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LOS PLATEADOS and surreal Dali-esque landscape through which it flows, the subtlety of its lies and structure and the trump card that it is the only true Atlantic steelhead return in the world. We have no real idea as to how many fish it holds, but what we do know is that it is a consistent and viable system that might possibly be the last major river to be added to the cannon of steelhead classics. Like many steelhead rivers, the fish here average 9 to 10 pounds but there are also plenty of fish in the 15 to 20-pound class. Anglers tend to have several encounters per day and average about one quality fish landed a day. I have often said that all anglers who make the effort to reach the Rio Santa Cruz should get a merit badge. It might be called “Global Steelhead Citizenship,” and it would acknowledge the fact that anglers had traveled far, waded deep, fought the wind and cast long into what is likely the largest and most cryptic steelhead river they have set foot in. The Santa Cruz’s steelhead are clean, heavy-shouldered specimens free of net scars and they are intercepted roughly 50-miles into a 250-mile journey when they are as bright and beautiful as any steelhead in the world. The joy of the Santa Cruz is making it work and feeling the line draw tight in lies that would have literally taken years to find on one’s own.

Fishing Program Los Plateados Lodge fishes four different beats with a total of 30 named pools. Using trucks and zodiac-style boats with outboards, guests will rotate through the different beats to fish the most productive pools and runs. A typical day at Los Plateados starts early and ends late. Anglers head to the river following an

early breakfast, fish until mid-day, take in a riverside lunch and fish into the evening hours before returning to the lodge for a late dinner. All guides speak excellent English and are talented instructors, casters and anglers. The core team is known as Tres Amigos (Claudio, Pollo, and Juan Manuel) and they have spent years guiding the Gallegos as well as a host of other systems in the Santa Cruz province, including Jurassic Lake. Guides will rotate among paired anglers, giving guests the opportunity to fish with multiple guides throughout their stay. If you are one who often longs for the old days when there were no crowds and still secrets to uncover in the steelhead world, don’t miss the opportunity to fish this remarkable river… because, as time will prove, today will soon become the good old days of the mighty Rio Santa Cruz.

Notes

Travel: Guests fly from Buenos Aires south to the city of Rio Gallegos and are transferred by truck three hours north to the lodge Season: Mid-March through early May Capacity: Four anglers Essential Tackle: A 13-foot 8-weight rod with a floating Skagit head and 12 feet of T14 is about all one needs Top Flies: Flies are very similar to the larger ones we fish in the PNW and BC. Three to four-inch flies that have good motion are great. Blue with black and blue with purple are great color combinations for the Santa Cruz. Pink is an excellent change-up color. Rate: $4,990 per person for a 6 night/6 day package

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Los Plateados - The Miracle of Argentina's Atlantic Steelhead  

For more than 20 years anglers have been chasing the mysterious steelhead of southern Argentina’s vast, sweeping, blue-gray Rio Santa Cruz....

Los Plateados - The Miracle of Argentina's Atlantic Steelhead  

For more than 20 years anglers have been chasing the mysterious steelhead of southern Argentina’s vast, sweeping, blue-gray Rio Santa Cruz....