option for three additional days
we are proud to realize this trip with
our local FFTC Partner Member
We organized this trip with the great support of the Beale family and the team of El Encuentro Fly Fishing. At this point many thanks to all at El Encuentro Fly Fishing - especially to Benjamin and Cecilia - for the arrangements they have done to make this trip become true (again - see trip report 2019).
What can you expect?
This fishing itinerary incorporates one central Base Camp and two additional lodges, giving you access to an incredible diversity of waters. You`ll have the opportunity to fish many different styles, including wading and Float-tube/Drift-boat fishing on both public and private waters.
Your adventure starts at El Encuentro’s quite outstanding Brook Trout Base Camp, beautifully situated on a remote part on the banks of the Rio Corcovado at the Province of Chubut.
The trip starts with a four nights stay at Brook Trout Base Camp. Staying here gives you access to some unbelievably remote fishing terrain whilst enjoying the comforts of a luxury camp. 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 and from where we can also fish the Rio Pico area, within an hour´s drive..
After four days at Brook Trout Base Camp your guide will drive you to the El Encuentro Lodge on the banks of the Rio Futaleufu. At El Encuentro´s home lodge you will have great access to a lot of fantastic public and private waters around. You will fish for wild a trophy trouts on rivers, spring creeks and lakes as well. You will explore the beauty of Patagonia daily.
For the 7 days excursion, guests will end their fishing adventure at the El Encuentro Lodge.
For those on the extended 10 days excursion, after spending three nights at El Encuentro Lodge, you and your guide will head east to Carrileufu River Lodge, located close to the Parque Nacional Los Alerces. This offers easy access to a enormous range of fishing waters (lakes and rivers). It is a very nice and very comfortable lodge and a wonderful place for a group of anglers to call their own.
Optional we will head to a Golden Dorado fishing destination. This depends on the wishes of the group. Maybe individual inquiries can be the result of the planing.
Day 1 - Saturday, 29th February
Once at Esquel city, you will be met by El Encuentro Flyfishing team at the airport and taken to Brook Trout Base Camp Once at the camp, you will have time to settle in, get your gear ready and go fishing into the evening if you are up for it! Enjoy a welcome dinner and good night’s rest.
Day 2 – Sunday, 1st March
You will get to explore this remote country with our guides – finding water and the trout and type of fishing you prefer. Each day will be designed to match your ideals with the best fishing options. An option could be to cast into the beautiful pools of the Rio Corcovado or from the wild shores of Lago Vintter for large rainbows, stalk trophy brook trout in the nearby Engaño region, and/or sample private spring creeks or small lakes for beautiful rainbow and brown trout in the Rio Pico area.
Day 3 – Monday, 2nd March
Enjoy a whole day fishing the amazing Rio Tigre. The Rio Tigre drains all this water to the Pacific, with over 20 miles of rarely fished waters before flowing into Chile. Both the Rio Tigre and Rio Corcovado systems hold very strong populations of brook trout, with an average weight of about 3 pounds, and the possibility of hooking a 10+ trophy brookie!
Day 4 – Tuesday, 3rd March
You will have four full days to explore and fish the amazing waters of this area. Each day will bring something new, based on where the fishing is best, and your preferences for float or walk/wade fishing. Riverside lunches are wonderfully delicious!
Day 5 – Wednesday, 4th March
Depart Brook Trout Base Camp after breakfast, your guides will drive you to El Encuentro Lodge You will get a whole day fishing on your way to the lodge. Arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon. Enjoy a welcome dinner and good night’s rest.
Day 6 - Thursday, 5th March
You will have four full days to explore and fish the amazing waters of this area. Each day will bring something new, based on where the fishing is best, and your preferences for float or walk/wade fishing. Almost no matter where you go, you have the chance to catch a large trout – whether on the Rio Futaleufu, smaller stream or in a private lake. You will really enjoy fishing the Rio Futaleufu, starting or ending right at the lodge. Riverside lunches are wonderfully delicious!
Day 7 - Friday, 6th March
You will get to fish new waters today. Choices include a walk wade stream, private spring creeks, and/or new beats on the Rio Futaleufu. This evening, you will get to savor the delicious flavors of an outdoor “asado” – a traditional Argentine barbecue.
Day 8 – Saturday, 7th March
1st option: Last morning, packing up and heading to the airport after breakfast. For those early risers it is possible to fish for a couple of hours in front of the lodge on the Futaleufu River. At the appointed time, your guide will take you back to the Esquel airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.
For the extended Trip - three additional days fishing at Carrileufu River Lodge
or a Golden Dorado fishing adventure
1st option: Depart El Encuentro Lodge after breakfast, you and your guides will drive you to Carrileufu River Lodge. You will get a whole day fishing on your way to the lodge - maybe at Parque Nacional Los Alerces. Arrive at the lodge in the afternoon to relax and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.
Day 9 – Sunday, 8th March
You will have 2 full days to experience the fishing in this area known for its splendid rivers and lakes that hold huge trout. The varied waters of Los Alerces are within an easy drive as well, including the Rio Rivadavia, Lago Verde and other lakes and streams. l Encuentro brings you the advantage of access to a wide variety of fishing waters, great for the angler who enjoys stalking large fish, with the option to float in certain areas as well.
Day 10 – Monday, 9th March
One of the many options could be to fish the Rio Carrileufu for landlocked salmon. Your guide will be prepared for this special experience.
Day 11 - Tuesday, 10th March
Last morning, packing up and heading to the airport after breakfast. For those early risers it is possible to fish for a couple of hours. At the appointed time, your guide will take you back to the Esquel airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.
or as second option:
Regarding our Dorado fishing program, El Encuentro Fly Fishing run it from September to November and from February to May. The 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 the possibility to extend the stay for four nights/ three days of fishing for Dorados after fishing for trout in Patagonia.
This is the choice of the group. To extend the stay in Patagonia or for Golden Dorado fishing.
1st option: Weekly program (7 nights/ 6 1/2 days fishing): USD 5.950 regular rate in double base occupancy
for FFTC Members: USD 5.057,50
2nd option: Extended program (10 nights / 9 1/2 days of fishing): USD 8.500 in double occupancy
for FFTC Members: USD 7.225
Single rooms on request!
15 % discount of the regular rates
Note: The guides from El Encuentro Fly Fishing will help you fill in any gaps in your selection of flies at the river. Your guide will have plenty of the right fly to catch even the most selective trout.
" A great journey through Central Patagonia is awaiting us. We will fish both wild and trophy trout, and we will explore an incredible diversity of waters.
Join the group to share this great experiences with me! If you want to know more about this destination - please read my trip report 2019."
Alexander Dachlauer, Founder of FFTC.club
El Encuentro Flyfishing terms of payment:
A 50% deposit is required to secure all reservations within 15 days of making the booking. A trip is 'booked' upon receipt of an email or fax indicating agreement to the basic itinerary. Balance for the trip is due 90 days prior to the start date of reservation. Deposit and payment are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another guest for the original booking dates. Accepted forms of payment are check and wire transfer.
We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation and personal injury insurance for your trip.