Spectacular fly fishing for big Seatrout and Brown trout on Rio Gallegos in Southern Patagonia!
With 40 km of Private waters on the incomparable Rio Gallegos our fishing at Las Buitreras stands out as one of the best and most interesting fly fisheries for big seatrout on the planet! The Rio Gallegos is a fairly shallow river allowing us to focus our fishing on floating and intermediate lines generating spectacular surface takes and attacks from the aggressive trout! With 40 km of private water including both sides of the river and a maximum of 12 anglers per week we offer our anglers to fish fresh and rested waters every session. Average size of seatrout landed is approxiamtely 9 lbs with the record being a 33 lbs fresh silver fish. Fish in the 15-20 lbs range is landed every week of the season.
All fishing is done with one guide per 2 anglers and clients are taken to each pool by car. The roads are of varying conditions with some rather rough parts why we are using Toyota Hilux and similar models as means of transportation during the fishing sessions.
1st of January to last week of April.
Fishing is booked per week and includes 6 days of fishing, lodging, all meals and drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks included).
Opening week of the season includes a New Years party and two extra days of fishing for free
Estancia Las Buitreras is located appr. 40 km from the town Rio Gallegos in the Santa Cruz province in Southern Patagonia. Clients fly to the Rio Gallegos airport and will be picked up by car or bus. The transport from Rio Gallegos airport to the Estancia takes appr. 45 minutes.
The Estancia itself offers all comforts a destination angler will ever look for. Its design offers a perfect blend between luxury and rustic atmosphere. The very comfortable estancia is located 300 meters from the river offering a wind protected haven from the often wind plagued open plains of Patagonia. The 6 double and 2 single-bed rooms are all equipped with private bathrooms and showers.
All meals are included as well as the high quality house wine and beer! The Estancia also has a small fine wine selection and a small bar at self cost.
Free Wifi is included.
Species: Seatrout (searun Brown Trout) and resident Brown Trout
Biggest Seatrout landed: 33 lbs (15 kg)
Biggest Brown trout landed: 12 lbs (5,5 kg)
The fishing is very exciting and varied with pools ranging from deep stony runs to cut banks and streamy shingle flats. Relatively shallow, the river makes for easy wading, obviating the need for fast sinking lines and creating an exciting and challenging fishing environment. Fishing is mainly done using light double hand rods or single hand rods rigged with floating or slow intermediate lines. Long casting is not the focus but rather to control the fly and always be ready.
The takes are often violent and these fish really puts on a show once they are hooked! It is this variety in combination with the visually inspiring mountainous outcrops, that makes this part of the Rio Gallegos quite simply one of the most spectacular stretches of fly fishing water in Patagonia. Sometimes explosive, sometimes challenging, fishing for sea trout requires a level of skill and understanding that can sometimes frustrate the average salmon angler.
However, armed with the correct knowledge to unlock these secrets the fishing on the Rio Gallegos can be immensely rewarding and highly addictive!
Single hand rods: 7 or 8 weight rods with floating and intermediate lines
Double hand rods: 6, 7 or 8 weight rods, preferably no longer than 12,6 foot.
Our favorite combos are 796 single hand rods and 7120 double hand rods. We always have both a floating line and an Intermediate line available. If possible we recommend to bring a Sink tip or poly leader as back up.
A practical joke that bares more than just a bit of truth says that Argentine Seatrout guides don’t care about the flies as long as they are black with white rubberlegs. As a matter of fact most of the flies we use do fit into that pattern. Small nymphs with rubberlegs are very effective during low and clear water conditions while bigger streamers, leeches and Sunray Shadows are efficient during the last hour of light, aka the magic hour. For a more comprehensive list of recommended flies please visit our website.