fishing area called Comarca de los Alerces, is internationally
known as one of the most important Salmonidal fishing places in
the world. It is characterized by a big number of original glacier
lakes and hundreds of rivers and streams, with a variety of trouts
as well as salmons, which were introduced in this territory 100
years ago. Challhuaquen is placed at the north shore of de Futaleufu
river, considered itself one of the greatest fishing spots in the
The trout of Patagonia (brown, rainbow, and brook trout) averages
12-20 inch. Intermediate fly fishermen can expect to land trouts
of over 20 inches and experienced anglers have a good chance of
landing 5-15 pound trouts. Many rivers also contain landlocked salmon,
which can exceed 10 pounds. Challhuaquen and Patagonia offers a
first class "off-season" fishing (November through mid April), in
a scenery very similar to the western states in the US, particularly
Montana and Wyoming some 50 or more years ago.
Good fishing in crystalline waters, surrounded by glacial lakes,
millenarian trees, and magnificent landscapes is combined in Challhuaquen
Lodge with the elegance and comfort that could make such experience
Mid November - End of April
which in the local Mapuche tongue means "fishing place",
is located in the Trevelin valley, Province of Chubut, on the
bank of the Futaleufu river or Rio Grande, in front of the National
Park Los Alerces, at the heart of the Argentinean Patagonia.
Created by and for fishermen, Challhuaquen ultimate goal is to get
the maximum pleasure out of an exceptional location for the practice
of fly fishing. Based on that priority, qualified and personalized
service provides all it is needed for a successful fishing season
amid a luxury set up.
Thus, understanding the need for relaxation and privacy, the lodge
has only six spacious and comfortable double guestrooms, each
with private bath; all facing the Futaleufu river with the constant
backdrop of the National Park and the Andeans on the horizon.
Similarly, acknowledging the fraternity aspect of fishing, Challhuaquen
counts with ample and fully equipped common areas and a bar to rest
and enjoy tying-fly with the company of a good friend and/or a fine
drink. Furthermore, thinking about the eventual desire to enjoy
the maximum of luxury, the lodge offers a SPA, with sauna, hydro
massage, scotch shower, and personal massages that also benefits
from the magnificent river/mountain/park view.
Needless to say, and always aimed at satisfying the fishermen needs,
all rooms have direct access to the Futaleufu river and to a dryer-room.
To complete the perfect flying fishing day, the chef at Challhuaquen
Lodge has the skill to please international preferences or adventure
those more curious to the culture of typical Patagonian dishes.
Each meal is served in our homely restaurant with impeccable presentation,
and accompanied by finest Argentinean wines.
PACKAGE / PRICING
from U$S 2600.- Package / Per person
fishing days / 4 nights
Ground transfer, Esquel airport / ranch round trip; 4-night accommodation
in an exclusive ranch with all meals and beverages (wine & beer);
4 fishing days with qualify guide and boat. Not included:
fishing license, fishing equipment and flies; imported liquors,
clothes, personal insurance and gratuities.
TO GET THERE
Challhuaquen Lodge is located 1100 miles south west of Buenos Aires.
There are daily flights from here to Esquel airport where a member
of the staff will be waiting to drive you to the lodge. Domestic
flights can be arranged.
All of our fishing is in rivers and streams, wading from the coast.
One pair of fly weight chest waders and one pair of neoprene chest
waders is recommended. The new waders "non-condensation" is the
best for walking. The comfort of your wading shoes is very important
Bring 2-3 rods. A good combination is:
-- 8-91/2; 5/6 weight for dry flies and nymphs.
-- 9-91/2; 7/8 weight for Boca or streamer fishing.
--Floating lines for each rod.
--Sink tip lines 5-8. (like Scientific Angler Ultra 2 wet tip IV
10 or Tenny Nymph Tip)
--Shooting head sink tip line 7-8 weight (Teeny T200 or T300 or
shooting line sink V).
--Optional: Intermediate sinking line. Baking 75 - 100 yards is
From 4 to 12 feet long. Tippet material is extremely important in
Argentina. The trout are very strong and powerful. Your tippet material
should be sheer resistant as well as have the maximum breaking strength
in small daymeters.
Bring plenty of flies. You can lose 6-10 flies a day on snags, in
trees, by breaking off fish or on stones.
Bugger, black and olive (from size # 4 to 10); Rabbits, cinnamon
and black (size #2 to 8); Matukas, green and olive (size #8 to 12);
Blonde, white (size #2 to 6); Cone Head Marabou Muddler, brown and
white (size #2 to 8).
(size # 10 to 14); Hare´s Ear, natural and black (size #10 to 16);
Soft Hackle, cinnamon and black (size # 8 to 14); Kauffman´s Stone
black (size # 6 to 10); Montana (size # 8 to 14).
Flies: Adams (size # 10 to 16), Elk Hair Cádiz, natural and
black (from sizes # 10 to16); Red Humpy (sizes # 10 to 14), Blak
Gnat (size # 12 to16), Goddard Cáddis, natural (size # 10 to 14)
and Irresistible (size # 12 to 16).