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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Looking to do something different for Thanksgiving this year? El Encuentro still has availability for the week of November 22nd – 30th and they would love for you to come join them for some true Argentine fishing and festivities. The weather at this time of year tends to be in the 70s so if you are looking for one last chance to experience summer before winter arrives, this is the perfect opportunity. To celebrate Thanksgiving day itself, the Beale family is planning to treat all of their guests to a memorable feast featuring Argentina’s many culinary traditions.
This excerpt is from the Angling Report from July 2016, Vol. 29, No. 7, and mentions El Encuentro’s brook trout fishery.
J. W. Smith and his wife, Dawn, are not well known by many subscribers to this publication, despite the fact that J. W. at one point was co-owner of a well respected Alaska fly fishing lodge that is now known as Painter Creek Lodge (see item on Painter Creek in the June issue) and a remote fishing-camp operation called Alaska Wilderness Safaris.
It was a busy 2015/2016 season at El Encuentro, but it finished strong—we had some wonderful fishing in late March, with beautiful days in the 70s and some really nice fish caught by our guests including some rainbows reaching over ten pounds! The water was low after a dry summer, but overall the conditions held up nicely.
Editor Note: Most trips to South America these days are off-the-shelf trips to individual lodges. But not this ten-day personalized trip to Patagonia. Subscriber Ed Swift filed the report. Enjoy!
It had been nineteen years since I’d last fished in Patagonia. I won’t make that mistake again. This past February our party of seven embarked on a ten-day trip to the Esquel area that was organized by Benjamin Beale, a charming Argentinean whose family has been hosting fly fishermen for over 30 years...
The spring of 2015 offered some terrific fishing for our guests. Travelers Bill and Pam Bryan enjoyed some terrific streamer fishing, landing a good number of healthy browns and rainbows. They also caught some good-sized brookies, which Bill, as a native of Maine (USA) where brookies are popular -- but not often large -- particularly enjoyed.
Early season can really be a great time to visit Argentina, with the rugged beauty of snow on the mountains and grasses just starting to green up. It's a terrific time of year for wildlife viewing as well.