Our History

beale family

El Encuentro Fly Fishing is a lodge and a custom trip planning company whose roots are deep in Central Argen

tine Patagonia, going back over 30 years. Our lodge, El Encuentro, was built by our grandmother in the early 1980’s to create a place where her children and grandchildren could gather -- right on the banks of the Rio Grande/Futaleufú. In fact, El Encuentro means "meeting place."

By 1985, her daughter Jane Pettit and husband Michael Beale, started welcoming fishing guests. The lodge’s fishing business grew over the years, as guests praised the fishing and the Beale family to friends and family.

Michael, a seasoned guide, taught all five of his children about fly fishing, wildlife and the land they call home. Each of them has guided over the years, and has had a significant role in the success of El Encuentro. The oldest son, Benjamin, now manages the business, guiding when he can. His sister Cecilia welcomes guests to El Encuentro Lodge, making them feel like one of the family. She too loves to guide. Two other brothers, Nicolas and Tomás, work on farms in the region (supplying grass-fed beef and lamb to lodge guests). They guide when needed. Antonia, the oldest sister, lives in nearby Trevelin,
and often stops by to greet past guests, her friends.

Today, El Encuentro has grown into the most extensive fly fishing program in Central Patagonia. An unparalleled number of private access waters, relationships with a variety of fine lodges and estancias, and the authentic warmth of an Argentine family business combine to give El Encuentro Fly Fishing a unique presence in the world of Patagonia fly fishing.