Fishing Rivers of Patagonia

Santa Cruz River

This river starts at Lake Argentino and it ends in the Atlantic Ocean after 383 km. This is the most important river in the Province of Santa Cruz, as it has a great volume. It is formed by glacial meltdown waters. There is good fishing in its upper part, where rainbow trout, lake trout and perchs may be caught. Steelheads of good size, with a weight from 3 to 6 kilograms, can be caught at the river mouth. The ideal season begins in mid February until late in April. Nonetheless, according to record, steelheads have been caught near the river source in November. A very strong tackle is ideal: an 8 or 9 weight with a powerful butt, 9-feet long minimum. Sinking lines IV minimum should be used with about 150-meter-long backing. The reel must be furnished with a good drag. Leaders must be short (4 or 5 feet) with 1X or 0X tippets. The most usual flies are the large streamers with weight, as they must reach the bottom (remember the Steelheads rest on the river bed). The Rabbits, Wooly Bugger and Zonker may be useful. Colors range from purple to black with some bright sparkles. This river is still to be explored. Bear in mind that only one third of its territory is usually visited.


Rico River

Mountain river ending in the lake bearing the same name. It is formed by meltdown waters. The color of its waters is much affected by meltdown and rain. The species caught there include rainbow trout and lake trout.
Its location: the mouth is situated within the national park and the entrance stands about 50 km from El Calafate. There are plenty of birds in this area.


Bote River

This is a small river of clear waters starting at Las Vizcachas Plateau and emptying into the Santa Cruz River. It has several pools and its banks are populated with a number of trees, such as willows, which make this environment attractive for fishing with very light tackle.
Its shape changes according to volume. Fishing in this river is very interesting. Rainbow trout, Lake trout and perches are caught there. Steelheads are usually caught early in the season (November). Herds of guanacos and choiques (small rhea) may be appreciated here.
Its location: 45 km from El Calafate to the East. Its entrance lies in private property.

 

Pelque River

This is a river of clear water with little slope making it very entertaining to fish for brown and brook with freight ranging from 300g to 2kg ideal for use in light equipment ranging from # 2 to # 5


De Las Vueltas River

This is a narrow river with a large volume. It joins Lakes Viedma and del Desierto. As we approach the latter, fly fishing becomes the most appropriate as several rivers end in this body of water and make the waters muddier. Plenty of rainbow trout are caught here, though their size is not quite large. This river is ideal to use dry flies. We recommend the use of small tackle, between 2 and 4, with floating lines. The most used flies are Matuka, or black or olive Rabbit, or impressionist nymphs of the Soft Hackle kind. Another good option is Prince nymphs, which give excellent results.


Diablo River

This is a mountain river ending in Lake del Desierto, where good pieces with an average weight of one kilo are caught. It is ideal for wading.


Río Caterina

La pesca de salmones chinook en la cuenca del Lago Argentino (Río Caterina), se abrió la temporada 2007/2008, ya que la Administración de Parques Nacionales, la tenia vedada por razones de estudios biológicos. Estos estudios son necesarios para determinar el origen de esta especie exótica en estos lagos y ríos. Pese a ello, aun no se ha podido determinar a ciencia cierta su origen.
Hay hipótesis que dicen que los sembraron entre 1908 y 1910 en 4 ocasiones (algunas con éxito) sobre el río Santa Cruz. Otras dicen que llegaron en migraciones desde el Océano Pacifico remontando el rió Santa Cruz y llegando al desove en el rió Caterina.
Lo cierto es que están y en buenas cantidades. Lo único limitante es que empiezan a remontar el rió a mediados de enero, para llegar al desove los primeros días de marzo.
Son varias las características de este salmón, las principales, son semelparos (mueren después de reproducirse), son generalmente anadromos (migran al mar como juveniles y retornan a desovar a aguas dulces), tienen baja fecundidad, tienen altas tazas de crecimiento en el mar y retornan a desovar a sus ríos natales.
Estas características los hacen muy interesantes para nuestro objetivo, la pesca deportiva.

Estos salmones, cuando remontan los ríos rumbo al desove, no comen. Esto hace que su pesca no sea fácil.
Nuestro equipo de guías, esta abocado a estudiar la forma mas eficaz para la pesca de esta especie.
La temporada próximo pasada, estuvimos en varias oportunidades haciendo relevamientos del rió y lagunas de este sector del Parque Nacional, obteniendo muy buenos resultados con Fly, utilizamos moscas de gran tamaño, articuladas y en colores llamativos (verde fluo, naranjas, etc.), cañas 7 a 8, líneas de hundimiento y mucha paciencia.
Logramos en estas visitas, capturar salmones juveniles residentes, de 2, de 6 y de 14 Kg.. Machos y hembras.
Una vez que toman la mosca, la lucha es desigual, con estos equipos de fly no es fácil sostener estos ejemplares, su fuerza es inusual, es necesario tener buena reserva de backing en el reel y un tippet 0x como mínimo.