Jurassic Lake Trout - Trophy Rainbows
Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge - Argentina
Jurassic Lake is a 25-square-mile body of water in the absolute middle of nowhere (in wild Southern Patagonia). These burly wild rainbow trout average 6-to 8-pounds, fight like a freight train and offer you countless opportunities to catch the rainbow of a lifetime. World-class fly fishing is combined with excellent food, wine, and lodging in a very remote landscape.
2021 Hosted Week:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$5,950.00 per person
• December 10-18, 2021
Brad Staples Hosts
Fishing Jurassic Lake - Lake Strobel
Lake Strobel, also known as Jurassic Lake, has quickly become a must-visit rainbow fly-fishing destination. Catch your lifetime best rainbow. These fish average ten pounds, some are over twenty.
Due to its remote location, the lake has only recently been discovered. Jurassic Lake is surrounded by three private ranches, so access is limited. Other than the Lodge guests,
you should not see any other anglers while fishing. Jurassic Lake and the other fifteen lakes and streams are available to the Lodge.
The first afternoon we arrived, our 2010 group of seven anglers landed over 100, 4-to 8-pound rainbows at Laguna Verde within 150-yards of the Lodge.
Hardworking English-speaking guides will guide you eight to 10 hours each day.
See 3:20 YouTube video of
Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge.
See 3:50 Vimeo video of the Lodge.
Monsters Bay Spring Creek is a recent discovery and is promising to be a guest favorite.
The Barrancoso River: This incredible river is the only tributary of Jurassic Lake. Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge owns this river tributary, and they maintain exclusive access to five miles of these incredible waters. This mountain freestone river is about 30 to 50 feet wide, with transparent waters and large boulders. Amazing rainbows lie in its pools, flats, and pocket waters. Barrancoso rainbows average 4-to 5-pounds with fish over 15-pounds.
See 3:22 YouTube video of Barrancoso River.
In 2018, the Lodge secured exclusive access to a large section of Lake Strobel's north shore. For the 2019 season, up to four anglers can spend a night at Lago Strobel Lodge, a small lodge on the north shore. Access roads have already been built to several of the most remote bays.
Season: The Lodge is open for peak fishing from October 13, 2019 through April 30, 2020.
Fishing Licenses: are not included in the package and run about $100.00 USD.
Guides: You'll have the same English speaking guide all week, and for about 8-to 10-hours each day. Two anglers per guide. They'll transport you via 4WD trucks to the lake and river.
Estancia Laguna Verde has improved their fishing program with more access to new fishing areas, new trucks, and daily shore lunches cooked by their guides. There are also new rooms at the Lodge, a wider selection of carefully chosen Mendoza wines, and an upgraded kitchen. Jurassic Lake is 15 minutes from the Lodge, and Barrancoso River is 5 to 20 minutes from the Lodge.
Typical Fishing Day:
At around 8:00 a.m., you’ll be served a satisfying breakfast and head out to fish. At noon, lunch will be arranged depending on the location you’re fishing that day. Lunch will vary from a barbecue, a picnic, or relaxing with a meal on the shoreline of the lake. After lunch, you can enjoy a siesta or a cup of coffee or tea with some freshly baked cookies. Return to the Lodge in the evening. Cold cuts, a variety of cheeses, and specially chosen wines will be served before dinner. Dinner is served at around 9:00 p.m. After dinner, coffee, tea, or a digestif (post-dinner liquor) will be served at the bar in the living room.
Click here to Read John Childress' Estancia Laguna Article in which he recommends Vibram bottom boots with studs. They will help you walk better in mud or on slick rocks.
Don McCleve's Trip Recap:
Don McCleve with 32 inch, 20 lb. rainbow
Don McCleve's Recap:
"My first of four days was probably the best fishing day for trout in my life. Fifteen fish averaging better than 7-8 pounds. Guides would say even 10 pounds, but there were a few small fish. Toward the end, I got my biggest rainbow ever: 32 inches, 10 kilos on the scale, but the net weighs a kilo, so a shade over 9 kilos or 20 pounds It was also the fiercest trout I've ever caught. It immediately charged away, until the backing was dangerously deteriorating and the guide warned me. Then the fish jumped an incredible distance away, and the line went totally slack. I was sure I'd lost it. I reeled furiously but felt absolutely nothing for the next three minutes, and I didn't feel motion until then. Apparently, it had turned 180 degrees towards me."
Guy Schoenborn's Recap: "The fishing was fantastic. The facilities and food were great, and the guides were excellent. I captured the top four largest rainbows of my life, including a monster that was 23 pounds."
Brad Staples's Recap: “If you are okay with standing in 47-degree water and casting as far as you can with an 8-weight and stripping it back, it is the best trip in the world for big rainbows. I loved it because I like BIG trout!”
Getting to the Lodge:
From Buenos Aires, you’ll take a 2 hour and 30-minute flight to El Calafate, Argentina. (No flights or hotel nights are included in package.) For the weeklong package, the Lodge requests guests to be in El Calafate on the Friday night prior to the start of their trip. On Saturday morning, a Lodge representative will pick you up at your hotel. It is a five-hour drive from El Calafate to the Lodge. The night of departure, overnight in El Calafate is not required as you’ll be able to head home by taking an overnight flight.
Estancia Laguna Verde Lodge
The Lodge accommodates up to 12 anglers. There are ten bedrooms, each with two twin beds and a private bath. Depending on the group size at the Lodge, single-occupancy rooms may be available at no additional cost. (Subject to availability.)
The Lodge has a spacious living room with a view of Laguna Verde, a 42” LCD TV with satellite connection, a DVD player, a fly-tying desk, and a library. There is a dressing and drying room for waders and clothing. Laundry service is provided twice a week.
More about the Lodge
Meals: World-class three-course dinners with entrees such as their famous asado (barbecue), traditional Patagonia lamb, homemade pastas and more.
The Lodge has two chefs—exclusive chef and sous chef.
Alcohol: Wine and cocktails are served in the evenings. All beverages are included - soft drinks, beer, bottled water, outstanding wines, and a moderate selection of liquor.
Communications: The Lodge has a satellite telephone and an IP telephone available, as well as free unlimited Wi-Fi access. A computer is available at the Lodge. Outgoing phone usage is available for a fee. Incoming calls are free.
2020-2021 USD Rates
Valid thru April 30, 2021:
7-nights at the Lodge
and 6-days guided fishing
$5,950.00 per person
5-nights at the Lodge
and 4-days guided fishing
$4,650.00 per person
4-nights at the Lodge
and 3-days guided fishing
$3,850.00 per person
Non-angler sharing a room:
50% of the angler rate
Ground transfers from El Calafate to the Lodge, lodging, meals, beverages (including wine with dinner and open bar), guided fishing (one guide per two anglers), use of ATV’s inside the estancia, daily transportation to fishing areas, laundry service, and free internet access.
Packages Do Not Include:
International and domestic airfare, ground transfers in Buenos Aires, first night hotel and meals in El Calafate, gratuities, fishing license (about $100.00), Airport Departure Tax (about $30.00 payable with a credit card or U.S. dollars, if not included in the airfare), and anything not mentioned under inclusions.