Patagonia River Ranch
Trek has been plying the waters of Patagonia since the 70’s and has established great relations with many wonderful lodges and estancias. Well we would like to introduce to you the wonderful and elegant Patagonia River Ranch. It not only delivers a tremendous week-long fishing program, but guests can also enjoy a range of non-angling activities second to none.
Patagonia River Ranch is a world-class fly fishing guest ranch nestled on the banks of the legendary Chimehuin River, ideally located in the center of the seven most productive rivers in Northern Patagonia. This provides guests a unique opportunity to take both Rainbow and Brown trout in up to 6 different rivers during their stay, while unpacking their bags only once. For the non-fishing guest (or the angler needing to give his casting arm a well-deserved rest), the non-fishing activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking in the Andes, cooking classes with the master chef, and day trips to the charming resort town of San Martin or nearby national parks. Their three full-time ranch hostesses accompany our guests on all these non-fishing activities.
The Chimehuin River, which runs through the ranch, is commonly known as the finest trout stream for large fish in Northern Patagonia. The ranch’s location, in the center of the most productive 50-mile section of this river, allows guests to float and wade-fish the “home water” from the nearest access point 20 miles upstream, and step off the boat at the end the day 100 yards from the lodge. We also can put in at the ranch to fish the lower section. No other fishing lodge or outfitter has the river location to accomplish this. Aside from the Chimehuin, PRR can also access some of the most famous rivers in the region to include the Caleufu, Collon Cura, Alumine, Malleo, Quemquemtreu and the Quilquihue. PRR has an 8-person professional guide staff that is all native Argentine, and they work exclusively for PRR only. They’ve grown up fishing the native waters and know these rivers intimately. All guides are bilingual and have the unique ability to handle both the novice and expert angler with equal praise and patience.
PRR accommodates 16 guests per week in 8 spacious, well-appointed guest suites in the main lodge and 2 cottages, each with breathtaking views of the surrounding river valley. The native rock and timber lodge provides guests with an intimate and unique setting from which to experience the surrounding ranch environment. Furnishings and decor are modeled after the classic fly fishing lodges of generations past, while providing luxuries and comforts not often found in fishing lodges around the world. This includes two chefs and a fully-accredited sommelier, and a wine cellar with the finest wines from Argentina and Chile, L’Occitane bath and body products and 500 thread-count sheets.
By Kevin Gehm – January 2013 The winter months here on the “Central American” side of the office are quite active as the November-March time frame is the prime billfishing time in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama and is also the time of the year where you can...