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If you have a passion for fly fishing, Argentina has always been on your list of 'must-see' destinations.
Its unique combination of outstanding wild trout fishing, jaw-dropping scenery, and a dynamic culture is unmatched. But with so many options, where does one start in planning the ideal trip?
El Encuentro Fly Fishing has been hosting travelers for decades, having spent countless hours and miles in search of the best fishing opportunities, best lodges and accommodations, and most appealing experiences for our guests.
It's our goal to craft each trip based on your individual needs and priorities. And to best accommodate those needs, our unique approach offers the option for multiple destinations as part of your trip. Whether it's staying at our own El Encuentro Lodge, or one of our network of hand-selected lodges and estancias in the region, we're able to 'build' each trip based on your fishing preferences, time of year, budget, preferred non-fishing activities, and just about any other variable that is important to you.
Benjamín is the oldest of the three Beale brothers, born in the town of Esquel, Argentina and raised on the banks of the Rio Grande/Futaleufu. He started fly fishing at the ripe age of eight, and has been fishing passionately ever since. He is one of the most experienced guides, growing up exploring the area’s waters, and developing a keen ability to teach the art of fly fishing while sharing his knowledge of local history, flora and fauna. Benjamín and his wife, Carolina, have two young daughters.
Today, Benjamín is in charge of running the family business, El Encuentro Fly Fishing – welcoming repeat clients back to El Encuentro and looking for new clients, scouting new waters to add to El Encuentro's private water fishing program and nurturing time honored relationships with area landowners to offer his clients waters where few others, if any, can fish. Benjamín still loves to guide, and gets out as much as possible, always chasing the biggest fish for his clients!
Tomás was born and raised in Esquel Patagonia Argentina. He started fly-fishing at the early age of 10 and has been guiding for the last 13 years.
Lately, he has been traveling to the US, where he spends three months around Idaho, Montana and Wyoming fishing, improving his English and visiting every river he can get to. Alltough Tomas spends most of his time fishing for trout he also has done a fair amount of saltwater fishing in places like Mexico, Cuba, Belize, etc. He is a very enthusiastic and patient guide and no doubt he will put you on to nice fish.
Julián was born and raised in Esquel, Patagonia, learned to fly fish with his dad at age 10, and has been refining his love of fishing ever since. Sharing many fishing adventures growing up with the Beale brothers, Julian eventually married their sister, Cecilia Beale and has been guiding with El Encuentro for many years. He and Cecilia have two young daughters, who are already learning the joys of fishing!
In addition to fishing, Julian is an award-winning competitive mountain biker, skier and climber, having summited twice the mighty Aconcagua, highest peak in the western hemisphere. His breadth of experiences and love of the outdoors feed the enthusiasm he brings to guiding and the skill he shares with his clients.
Greg’s interests and education are as broad and colorful as the Patagonian landscape. He may have started fly fishing at age 13, but first became a lawyer in Buenos Aires before he remembered how much he loved to fish. He decided to change his lifestyle and move to Patagonia, settling in Esquel several years ago. He has been guiding with El Encuentro ever since.
In addition to guiding, Greg teaches entomology and fish ecology at the guiding school in Esquel. He is also a certified casting instructor and ties most of his own flies. Greg’s interests in biology fuel his concern about conservation and protection of ecological balances in Patagonia.
Alun has been guiding with El Encuentro since 1997 and is practically one of the family. Born and raised in Esquel, Alun started fly fishing with his Welsh grandfather who founded one of the first fishing clubs at Los Alerces National Park. Alun enjoys sharing his knowledge of flora, fauna, and the history of Patagonia. A day on the river with Alun will be filled of great fishing, many amazing stories and lots of laughs.
Alun has the patience of a great teacher. When not guiding, he teaches music in his guitar school in Esquel, were he and his wife have a young son. Alun is a great guitar player and passionate musician who loves to share Argentine music with his fishing clients.
Santiago was born in La Plata, a city close to Buenos Aires but really far away from any trout stream in Patagonia.
Happily, every summer he traveled with his family to Patagonia where, as even as a young fellow, he found his passion and love for trout and fly fishing.
In 2012, Santiago got his first job at a fishing lodge and started to walk the trail to become a fishing guide who loves and enjoys every day on the water with his clients. He is now proud to be a full time guide with El Encuentro Fly Fishing. Santiago lives in Trevelin, where together with his wife, Chelsea, they are waiting for their first daughter. When not guiding, Santiago finds time to go camping and fishing with his wife or friends, tying flies or doing some handicrafts at home.
Marcelo was born in Cipolletti, in Rio Negro province. He started fly fishing at the age 12. After finishing secondary school he moved to Bariloche area, where he studied Aquaculture Technician. Because of his fly fishing passion he became a fly fishing guide 15 years ago and has been guiding ever since.
Looking for a peaceful place to live and work, he and his family decided to move to Trevelin town in 2015. Once established in the area, they met the Beales because of a common friendship, and soon after, Marcelo started working with El Encuentro as a full time guide. Marcelo's wife, Cecilia, is in charge of the El Encuentro Fly Fishing office, handling the bookings and keeping things organized.
Marcelo spends most of his free time scouting fishing locations, and otherwise exploring the outdoors with his wife and two young kids. He also ties his own flies and is a spey casting instructor.
Roberto was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985, Roberto Forno moved to Patagonia at the age of 4. His love of fly fishing has been passed down through his family, with his father giving him his first fishing lesson at age 12.
He was “hooked” from then on, and Roberto has created his life style around fly fishing when he can; teaching skiing and snowboarding when the fishing season closes.
Roberto has Engineering and Tourism degrees; he also worked as a ski and snowboard instructor in California for two winter seasons.
Having worked a freelance guide for several years in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, Rob has found a good “home” with El Encuentro Fly Fishing since 2018. Rob and Verónica, his wife, live near Los Alerces National Park.
Beside our own El Encuentro Lodge we are partnered with following destinations in Central Patagonia and Northern Argentina - we organize your stay there in any combination you wish:
There is such a variety of waters in the Chubut region, that El Encuentro can design fishing experiences to meet any angler’s interests. El Encuentro guides have access to private lakes and small streams and spring creeks; in addition, they can take anglers to the Rio Frey and lower Rio Corcovado for float fishing. El Encuentro offers a desirable base from which to fish in any season, without requiring too much driving (and in some cases, no driving at all).
Whether for trout or golden dorado, there are literally dozens of fishing experiences available — not to mention cultural and non-fishing destinations worth exploring — so we recommend contacting us to help you plan the ideal itinerary for you and your group, based on your target species, amount of time you have in Argentina, time of year, and style of fishing you prefer.
Regarding our Dorado fishing program, we run it from September to November and from February to May. Our partnership with Golden Dorado River Cruiser allows an extension to our normal week trout fishing program. Due to the proximity of Golden Dorado River Cruiser to Buenos Aires we have many of our guests that extend their stay for four nights/ three days of fishing for Dorados before or after fishing for trout with us in Patagonia. We suggest a stay for no less than three or four nights / three days of Dorado fishing. We also have a great option for those clients spending some time in Buenos Aires and would like to try Dorado fishing. We can arrange with our friend and partner, Urban Dorado, a great fishing day in the Rio de La Plata Delta, less than 15 minutes away from down town Buenos Aires.
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At El Encuentro Fly Fishing, one of the things we're most proud of is the number of guests who return each year. Perhaps that's because of our variety of fishing opportunities, or our friendly guides, or the amazing scenery — or maybe it's all of those combined. We love to say welcome to you in Central Patagonia.
El Encuentro Fly Fishing
Phone: 0294 154534155 (within ARGENTINA)
Phone: +54-9-294-45 34 155 (outside ARGENTINA)