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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-05-2015, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Patagonia first week in Feb

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This may be a shot in the dark but I have had a last minute business trip come up to Chile and Argentina the last week in January. I have always wanted to fish Patagonia especially Tierra del Fuego for sea run browns. I have contacted both Yellow Dog and Frontiers and both have said that all lodges are booked solid. Not sure I would drop 6-7K for a week anyways. have looked into Jurassic Lake as well which is a strong second in my book. Question is are there any opportunities that anyone knows of outside the normal Lodge/ Estancia route? What is best way to look into this? I have been told much depends on where I am ending the business trip from. I have not been given the itinerary yet but assume I will be departing SA from either Buenos Aires or Santiago. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Don't give up on a TDF opening. if you have the money the TDF experience can be (blasphemy) more fun than a week of steel heading IMO. Size and number of biting fish can be amazing. Said another way, a bad week there is far better than a bad week in steelhead country, especially if catching fish is an important factor to your trip enjoyment. The Fly Shop in Redding is the place to check for openings that might come up as they have most beds/rods on the river. I prefer the smaller lodges but they generally are harder to get in at that time of the year. .
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I will be on my 5th visit to TDF and the fabulous Rio Grande next Feb/ March. The sea run Browns are huge, aggressive and great fun to catch. If you can go then give it a go. I like the smaller lodge of Villa Maria in the lower river which is a fabulous place. There are other lodges and I am sure places like Kau Tapen may have vacancies. Nervous Water run some lodges and may be worth a go. It is a trip all Spey casters should try and do.
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I went to patagonia in 2013 and did some digging for DIY options at the time (it sounds like that is what you are asking about). Basically, what I found is that TDF is a non-starter as anything other than at one of the lodges. If you are interested in Chile and can get to Coyahaique, there are some options around there. You may not get the best fishing but you could do it on the cheap if you speak ok spanish.

Don't believe there is much fishing around Santiago.
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I would go do both the sea run browns AND Jurassic. Yes it will set you back a pretty penny but its well worth it. I am doing this exact combo trip next March. Besides Nervous Waters and Yellow Dog I suggest you check with Fly Water Travel. They have TDF and Jurassic pretty well dialed in. Give Ken Morrish a call.
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I would go do both the sea run browns AND Jurassic. Yes it will set you back a pretty penny but its well worth it. I am doing this exact combo trip next March. Besides Nervous Waters and Yellow Dog I suggest you check with Fly Water Travel. They have TDF and Jurassic pretty well dialed in. Give Ken Morrish a call.
So he isn't sure if he wants to pay the cash for one of those trips and you are suggesting he do both? Not sure what the point of your post is. Is it just to let us all know what you are planning? If so, sounds like fun.
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So he isn't sure if he wants to pay the cash for one of those trips and you are suggesting he do both? Not sure what the point of your post is. Is it just to let us all know what you are planning? If so, sounds like fun.
Point is you are already going to be in Argentina. Airfare is a big part of the cost. This could be an opportunity you may never get again. Plus I simply pointed out another option for checking the possibilities. And no I don't have any ties to Fly Water Travel in fact my trip is not through them but I did talk to Ken and he was immensely helpful
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I have not fished Jurassic, but a good friend did last year. While he enjoyed it, he said it was better as a 2-3 day add on to somewhere like TDF, rather than as a stand alone trip. For what that's worth.
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I have not fished Jurassic, but a good friend did last year. While he enjoyed it, he said it was better as a 2-3 day add on to somewhere like TDF, rather than as a stand alone trip. For what that's worth.
Concur. This is a good approach and it cuts down a bit on the cost.
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Thanks Everyone for the replies

I am still trying to lock down dates and points of destination.

As far as time allowed, I probably would have 3-4 days to spend, 5 tops.
I am learning that it is not easy getting to and from some of these locations.
The general feeling is that with my limited time, If my trip ends in Chile, fish Chile.
If it ends in Argentina, fish Argentina. Travelling between countries is much more
difficult.

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For sea run browns in Argentina you may want to contact Las Buitreras Fishing Lodge on the Rio Gallegos-it's north of the Rio Grande and also has great fishing
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Folks

I want to thank everyone for the kind suggestions.
I only wish I were able to follow up on them. Unfortunately my company changed the dates of the trip which forces me to drop out due to a conflict. But I will file these away for as future date.

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