Located near the charming hamlet of Alumine in the far northwestern reaches of Patagonia, Northern Rivers Lodge offers discriminating fishermen an exceptionally unique and authentic Patagonian fishing experience. Situated in a sparsely populated and pristine valley reminiscent of New Mexico or southern Colorado as they were 50 years ago, it is ideally situated in the lap of one of Patagonia's least fished and explored areas. Scores of crystalline trout rivers, spring creeks and lakes collaborate to ensure that anglers have incredible fishing not soon forgotten.
Unlike many other regions of Patagonia, Northern Rivers Lodge distinguishes itself by fishing waters ideally suited to finesse "match-the-hatch" dry-fly tactics and New Zealand-style sight fishing to large trout. Anglers will ply the Rio's Alumine, Quillen, Pulmari and a variety of lesser-known spring creeks for rainbow, brown and brook trout. The sheer variety of nearby fishing destinations ensure that guests will never have to fish the same water twice. Born and raised in Alumine, your guides are skilled in all aspects of fishing these unique and sometimes challenging waters.
Day 1: Upon arrival to Aluminé, you will be taken to Estancia Llamuco, a quiet little ranch right on the edge of town. You will check into the small country house on the ranch property, which will serve as your ‘lodge’ for the next few days. Prepare your fishing gear for an evening of float fishing on the upper reaches of the Aluminé River. Dinner and sleep back at the ranch.
Day 2: Fish Local Spring Creek. After breakfast, you will drive 40 minutes into Lanin National Park and fish a littte-known spring creek that borders the Mapuche Indian reservation.. This is a spectacular drive. Fishing is typically done by hiking along the banks and sight-fishing to 16-22 inch rainbows in a spectacular valley with Araucaria forests all around you. There are some really nice brook trout in this stream as well. At mid-day, you will have lunch streamside.
Day 3: Fish the Rio Pulmari. The Rio Pulmari is a fantastic medium-sized stream that is loaded with strong healthy trout. It runs over big granite boulders with sand, elodea and freshwater mussels. Of note are the intense insect hatches of caddis and mayflies that occur on this river. You will have lunch by the river, returning to Llamuco for dinner and sleep at the lodge.
Day 4: Fish a SECRET CREEK. After breakfast, you will drive 45 minutes into a private ranch where at the top of the mesa there will be horses and gauchos (Arentine cowboys) waiting for you. You will then ride the horses 30 minutes down a 1000-foot canyon to a special creek. This is a snow-fed creek with big boulders and some very large fish. You will hike the creek and sight-fish to rainbows in the 16-20 inch range, but each prominant pool can have browns in the 4-6 pound range. This is like New Zealand style fishing, as most times you have only 1 cast at these large browns. Either you will hook them, or they will spook. You will have lunch and siesta by the side of the river, and return to Llamuco for dinner and sleep.
Day 5: Float the Rio Aluminé. After breakfast, you will drive a few minutes down the road to float an upper or middle stretch of the Rio Aluminé. The Rio Aluminé is a moderate-sized river with gentle gradient for easy floating. It’s the longest floatable and fishable river in Patagonia, with over 90 miles of productive water. It’s long pools are lined with willows, and provide excellent dry fly fishing for 16-22 inch rainbows and browns. Larger browns are available by fishing with streamers. A hot lunch will be served streamside, followed by the requisite siesta. After finishing the float, you will return to Llamuco for cocktails, dinner and sleep. Multi-day float trips can also be arranged for the Rio Alumine.
Day 6: Fish the Rio Quillen. After breakfast, you will drive to wade fish the private sections on the Rio Quillen, a small stream loaded with big trout. It is famous, and is considered one of the top 2 dry fly rivers in all of Patagonia, if not THE BEST. You will take lunch streamside. Dinner and sleep at the lodge.
Day 7: Fish the Arroyo Aoniken. After breakfast, you will drive 45 minutes towards Lago Aluminé to fish a little-known spring creek. The water here is cold and gin clear, but harbors some big rainbows and browns in the 2-4 pound range, with the occasional monster, depending on which section of the creek you will fish. Fishing can be quite technical as these trout are very wary. This creek requires a bit of bush-whacking in places or casting from odd positions to correctly approach these fish.
A cozy and charming 4 bedroom ranch house just outside of the town of Alumine will accommodate anglers on most nights. The house has been improved to provide all the amenities of a great fishing lodge while retaining its original ranch house feel. NPFC employs great cooks to keep the food authentic and regional. In the event of overnight float trips, compfortable campsites will be set up. Also available are Estancia Rio Quillen Lodge or Piedra Pintada Lodge when access to their waters is required.
The season runs from November – May.
2011/2012 Prices: $3850 per person for 6 days 7 nights.
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