El Encuentro Lodge

A family run lodge in the heart of central Patagonia

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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.

Brook Trout Base Camp

On the banks of the Rio Corcovado gives us access to unbelievable remote fishing terrain while enjoying the comforts of a luxury camp. Set riverside on a private estancia, the Camp provides comfortable safari-style tents, equipped with comfortable beds and a stove for colder weather. The main dining tent with a common area and full bar offers a comfortable place and plenty of room to settle in and enjoy your cocktails, meals and fishing stories, either riverside on the deck, or inside, warm and protected when the weather turns harsh. The Camp is an eco-friendly one, with solar power-producing not only all our electricity needs. Heat in both the living area and the bathrooms is provided by wood-burning stoves. Bathroom and shower tents are separate, and there is a main dining tent with a common area and full bar. Not to be missed, we are treated to excellent cuisine and fine Argentine wines to complement our days. The Camp is strategically located to fish a great variety of rivers, creeks and lakes, including those which hold some of the biggest brook trout in the world. Its location also allows anglers to reach some of the best stretches of the river and offers convenient access to the Rio Tigre Basin, which holds the most preserved and pristine population of brook trout in Patagonia. The headwaters of this system are Berta, Engaño, and Falso Engaño lakes, which are all connected by small rivers and spring creeks to each other, being the Rio tigre the outlet of Falso Engano lake and flowing straight west to the Chilean border draining all this water to the Pacific, with over 20 miles of rarely fished waters before flowing into Chile. We are also fishing the area of Rio Pico from the camp, all within an hour drive, allowing our guests to enjoy the fishing in this famous area and its great waters.

The Fishing

The Esquel, Trevelin and Corcovado 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.

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