This Argentina fly fishing trip brings you to the heart of Patagonia's trout fishing paradise.

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The Story

Choose Orvis-endorsed accommodations at San Huberto Lodge for your fly-fishing adventure in Argentina. San Huberto was founded in the mid-1970s, a couple of years after Carlos and Carmen Olsen were married. This was, indeed, a working cattle ranch, owned by the family since here is where our legacy comes from.

Carmen and Carlos were suggested to turn this legacy and tradition into a formal and serious business, for our location was (and continues to be) an unbeatable goal for avid anglers in search of quality and pristine fishing.

Decades have passed and San Huberto Lodge has become one of the finest lodges for anglers around the world, nowadays run by Carlos and Carmen's sons Ronnie and Gustavo and daughter Karin. They have achieved their ambition to preserve the traditions of the Olsen Family and at the same time, to offer innovations in technology and comfort.

San Huberto Lodge offers accommodation for up to 16 persons in six double rooms and four single rooms, one of those adapted to welcome handicapped guests. However, our policy is to welcome a maximum of 12 rods at a time, so that the lodge may be full if there are non-anglers lodged at same period. Our experience has taught us to hold and respect this maximum for the comfort of every guest in the river and for environmental benefits, which is reflected in the quality of our fishing.

Bedrooms have private full bathrooms with showers and all kinds of amenities such as hair dryers, robes and slippers, safety box, telephones with IDD / AT&T service and high speed WIFI service available at no extra cost.

A spa area next door offers jacuzzi and sauna service free for all guests. Massage services are available upon advanced request at extra cost (prices may vary according to kind of therapy and time of session booked).

Our laundry service works 7 days a week and offers washing and ironing service on a daily delivery basis.

Although there is no formal room service, our goal is also to provide anything our guests may need, from buying medicine in town to send champagne to the room before midnight. It is one of our devotions to let our guests enjoy their stay without any concern, for they can trust we will always take care of any detail or request. Other tourist services can be also handled upon request: we work with a network of remarkable service suppliers which enables us to satisfy any specific request.

Finally, San Huberto Lodge has a private runway inside the ranch, about 10 minutes drive from the main building. Operation conditions may be requested if planning to book a charter (jets are not able to operate into or out from these facilities).

Food & Drink

Our meals need a special chapter, for our kitchen is the heart of the operation and boasts most of the traditions of the Olsen Family. We use centennial recipes for sausages or cold meat, as well as some special desserts like the wonderful Vasque Cake.

Our home production of organic red meat through our grass lands and the cattle we raise, in the most natural way possible, makes our rib eye and bife de chorizo a delicacy to try.

We also have a productive organic vegetable garden, full of herbs, greens, beans, peas, cabbages, beetroots, carrots, radish and much more. These finely-cared-for fresh vegetables come directly to our kitchen every day for the enjoyment of our guests, family, and staff.

Our Sunday asados is itself a real feast. Late afternoon Ronnie Olsen himself lights the fire and starts with this nearly "ritual": a sumptuous barbecue carefully prepared for hours until guests gather at the barbecue house around 9 pm. Different meat cuts can be tasted like at no other asado in the area. Lamb, pork, veal, sausages and blood sausages are part of the menu, as well as an assortment of salads, not before trying a couple of fried "empanadas" with some good malbecs as a premiere of the show to come.

Gear Recommendations:

General equipment and things to bring:
please, note that those items marked with *** are the 'musts' of the list. Thank you.

  • Light weight waders ***
  • Felt sole wading shoes ***
  • Rain jacket ***
  • Thermal underwear ***
  • Warm socks ***
  • Gaitors (To keep rocks and sand out of the shoes)
  • Fishing vest ***
  • Strike indicators
  • Polarized sun glasses ***
  • Gink dressing for dry flies ***
  • Sun screen ***
  • Camera & film
  • Fishing hat or cap ***
  • Small fishing gear bag. ***
  • Fly Rods. 6 Weight + reel with two spools, one with WF-Floating. And the other one with a Sinking tip (teeny line like, according to weight of rod) line. The second rod would be a 3 or 4 Weight + reel with WF-Floating. If you are bringing only one, the most suggested is a 5-weight but 4 or 6 instead are ok, too. ***
  • 2 X ........7 Ft.
  • 3 X ........9 Ft.
  • 4 X ........9 Ft.
  • (three of each size)***
Tippets Spools
  • 2X - 3 X - 4 X ' 5 X ' 6 X (one spool each) ***
(suggested number _ dozen of each type and size)

Dry flies
  • Adams #16 - #18 ***
  • Adams Irresistible #12 - #14
  • Blue Dun #14 - #16 - #18
  • Blue Wing Olive #14 - #16 - #18
  • Compara Duns Olive #14 - #16 - #18
  • Dark Hendrickson #12 - #14 - #16
  • Elk Hair Caddis #14 - #16 - #18
  • Goddard Caddis Tan #16 - #18
  • March Brown #14 - #16
  • Parachute Adams #14 - #16 - #18***
  • Red Humpie #14 - #16
  • Royal Wulff #12 - #14 - #16 ***
  • Royal Madam X Parachute # 6 - # 8 ***
  • Yellow Humpie #14 - #16
  • Black Beetle (Peacock Body) #14 ***
  • Black Flying Ant #16 ***
  • Joe's Hopper #10 - #12
  • Bead head Pheasant Tail #14 - #16 ***
  • Bead head Prince #12 - #14 ***
  • Copper Johns #14 - #16 ***
  • Isonychia #12
  • March Brown #12 - #14
  • Pheasant Tail #14 - #16 - #18 ***
  • Prince #12 - #14 ***
  • Black Zonker #6 - #8***
  • Black Wooly Bugger #6 - #8 ***
  • Muddler Minnow #6 - #8 - #10
  • Olive Wooly Bugger #6 - #8 - #10
  • Olive Zonker #6 - #8

Personal items

  • Itinerary and Phone contacts
  • Air tickets
  • Passport or ID
  • Insect repellent
  • Medicines (Personal)
  • Reading Material


What to Bring:

Comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes! This is a must.

During cocktail and dinner time, casual elegant is the usual dress code.

Bring some cash in small notes for tipping. US dollars are welcome almost everywhere.

Don't forget your medicines and, just in case, bring a recipe from your doctor for additional medicine to buy. If you have any specific health issue, do not hesitate to hand a medical resume to the lodge and/or the guide. Also inform your health insurance service and number.


Official fishing season lasts from November 1st to May 31st. However, San Huberto Lodge's policy is to respect the traditional fishing season, starting on the 2nd Saturday of November until late April.

Wild brown and rainbow may be caught all season round.


Most rainbow and brown trout live and prosper in the Malleo river and some other environments near San Huberto. You can expect to catch no less than 40 fish per day, from very small ones to 21/22 inches, with an average 17/18 inches, couple of 23 to 26 inches can be caught and rarely a 27 to 30 inches.

Fishing at the nearby Tromen lake may differ.... we use motor boats to fish the lake but not trolling. We strongly encourage sight fly fishing there and rewards don't take long. Beautiful big rainbow and brown can be caught, and some brook trout as well. It is a great experience you must try at least once.

The Alumine river is another environment close to San Huberto Lodge. Indeed, a 1-hour drive will lead you to the coast of this larger river, available for wading and floating. The special time comes when freen worms hatch appears. Nice catches can be expected while the great experience is the scenery you can enjoy throughout this fluvial valley, a unique geography compared to the rest of the rivers from glacier origin.


Our lands are vast and varied so much that you may find wetlands, mountains, rocky peaks, volcanoes, upper plateaus with no vegetation and much more. Indeed, Patagonia has been drastically influenced and carved during the 4 different eras that we know.

The orogenesis of the Tertiary was so brutal that there were sudden eruptions and the Andes chain was born. Explosive volcanoes also mottled the surface and old rocks came up to the surface while lava literally "cooked" part of it.

The Ice Age played its part too.... almost all our lakes, valleys and rivers were originated here...

As a result, there is an overwhelming landscape out there to enjoy every single day. We are blessed to live here all year round and it is our deepest pleasure to share it with our visitors.

Typical Weather:

Rough lands, rough weather sometimes. But not always. Patagonia is Patagonia and winds are almost a permanent feature. However, we are not located at the roaring fifties' area...not at all.

Strong rain and snow starts mid-May and can last until late October. November and December are more stable while our summer and fall are almost 100% dry.

The "Ni'o" climate phenomenon usually influences our weather too. So, if you are planning a fishing trip to Patagonia, you should always bring a rain jacket, a couple of thermal first skin clothing and a polar vest or sweater. You can experience a rather cold morning in January and enjoy a sunny hot afternoon at 3 pm same day, with 35°C.

2021-2022 Season & Rates:

Season Double Single Non-Angler
November 10 - December 5, 2021 $690 $680 $380
December 6 - 31, 2021 $820 $960 $435
January 1 - February 6, 2022 $880 $1,020 $480
February 7 - April 30, 2022 $820 $960 $435


*Rates are subject to change

**Rates are per night, per person including the below


Accommodations in a double room, guided fishing (2 anglers per guide), transfers to and from Chapelco airport on arrival and departure days, all meals, refreshments, local wines and spirits, and Internet access.

Not included:

International and domestic flights, transfers from Bariloche if required (approximately $500-$700 round trip, per vehicle, depending on number of guests), fishing equipment, fishing licenses, gratuities, phone calls, laundry and items of a personal nature.

What is Provided:

Our service starts at the agreed meeting place. We pick you up at the airport or any nearby location. The transfer to the lodge may take around 1 hour. At your arrival, lunch will be ready for you after you check in. An afternoon-evening fishing session with your guide will let you have a first experience at the emblematic Malleo river.

Turning back to lodge, you'll be able to join the other guests and your hosts and guides at the bar in the 1st floor for some drinks and wonderful appetizers. Dinner will be ready around 9.30 pm.

Next morning, you will have breakfast at same dining room located at ground floor. American style breakfast is available from 7.30 to 10.30 am. Then, you are ready for a new adventure. Our guide will have the chance to request a picnic for the river, so you can stay all day long outdoors. He will surely make the best decision for you, according to your preferences, your energy, your devotion for fishing, weather conditions and river status.

On your departure day, you can try a last morning fishing after breakfast. The duration will depend on your schedule.

Additional Activities:

As previously described, San Huberto Lodge will always take care of all your needs and expectations, so we encourage you to tell us what you would like to do while staying with us.

One of our highlights, apart from fishing, is the chance to join authentic and breath-taking horse riding journeys. There are half-day and full-day trails for you to enjoy and admire the landscape from a different point of view.

Our neighbour Lanin Volcano is a permanent invitation to trekkers and mountaineers. There are several options to approach this marvellous Andean peak: soft trekking to the base, a daily strong trekking to the refuges, or attempting the top on a 2 or 3 day excursion with certified guides.

Photo shop clinics can be organized for you to learn and cpature the most exciting scenarios of Patagonia. There are thousands of unique chances round the corner at San Huberto Lodge!!!

Finally and as part of our Olsen Family Outdoor devotion, a brand new lodge in the north of Argentina offers dove and pigeon hunting from late March to early October, managed by Gustavo Olsen and his own family. If you'd like a "cast & blast" package, do not hesitate to try that during April. There are awesome combinations to join,

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the trip proposal and materials (trip planner and confirmation email). In some cases, deposits are non-refundable, this depends on the destination and will be clearly noted in the trip proposal and materials as well. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips (stated in the trip proposal and materials), the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

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Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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