World Class Accomodations, and the Fishing to Match.
Our Northern Patagonian Lodge is a special treat, hidden deep in the mountains of Patagonia. Surrounded by the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the lodge boasts proximity to Bariloche's tourism but is far removed thanks to the national park. This is a luxury lodge in the very midst of unforegettable nature. Awesome views of Mount Tronador, the Andean peak marking the border with neighboring Chile, the mountain is visable from every guest room in the Lodge! Our award-winning view is one of the most famous in Argentina, and truly awe inspiring.
The only full service lodge located in the southwestern part of Nahuel Huapi National Park. The oldest national park in Argentina it encompasses nearly two million acres. A location suited well for travelers looking for well-appointed base of operations for exploring, birding, rafting, or just plain relaxing. Patagonian cedar trees, which are among the oldest trees in the world with some aged at 3,000 years. Animals abound in the park from Deer and fox to the elusive cougar.
There are several ways to get to the lodge. The two most popular are flying through either Buenos Aires or Santiago, Chile. Buenos Aires has direct flights to Bariloche daily. The lodge is located in the Rio Negro Province, Bariloche is one of South America's premier ski towns, located in the Andean foothills. Bariloche is the final destination for flights. It's an hour drive to the lodge from the airport.
Redesigned and rebuilt in 2004, all 9 guest rooms face northwest with spectacular views of Lago Hess and the Andes Mountains. Under 15 miles away is Mount Tronador. Each of the rooms is comfortably appointed with either King Size or two Full Size beds and private bath, several are equipped with a Jacuzzi as well. Other features are a full wader room for tackle and waders, a fly tying area, a small, but well-stocked bar, and a spacious sitting area in front of our river stone fireplace. Some nights are cool enough in the summer to start a nice fire. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served in the great room each evening. 24 hour front desk staff is always available. Be sure to take advantage of the sauna to help those casting muscles!
There are miles of still and moving waters throughout Nahuel Huapi National Park with very little fishing pressure. Our waters offer a complete variety of different types of fishing, from big dry flies and weighted streamers to tiny emergers, nymphs and spinners. We fish both floating and sinking lines, dry and wet flies at different times of the season and throughout the day. When fishing the Manso River, much of your fishing will be with streamers and sinking lines. Hatches on much of the river are sporadic and the biggest fish are best drawn out with streamer patterns. There are several sections where nymphs are especially effective, and a tiny spring creek where sight casting to cruising fish can be a delightful change of pace.
Fly rods: You should bring at least two fly rods: 5-7 wts for streamer fishing and windier conditions, and a 4-5 wt for evening dry fly fishing. We strongly recommend bringing a third 5 wt as a backup. There are a limited number of rods at the lodge in the event you break one.
Fly reels: Reels should be high quality, preferably disc-drag models loaded with a minimum of 80 / 100 yards of backing. The occasional 8-10 lb fish will test your gear to the limit! You may want a backup reel or extra spools for your reel. Having two rods rigged, one with floating line and one with sinking line will maximize your fishing time.
Lines: Floating and sinking lines cover all situations. Weight forward or double taper floating lines are fine for dry fly and small streamer fishing. We recommend that you bring a 30 ft 150-250 gram fast sink line for your reel. The fast sinking lines are especially effective in the lakes and the faster, deeper stretches of the river. Most of our lakes have abrupt drop offs along the edges and the sinking lines get the fly down to where the fish are. If you have not cast a fast sinking line before, we recommend you get a little practice in before you come. It’s not difficult to learn, but it will increase your fishing success and pleasure if you already have this technique down.
Leaders: 7 ½ to 9 foot 2x-5x leaders will suffice for most fishing. We like to use fluorocarbon for tippets for its added abrasion resistance and low light reflectivity. Bring some extra spools of tippet in the 2x – 6x range. Evening fishing in the channels near the lodge can become very technical at times.
Flies: Much of our fishing during the day is with streamers or large attractor pattern dry flies. See the separate fly list for complete recommendations. We do carry a full assortment of productive patterns at the lodge.
Waders: Breathable waders are the best way to maximize your fishing experience. You can layer poly-pro or fleece underneath in cold conditions and turn them down during hot weather.
Wading shoes: Sturdy shoes with good felt or rubber soles. While the footing is good, the Manso has many stretches of fast water with strong currents. Please be sure your waders and wading shoes are clean and dry before visiting to prevent the spread of invasive species like whirling disease, zebra mussels or didymo. We recommend the new rubber soled wading shoes and waders.