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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-11-2009, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of talking a trip to Argentina.Would like to get some info on fresh water dorado,trout and salmon.Is it possible to fond all in one area and what's the best time.Thank's in advance.
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You won't find golden dorado and trout/salmon in the same area, to be frank. If you're targeting trout/salmon, you need to visit between November and April since that's the "open" season, though some waters are open year-round. However, January-May are the peak months for tourism, so keep in mind that there are more people around, it's hotter, drier, and lodging will invariably cost more during that time.

November and December and then March/April are probably the best times since migratory fish will be in the rivers. The problem with early season fishing (Nov/Dec) is the potential for high, unfishable water due to runoff, though rivers like the Limay and Chimehuin benefit from the regulating properties of a lake above them (not dammed but generally they won't be way off-color when high).

Patagonia is your destination for trout/salmon, and even then there is a HUGE diversity of fishing areas and opportunities. It's an immense piece of land!

Send me a PM and I can give you some info, as my wife and I were there last month. Fishing wasn't a priority, unfortunately, but when I did fish it wasn't a total wash.

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You can set up a trip as to fish for trout in Patagonia and dorado in the North of the country in November, and maybe April as well (I should do some intel on this latter thing before really affirming it). Both fisheries are quite far off each other, but most likely you're going to get here through Buenos Aires, so taking a flight to Patagonia from Buenos Aires, then back to Buenos Aires, and, before travelling back to the Northern Hemisphere, flying roundtrip to the North of the country for a few days of fly fishing for dorado is an easily feasible idea, if the extra money is not an issue. In any case, neither November or April are the best months for dorado, but are not the worst. In my opinion, November is neither the best month for trout except for a few specific places, although early season fishing for trout appeals to many.

I wouldn't come all the way down here with fly fishing for salmon in my mind, though. I would cross through to Chile for that
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Late Jan for Sea Run Browns, Nov for Dorado

Don't think it worth it to try to target steelhead on the Rio Gallegos.

Best river for Sea Run Browns is the Rio Grande on Tierra del Fuego with several great lodges available. Late Jan and Feb IMO are the best months.

For Dorado, have fished the Juramento out of Salta, NW Argentina. November. Have not fished the Ibera Marsh.

Fishing techniques are totally different for steelhead and sea run browns since the rivers are big, the wind blows (really blows) and two handers work best to handle the Rio Big Boy 24' 100, 200, 300 and gulp, 400 sink tips.

For the Juramento, it is high speed nymphing since the raft is going by at 3 to 5 mph and you are casting to pockets 2 feet from the bank and casting 5" flies. (lost over 50 flies in 6 days of fishing, but nailed a 24#). The Sage bigmouth rod was really good. From my friends, who have fished the marsh, fishing is more stealth with long, accurate casts working best.

Good luck and a fun, fun place to fish with great people...
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The place to go -the only place to go here, as far as I know- for steelheads is actually River Santa Cruz (a large, wide river), especially in April.

Just out of sheer ignorance... are there steelheads in the Atlantic too in the Northern Hemisphere?
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Not natural populations, but fish have escaped from fish farms and are showing up in several river in New Foundland and other rivers in Canada.
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Fishing in Argentina.

Hey Panafly,
Write to Oscar Dono ([email protected]), is one of the best guides in my country, he report on the fishing seabrowns steelheads and dorados.
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