and combine it with Arroyo Desaguadero.

Day 6 – Fish Arroyo Pescado or Lago Wilimanco (private access)

Day 7 – Fish the Futaleufu river (different stretch) in the morning, come back to the lodge for a light lunch, final packing and transfer to the airport to catch flight back home.

Other waters we fish in the Esquel/Trevelin area:

  • Rio Frey upper section and lower section
  • Monsters stretch & Lago Kruger.
  • Rio Corinto.
  • Rio Arrayanes and / or Lago Verde.
  • Rio Corcovado
  • Small lakes in the area with big trout

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