TRAVEL: Arrive Ushuaia, drive 3 hours to the lodge
RECOMMENDED STAY: Friday-Friday, 7 nights/6 days only
FISHING: Rivers & ocean, wade only
CAPACITY: 4 anglers
INCLUDED: Lodging in single, meals, beer and wine, guided fishing, license, and transportation to/from the Rio Grande Airport
NOT INCLUDED: Flights, gear, spirits, $250 conservation fee and services in Buenos Aires
Worlds’ End Lodge and the Irigoyen River offer the most unique and otherworldly fishery in Patagonia. No other Tierra del Fuego fishing lodge or river offers 10-20 lb Sea Run Brown Trout in small water that is laden with logs, surrounded by dense forests and protected from the heavy Austral winds. It is the only fishing lodge in Argentina where anglers should wash the salt from their equipment after fishing the estuary for fresh Sea Run Browns and Robalo or Rock Cod. This is an intriguing, challenging and quality over quantity river, where each landed Sea Run Brown Trout is an unforgettable trophy.
The rustic and perfectly comfortable World’s End Lodge hosts only 4 anglers with intimate accommodations, single rooms, a friendly staff and seasoned guides. The lodge sits on a high bluff with extraordinary and surreal views of the forests, Irigoyen River and Atlantic Ocean, solidifying that you really have traveled to the ends of the earth.
On a remote, 45,000 acre ranch in Tierra del Fuego, 180 kilometers south of Rio Grande, Worlds End Lodge sits within Southern Beech forests, overlooking the Irigoyen River and Atlantic Ocean. World’s End Lodge is a log cabin facility that comfortably accommodates 4 anglers in 4 large single rooms with private baths, electricity and heating. A separate main cabin holds the living and dining areas where guests enjoy outstanding cuisine from a professional chef, cocktails, and telephone and internet service. With only 4 anglers, World’s End is the smallest fishing lodge in Tierra del Fuego and offers personalized attention and warm hospitality from an experienced Argentine staff from mid-December through mid-March.
At Worlds End Lodge, 4 lucky anglers will target Sea Run Brown Trout on the intimate Irigoyen River and its main tributary the Malenguena River. The first of the 3 beats empties into the Atlantic Ocean and is easily accessed on foot. This section offers fascinating fishing for Robalo (Falkland Mullet or Rock Cod) and Sea Run Browns in the surf and tidal pools. The two upper beats are accessed via 6 wheeled amphibian ATVs, called Argos. The majority of the Irigoyen River is only 20-35 yards wide with many pools laden with logs. A stiff, single handed 7-8wt rod is the perfect tool for precise presentations and leverage against stubborn Sea Run Browns. Although fish as large as 28 pounds have been caught, anglers should expect an average catch rate of 2.2 fish/day, and an average size of 9lbs.
The daily routine at Worlds End Lodge is composed of morning and evening fishing sessions with lunch and siesta at the lodge and dinner served around 11:00pm. The bilingual Argentine fishing guides at have years of experience fishing in Tierra del Fuego and will prove invaluable to your success on this technical and captivating river.
The Irigoyen and Malenguena river systems begin and end in an extreme environment where the last tip of the Andes Mountains and the cold choppy waters of the Austral Atlantic Ocean meet. They are located on the island of Tierra del Fuego, south of Rio Grande City and east of the small town Tolhuin.
Although the Rio Grande and Rio Gallegos hold all the Sea Run Brown Trout records, the Irigoyen River offers a totally different and perhaps more attractive fishing experience. The area’s dense Southern Beech forests offer substantial shelter from harsh and relentless southern winds. Unlike the traditional quarter downstream cast, swing, step, repeat routine with a double handed rod on the Grande and Gallegos Rivers, the Rio Irigoyen demands a single handed rod to high-stick a hole or riffle, make precise casts along log jams or effectively cover the Irigoyen’s narrow width. Anglers can even head up stream to cast stimulators at 18 inch resident Brown Trout or walk downstream to catch Robalo (Falkland Mullet or Rock Cod) in the surf. The smaller Malenguena River also offers both Sea Run Brown Trout and resident Brown Trout in small spring creek-like waters with an amber tint.
We feel this special river is appreciated most when fished the week before or after a week on the Rio Grande or Rio Gallegos.
World’s End Lodge
(7 nights; 6 days fishing)
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires (EZE). Transfer to the domestic airport (AEP) and fly to Rio Grande (RGA). Guides will pick you up and transfer you 4 hours to World’s End Lodge. Cocktails and dinner.
Day 2-7: Six days fishing the Irigoyen River
Day 8: Check out, mid-day transfer back to the Rio Grande Airport for your flight home.
Included: Lodging, meals, open bar, guided fishing, loaner rod, transportation to/from the Rio Grande Airport and services in Buenos Aires.
Not Included: Flights, license, gear and services in Buenos Aires .
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