Las Buitreras - Argentina

Rio Gallegos



The breathtaking Rio Gallegos meanders more than 360 km through desolate pampa before finally merging into the raging Atlantic Ocean near the Strait of Magellan. Though the region’s ineffable beauty is worth the journey itself, it’s Rio Gallegos’ sought after sea-run brown trout, also known as seatrout in many parts of the world,  that make this location the cynosure of dedicated fly anglers world-wide. Solid Adventure’s Estancia Las Buitreras comprises the most prolific beat along the Rio Gallegos, consisting of over 40 kms of private water and more than 50 named pools.

The sheer size and raging temper of the spectacular sea-run brown trout that call Estancia Las Buitreras waters home have rendered countless anglers awestruck. As we’ve just added a whole new stretch of water with over ten new scouted and approved pools to our existing program, there’s no better time to join us at Las Buitreras to try your hand at fishing for these exceptional creatures.

The Las Buitreras section of the Rio Gallegos is an authentic southern Patagonian fly fishing paradise. Our first visit to this magical place was back in the summer of 2002 and it’s brought us back every year since. It’s this location that first made us fall in love with southern Patagonia and inspired us to develop our current portfolio of fly fishing programs in Argentina.

Fishing the Rio Gallegos

The area features varied terrain ranging from deep pools with steep banks to fast-moving stony runs and flowing streams atop shingle beds. The variety of pools and fishing techniques, in combination with the visually inspiring mountainous landscape, makes this part of the Rio Gallegos one of the most spectacular stretches of fly fishing waters in Patagonia. Being relatively shallow, the river makes for easy wading, eliminating the need for fast sinking lines, while providing both an exciting and challenging fishing environment. This location is mainly fished using light double-hand-rods or single-hand rods rigged with floating or slow intermediate lines. Rio Gallegos does not require anglers to be expert casters; instead, you should focus your efforts on trying to fish every cast properly by controlling your fly and line in the water. At this location, the fish move and bite all over the river and it’s not unusual to have a fish take your fly right at your feet. The strikes are often violent and it’s typical for these sea-run brown trout to lunge into the air several times, making for an excellent fight.

All of our guides speak English and have spent several seasons fishing and guiding on the Rio Gallegos, in fact, some of them have spent their entire lives fishing the river and they’ll make sure that you’re maximizing your chances of landing a fish during every session. If you’re unfamiliar with double-hand rods, we suggest that you dedicate time to practicing your casting prior to departing on your trip. This practice will ensure that you get the most out of every session should the conditions negate single-hand fishing. Our guides are also happy to provide instruction on how to improve your casting skills at your request.


Costs

RATES AND DETAILS

2020 Rates:

USD$6,690 per person for a 7 night/6 day package (January-March 7)
USD$5,990 per person for a 7 Night/6 day package (March 14 -April 11)
USD$4,990 per person for a 7 Night/6 day package (March 14 -April 11)

Included: Meals and accommodations at the lodge, transfers to/from lodge and Rio Gallegos, laundry, wine and beer, and guided fishing

Not Included: International and domestic airfare, fishing tackle, flies, and equipment, alcohol, and gratuities



Inclusions

Estancia Las Buitreras offers a perfect blend of luxury and rustic living. The cozy lodge is just a 10-minute walk from the river’s edge and offers our guests a haven from the expansive windy plains. The lodge is equipped with six double rooms and two single rooms, all with private bathrooms with showers. Although we can accommodate up to 14 guests at at time, we welcome a maximum of 12 fishermen per week. On the first floor of the lodge is our indoor winter garden, a perfect place for the post-fish beer or glass of wine. Just outdoors is a spacious courtyard protected from the wind, where we have a large fixed outdoor stone grill and terrace where we host traditional Argentine assados. These amenities ensure that our guests have a comfortable and authentic experience over the duration of their stay.

 

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