As with most of the world, my plans for March and April were rapidly thrown out the window with the oncoming threat of Coronavirus. On a crisp Patagonian morning a few weeks ago I awoke early to begin planning my post-El Encuentro travels. As the season began to wind down I was looking forward to fishing and seeing more of this beautiful country with some of my new friends before returning home. By evening that same day, however, it became clear that I would have to leave the country before quarantine orders and airline suspensions left me stranded.
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Blog Post: Christopher Daniel’s report – Trip November 2018
After finishing up my second visit down south to El Encuentro I realized I fell in love with Argentina even more. The culture, the food, my amazing family made up of all the staff at El Encuentro Fly Fishing Lodge and of course we can't forget about the fish.
As the fishing season gets close to the end in Patagonia, our days get colder and mountain forests turn into an amazing intense red color, mixed with white early snowed peaks. Autumn turns the scenery into a wonder worth experiencing.
Saludos from the south of Patagonia, we are excited to be at the start of the 2018-19 fishing season! We have a great team lined up this year for what is showing promise to be our best season to date! Most of the same staff you have come to know over the last years are still with us and we’ve added a few new people as well.
Apparently, there's more plastic in the ocean than fish. And the amount is set to treble in a decade unless we stop tipping our packaging into it.
No mention about the fate of our rivers, I note. But I guess the same holds true. We must stop throwing our single-use plastic containers and coke bottles into our inland waters, too. Filling the sea with plastic waste is bad enough. But to do the same to our rivers would be the last straw. And here's another thing we could do without: straws, plastic ones.
It was 20 years ago that I first set foot in Argentina Patagonia. I remember well the excitement of the descent into Esquel airport, the glorious light of the cordillera and the bumpy dirt road from traveling through the most beautiful valley of the Welsh Andes, jagged snow-topped peaks in every direction.
- By El Encuentro Staff
As you ponder gathering up your gear for your Patagonia fishing adventure, which flies to bring always rises to the surface of questions. El Encuentro will send you a packing list that includes what flies to bring. But do you really need to bring all the flies they list? Aren’t there some that particularly appeal to Patagonian trout that do not appear in your vast collection of fly boxes?
El Encuentro Fly Fishing, located along the spine of the Andes Mountains in Patagonia, Argentina, offers some of the best fly fishing in the world for trophy brook, brown, and rainbow trout. But a trip to Argentina wouldn't be complete without plenty of mate tea and good times.
Calling all generations of fly fishing enthusiasts! El Encuentro was founded by Jane and Michael Beale in 1985 and has been run by members of their family ever since – and now they want to celebrate other families who have bonded over fishing throughout the years. This year, El Encuentro has put together a special multi-generational package to make it possible for children, parents, and grandparents to all experience the beauty and fly fishing paradise that is Patagonia, Argentina.