Join me in Argentina in March of 2022 for a trip of a lifetime to Patagonia and the Mamuil Malal and Collon Cura Lodges in Northern Patagonia with Patagonia Nomads.
March 3/Day 1
Depart United States for Buenos Aires, overnight flight.
March 4/Day 2
Arrive Buenos Aires early morning; meet private transfer, check into hotel in the Recoleta district of BA, rest, walk around outdoor markets, dinner in the city.
March 5/Day 3
Depart Buenos Aires for Chapelco Airport, San Martin de Los Andes. Arrive mid day, transfer to the Casona Del Alto, mountain resort outside of San Martin De Los Andes, rest, prepare for the trip.
March 6/Day 4
Following breakfast meet up with the guides, depart the Casona Del Alto Depart for Estancia Mamuil Malal where you will spend several days exploring the Malleo River. Based out of EMM you will have private access to over 20 miles of the Malleo River. The Malleo is one of the legendary dry fly rivers in Patagonia. It holds beautiful rainbow and brown trout and offers a variety of water to fish. Tromen Lake is the headwaters of the Malleo and is fished from a large boat, weather permitting this will also be an option.
Estancia Mamuil Malal is located at the base of the Lanin Volcano on the south bank of the Malleo River. The owners, Bertil and Dolores Grahn, offer their home as a casual, original and genuine homestead. Mamuil Malal takes a maximum of eight anglers in four double rooms with private baths. The lodge consists of a ground floor with a classic English-style country living room, bar and dining area. Guest rooms are distributed throughout the second level and the owners occupy the third floor. The Grahns serve home cooked meals and take pride in local and traditional dishes that are both hearty and delicious.
Staying at Estancia Mamuil Malal is a unique experience providing an unparalleled opportunity to fish the best of the Malleo River with a short five to ten-minute drive. A true gem of the Mamuil Experience is having exclusive access to the creek that runs through their property. This stretch of water provides easy walk wading for nonstop dry fly action and one of the best views in all of Patagonia.
March 7/Day 5
Fish the Malleo based out of EMM.
Mamuil Malal has private access to fifteen miles of the upper Malleo river- one of the world’s greatest trout rivers. This river is one of the most beautiful places you can ever fish and, although not a spring creek, offers spring creek-like match the hatch dry fly fishing. The water, terrain, rising fish and hatches are unbelievable. Located just ten minutes from the lodge is Tromen Lake, which offers exceptional lake fishing similar to lakes in Los Alerces National Park. Floats on the Alumine River are less than an hour away and offers unbeatable fishing with beautiful views. A spring creek also runs through the property providing a secondary stream for those who enjoy wading small spring creeks. There is a variety of fishing for every angler.
March 8/Day 6
Fish the Malleo based out of EMM.
March 9/Day 7
Final day on the Malleo based out of EMM.
March 10/Day 8
Depart Mamuil Malal for Collon Cura Lodge, 1 hour drive. Based out of CCL you will have access to the lower reaches of the Collon Cura River, and numerous spring fed lagunas that hold some very large brown trout. March is early fall Patagonia and is the time when migratory brown start showing up in the lower river, minnows can also be present, this is a great time of year to look for a large brown trout on a streamer. Caddis, mayflies, and various terrestrial patterns will bring fish to the surface.
Bordering the east side of the Collón Curá River and both sides of Patagonia Highway 234, Collón Curá Lodge benefits from multiple private access launch points on this sought-after high desert freestone. You will travel from launch to launch in modern drift boats stopping to fish riffles, back channels, and braids along the way daily. The Collón Curá is reminiscent of the Snake River in Wyoming or the lower Henry’s Fork in Idaho, with excellent seasonal hatches, explosive hopper fishing, and big browns just waiting to slam a streamer.
March 11/Day 9
Fish based out of Collon Cura Lodge.
March 12/Day 10
Final day of fishing. Float the Collon Cura or wade fish lagunas.
The Collón Curá is a classic freestone river in a low desert climate. Meandering braided channels, long washboard riffles, and deep drop-off pools bordered by willows and high-cut cliff banks offer you big resident browns and spunky rainbows. You’ll drift from point to point and wade periodically.
Location, location, location. Situated just off Highway 234 in Northern Patagonia, Collón Curá Lodge accommodates eight guests in two quaint duplex bungalows. The Lodge offers quick highway access from Bariloche or San Martin making it an ideal multi-lodge combination destination.
March 13/Day 11
Depart Collon Cura Lodge for San Martin, Chapelco Airport, mid day flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive BA mid day, transfer from domestic Airport to International Airport, catch overnight flight to the United States.
Pricing 8 nights/7 days fishing
Price Includes: all transfers, lodging, meals, drinks in Patagonia, 7 full days guided fishing, non-resident fishing licenses.
Price does not include: international and domestic airfare, transfers, lodging, and meals in Buenos Aires, optional lodge staff and guide gratuities.
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