Hosted Trip F ly F i s h i n g i n A r g e n t i n a
A Barry & Cathy Beck Departure March 25 - April 10, 2017
Estancia San Huberto
We Share Your Passion
Limay River Lodge
Why We Return to Argentina Every Year
Hosts Barry and Cathy Beck return annually (sometimes bi-annually) to Argentina. What makes Argentina so special? As trip hosts, the answer is simple, it’s dependable. But it’s more than just great fishing. It’s the culture of the country and weather that is pretty predictable. It’s the American West without the people and the progress of the last 100 years. The vastness sometimes overwhelms us and one trip is seldom enough for anyone. The lodges we visit each year are the best that Patagonia has to offer. While each is distinctively different, in many ways they are also similar. They are the best of the best. Estancia San Huberto This Olsen family has held stewardship over the Rio Malleo for many generations. The late Ernest Schweibert once described the Malleo as the Queen of all Spring Creeks. Managed in European style, its many beats offer a variety of fishing opportunities. There is the weed choked channels of the Henry’s Fork, the riffles and runs of the Canyon, the cut bank at Andino’s, and the list goes on and on. There is more water here than one can fish. It can be hatch-matching at its best, or simply casting attractor flies to likely looking places, the choice is yours. Over the years we’ve come to know the Olsen family not just as hosts but as dear friends. We’ve watched the progression from Carlos and Carmen to their son Ronnie and his wife, Marianna, who are following in the family tradition of exceptional hospitality. A trip to Patagonia would not be complete without a visit to San Huberto. Estancia Quemquemtreu There is a timelessness about Estancia Quemquemtreu. Years ago the ranch boasted a million acres but even now while about a quarter of its original size, it’s still vast and impressive. Guests experience a working ranch and are just as likely to encounter a gaucho on horseback with his dogs moving a few head of cattle as a new truck pulling a skiff returning from a day of fishing on the nearby Rio Collon Cura. Managers, Paula and Martin, are the best and it won’t be long until they’ll have you feeling like family.
The river itself is also big and impressive, but like the ranch that it flows through, it is full of interesting attributes -long runs along high cut banks complete with burrowing swallow nests, side channels, log jams, hidden lagoons, flats. We have often stopped to watch wild boar with young in tow and magnificent red stag as they perform their mating ritual. And let’s not forget the fish, wild and beautiful browns and rainbows. We often say that this river is where you get your fish fix. It’s full of fish and fun to float and cast from the skiff or get out and walk wade. The Collon Cura offers something for everyone, you can strip streamers, drift nymphs, or cast dry flies. It will keep you happy and keep you coming back for more. Limay River Lodge This will be our third trip to the Limay River and our second to the new Limay River Lodge. In early years there was absolutely no place to stay near the river and logistically it was a challenge to fish the river without acceptable accommodations. The Limay River Lodge is new, comfortable, and rather luxurious when you think of where it is and what it took to build a lodge of this caliber in this part of Patagonia. Like many famous rivers, the Limay is temperamental and weather can be fickle, but perhaps that is part of the allure. Our first trip produced big fish, our second trip did not. However, we know what’s in the river and it’s the big strong rainbows and brown trout that keeps us going back. This is tailwater fishing with fairly consistent water flows and amazing water clarity, and whether you’re dredging the bottom with sinking heads and big streamers or fishing dries on the surface, you can’t help but love the river and the lack of fishing pressure. If you’re up for the challenge, join us for three days on this amazing river. You might be very glad that you did! We have a deep love for Patagonia, these estancias and lodges. There is a magnetic force that pulls us back year after year. Sincerely, Barry and Cathy Beck
About Barry & Cathy Beck Longtime Frontiers trip hosts and photographers, the Becks travel far and wide to follow their love for fly fishing and nature photography. Based in Pennsylvania, Barry and Cathy write books, host fly fishing departures, lead African photo safaris, and operate a stock photography business. The Becks are well-known in the fishing, photography, and travel industries, and possess a stellar reputation for their skill, knowledge, and expertise born out of a 20 year career. Their most recent books include Cathy Beck’s Fly Fishing Handbook, now in its third edition; Fly Waters Near and Far, a coffee table book of photographs, and a soon-to-be-released book on Alaska.
Fly Fishing in Estancia San Huberto, Estancia Quemquemtreu and Limay River Lodge, Argentina March 25 - April 10, 2017
Saturday, March 25
Depart from your hometown via commercial flight service to Buenos Aires.
Sunday, March 26
Arrive Buenos Aires, Ezeiza International. Upon arrival, clear immigration, collect your luggage. Your English-speaking guide/driver will then provide your private transfer to the Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel. Double room accommodations will be arranged on your behalf for one night, inclusive with a buffet breakfast. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Buenos Aires is a major metropolitan city with a vibrant culinary scene and night life. Although your dinner tonight will be on your own, Frontiers is happy to make suggestions and confirm reservations. Overnight accommodations at the Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel.
Monday, March 27
Depart Buenos Aires, Aeroparque Domestic Airport for San Martin de los Andes. Arrive San Martin de los Andes. Upon arrival, an English-speaking Patagonia Outfitters guide will meet you to provide your transfer to Hostería San Huberto near Junín de los Andes, about a 1-hour drive. Once there, you will be welcomed by your hosts, Carmen and Ronnie Olsen. A meal will be served. Fishing on arrival, time permitting.* This evening, enjoy cocktails, dinner and overnight accommodations at Hostería San Huberto. * Due to the nature of air travel within Argentina, every effort will be made to fish upon the day of arrival.
Tuesday, March 28 - Saturday, April 1
Five full fishing days on the Malleo. Patagonia’s most famous trout river offers great dry-fly fishing. Its hatches are numerous throughout the day, providing the opportunity to cast over feeding fish. Fish both morning and evening, with lunch at the lodge. Return to the lodge each evening for cocktails, dinner and continued overnight accommodations at San Huberto. Non-anglers may enjoy horseback riding and hiking on the estancia. You may choose to drive into the town of Junín or San Martin with your guide for shopping and sightseeing, additional fee required. Join your fishing companion at midday for lunch at the lodge or on the stream depending on proximity.
Sunday, April 2
After breakfast and time for packing, your guide will provide a transfer to Estancia Quemquemtreu, about a 2-hour drive. Paula and Martin Zimmerman will welcome you to the ranch. After settling in, a meal will be served. There will be opportunity to fish this evening on the Río Collón Cura. Return at dusk for cocktails, dinner and overnight accommodations at the estancia.
Monday, April 3 - Wednesday, April 5
Three full days of fishing one of the classic trout rivers in the San Martín area. Easy access to the Collón Cura River offers the opportunity to enjoy a scenic float trip or stopping to wade at productive pools and riffles. This river has prolific populations of brown and rainbow trout. While streamers are generally the most productive flies, dry flies, often with nymph droppers, yield many fish. Lunch will be served streamside each day. Return each evening to Estancia Quemquemtreu for cocktails, dinner and continued overnight accommodations. Continued ->
Thursday, April 6
Today the group will transfer approximately 172 kilometers between Estancia Quemquemtreu and the Limay River Lodge. Fishing will be accommodated today and specific details are pending. Upon arrival at the Limay River Lodge guests will be welcomed by the Patagonia River Outfitters staff and shown to one of seven en suite bedrooms at the lodge.
Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9
Three full days fishing the Limay for large brown trout and powerful big water rainbows. The Limay River is a large body of water about twice the size of the famous Collon Cura. This tail water fishery offers the opportunity to catch strong browns and rainbows, on streamers, nymphs or big dries, especially in later March, April and May. Each evening, return to the Limay River Lodge for continued overnight accommodations, cocktails and dinner.
Monday, April 10
Depart the Limay River Lodge via Neuquen or Bariloche, Argentina for your flight service to Buenos Aires. Arrive Buenos Aires, Aeroparque Domestic Airport. Upon arrival, your English-speaking guide/driver will met you and provide private transfer to Ezeiza International and assist with check-in for your flight service to US.
Rates Limay River Lodge Fishing Package: $3,560 Estancia Quemquemtreu: $3,400 Hosteria San Huberto: $5,340 Package price based on shared room and shared fishing guide. Single supplement and guide fees apply Inclusions: Elegant and comfortable accommodations in double room occupancy with private bathroom, professionally guided fishing, all meals and drinks with fine wines, local beers and open bar at the lodges, fly fishing equipment, all ground transfers between the lodge and the fishing areas and local fishing license. Exclusions: International Airfare; reception & assistance in Buenos Aires; additional travel services in Buenos Aires such as transfers, hotels, tours, etc.; round trip private flight, ground transfer or commercial flight to the lodge; any non-angler activities; in/out private ground transfer from Bariloche, Neuquén, San Martin de los Andes or Esquel Airports to the lodge; and tips Voluntary & discretionary gratuities Patagonia arrangements: Patagonia Airport / Lodge Transfers (Rates to be determined based on group size) Buenos Aires arrangements: Hotels and transfers – to be determined as requested: Transfer Ezeiza / Aeroparque / hotel / Ezeiza or Ezeiza / Aeroparque / Ezeiza Deposit payment refund policy: A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the land cost is due at time of reservation. Balance payable at time of final land package invoicing. Final / full payment is also non-refundable unless client replacement is provided. *Rates subject to change
Your Airline Connection In addition to providing a superior experience while you’re fishing in South America, the Airline Department at Frontiers can coordinate all of your travel logistics to and from Buenos Aires. LAN Airlines, our preferred airline partner to Argentina, was recently voted 2014’s Best Business Class to Latin America/ South America. They were the first carrier flying between the USA and South America to offer a fully flat bed in their premium cabin in this market, and are offered on all of their 767 and 787 aircrafts. The Premium Business cabin is arranged in a 2 – 2 – 2 configuration with all seats facing forward, making them perfect for any traveler. The generous 74-inch pitch and fixed shell seat back eliminates the ‘climb over’ problem faced by window seat occupants on other airlines and the variable seat width provides a high level of comfort.
Get Your Gear
Frontiers can provide expert advice and support on finding the right gear for your trip. Hank Ingram, a member of our Frontiers Gear Team will draw on thousands of hours in the field to recommend exactly what you need and what you don’t. Whether you have questions about how and what to pack, looking for a new fly rod and reel or need a pair of great binoculars – we’re happy to help.
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The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3315. Copyright © 2016. Frontiers International Travel. All rights reserved.