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Fishing

My spouse doesn’t fish or hunt, are there things for him/her to do at the lodge?
Yes.  Most of the lodges offer guided and unguided activities like horseback riding, hiking, biking and spa services.  We also offer guided excursions with local naturalists.

What is the best trout fishing trip?
Best is relative.  But we think our Wilderness Expeditions offer possibly the best and certainly the most fishing of all our trips.  Once we fully understand your preferences, we can recommend what is best for you.  Fill out our online FFP Inquiry Form.  You will get a response in 24 hours.

When’s the best trout fishing?
When strictly depends on your preferred style of fishing.  there is great fishing all season long, but we use multiple lodge because not all lodges have great fishing throughout their season.  The lodges and rivers we recommend for you will be based on the best possible fishing that meets your preferred fishing style for the time you want to travel.

When’s the best Dorado fishing?
Good Dorado fishing in our area is dependent on semi-stable river and weather conditions and less so on the time of year.  As a general rule, our Dorado are more active in the summer than the winter.

Who will guide us?
We do not outsource.  We have our own professional, licensed and insured guides with years of experience guiding international anglers.  Fly Fishing Patagonia guides are bilingual, expert anglers and gracious hosts.  They have your satisfaction and well being in mind every moment.  These guys receive high praise from our anglers.

Do you rent fishing gear?
Yes. Fly Fishing Patagonia rents breathable waders and boots and 6wt TFO rods with extra spools for different lines.

What’s a good size group?
Groups of 4-6 anglers work well.  A group of 6 usually has more camaraderie and laughs than a group of 4.  And with more flies in the water, more fish are caught increasing the excitement and possibilities.  Please avoid odd number groups so we can avoid charging a single supplement.  Also remember that most of the lodges we use accommodate a small number of people, so a trip with 6 people must be planned at least a year in advance.

Can you accommodate large groups?
Yes. We have done trips as large as 17 people for two weeks. Large groups need to starting planning and making reservations more than a year in advance.  See our Group Leaders page.

Can we arrange for exclusive use of the lodge?
Yes, as long as we have enough notice and you secure the reservation with a deposit.


What are your rates?
Rates depend on the customized itinerary we plan with your guidance.  Our weekly Patagonia trout fishing itineraries can run as low as $3250 per angler and as high as $7000 per angler.

Can I fish in Tierra del Fuego for less than a week?
In some cases, select lodges will allow a half week to be book in December.  Otherwise, only 7 night, 6 day packages are available.

Is there a dress code?
No.

What about tipping?
Customary tips in Patagonia are; guides 60 per day with one or two anglers, and lodge staff $15 per room, per day.  Customary tips in Corrientes are; guides $50 per day with one or two anglers/hunters and lodge staff $15 per room, per day.  Customary tips in Buenos Aires are: host/driver 10$ per person from shuttles to and and from international airport and 5$ for the domestic airport.  At Fly Fishing Patagonia we believe tips are voluntary and depend on your satisfaction.  

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How about spin fishing?
There are a several places you can spin fish in Patagonia, however, you will be restricted to use one hook on your spinner/lure.  On waters that are fly fishing only, we can rig a spinning rod to comfortably and effectively fish a fly.  Spinning gear should be brought with you.  We are a catch and release operation.  In Corrientes, Dorado can be caught with flies or lures.

Is there cell phone coverage or internet access at the lodges?
Most lodges have internet access and free local calls.  International cell phones work near major towns.  If you must have constant communication we recommend bringing a sat phone.

Hunting

What’s the hunting season, bag limits and when is the best time?

Game

Season

When is Best

Limit

Ducks

May 1-Aug 31

June-Aug

15-30/day

Perdiz

May 1-Aug 31

Any time

8-16/day

Perdiz Colorada

May 1-Aug 31

Any time

1/day

Dove & Pigeon

All Year

Any time

No limits

Water Buffalo

All Year

Any time

1/season

Wild Boar

All Year

Any time

2/season

Axis Deer

All year

May-Aug

1/season

Brocket Deer

May 1-Aug 31

Any time

1/season

Capybara

May 1-Oct 15

Any time

1/season

Dorado Fishing

Dec 25-Nov 7

Jan -April

Catch & Release only


My wife doesn’t fish or hunt, are there things for her to do at the lodge? How much will it cost her?
Yes.  At our hunting lodges in Esquina, we offer horseback rides, nature walks, polo lessons and other ranch type activities.  We can also arrange guided boat excursions in the Paraná Delta.  We have 4-7 night packages only for the non-shooting guest and those packages range from $1830 to $3040 per person.

What’s the procedure for bringing guns into Argentina?
You give us your gun info, our reps in Buenos Aires will be waiting for you with your completed paperwork in the police office at the international airport. You will present the police the guns, the paperwork, and pay $85-$95 for your permit.  Prior to departure to Argentina, you should also obtain Form 4457 from the US Customs office or have your original receipt for the gun. For more information, see Argentina gun entry procedures.

What brand of shells do you provide?
Most of the time we shoot Fiocche, 2 ¾ , lead  #5.  This is a high quality, clean shooting load.

Who will be our hunting guide?
Our hunting guides are our own.  They have years of experience with a variety of hunting in the area and will put you on the game.

What about tipping?
Customary tips in Patagonia are; guides 60 per day with one or two anglers, and lodge staff $15 per room, per day.  Customary tips in Corrientes are; guides $50 per day with one or two anglers/hunters and lodge staff $15 per room, per day.  Customary tips in Buenos Aires are: host/driver 10$ per person from shuttles to and and from international airport and 5$ for the domestic airport.  At Fly Fishing Patagonia we believe tips are voluntary and depend on your satisfaction. 

What’s a good size group?
Groups of 4-8 hunters work well.  A group of 8 usually has more camaraderie and laughs than a group of 4-6.  And with more guns firing, more birds fall, increasing the excitement and everyone’s possibilities.

Can you accommodate large groups?
Yes. We have done trips are large as 17 people for two weeks.  Large groups must plan and make reservations more than a year in advance.  See our Group Leaders page.

Can we arrange for exclusive use of the lodge?
Yes, as long as we have enough notice and the reservation is secured quickly.


Is there cell phone coverage or internet access at the hunting lodge?
Is there a dress code?
No.

Yes, however it can be intermittent.  If you must have constant communication we recommend bringing a sat phone.

Travel and Booking

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Are Argentina, Uruguay and Chile safe for foreigners?
Yes, very safe, especially in the areas where you’ll are hunting or fishing.  In Buenos Aires and Santiago, you will need to take the same precautions that you would in New York, Paris or Tokyo.

When is the best time to visit Argentina?
Typically visitors will come during the South American summer which is Dec-mid March.  The time you come will depend on what it is you wish to experience, and we can help you decide.

How far in advance should I book?
Booking a year in advance will assure you get the week and/or the lodge you want.  Lodges have limited space and we only have a certain number of guides.  Usually there is limited space 6 months prior to the start of the season.

Is there cell phone coverage or internet access at the lodges?Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, however, we serve bottled water for your comfort.  Most lodges have internet access and free local calls.  Cell phones work near major towns while cell reception is spotty at most of the lodges.  If you must have constant communication we recommend bringing a sat phone.


How should I book flights?
Do I need a visa or other document to get into Argentina or Chile?
American, Canadian and Australian passport holders visiting Argentina are required to prepay the reciprocity fee online at the following site:  https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/  Failure to do so will result in denial of entry. A similar fee may apply to other nationalities.

Our travel agents can assist you with domestic or internal flights.  Should you do it on your own, we suggest figuring out the flights you want, then only reserve the internal flight, then book your international fight, and then complete the booking for the internal flight.  That way you’ll be sure you have a seat when you want to purchase the internal ticket.  Flights should be booked far in advance.

Do I have to go through Buenos Aires to fly between Argentine cities?
Most likely you will as BA is the major hub.

Can you accommodate single travelers
We can accommodate single travelers but a single traveler supplement may apply.

Will there be somebody to meet me when I land in Buenos Aires?
Yes, most of our guests request this service, but it’s not mandatory.   We recommend that our representatives receive guests at the Ezeiza International Airport to facilitate the mandatory 45 minute transfer to their hotel or to the Jorge Newberry Domestic Airport for their internal flight (this private transfer is available on the return as well).  Their 2014-2015  rates are about $80 per person each way, with a lesser charge with large groups.

Do I need electric converters? What’s the voltage?
The current is 220v and the sockets are for two round or two flat slanted prongs.  Have converters and international adapters for your appliances.

 

How can I combine fly fishing, hunting, wine tours, Buenos Aires and maybe Iguazu in the same trip?
We help travelers arrange multiple destination trips in Argentina all most everyday. Each destination means a different flight and we recommend on average a 3 night minimum in each area.  Give us a call, and we’ll help you put this adventure together.

What is the deal on money and paying for things while traveling?
The Argentine money is the peso, which is also noted with a “$” and fluctuates around 5.6 to the dollar.  Personal purchases can be made with cash pesos, dollars or credit cards.  Currency exchange houses and banks will exchange your dollars.  Some merchants offer discounts for cash.  Personal or travelers checks should not be used.. Dollars not be accessed in Argentina so we recommend carrying a back up stash of $500.

Fly Fishing Patagonia, The Company

Why should we book with Fly Fishing Patagonia?
Fly Fishing Patagonia gives you access to over 200 private river miles with world class fishing in majestic settings.  Our extensive experience and relationships in Argentina allow us to accurately design itineraries for the most discriminating and diverse groups.  All guests wish to return to fish with us again and we guarantee you will too.  Read more reasons to book with FFP.

What is your most popular fishing trip?
Our most popular trip is a Wilderness Expedition and Lodge Combo were anglers spend 3 nights, 4 days  camping on a remote river and then 3-4 nights in a lodge.  Fishing in Tierra del Fuego and Dorado fishing come in a close second.

May I request a reference on Fly Fishing Patagonia from previous guests?
Please do.  Our previous guests would be more than happy to speak with you.

Will I get a better price booking direct than with your agent?
Your rate will be the same no matter who you book with.

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