Person doing river fly fishing in Patagonia
Hand holding a trout caught in a wading net
landscape of the Limay River in Patagonia
Rainbow trout next to a river fishing rod in Argentinean Patagonia
Landscape chimehuin river Patagonia
Fisherman holding trout in the Patagonian river
anglers in the river doing fly fishing wading
hand holding rainbow trout fly fished
collon cura river landscape and mountains
hand holding brown trout in the river
fly fishing in front of the Limay River
river fisherman holding Fontana Trout
river fisherman doing fly fishing wading
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Fishing mode WADING
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Fly Fishing in San Martin de Los Andes

Customize your day to the fullest and discover Patagonia's best kept secrets

(2 reviews)
San Martin de los Andes
1 day
English, Spanish and Portuguese
Starts: From your accommodation in San Martín de Los Andes between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.
Ends: To your lodging in San Martín de Los Andes between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Free cancellation!


On this tour, you will experience a full day of fly fishing in Patagonia.

The guide will pick you up at your accommodation in San Martín de los Andes, where he will take you to visit the rivers of your choice with your group. Don't worry, they'll recommend those hot spots where fishing will be more varied and abundant.

Throughout the fishing day, you'll be able to enjoy delicious local food in the middle of nature, fishing until the sun goes down.

The description of the tour is indicative, since it is totally customizable and you can decide with the guide what activity you want to do at each moment.

It doesn't matter if you have a lot or little experience, if you travel with friends or with your family. It doesn't matter if you have your fishing equipment or not: the tour includes everything you need to enjoy a 100% adventure experience.

Are you ready? This is how your fly fishing day will be in San Martín de Los Andes:

Tour details


  • Round trip transfers from your hotel in San Martín de Los Andes or from Chapelco Airport (CPC)
  • Lunch; snacks and drinks
  • Professional guides and instructors for all activities
  • Complete fishing equipment

Not included

  • Lunch with "Wading Half Day"
  • Mandatory Fishing Permit

Important information

Select one of the four fishing options that you are interested in enjoying when you make your booking. You will find this option in the "Type of Fishing" section.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 15 days before the start of the tour, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. If you cancel 7 days in advance, you will receive 50% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no show, no refunds will be made.

Tour itinerary

Fishing Day in San Martín de los Andes

Briefing - San Martin de los Andes

The day before the tour starts, the guide will visit you at your hotel or the place you indicate for the initial preparatory talk (also known as briefing). This is a small meeting in which he'll explain all the details, you'll choose which rivers to visit and you'll agree on the time for the beginning of the fishing day.

Do you have a particular river you want to go to? Do you want to learn a new fishing technique? Do you fantasize about taking a fierce trout out of the Patagonian waters?

All this is possible. You will design, with the best guides in the area, a day of fishing to suit you. That night, you'll go to sleep with enthusiasm: the next day you'll go fishing!

san martin de los andes arrayan viewpoint
If you choose the WADING fishing modality

The wading day consists of walking around the river looking for the right structures or moments for fishing. In many occasions, fishing is done by sight, so we live situations with a lot of adrenaline. Nothing better than seeing a trout when it is heading for our fly!

wading fishing in patagonia
If you choose the FLOATING fishing modality

Floating is a different experience. Instead of entering the river on foot, you will get on an inflatable raft, embarked to go fishing. This method is very useful to reach strategic places or to escape from the sectors with higher fishing pressure.

Rivers are usually bigger and the distance covered is longer. However, in certain sectors of the river, we can make short stops for wading.

floating fishing in patagonia
The species you can fish for in Patagonia

Patagonia is a privileged place on planet earth. The landscape is beautiful, and the rivers are very diverse. You can find everything from very small streams to huge giants like the Limay River. Fishing in these places is priceless.

patagonian river for fishing

It all started over 100 years ago. The pioneers in South America found an ideal environment to develop fly-fishing. From Germany to Canada, boats with juvenile fish began to arrive with the aim of populating the rivers with the desired species. This practice would be totally inadvisable at present, but at the time there was no awareness of the impact it generated on the ecosystem.

limay river patagonia howlanders

There were many failed attempts. Imagine what a difficult task! Without refrigeration and travelling long distances on horseback, these little ones managed to survive so that today you can fish... Trout! With no natural predators, these animals reached incredible sizes and Patagonia became a paradise for fly-fishing.

trout fishing in patagonia
Brown trout

The brown trout has adapted perfectly to the Patagonian waters. Many reach trophy size, because they feed almost exclusively on other fish, including other brown trout. In Patagonia, brown trout can weigh up to 10 kg. Spawning usually takes place in late April and early May. During the spawning period the typical marks and color of the trout become more alive.

brown trout patagonia
Rainbow trout

A physical characteristic of the trout is its ventral fins. They are strong and powerful, and allow them to make very fast turns and movements.
Rainbow trout are predatory, and will eat almost anything they can catch, including insects, small fish and crustaceans. They will also eat fish eggs, including the eggs of other rainbow trout, as well as carcasses.

holding rainbow trout in patagonia
Fondana Trout

This is one of the most beautiful fish a fisherman can catch in Patagonia. Fondana's trout can reach weights of up to 5 kilos. Spawning, which requires highly oxygenated waters, takes place during the last part of April and in May. During this time the typical marks and color of the trout become more alive. They coexist with the rainbow and brown trout, although they are usually less numerous, due to the fact that the Fondana is less aggressive.

holding fondana trout in patagonia
Which rivers can I choose to practice fly fishing in San Martín de los Andes?

You will be able to choose among the best rivers for fly fishing in Patagonia. We'll tell you a little about them:

patagonian rivers howlanders
Chimehuin River

The Chimehuin River is known for the famous phrase of fisherman Joe Brooks: "This was the best fishing day of my life". It is a great freestone river similar in many ways to the Madison in Montana. It's perfect for float fishing, sight fishing, and prospecting with streamers, nymphs and dry flies.

chimehuin river landscape
Collón Curá River

The Collón Curá is a river of slow and calm waters. It has one of the most prolific trout fishing in all of Patagonia. Without a doubt, it is a must for trout fishermen. The water is similar to the Snake River in Wyoming, but with willows and high sandstone cliffs.
Collon Cura's trout are exceptional fighters, averaging 14 to 20 inches with possibilities of some real monsters.

collon cura river landscape howlanders
Aluminé River

Aluminé is a very changing river that receives water from many other rivers such as the Pulmari, the Quillen, the Kilka and the Malleo. This makes it a complex and exciting river. With so many variations along its course, it allows you to practice different techniques in its different sections.

It is a classic whitewater river, which can be fished by floating, waterfalls and wading. The river is full of rainbows and browns that can be fished with dries, nymphs and streamers.

alumine river in patagonia
Malleo River

The Malleo is a classic mid-sized freestone river, offering consistent and easy wading for fighting trout. This river is well known among dry fly enthusiasts throughout the region for its spectacular caddis and mayfly hatches.

fishing in the malleo river in patagonia
Limay River

The Lower Limay River is a tailwater that flows from the Pichi Picún Leufú dam for 96 kilometers before emptying into the huge El Chocón reservoir. It offers fishermen a rich and varied river system populated by rainbow and brown trout.

limay river howlanders
Quilquihue River

The Quilquihue River is a tributary of the Chimehuin River, and originates in Lake Lolog. It is located only 12 km away from the city of San Martín de Los Andes. It's suitable only for wading and is ideal for those who wish to have fun or learn to fly fish.

Quilquihue is populated by many rainbows and browns weighing between 17 and 36 ounces. We do not rule out some surprises, especially at the beginning and the end of the season. The season is from the beginning of November to the end of May.

fly fishing in quilquihue river
The techniques we will practice during the fishing day in Patagonia

This tour is fully customizable. No matter your level of experience: all the guides are instructors in all the techniques. If you are a beginner, you will learn new things. If you are an experienced fisherman, you will have the opportunity to improve even more.

These are the fishing techniques that you will be able to experience in this tour, both in wading and in floating:

- Dry fly fishing - Nymphs in suspension - Nymphs in tension - Tandem dry-nymph - Fishing with streamers.

fly fishing techniques in patagonia
What will the fly fishing in Patagonia day be like?

After meeting with the guide the day before, you will have a tour designed especially for your group. The day will start with the pick up from your accommodation at the agreed time. We will leave early in the morning to take advantage of the best hours.

group of beginner fishers

At midday, they will prepare your lunch with love and all the details so that you can enjoy it in the middle of the forest. No hassles: you will eat under the trees with tablecloths, chairs and tableware. When you try the delicious three-step menu, you will only be able to smile. You'll feel at home even if you are quite some miles away.

You'll continue fishing until about 6:00 p.m., depending on the river you have chosen. Before the sun goes down, you will return.

fly fishing tour menu howlanders

What to bring to Fly Fishing in San Martin de Los Andes

  • Passport
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • UV-protected necks
  • Towel
  • Your fishing equipment (Or you can use one of the guides' equipment free of charge)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Personal hygiene items

Questions & Answers

  • I would like the tour to last more days. Can you organize a fly-fishing camping trip for several days?

    Of course we can! contact us and we will be happy to make you a custom fly fishing tour.
  • Do I need a fishing license in Patagonia Argentina?

    Yes, the fishing license is mandatory.

  • Can you pick me up if I am staying in Villa La Angostura or Bariloche?

    Of course we can! contact us and we will be happy to send you a quotation.
  • Is this fishing trip family friendly?

    Absolutely. The guides are prepared to attend entire families. They love to have everyone participating in the experience, learning and enjoying nature.
  • Is it necessary to have some kind of special physical training?

    It is not necessary, the programs are of low physical difficulty. You don't need previous experience either.
  • Is there a phone and/or internet signal in the fishing areas?

    There is no coverage and/or internet in most of the places we go. The guides are communicated by VHF radio to guarantee your safety.
  • In case of an emergency, are the guides prepared?

    All guides are trained to respond to an emergency, both in first aid and water rescue. Safety is the priority at all times.
  • What clothing do you recommend I wear?

    It is advisable to have technical and warm clothes, as during the day temperatures can vary a lot. That is why we recommend dressing in several layers, to adapt to the weather.
  • Is there an age limit for the excursions?

    There is no age limit for the wading modality. For the floating modality, the minimum age is 13 and they must be accompanied by an adult.
  • What is the best time of the year for fly fishing in Argentine Patagonia?

    Fly fishing in Argentinean Patagonia has a defined season from November 1st to May 31st, being the most interesting months, January, February and the first fortnight of March. From June 1st to October 31st, fishing is forbidden for all fishermen (except for some reservoirs that are authorized all year round), in order to respect the spawning and reproduction period of the salmonids.
  • How is lunch gonna be like?

    The guides prepare lunch with a lot of love and with all the details so that you can enjoy it in the middle of the forest. If you are curious, here you can see the menu.
  • In this fishing tour, do you practise the "catch and release" modality?

    In order for everyone to continue enjoying fishing, the most important thing is to take care of the environment. We believe in healthy sport fishing, and from the water we take only memories (immortalized in pictures).
  • Why do you recommend this tour?

    For many reasons. The guides are also instructors. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can always learn something new. Being local guides, they are safety minded and know the best places and times to dive. If the fishing is not going great, it's all cool: they will take you upstream or downstream until they find an optimal site. Besides, you will enjoy a delicious meal in the middle of nature. You just have to go in the mood for fishing.

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