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SEA RUN BROWN: Argentina - Santa Cruz

Intro & About the Area

Sea Run Brown Trout fishing on the Rio Gallegos in Santa Cruz  is now on every anglers’ radar.  From the snow capped Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, the 300 kilometer Gallegos River traverses the sparse, southern province of Santa Cruz, Argentina.  Although the Rio Gallegos has as many returning Sea Run Brown Trout as the Rio Grande, it offers a very different angling experience.


Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz province is bordered by Chile to the west, the Chubut province to the north and the straights of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego province to the south. Travelers worldwide are drawn to Santa Cruz’s Glacier National Park and the growing Perito Moreno Glacier, which is the world’s 3rd largest fresh water reserve.  The expansion of the glacier causes massive pieces of ice to frequently crumble into Lake Argentino making for a spectacular show for park visitors.  Tourists can experience the glacier and other attractions from the picturesque town of El Calafate on the southern shore of the lake.

Santa Cruz is the second least populated province in Argentina but is one of Argentina’s most prosperous economies because of its vast resources of petroleum, gas, gold, gypsum, salt and coal.  Sheep and commercial fishing are Santa Cruz’s second biggest export.


Rio Gallegos City
Rio Gallegos is the capital of Santa Cruz and has a population just over 105,000 people.  It is located at the estuary of the Gallegos River and was an important military base in 1885 when the Argentine government wanted to strengthen its hold on the remote region and again in 1982 during the Fauklands War.  Rio Gallegos has an modern international airport with daily connections between Buenos Aires, Rio Grande and Ushuaia.

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