Visiting the Esquel area
is like stepping back in time. This zone of Argentina is beautiful
with snowcapped mountains and gin clear waters. It is no wonder
that the outlaws Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid made their
hideaway home here, as it is so remote and reminiscent of the
scenery of our Rocky Mountain States.
The population of this
region is low - except for the trout! The towns are widely
separated and facilities are scarcer and more rustic than the
fishing regions to the north. The land consists of open vistas of
the steppe and old growth forests of beech, alerces and arrayanes
trees that are all unique to this area.
Alerces National Park encompasses much of the water of this zone
and is one of Argentina’s most scenic national parks. Los
Alerces is the headwaters of the river system of the Rio Grande,
which flows through the cordillera into Chile where it takes the
name Rio Futaleufu. This is a tremendous watershed that consists
of small streams, lakes, inlets and rivers that combine to form
this system, which eventually flows into the Pacific. These
numerous lakes and rivers all have their own names and each
warrant their own descriptions. They are full of brown and rainbow
trout and a few like the Carrileufu and Rivadavia produce an
occasional land-locked salmon.
There are a multitude
of other streams and rivers in this zone. The Arroyo Pescado is
known as one of Argentina’s premier spring creeks and the
Corcovado and Rio Pico rivers and lakes produce some truly large
work with several long established outfitters in this region. Each outfitter offers unique lodging, scenic settings and a variety of fishing waters. These folks
provide the very best services in the area depending on what
rivers are chosen to fish. Horseback riding and guided bird
watching are also available.
This zone allows easy access for
crossing the border into Chile and a trip may be extended by
following this river system and fishing the Rio Futaleufu, Lago
and Rio Yelcho and accessing other hidden Chilean waters.
Participants can then carry on in Chile and eventually depart from
Santiago. For more details to this area see the Fly
Fishing Chile page. There are many options in the
Esquel region and it is a wonderful zone to fish and explore.
Experience: Rio Carrileufu, Rio Rivadavia, Rio Arrayanes, Rio
Frey, Rio Grande & Rio Futaleufu,
Spring Creeks, Arroyo Pescado, Rio Hualjaina, Rio Chubut, Rio
Corcovado, Rio/ Lago Pico and secret locations.
Rates: Average daily rate is $660/day
We can also arrange
stays at hosterias in this zone that allow for daily excursions
and other activities such as birding, riding, and hiking. Rates
to the Esquel Area
Flights from Buenos Aires to Esquel 3 times/week or ground
transportation from Bariloche (4 hrs.) or from the town of
Futaleufu in Chile.