San Huberto Lodge | Patagonia
The trout fishing in this region is famous for its consistency and numbers. The Argentine game officials in cooperation with the various lodges have done a superb job in protecting and maintaining their fishing resources. It is this reason and the fact that many rivers here have private access, that anglers choose this region year after year. Your guide will be arranged by Gustavo Olsen and staff. Gustavo himself, along with his brother Ronnie, have over 70 years’ experience in fishing this area and are native to the region. Gustavo and Ronnie will offer you all the flexibility you require for a great fishing trip. Among the options will be dry fly fishing on the Malleo River, floating and camping on the Alumine or Collon Cura Rivers, or fishing for big trout on Lake Tromen.
Also a real treat during the month November to Mid-January is fishing the beautiful spring creek called the Huaca Mamuil. But mostly clients come to San Huberto to try to catch 16 to 23 inch rainbows and browns on dry fly on the Malleo River. The Malleo flows through San Huberto Ranch and runs for some 20 miles of unspoiled beauty. Depending on your ability and the weather, you should have the chance to land some 15 to 30 fish per day on the Malleo. Drives to the best sections of the Malleo are on average about 20 minutes from the lodge, though there are some excellent sections within a ten-minute walk from the lodge. The Malleo is mostly fished by wading or casting from the banks. There are rocks and pebbles on the bottom, but with the guide’s instructions, you should do fine with the walking. A typical day on the Malleo is up for breakfast around 8:00 and then ready to go fishing at 9:00 am. You will fish solid until 1:30 or 2:00 pm and then head back to the lodge for a big lunch and a siesta. You will then resume fishing in the afternoon from 4:00 to 7:30 pm (remember, this is summer here and the days are long). Cocktails and dinner at 9:00pm.
The Chimehuin River is also an excellent choice and is very productive with all fly fishing techniques be it dry, nymph or streamer and every corner may give you the fish of a lifetime. In some cases when requested, you can float and fish a river in one day. The Alumine and Collon Cura are larger and swifter rivers with wonderful pools and beautiful canyons and are ideal for floating. During the float day you will have the opportunity to get out of the boats and wade productive pools and bends. The Alumni and Collon Cura offer great streamer and dry fly fishing for rainbows, brown and brook trout. Camp is a nice roomy tent with all the essentials of a comfortable outdoor adventure. Lunches are shore style under huge willow trees that dot the riverbanks.
Lake Tromen is some 45 minutes from the lodge towards Chile and has a great view of the Lanin Volcano. The lake itself is spring fed and full of big husky rainbow and brook trout. Your guide will motor you to leeward sections of the lake that hold these trout and are best caught on nymphs and dry flies. At Tromen you will fish from 15-foot modern boats with 30 horse motors. Most spots on the lake can be fished 15 minutes from the landing.There is also a cabin on the lake to be used at your disposal; you might even stop during a visit for beer or cocktails.
Those who do not fish or wish to break a day can enjoy hiking the property with its majestic views of Lanin Volcano, relax along the Malleo River, take a horseback ride at a nearby ranch, venture on a shopping tour in the town of San Martin de los Andes or reserve some time in the massage cabin.The Olsen’s will discuss these options and more during your visit.