Las Buitreras - Sea Trout Fishing in Argentina – Rio Gallegos River
There is little to compare the Sea Trout fishing in both Patagonian Argentina and slightly further South on the Tierra del Fuego. The character and style of the fishing is unique. The average size of the Sea Trout is without equal; typically 7-9lbs and the real monsters are record breakers. The take is often ferocious and they fight with extraordinary power. The environment on first appearance is outwardly barren but the valley in which Las Buitreras nestles is filled with character and features combined with the ever shifting weather patterns and fire-red skies that will make you drop your rod in wonder. In short the Sea Trout fishing in Southern Argentina is an unforgettable experience that has people returning year after year.
The Rio Gallegos River
The Rio Gallegos is nearly 300 kilometers in length and has its origin in the southern Andes with two pristine and very beautiful streams, the Penitente and the Ruebens. The Buitreras section of the Rio Gallegos includes nearly 50 named proven pools on 40km of private water. The fishing is exciting and varied with pools ranging from deep, stony runs to cut banks and streamy shingle flats. The river is generally shallow and the wading is extremely easy. Each of the 4 beats on the river has a very distinctive character.
The Las Buitreras stretch of the Rio Gallegos is amongst the most scenic and beautiful of all the Argentinean Sea Trout Rivers
The Sea Trout-Fishing
This Argentinean Sea Trout river is wonderful fly water that will reward anglers who approach the river and its Sea Trout with respect and understanding. Each pool has its own secrets and challenges and careful adherence to the instructions provided by the guides will typically pave the way for success! Nearly all the pools can be covered with a one-handed rod however a two-hander is often useful when conditions are windy or dictate the use of larger flies. Two anglers per guide are transported to their assigned section of river in a 4wd vehicle with individual beats covering 6-9 pools (depending upon water level) and are rotated each half-day.
The Home Pool is situated a short distance from the Las Buitreras Lodge and can be fished by guests at anytime. This pool is a tremendous fish producer and many fish have been captured by anglers who chose to forego their siesta!
The River & Environment
The wind can be very strong in this section of Patagonia. The southern tip of the South American continent is narrow and with the exception of the southern Cordillera there are no obstructions to break the wind as it sweeps in from the ocean. Believe it or not, this is a good thing! The prevailing wind is westerly and blows down the river allowing huge casts. The wind is nearly always an assistance as it keeps the surface broken enabling anglers to take large, normally wary Seatrout throughout even the brightest days. Normally the wind calms down as the sun drops in the evening.
The Gallegos has a slight "brown" tint and heavy rain on local tributaries or in the headwaters can color the main river quickly. However, the Patagonian summer angling season is normally quite dry. If it does rain, the river normally settles quickly and is even fishable in the interim with a great deal of color. Larger tubes do the trick when the visibility reaches a minimum. The fish are aggressive and respond well to the fly. Smaller flies and nymphs work well in low-water conditions and the river is best approached in lower light during these circumstances. When the water level is normal, the river fishes well all day long and the biggest fish can even be taken in bright midday sun!
Fishing Gear & Techniques
Las Buitreras Lodge is used as a testing station for Loop fishing rods and as such there is a huge array of the latest Loop rods, reels and lines that are available for guests to borrow. To get a good idea of the different fishing techniques to use for Sea Trout the following link will provide a good introduction: Tips, Observations and Advice on Sea Trout Fishing
Recommended Argentinean Sea Trout Flies
Move cursor over Argentine Sea Trout Fly to view in 360
Argentinean Sea Trout do not follow or desire the regular Sea Trout fly patterns as selected by the likes of Hugh Falkus. Their tastes are wild and varied and certainly do not follow standard protocol. Rubber Legs are IN, big dark flies are a must for dusk and in low water and bright conditions small and subtle nymphs are essential. Yuk Bugs, Wooly Buggers, Vitamin B, D & GIn short you will need a selection of flies that do not resemble anything you would normally find in a standard fishing shop!!!
WhereWiseMenFish has commissioned the most complete range of Argentinean Sea Trout Flies available which are available online from Salar Flies. Anyone booking a trip with WhereWiseMenFish will receive a free box of Sea Trout Flies for the trip as well as receiving a 20% discount off any additional flies.
Las Buitreras Fishing Lodge
Las Buitreras lodge is part of a traditional Argentinean Estancia with a working sheep ranch. The lodge itself is comfortable with a wonderfully welcoming, relaxed and homely atmosphere. There are five guest bedrooms with both single and twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Meals are of a very high standard with a professional chef ensuring guests enjoy an inspiring range of both Argentinean and continental dishes. House wines and beers are inclusive.
A Typical Day at Las Buitreras
Breakfast is served from 07.30 and anglers depart in 4 x 4 vehicles for the river at about 08.30. At 13.30 it is back to the lodge followed by a large with lunch at 14.00. There is then a ‘welcome’ opportunity for a siesta with guests returning to the water between 17.00 and 17.30. The evening fishing session continues until dark where there will be a full buffet dinner waiting on return. During siesta guests are welcome to fish the home pool (5 minute walk), go horse riding, fine tune your tackle and casting techniques in the garden or just relax with a drink.
The Fishing Guides at Las Buitreras
Every lodge rightly proclaims the abilities of their guides and Las Buitreras is no exception. The long-standing team are as knowledgeable as they are friendly and hard-working. Crucially they know their stretch of the river backwards. Unquestionably a key component in the success of the lodge and another reason why anglers return each year.
Best Times to Go
The season is from the last week of December until mid April. Local conditions play more of a role than seasonal variations and you can expect to catch fresh silver fish at any stage of the season regardless of water height.
WiseMenTip - Jurassic Lake Add On Trips
Jurassic Lake has some of the most incredible Rainbow Trout fishing in the world. For size and numbers there is quite simply no equal. If you want to make your trip truly memorable you can combine a trip to Las Buitreras for Sea Trout with a 3 day trip to Jurassic Lake, either before or after. We guarantee that there are very few places on the earth where you will catch more fish or have a wilder time! There maybe the opportunity to do a split week with 3 days at Jurassic Lake and 3 days at Las Buitreras. If you are interested please ask about this opportunity.
Availability and Pricing for the 2015 Season
If you would like to know more about the Las Buitreras Lodge, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to the Las Buitreras Lodge, please contact us at the following:
United Kingdom Office:
United States Office:
Or alternatively email us via our Booking Enquiries Form to request more information.
Click on a photo to see full size picture gallery
[back to top]