Pico Rio, Chubut, Patagonia / Las Pampas Lodge

About the Destination

Las Pampas Lodge offers the ultimate Argentine trout fishing experience. It’s located in the Chubut Providence of Central Patagonia within the heart of the Rio Pico area. The remote location, the diversity of waters, and their 100% Argentine staff make this a complete package that offers up an authentic Patagonian fly fishing experience guided by the only Certified Tenkara Lodge in South America. With a multitude of spring creeks, small freestone rivers, and trophy still waters populated with a mix of rainbow, brown and brook trout, anglers have an array of options all within a small radius that would take weeks to fully sample. This can be a rod and reel or a tenkara adventure or a combination of both—it’s your choice. There are more than 25 miles of water, endless wading opportunities and five distinct floats. You’ll be taken to the upper reaches of the Rio Pico that are accessed exclusively by Las Pampas Lodge and offer up an abundance of large rainbows and browns that can surpass the 27” mark. These sections of the river require permission from local landowners and keys to unlocked gates, both of which Las Pampas has. Fishing pristine private waters and never seeing other anglers while surrounded by Patagonia’s beauty is an angler’s paradise. This is a lifetime experience that you’ll never want to leave!

October - May

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When you come to Las Pampas, you can be certain that you are in one of the best lodges in South America. Guest rooms are reminiscent of a main house on a Patagonia estancia and gourmet meals feature locally grown, organic vegetables, prime cuts of beef, and the best red wines of Argentina, all in an intimate and authentic Argentinian lodge house. Las Pampas Lodge provides a fly fishing experience like no other in the region.

Included in your stay:

  • Transfer in/out of Esquel Airport (ESQ)
  • Intimate comfortable accommodations with private bath and view of Cerro Desnudo
  • All home-made gourmet food, all beverages
  • Open Bar
  • Private English speaking guides and assistance guide
  • Daily transfers to fishing location
  • Fly or tenkara tackle for day trips (leaders, tippet and flies included)
  • Private water fees
  • Fishing license
  • 2:1 staff to guest ratio for personable and dedicated service

The Catch

  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown trout
  • Brook trout
  • Golden dorado

Rod Recommendations

  • Zako (rainbows, browns, brooks)
  • Sagi (rainbows, browns, brooks)

Zen Insights

Go to Las Pampas Lodge for pure fishing heaven, total indulgence and an Argentinian experience like no other. Argentina is an incredible country, Buenos Aires is an incredible city, and Las Pampas Lodge is an incredible lodge with amazing fisheries. Whether you do it on a regular fly rod and reel or explore American Tenkara fishing methods, Las Pampas will get you into plenty of fish and can help you learn something new… maybe even offer a new challenge. The staff and guides at LPL are experts at both styles of fly fishing and have the gear if you don’t. The point is to live big and full and have fun. Be prepared to live the dream!

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April 9th-17th 2021 (dates may change by 1 or 2)


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