Our Guides and Staff

 

Benjamín Beale

Benjamín is the oldest of the three Beale brothers, born in the town of Esquel, Argentina and raised on the banks of the Rio Grande/Futaleufu. He started fly fishing at the ripe age of eight, and has been fishing passionately ever since. He is one of the most experienced guides, growing up exploring the area’s waters, and developing a keen ability to teach the art of fly fishing while sharing his knowledge of local history, flora and fauna. Benjamín and his wife, Carolina, have two young daughters.

Today, Benjamín is in charge of running the family business, El Encuentro Fly Fishing – welcoming repeat clients back to El Encuentro and looking for new clients, scouting new waters to add to El Encuentro's private water fishing program and nurturing time honored relationships with area landowners to offer his clients waters where few others, if any, can fish. Benjamín still loves to guide, and gets out as much as possible, always chasing the biggest fish for his clients!

 


 

Tomás Beale

 

Tomás was born and raised in Esquel Patagonia Argentina. He started fly-fishing at the early age of 10 and has been guiding for the last 13 years.

Lately, he has been traveling to the US, where he spends three months around Idaho, Montana and Wyoming fishing, improving his English and visiting every river he can get to. Alltough Tomas spends most of his time fishing for trout he also has done a fair amount of saltwater fishing in places like Mexico, Cuba, Belize, etc. He is a very enthusiastic and patient guide and no doubt he will put you on to nice fish.




Julián Gómez Villafañe

Julián was born and raised in Esquel, Patagonia, learned to fly fish with his dad at age 10, and has been refining his love of fishing ever since. Sharing many fishing adventures growing up with the Beale brothers, Julian eventually married their sister, Cecilia Beale and has been guiding with El Encuentro for many years. He and Cecilia have two young daughters, who are already learning the joys of fishing!

In addition to fishing, Julian is an award-winning competitive mountain biker, skier and climber, having summited twice the mighty Aconcagua, highest peak in the western hemisphere. His breadth of experiences and love of the outdoors feed the enthusiasm he brings to guiding and the skill he shares with his clients.





 Gregorio Vázquez

Greg’s interests and education are as broad and colorful as the Patagonian landscape. He may have started fly fishing at age 13, but first became a lawyer in Buenos Aires before he remembered how much he loved to fish. He decided to change his lifestyle and move to Patagonia, settling in Esquel several years ago. He has been guiding with El Encuentro ever since.

In addition to guiding, Greg teaches entomology and fish ecology at the guiding school in Esquel. He is also a certified casting instructor and ties most of his own flies. Greg’s interests in biology fuel his concern about conservation and protection of ecological balances in Patagonia.



Alun Lloyd

Alun has been guiding with El Encuentro since 1997 and is practically one of the family.  Born and raised in Esquel, Alun started fly fishing with his Welsh grandfather who founded one of the first fishing clubs at Los Alerces National Park. Alun enjoys sharing his knowledge of flora, fauna, and the history of Patagonia. A day on the river with Alun will be filled of great fishing, many amazing stories and lots of laughs.

Alun has the patience of a great teacher. When not guiding, he teaches music in his guitar school in Esquel, were he and his wife have a young son. Alun is a great guitar player and passionate musician who loves to share Argentine music with his fishing clients. 





Martin Majul

Martín was born in Cordoba, in the central heart of Argentina, a place that boasts the first fly fishing club in Argentina. Martin studied Agronomy before dedicating his life to guiding fly fishing and sharing his love of rivers and the outdoors with clients from all over the world. He ties his own flies, which he proudly shares with his clients, and which frequently bring them great success. Martin is also trained in whitewater rafting and river rescue.

"To me, flyfishing is a lifestyle in the romantic meaning of the word. It allows me to enjoy beautiful places and get in touch with people from all over the world, sharing what we love to do. Helping fishermen to improve on their casting, and watching the river´s different moments are my greatest passions", says Martín.


Marcelo Widmann 

Marcelo was born in Cipolletti, in Rio Negro province. He started fly fishing at the age 12. After finishing secondary school he moved to Bariloche area, where he studied Aquaculture Technician. Because of his fly 

fishing passion he became a fly fishing guide 15 years ago and has been guiding ever since.

Looking for a peaceful place to live and work, he and his family decided to move to Trevelin town in 2015. Once established in the area, they met the Beales because of a common friendship, and soon after, Marcelo started working with El Encuentro as a full time guide. Marcelo's wife, Cecilia, is in charge of the El Encuentro Fly Fishing office, handling the bookings and keeping things organized.

Marcelo spends most of his free time scouting fishing locations, and otherwise exploring the outdoors with his wife and two young kids. He also ties his own flies and is a spey casting instructor.