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Rio Manso Lodge

The Rio Manso Lodge is located on the southern shore of Lago Hess and the west bank of the beautiful Rio Manso right in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National Park.  The Rio Manso Lodge offers both the avid and the novice angler one of the most unique, and unparalleled fishing and nature programs throughout Patagonia. Nestled away from the steppe, in the lush mountain forests of the Andes Range, and only 90 minutes from the Bariloche International Airport, the Rio Manso Lodge is stage to the fishing and travel expedition of a lifetime.

In a region characterized by its snow-capped mountains and crystal clear waters, the Rio Manso Lodge inherits majestic views of Mount Tronador’s glaciers and Lago Hess. Prime fishing waters are literally just out the front door or in very close proximity with options to fish both rivers, and spectacular lakes. Great dry fly fishing as well as wet fly can be found on the lakes.. Offering quality fishing on 15 miles of the Rio Manso and its embodied tributaries, and on the flats and shorelines of Lakes Fonck, Hess, Roca, Moscos, and Cesares, there is never any shortage of fishing opportunities.

 Unlike many fishing destinations, there are equal adventure opportunities for both the fisherman and non-angler alike, as the lodge is ideally located in a setting of varied terrain and habitats close to Bariloche, yet remote, that offer the non-angler a multitude of activities such as:

-          Hiking and trekking outings ranging in difficulty from an easy 30 minute walk to the nearby Los Alerces Waterfall, to day-long treks to the tops of the surrounding peaks.

-          Horseback riding along the banks of rivers and lakes and through Nahuel Huapi National Park where visitors will suddenly find themselves surrounded by Arrayanes trees and towering forests of Coihue (or Southern Beech) that can grow over 100 feet tall.

-          Bird watching for the splendid Condor, the giant Magellan Woodpecker or the rare Torrent Duck.

-          Scenic float trips down the river and lake kayak trips present special perspectives and opportunities to photograph the many attractions of this temperate zone.

As for the determined angler, the fishing season at Rio Manso runs November through April with the peak season occurring November through January and then again mid March through the end of April.  While wading is a common method for the area, the majority of the guided trips are carried out on boat or raft, although any trip can always be tailored to personal preference.  On any given outing, one can expect healthy fish in the 18-20” range, though every year, several fish in the 7-8 lbs (25-28”) trophy category are successfully landed.

The Rio Manso Lodge is a lovely remodeled classic lodge constructed of native woods. It is very comfortable, and elegant in a traditional Argentine way that is very attentive to the vacationer. The service is excellent as well as all the meals offered.  Each guest quarters is complete with private bathrooms, panoramic views of the Andes Range, and access to the lodge’s dry sauna, fly tying area, full wader room for tackle and gear, beverage bar, and spacious common area by a river stone fireplace. While the lodge can accommodate up to 18 guests, fishing is limited to 8 rods at any one time, with plenty of activities still available to the non-fisherman or weary angler ready for a rest. This super location is also very private in nature, and thus attractive to vacationing couples. A stay at the Rio Manso Lodge without a doubt makes for a very memorable visit to a gorgeous location in the heart of Patagonia.


Pricing for the Rio Manso Lodge is $595 per day for the angler and a reduced price for all non anglers. Costs include:

  • Transfers in and out from/to Bariloche airport (90 minutes drive)

  • Lodging in single or double rooms, four of them with Jacuzzi and all with Mount Tronador views

  • Laundry

  • Internet access

  • All meals

  • All beverages including wines, beer, spirits and soft drinks

  • Guided fishing with one guide and boat for every two fishermen

  • Fishing licenses

  • All guided non-fishing activities

Not included in rates:

  • Personal tackle and gear
  • Purchases from the lodge shop
  • Phone calls
  • Tips
  • Massages

* With the booking of 7 nights at Rio Manso Lodge each visitor shall receive one night free of charge – pricing will be for only six of the seven days *

For more information about the lodge and its operation or specifics about the fishing in this beautiful Patagonia region, please contact Patty Reilly at 307.734.2448.

Patty Reilly's
Guided Connections
PO Box 694
Wilson, WY 83014

Phone: 307-734-2448


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