Intro & About the Area
Junín de los Andes, Argentina, is the birth place of Patagonia trout fishing. It all started when famous fly fishing author Joe Brooks met Argentine angler, Jorge Donovan in New York. Joe invited Jorge to visit and fish with him at his Isla Morada home in Florida. The favor was returned and Joe made an eventful trip in February 1955 to fish with Jorge and his friend, Jose Evaristo Anchorena, better known as “Bebe”.
Jorge and Bebe were legendary Patagonia trout fishing anglers. (They eventually founded La Asociación Argentina de Pesca con Mosca, an organization that thrives today.) Jose and Bebe introduced Joe to various waters surrounding Junín de los Andes, but none would be as memorable as the mouth of the Chimehuín River, where Joe landed 6 trout over 8.5 pounds and one over 15 pounds. This prompted him to write an article titled Boca Fever, in Outdoor Life Magazine. In this famous article Joe wrote about his success at the boca of the Chimehuín River, his new friends and the unspoiled trout fishing in Argentina. Years later, anglers are still coming to Junín de los Andes to fish the Chimehuín River, Collon Cura River, Malleo River and the Aluminé River
Fishing in Bariloche offers everything for the international fly angler including highly diverse trout waters, a variety of lodge accommodations and activities for non-fishing companions. To the west of Bariloche lie dense temperate rain forests with secluded lakes and emerald rivers. Off to the east, the dry Patagonia steppe is refreshed by large, clear rivers occupied by trophy trout and few anglers. The main waters around Bariloche are the Manso River, Limay River and Pichi Leufu River, plus Fonck, Moscas and Hess Lakes. Our trips in Bariloche offer a variety of Patagonia fishing, exclusive access to private water and our highly experienced, licensed and insured Argentina fishing guides.
Prior to 2007, Jurassic Lake was only known by its original name, Lago Strobel, and probably known to no one other than neighboring landowners and a few local anglers. But when Christer Sjöberg discovered this fishery, he coined the famous nickname, Jurassic Lake, and that put the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina on the international trout fishing map. The small number of international anglers who fished in this province were after Sea Run Brown Trout in the Rio Gallegos. Around the same time, articles were coming out about big Steelhead being caught in the Santa Cruz River. Santa Cruz, Argentina is now internationally considered a top fly fishing destination, and Jurassic Lake is considered THE WORLD’S BEST trophy Rainbow Trout fishing destination.