TRAVEL: Arrive San Martin; 30-minute drive to the lodge
RECOMMENDED STAY: 5 nights
FISHING: Rivers, lakes, float and wade
CAPACITY: 20 Guests
RATE: $750/night/angler; $530/night/nonangler
INCLUDED: Lodging, meals, open bar, nonguided activities on the property, guided fishing and transportation in Patagonia
NOT INCLUDED: Flights, license, gear, guided activities off the ranch and services in Buenos Aires
Spring Creek Lodge provides convenient access to four of the best trout fishing rivers in Patagonia: float trips on the Collón Curá, Chimehuín and Aluminé Rivers and excellent wade fishing on the Malleo River. Spring Creek Lodge is an ideal option for budget-conscious anglers seeking access to a variety of rivers while being based at a comfortable lodge.
Spring Creek Lodge lies outside the town of Junín de los Andes, on the banks of the Chimehuín River and only 6 miles from the Huechulafquen Lake and the famous Chimehuín Boca. This area is the birthplace of Argentina’s fly fishing fame.
Dramatically situated on the banks of the Chimehuín River, Spring Creek Lodge offers an informal atmosphere in combination with personalized service and warm hospitality. Spring Creek Lodge accommodations include six cabins, each with two large double rooms and ensuite bathrooms. Additional features of each cabin include large, separate living areas with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a fireplace and a private deck with view of the trout pond, the Chimehuín River and the snowcapped Lanín volcano. Within the Club House are the main dining room and bar, where anglers gather for cocktails and decadent meals. Spring Creek showcases a large wine selection to accompany professionally prepared cuisine.
Nonanglers enjoy a variety of hikes, horseback riding, rafting, biking, visiting native communities or nature walks along the Chimehuín River, all within Spring Creek Lodge’s property.
Spring Creek Lodge boasts the easiest access to the largest variety of wade and float trips in Patagonia. The world-class trout waters of the Malleo, Collón Curá and Aluminé Rivers are all within 15-50 minutes of the lodge and the Chimehuín Rivers flows only steps form each cabin. With the assistance of our bilingual fishing guides, anglers enjoy the flexibility of choosing their waters each day according to current conditions and their preferred angling style.
Collón Curá River
The large Collon Cura is a prolific trout river running through a wide valley flanked by smaller mountains that precede the larger Andes. It is known for 40+ fish days with strong 16- to 20-inch trout that are most abundant in the riffles. Larger Browns are more frequently found in deeper pools, under submerged willow branches and along the rocky cliffs. The Collón also has slow slide channels and several backwaters where it’s common to see multiple heads sipping insects. The diversity of water allows anglers to employ a variety of tactics.
Midsummer offers exciting fishing due to the great minnow migration up river from the Piedra de Águila Reservoir. Millions of silver-sided minnows fill riffles, creating a feeding frenzy where both trout and prey are seen breaking the water. These are big and powerful fish and demand nothing lighter than a 2x tippet. In the fall, Red Stag bugle 24 hours a day and 5- to 15-pound Brown Trout migrate from the reservoir to the river to spawn.
Spring Creek Anglers access the lower Malleo River, which runs through the Mapuche Indian Reservation and on to the confluence of the Aluminé River. The Malleo is an Argentina fly fishing classic, with prolific hatches, easy wading and superb dry fly fishing. The Malleo showcases pools for dredging streamers, cut banks and willows for skating hoppers and glassy runs for drifting dries and nymphs. Browns and Rainbows average 16 inches, but anticipate landing a few in the 18- to 19-inch category as well. Since floating is not permitted, the guides travel in vehicles up and down the river, stopping to wade the best sections.
The Chimehuín River, also known as the Chime, runs from Huechulafquen Lake, through Spring Creek Lodge’s property and empties into the Collón Curá River. Its crystal clear waters are lined with willows, tall grasses and rocky ledges and cut through some of Patagonia’s most beautiful scenery. Rainbow and Brown Trout ranging from 15-20 inches are caught using a variety of techniques.
The Chime is one of the many famed fly fishing rivers in Argentina and is considered the first river that gave northern Patagonia its renowned trout fishing reputation. Years before Joe Brooks’ arrival, legendary Argentine angler Bebe was pulling huge trout from the Chimehuín. It has produced the largest landlocked Brown Trout in all of Patagonia, and during the fall spawning run, anglers gather at the boca of the Huechulafquen Lake looking to hook into one of its prized Brown Trout, which migrate from the lake to the river.
Weekly packages at Spring Creek Lodge are recommended for certain times of the season. A customized itinerary combining Spring Creek with one of our 4-day Wilderness Fishing Expeditions or 4-5 nights in another lodge may offer a more dynamic fishing experience.
Spring Creek Lodge
(5 nights; 4 days fishing)
Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires (EZE). Transfer to the domestic airport (AEP) and fly to San Martin (CPC.) FFP staff will pick you up and transfer you 30 minutes to Spring Creek Lodge. Fish the afternoon.
Day 2-5 Four days fishing
Day 6 Check out, transfer back to the San Martin Airport for your flight to Buenos Aires and home.
Included: Lodging, meals, open bar, guided fishing, nonguided activities on the property, transportation to/from the San Martin (or Bariloche) Airports.
Not Included: Flights, license, gear, activities off the property, gratuities and services in Buenos Aires.
4 days Wilderness Fishing Expedition on the Caleufu or Limay Medio Rivers
4 days trout fishing out of another lodge in Junín or Bariloche
4 days Golden Dorado fishing and/or dove shooting at Parana Sunrise Lodge
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