What to Bring

“There are no big differences between the equipment you need in your country with the one you will need here in North Patagonia.”
Although a six weight rod is the most practical for Patagonia, it is possible to fish your 4 and 5 weights when there is soft wind and you do need to deliver a little dry fly or nymph. If your equipment is not complete or if you forgot something, in San Martin de los Andes town there are several Fly Shops with large varieties of tackle, gear and different types of flies. Please check out the complete gear, tackle and fly list and let us know upon making your reservation if you want to borrow any equipment or have any questions.


▪ A light weight rod for dry fly fishing

Rod: 4 or 5 weight rod 8 to 9 feet long. Even lighter weight rods are an option for windless days but should not replace a 4 or 5 weight.
Reel: Suitable drag system with 50 + yards of backing.
Line: Weight forward floating fly line to match rod weight.
Leader: 9 ft. - 4X, 5X

▪ A medium weight rod for large nymph and streamer fishing

Rod: 6 or 7 weight rod 9 feet long.
Reel: Suitable drag system with 100+ yards of backing.
Line: Weight forward floating fly line to match rod weight and a Teeny 200 line (best) or 10 ft. fast sink tip.
Leader: 7 1/2 ft. - 2X, 3X, 4X. Also include tippet spools 1X (12 lb.) to 6X (3 lb).


Many of your favorite trout patterns from home will be effective in Argentina. Good hatches of caddis can be found throughout the season and should be matched both wet and dry. Mayflies can be found in a variety of sizes and colors; nymphs, emergers, and dries can all be used to imitate these flies. There are a variety of baitfish in the rivers as well as a healthy supply of pancora crabs. Streamers work well to imitate these important food sources. Below is a list of flies that we have found successful.

Sizes 8-12, Thunderhead, Stimulator, Madam X, Hoppers, Humpies, Hexagenia, and other large attractor patterns. Sizes 12-18, Hendrickson, Adams, Cahill, and Mahogany dun tied traditionally, comparadun or parachute style, assorted Wulffs, Stimulators, Doubles foam, slow water and Hemingway caddis.
Grasshoppers: (8-10) a good variety, Chernobyl ants (6) black/tan and beetles (8-16) black and peacock.

Sizes 10-16, Prince, Hare's Ear, Pheasant tail (normal, flashback or bead head). Teeny nymph, assorted colors of caddis pupa and emergers, green inchworms, and other attractor patterns. Sizes 16-20, Pheasant tail, brassie, and serendipities.
Sizes 16-20, Pheasant tail, brassie, and serendipities.

Sizes 4-8, Matuka, Muddler minnow, marabou Muddler, rubber legs, Woolly Bugger (olive, black, white, and yellow tail), pancora imitations, and other streamer patterns that push water and have a good shape.


     Fly floatant
     Pliers or hemostats 
     Hook sharpener


We generally experience warm days (70ºF-80ºF) and cool nights (50ºF-60ºF). Shorts or light pants and a light shirt are comfortable during the day, adding a sweater at night. However, the weather can be unpredictable so you should bring a couple extra layers (i.e., a fishing sweater or jacket and a pair of long underwear) in case it gets cold. Informal and casual clothes are fine. For overnight float trips, a warm jacket and a hat and heavy socks are a must.

            Rain Gear
A good quality medium weight breathable rain jacket with hood or separate waterproof hat.

Lightweight, breathable chest waders with felt sole shoes. Warm underclothes are recommended for lightweight waders. Studded soles are good for wading but discouraged in the rafts. 

Other Useful Items:

  • Wide-brim hat
  • Polarized glasses
  • Sunscreen (30+ SPF)
  • Chapstick
  • Camera (ziplock bags for protection) 
  • Fingerless gloves(fleece in November, December and April; sungloves in warmer weather)
  • Small flashlight
  • Fishing/day bag
  • Personal items(medicine, toiletries,etc)

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