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It is hard to conceive of a more diverse and beautiful outdoor paradise than Argentina. From central Patagonia at the foothills of the towering Andes where big Brookies, Rainbows and Browns lie waiting in wandering spring creeks and rambling big river rips to acrobatic high flying Golden Dorado cruising the massive Ibera Marshlands to monstrous world class Sea Trout in Patagonia’s world renown Rio Grande and Rio Gallegos Rivers. This, indeed, is a fly fisher’s paradise with 5 star lodges, international cuisine and a summertime that starts around Christmas. What could be more welcoming than a glorious day on the water when the Northern Hemisphere is frigid and frozen. More and more sportsmen are discovering just how good this world class resource really is and how quickly it is becoming more popular all the time. Bookings continue to grow by leaps and bounds and what once could be made just weeks in advance are now being secured many months and even as much as a year ahead. We have now started booking 2009 destinations and invite you to take a look at the possibilities to add your name to the list. Your choices are many, wide and varied.
The first stop for any of these great destinations is beautiful Buenos Aires, the city of tango, empanadas, fine wines and thick juicy steaks.
Buenos Aires boasts amazing parks, fabulous shopping, friendly people, inexpensive world class restaurants, and sights and scenes like you can never imagine back home.
For many traveling to Argentina from the Northern Hemisphere it is indeed a long trip. This is also what makes Argentina so inviting because you are so far away that everything is wonderous. Many fishermen have discovered that it’s great to add an extra week or even 3-4 days to make the long journey more productive. How nice after spending a wild and windy week chasing big Sea Trout at the bottom of the globe then to fly back to Buenos Aires and meet family and friends for a few days in this great city then head out together for the very temperate summer of central Patagonia to enjoy another great week of sunshine and superb Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout fishing. Or head way north for the warmth of the Ibera Marshes and a chance at the hard fighting Golden Dorado or maybe 3-4 days of wing shooting and relaxing in lodges that have facilities to accommodate many vacationer’s idea of paradise. If, on the other hand, a week is all you have; we are going to do everything possible to make it a week you will remember for years to come.
With monster trout sometimes topping 25 pounds and stripping line as they dance down river it is certainly no wonder that fly fishing enthusiasts travel from around the world year after year when the Sea Trout are running. And the two best rivers in the world for these hard charging brutes are Argentina's Rio Grande in Tierra Del Fuego and Rio Gallegos in Santa Cruz. The lodges on these great rivers are in a class by themselves with outstanding service, accommodations and cuisine.
TOON KEN LODGE
RIO GRANDE - TIERRA DEL FUEGO, ARGENTINA
Toon Ken Lodge is the newest of the Río Grande lodges. It caters to only seven anglers on the middle and upper reaches of the world famous and highly sought after Río Grande. The lodge has private access to both banks of the Rio Grande and offers easy wading on a fine gravel bottom. Sea Trout average 10 pounds and several reach over 25 pounds. Toon Ken is a strictly Catch and Release fishery. Modern lodge conveniences assure outstanding comfort and a dedicated, well-trained staff sees to every detail.
Weeks at Toon Ken for 2009 is:
30/1 – 06/2
06/2 – 13/2
13/2 – 20/2
VILLA MARIA LODGE
RIO GRANDE - TIERRA DEL FUEGO, ARGENTINA
Villa Maria accommodates up to 6 guests and offers easy accessibility to the pools. This venue is a double-handed fisherman’s dream and it enjoys private access on both banks, Sea Run Brown Trout average 10 pounds in size and several reach over 25 pounds. Villa Maria is a strictly Catch and Release fishery. Guides are equipped with nets and will assist guests in weighing and releasing fish without injury. Villa Maria is very well suited to caring for small groups of friends or family.
Villa Maria at Villa Maria for 2009 is:
13/2 – 20/2
20/2 – 27/2
KAU TAPEN LODGE
RIO GRANDE - TIERRA DEL FUEGO, ARGENTINA
Kau Tapen is the first luxury lodge on the Rio Grande and was built in 1983. It sets a standard of elegance by which other lodges are measured. Every convenience one could imagine is at your fingertips. The lodge accommodates up to 12 guests and was designed to offer maximum comfort as well as easy accessibility to the pools. And the fishing for Sea Run Trout can simply not be matched anywhere on Earth. The trout range from 8- 30 pounds and can take you into your backing on a long run as well as any fish in the world.
RIO GRANDE - TIERRA DEL FUEGO, ARGENTINA
Rio Menendez is the largest tributary of the Rio Grande and has a good run of large Sea Trout though not in the same numbers as the Rio Grande. Guest rooms are spacious and comfortable with vista views and private bathrooms. Service and food are both first class, Rio Menendez is a smaller river than Rio Grande and requires only a single handed rod and floating line. Upstream nymphing can be deadly as well as small skated flies. Rosita is such a relaxing place; it is great to spend a few days here before or after fishing the Rio Grande. Horseback riding and golf are also popular with non-fishing guests. The season begins November 1st and finishes April 15th.
RIO GALLEGOS, SANTA CRUZ, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
Rio Gallegos is a river of delicate fishing, floating line, small flies, careful wading and Big Sea Run Brown Trout. It lies on the mainland of Argentina on the North side of the Magellan Straight. It’s a similar size to the more famous Rio Grande but with fewer, although longer, pools. This beautiful river is slower flowing than the Rio Grande and has excellent riverbed structure and large boulders to add a bit of challenge and interest to the fishing. The lodge sits within two large estancias which are farmed collectively for sheep and covers some 650,000 private acres..an area about the size of Wales. A real bonus is the renowned Rio Chico which flows nearby and offers some of the finest dry fly fishing for Browns anywhere in the world. The Bella Vista Lodge is an old estancia dwelling that has been totally refurbished.
It is very inviting, relaxing and maintained to the highest standards.
The Dorado is one of the greatest freshwater fighting game fish in the world. This extraordinary jumper combines the swimming habits of a salmon with the ferocity and predatory instincts of a tiger shark. The fishing is done on the Ibera Marshlands, one of the most fascinating wetlands in the world with 3,500,000 acres of unexplored and uninhabited marshland in the Northeastern corner of Argentina, roughly 2.5 times bigger than the Florida Everglades.
IBERA MARSHLANDS, ARGENTINA
Pira Lodge was designed for pure comfort. Each of the 5 air-conditioned rooms has two double beds, ensuite bathroom, and large French doors that open to wide verandahs with expansive views. The bar is fully stocked. Each meal is a three-course journey through Argentina’s culinary influences. Pira lodge is perfect for bringing your entire family. The fishing here is done on the Iberá Marshlands, one of the most fascinating wetlands in the world. The marsh is a vast system of non-polluted crystal-clear creeks, rivers, shallows, and lakes and you will spend your days here in state-of-the-art Hell´s Bay flats skiffs exploring this enormous expanse.
LOS LAURELES LODGE
PARANA RIVER, ENTRES RIOS, ARGENTINA
Los Laureles is located 70 kilometers north of Paraná City, in the province of Entre Rios. It is beautifully surrounded by rivers and white sand beaches and is a fly fishing paradise with direct access to the remarkable Paraná River, the largest of all Argentina rivers. The swamps here are the home to more than 350 species of birds, 85 mammals and almost 70 reptiles, including major populations of Marsh Deer and South American Cayman. The fishing is strictly catch & release. The luxurious facilities of this five-star resort include six air-conditioned bedrooms each with ensuite bath and Jacuzzi.
CORRIENTES RIVER, ARGENTINA
Hambare Lodge was designed to provide visiting guests the finest in personal attention. It is surrounded by luscious vegetation and palm trees. Each one of the nineteen guest rooms has television, air conditioning, full laundry and housekeeping services. Some rooms have their own fireplaces and balconies Hambare offers exclusive personal dedication and attention to each one of the guests. Hambare also offers wing shooting of doves, partridges and ducks. The lodge operates with a large network of fields which include rice crops, grass fields, and lagoons selected depending on the season and species sought.
RAINBOW, BROWN AND BROOK TROUT
The West Central highlands of Patagonia lying at the base of the towering Andes Mountains hold some of the finest Rainbows, Browns and Brook Trout on the planet. And dry flies are the order of the day for some incredible top surface action. Huge Brookies in tiny lagunas devour mice patterns skittered along the surface, Wary Browns can be coaxed from small spring creek hiding holes, and monster Rainbows abound and attack a fly on the way down as often as on the way up.
HEADQUARTERS LODGE AND CARIDAD LODGE CHUBUT, PATAGONIA
Estancia Tecka boasts two world class lodges sitting on 675 square miles of private land with no public access. It is a working ranch in the Esquel region of Argentina, Patagonia and the water is endless. Fifty miles of the renowned Corcovado River runs through the property. We are proud to be the SOUL AGENT in Europe for this fantastic fishery.
The Caridad Lodge sits very close to the crystal clear Corcovado River and has room for 10 anglers in 5 bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom. The lodge is newly renovated, and classically decorated. Its friendly and professional staff will treat you to outstanding Argentine hospitality. A day drifting this awesome fishery is pure unadulterated delight. There are also spring creeks which require a more delicate presentation but the size of its Brookies, Rainbows, and Browns will astound even seasoned veterans.
Tecka Headquarters Lodge holds 8 anglers in 4 double rooms each with ensuite bathroom. This lodge is the “old” estancia headquarters and has been beautifully renovated to encompass an atmosphere reminiscent of early days steeped in historical character. Headquarters Lodge sits on the Tecka Creek, a classic spring creek with a low gradient and slow moving, clear water. This intimate fishery will have you sight casting to a large population of Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout. Trout average 14”-16” with many larger fish holding in the prime lies. Several very small and widely scattered largunas also hold surprisingly huge Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout which will attack a well presented fly as if they have been waiting their entire life to do so. All fishing is catch and release and single barbless hooks. The entire Tecka ranch watershed is available to fish from either of the two outstanding lodges.
Everything about Tecka is magical from roaming wild llamas, to pink flamingos, to running rheas and soaring condors to the spectacle of a Southern Hemisphere nighttime sky.
I have been trout fishing for over 50 years now and have visited many places around the world and I assure you this is trout fishing as good as it will ever get.
TRES VALLES LODGE
RIO PICO, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
The Rio Pico area lies 125 miles south of the city of Esquel and offers outstanding opportunities for Brown, Brook, and Rainbow Trout. These waters are rarely fished and many still undiscovered. All fishing is single barbless hooks and catch and release. Enjoy private access to the Rio Pico and Rio Pampa.. It is not uncommon to hook several fish in an outing that top 25+ inches.
The totally new and very exclusive Tres Valles Lodge hosts 8 anglers in four private rooms and is set amongst the snow capped Andes. For non anglers we provide a stay that will exceed all expectations with horseback riding, hiking , a host of boating options, star gazing, and bird watching. The spectacular lake on which the lodge serenely sits holds some monstrous Rainbows and Browns and is just a good cast away.
The lodge also offers every convenience imaginable including a luxurious fire-placed lower sitting room, an upper lounge with deep cushioned seats, a beautifully stocked reading room and cushioned lounge chairs both in every bedroom and every outside deck.
The cuisine is absolutely outstanding as is the service in its presentation. It is hard to conceive of a fishing lodge today that offers a better range of luxurious accommodations, fine service, exquisite food and outstanding fishing and non fishing opportunities.
Argentina is, without doubt, the best Dove shooting venue in the world. Where else can you shoot over 1000 birds a day?
Other wing shooting opportunities abound including duck, goose and partridge over pointing dogs,
PICA ZURU LODGE
Cordoba rates among the best places on Earth for high volume Dove shooting. Here, Doves fly in numbers estimated to be in the tens of millions. Shooting opportunities are truly limitless. Tight flocks of Doves are flying all day long presenting the opportunity to practice every angle of your shooting. You can enjoy the hunt year round, In fact, any week taken is a prime week. Hunting takes place on private property and offers luxurious accommodations. We take care of every detail and arrange for all documents and licenses.
Pica Zuru Lodge offers eight spacious twin bedrooms with private bathrooms. The food is as good as you will ever experience with full English breakfast, large BBQ for lunch in the field and a three course evening meal.
This is a David Denies Wing shooting facility and as such is famous for its unparalleled service. The staff at La Dormida has been specially trained in the art of caring for private parties. The lodge is one of the best in Argentina and accommodates 10 guns at a time. It is always prime season in Cordoba. The lodge enjoys 55 privately held shooting fields all within a scenic drive through the region’s rich farmland. Each day the lodge donates hundreds of doves to children's charities and public dining rooms in the area.
La Dormida is a great place to relax for 3 days after your week fishing Sea Trout in Santa Cruz or Tierra Del Fuego , We offer a special discounted price for those who do a combination trip.
La Dormida is in the secluded foothills of the Sierras Chicas, and you and your private party can enjoy the comforts of a lodge you can call your own, in complete seclusion. From La Dormida, you won't be able to see a road, a power line, nor another building, so you can relax on the veranda and enjoy the great weather and splendid isolation
LINCOLN, BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE, ARGENTINA
This is a David Denies Wingshooting operation. The David Denies standard has no equal and makes a visit to Jacana a shooting holiday long to be remembered. The David Denies Duck Program will draw on the hundreds of years of combined experience our staff brings to the table in guiding, outfitting, and preparing wingshooting programs for discriminating guests. Duck shooting here features comfortable, well camouflaged dry blinds, quality specie-specific decoys, and all the boats, vehicles and trucks to get you to where the ducks are each day. Guides will place you where you need to be to get the kind of duck hunting you've only dreamed of until now. You can reach our duck hunting program by road from Buenos Aires. Arrive on a flight from the U.S. in the morning and you'll be hunting ducks after lunch.
The Jacana Lodge is truly elegant, the cuisine exquisite and the well trained staff will ensure a long remembered visit to this outstanding facility.
DOVE AND PERDIZ
RIO NEGRO. URUGUAY
This is a David Denies Wing shooting facility and as such is famous for its unparalleled service.
Located in the rolling hills of central Uruguay, Hasparren has been a well known hunting lodge for many years. Hasparren offers 5 bedrooms with bath and will accommodate eight guests in total comfort. Dining at Hasparren is always an event, and menus feature a variety of Uruguay's famous beef, wild game, and pasta. You will also enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits, grown on the ranch for the shooting season and also excellent cheeses along with the best wines of Uruguay and Argentina. An open bar offers a variety of liquors for cocktails or after dinner.
Shooting at Hasparren offers a variety of mixed upland game. Each morning you will hunt wild partridge or Perdiz in short grass pastures over Pointers and English Setters. Later in the day, volume Dove shooting is available or wild pigeons can be substituted by decoying in the fertile grain fields nearby.
Lax-a also has top offerings for wingshooting at the following destinations:
Wing shooting is a great add-on for a combination fishing and hunting trip in the Southern Hemisphere and Buenos Aires is always a treat to visit on either end of your vacation.
Webb info links
Rio Grande – Toon Ken
Rio Grande – Villa Maria
Rio Grande – Kau Taupen
Rio Gallegos – Bella Vista
Brook Tout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Regardless of your choice of lodges or combinations of venues, we will continue to work hard to give every inquiry our best shot and turn interest into a trip of a lifetime somewhere in the Lax-a world.
Arni Baldursson at firstname.lastname@example.org and
Fred Clough at email@example.com