TU & Orvis Women's Week at Carrileufu River Lodge

Join Trout Unlimited and Orvis for Women's Week at Carrileufu River Lodge

TU & Orvis Women's Week at Carrileufu River Lodge

Details

February 1 - 8, 2020

$5,600 per angler, double occupancy (shared room and shared guide)


Carrileufu River Lodge is situated in the middle of a complex network of lakes and rivers located between the snowcapped Andes and the arid steppes of Chubut Province. This area provides anglers with ideal access to some of the best fly fishing in Patagonia. Located on the border of Los Alerces National Park, near the town of Cholila, there is access to both the Carrileufu and Rivadavia Rivers. Los Alerces, founded in 1937, was one of the first national parks in South America and boasts numerous mountain lakes and rivers with wild trout. You will float and wade in gin clear water with strong trout populations. Situated in central Patagonia, about 45 degrees South, this area is known for its beauty and extremely successful trout introduction. From the lodge, you and expert guides will explore the region, stalk large brown trout on crystal-clear spring creeks, float the world-famous Rio Rivadavia, fish the nearby Carrileufu, or even take a three-day wilderness float on the seldom-fished, remote, Rio Chubut.

The Fishing

Trout were introduced to this region at the turn of the 20th Century and have bred in the wild without further intervention. The primary species sought by anglers are rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon. Trout in these waters are plentiful and can be larger on average than most western U.S. destinations.

The main watershed fished by Carrileufu River Lodge begins in the Tres Picos Mountains, where snowmelt feeds the Lago Cholila and ends at the Rio Grande. The clarity of the rivers allows anglers to enjoy sight-fishing as well as prospecting from a raft or while wading. The waters predominantly fished by the lodge's guides are the Rio Rivadavia, Rio Carrileufu, Rio Chubut, Lago Menendez, and several small tributaries that can hold surprisingly large fish.

The Lodge

The lodge was finished in 2014 and is currently managed by Pancho Panzer, a friendly, professional fly fishing guide with an infectious enthusiasm for fly fishing this scenic mountain valley. The new Carrileufu River Lodge was built to make anglers feel comfortable. There are 6 spacious double rooms with queen sized beds for 12 guests. While intimate when you want it to be, there is also a large gathering room offering beautiful views of the Tres Picos Mountains and space for sharing stories from the day. The lodge has Wi-Fi internet access and VOIP phone service so you're not entirely isolated.

A hearty breakfast is served between 8:00am and 9:00am (this is Patagonia, you can fish till late in the evening), lunch is usually on the river, there's an open bar for drinks in the living room after a day of fishing, and a three-course dinner is served late, in the Patagonia style, with an emphasis on the famous local grass-fed beef and lamb. The food is great: homemade bread, fresh salad, fruit, vegetables, cheese and sausages reflect the European immigrants who settled the region in the 20th century. Great Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, other Argentine wines and select spirts are included, as are soft drinks and beer.

Pricing and Dates

February 1st – 8th, 2020

7 nights, 6 days of guided fly fishing
$5,600 per angler, double occupancy (shared room and shared guide)

Other options include:
$8,360 per angler, private room and private guide
$6,860 per angler, private room, shared guide
$7,100 per angler, shared room, private guide

Single anglers traveling alone will not pay the private guide supplement if they are willing to share with another single angler (limited availability for this special departure). The single angler supplement can only be waived on this special departure when booking with Orvis Adventures.

Flights into and out of Esquel are scheduled on Saturdays. It is also possible to reach the lodge from San Carlos de Bariloche (daily flights). Round trip, ground transfers from Bariloche and Esquel are included in this special departure.

Includes:

  • All meals and beverages (including alcohol)
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 6-days of guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)
  • Transportation to/from fishing locations
  • Transfer to/from Esquel
  • Laundry service

Not Included:

  • Air fare
  • Special transfers
  • Argentina fishing license approximately $85/person paid in cash on site
  • Fishing gear
  • Guide & staff gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY for a 6-day fishing package.

This is just a sample itinerary of our Argentina fly fishing trip to give you a feel for what is possible. Normally you will leave the U.S. on an evening flight, arriving in Buenos Aires the next morning. You can sometimes connect to a flight to Esquel the same day, but an overnight in Buenos Aires is recommended, and it’s well worth the stopover. “B.A.” is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America, has excellent hotels and restaurants and boasts a lively cultural scene. The international and domestic airports are in separate locations and the transfer between them can take over an hour, depending on traffic. We recommend giving yourself at least 5 hours between flights so you can make your connections. Orvis Adventures will assist with airline information and can make hotel arrangements for Buenos Aires.

Day 1: Arrive in Esquel

Your Patagonia fly fishing trip begins at Esquel airport, where a representative from Carrileufu will pick you up for the 1 hour 45-minute drive to the Lodge. Flights from Buenos Aires normally arrive at Esquel in the late afternoon. After settling in, you’ll have the chance to prepare for your first day of fishing and enjoy dinner, drinks, and relaxation.

Days 2-7: Six Full Days of Fishing

Eat an energizing breakfast and then you’re off! During the course of your stay you will work with your guides to decide which waters you will fish based on water levels, weather and individual interests. Only four miles long, the Rio Rivadavia is floated for a full day and will provide you with frequent opportunities to sight-fish. You may also have the chance to visit one of the river’s small spring creek tributaries before finishing your day on the shores of Lago Verde. The Rio Carrileufu is home to wild trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon, is best fished by rafts, although there are opportunities to get out and wade productive runs and riffles. The Rio Chubut, along with other rivers and lakes nearby are also daily options. Lunch is typically prepared and served riverside each day.

Day 8: Depart Carrileufu River Lodge

After Breakfast or lunch, you will gather your gear for the drive back to Esquel to take your afternoon flight to Buenos Aires and back to the U.S. or on to your next adventure.

Reviews

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
TU & Orvis Women's Week at Carrileufu River Lodge
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)

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