Las Pitras Lodge and Camp Combo
2024 Hosted Week in Argentina
Fly Fishing for Rainbows, Browns, and Brook Trout
Brad Staples made a trip to Las Pitras in 2022 and was impressed with the fishing, the beautiful area, and Fabian, the Lodge owner.
Las Pitras Lodge, a world-class fly-fishing operation, is near Los Alerces National Park with short drives to famous Patagonia rivers like Rivadavia, Carrileufu, Chubut, Arrayanes, and the Futaleufu Lakes region and some of the most pristine watersheds of Argentine Patagonia.
2024 Hosted Week:
Lodge and Camp Combo
Five anglers + host
8-nights and 6-days guided fishing
6-nights at the Lodge and 2-nights camping
$5,500.00 per person
December 4-13, 2024:
Brad Staples hosts
2024 Hosted Week Itinerary:
Day 1: You will need to arrive in Buenos Aires on or before Thursday, December 5th, as we will fly to Esquel that afternoon. The guides will greet us and transfer our group to the Lodge, a two-hour drive in Toyota HiLux trucks.
Day 2: At 5:00 a.m., we’ll take a four-hour drive to the Rio Pico area, 280 miles south. We’ll get in a full day of guided fishing at Lake Engano. Stay in tents with cots at a nice camp. There will be a camp cook, and alcohol is provided.
Day 3: We’ll spend the next two days fishing for very large brook trout at Lake Deception, Lake Berta, and the River Engano or Corcovado.
Day 4: After a full day of fishing, we will drive back to the Lodge, arriving around 11:00 p.m.
Day 5: We’ll enjoy a day of rest. If desired, you can make a half-day trip to wade the Chubut River.
Days 6-8: We’ll fish famous Patagonia rivers, such as the Rivadavia, targeting rainbows and browns. Most fishing is a 45-minute to one-hour drive from the Lodge. We’ll mostly drift fish from quality rafts, with some walking or wading, 7 to 8 hours of guided fishing each day. Two anglers per raft with an experienced guide. Guides speak adequate English.
Day 9: On Friday, December 13th, a guide will drive our group back to Esquel, a two-hour drive, for our return flight to Buenos Aires, and then an evening flight to the United States.
Los Alerces National Park
Los Alerces National Park in central Patagonia is renowned for its beauty. Founded in 1937, the Park boasts numerous mountain lakes and rivers with wild trout. From the Lodge, you can stalk large brown trout on a crystal-clear spring creek, float fish for the day, or fish lakes in the area for big brook, brown, and rainbow trout, plus landlocked Atlantic salmon. You'll also lake fish for wild trophy trout.
Typical Fishing Day:
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m., the guides drive you to the fishing areas.
Most of the fishing will be from boats floating the rivers.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m., you'll have a streamside lunch, then continue fishing.
7:30 p.m., you're back at the Lodge with drinks and appetizers waiting for you.
Between 9:00-9:30 p.m., dinner. A late dinner is typical for Argentina.
Las Pitras Lodge Fishing Facts
Season: The Lodge is open from November 1 to May 1.
Travel Time: The guides drive anglers in Toyota HiLux trucks to the fishing areas. Most fishing is a 45-minute to one-hour drive from the Lodge.
Guides: The owner Fabian Philipp and his guide team will do their best to provide you with an enjoyable trip. Two anglers per guide. All guides speak adequate English. You'll get in 7 to 8 hours of guided fishing each day.
Boats: Quality rafts are used for drift fishing.
Methods: You'll mostly drift fish the rivers. You'll stop and wade on some productive beats. Fishing is generally with streamers in the lakes, dry flies and nymphs in the rivers. The Lodge practices catch-and-release fishing.
Equipment: No equipment is provided. A rod, reel, and line rental is available for $150.00 per week, with a $350.00 loss or breakage fee. A combo package of 20 flies is $70.00 at the Lodge. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Wading Boots: If you bring your own waders and boots make sure that you can only bring brand-new felt-soled boots in Patagonia to avoid spreading invasive species like dydimo, etc. You are not allowed to bring "used" felt-soled boots.
Fishing License: A fishing license is included in the package.
Las Pitras Lodge
The family-run Lodge has a large dining room and common areas, plus an outdoor swimming pool with views of a beautiful garden and the Epuyen River. Fabian, the owner and head guide, built the Lodge.
Meals and Alcohol
Meals: The chef prepares delicious homemade meals. Hot breakfasts include eggs, bacon, toasted homemade bread and cakes. Streamside lunches are sliced meats, chicken, and salty cakes. Enjoy dinner entrees such as chicken, pork, fish, pasta, and beef, including lodge-grown vegetables and fruits. An Asado (BBQ) night features a whole roasted lamb. Desserts include flan, ice cream, seasonal fruits, and cakes. A camp chef will prepare your meals the two days you're tent camping.
Alcohol: An open bar is included in the package. The open bar includes fine wine, lodge-brewed beers, gin, whiskey, vodka, tonic, and Cuba Libres. Alcoholic beverages will also be supplied your two nights at camp.
Four Bedrooms at the Lodge
The Lodge hosts eight anglers per week in four rooms with private bathrooms.
The Living Room Lounge Area
Communications: Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge and outdoor sitting areas. Wi-Fi will not be available at Camp. For phone service, we recommend WhatsApp. You will need to download the app and so will everyone you want to communicate with.
Electricity: 220 volts/ 50 Hz. The plugs used in Argentina have two rounded prongs. You may not need a converter if you bring any electric device, such as a laptop, an electric shaver, iPod, Cpap, etc. Make sure your device is dual voltage 220/110. The Lodge has complimentary adapters.