Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 22 Aug, 2007
This whole area is fascinating due to the variety of landscapes it offers. We are already in a semi-arid area, where however we will see cattle in the fields. The road climbs up to 11,000 feet (Cuesta del Infiernillo or Infiernillo slope), and along the…Read More
This whole area is fascinating due to the variety of landscapes it offers. We are already in a semi-arid area, where however we will see cattle in the fields. The road climbs up to 11,000 feet (Cuesta del Infiernillo or Infiernillo slope), and along the road we will see some "pircas" that are stone fences constructed by the Indians centuries ago. We will also see corrals made with stone fences and sheep or goats inside them. Before we arrive at the first village (Amaicha del Valle) we will pass by an astronomic observatory constructed by the NASA. Amaicha del Valle boasts having 360 sunny days in the year...and one of the clearest skies in Argentina.There we will find the Pachamama archaeological museum. I was travelling on a taxi and could not afford no extra waiting hours, so we continued to the Quilmes Indian ruins. The Quilmes Indians, who where here before the Incas arrived to Argentina, resisted fiercely the domination of the Spaniards during one hundred and thirty years, until they were finally dominated after a siege of two years. They were taken walking to Buenos Aires in two stages, first to Cordoba and then to Buenos Aires, a total distance of some one thousand miles. Most of them died on the road, and those who survived lived at the place that today is called Quilmes, in southern metropolitan Buenos Aires.The Quilmes Indian ruins, a town that had some 5,000 to 7,000 inhabitants, are the most important archaeological discovery in Argentina, and have been partially reconstructed by the Department of Archeology of the University of Buenos Aires.A tour to see the basics will take two hours, and maybe four if you want to climb up to the top of the hill, where you will observe the complete city. You will see mortars that the Indians used for cooking, graves inside their homes, and if you visit the museum at the site, you will also see many of the objects that belong to that age, prior to the discovery of America by Columbus in 1492. Near the Quilmes ruins you can visit the town of Santa María, Catamarca. Near Santa Maria is one of the most important open pit gold mines of South America (Bajo de la Alumbrera), but I am not certain if visits are allowed to the mine.Twenty five miles miles beyond the Quilmes Indian ruins you will arrive at Cafayate, the land of the best vineyards and wineries of all Argentina. The most important one, Michel Torino's bodega La Rosa was bought over by a French winery some years ago, but you can still tour the winery. Cafayate has a tropical arid climate, and near there you can visit beautiful natural formations result of the erosion of water and wind: Los Castillos (the castles), Garganta del Diablo (The Devil´s throat), el Anfiteatro (the Amphitheater) and La Yesera. Although you will see them from the bus, if you wish to go there in a taxi to take photos, the distance is 25 miles each way, and a taxi to visit these places could cost you some 35 dollars for the round trip.In Cafayate you will find all classes of hotels from expensive to very cheap ones, that might not have the comfort you are looking for. Here is a list of hotels in Cafayate: www.welcomeargentina.com/cafayate/lodging.html
And here is a description of what you will find in Cafayate. www.welcomeargentina.com/cafayate/index_i.html
The road from Cafayate to Salta (nearly 3 hours on the bus) is enjoyable, and buses run about every two hours. They will stop half way near the Cabra Corral dam, another place where you can fish dorados.Travel time from Tucuman to Cafayate is some four to five hours, time to which you should add the hour and a half that the bus takes from Rio Hondo to Tucuman.
Enjoy your stay at Rio Hondo.
Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 21 Aug, 2007
Cafayate is only 6 hours away from Rio Hondo if you drive a car, and a little more if you go by bus, because you have to connect buses in Tucuman.Tafi del Valle is only four hours away from Río Hondo, but choose the paved road…Read More
Cafayate is only 6 hours away from Rio Hondo if you drive a car, and a little more if you go by bus, because you have to connect buses in Tucuman.Tafi del Valle is only four hours away from Río Hondo, but choose the paved road to get there.By all means, avoid the earth road that goes from Río Hondo to Acheral through Lamadrid. It is literally destroyed and could damage your rented car. Or you could get stuck if you drive during the rainy season. You do not need to enter the city of Tucumán, but you will have to go nearly all the way before you turn left towards Tafi del Valle through Acheral and the Quebrada de los Sosa.Probably the best option is to go on a tour with a traffic van, since you may overlook or miss important historical monuments.You will certainly not miss the beautiful sceneries of the Quebrada (Gulley) de los Sosa, where a crystal clear stream runs winding below mountains covered with forests, because the road goes through there. Going on a rented car will give you the advantage of stopping where you wish to take unforgettable photos. Of course, if you are taking a tour, they will also stop there, because it is one of the main attractions. And even the driver of the regular bus line (Aconquija) might be kind enough to stop a couple of times for taking photos. Always request that when the bus is coming down a slope and in a place where visibility of the traffic is good. Aconquija buses run about every two hours, so if you are young you can get off the bus, walk the area and get on the next bus to continue your travel, or return to Tucuman and combine with another bus to Rio Hondo. Their timetables are on the Internet. This is a website with bus timetables from Tucumán to Tafi del Valle and other destinations: http://smtucuman.argenguide.com/transportes/transpor.htm#tafi As you may see there are about ten different bus companies from Tucuman to Santiago del Estero, three of which stop at Termas de Rio Hondo.There is rainbow trout fishing before arriving at Tafi del Valle in the Sosa river, in a beautiful scenery, although trout are small. You can also fish trout in the lake at El Mollar, but in both cases the average size will be one pound (the best size for eating them…)Four miles before Tafi del Valle you will go through El Mollar. Tafi del Valle is the village visited by traditional tourists and is very quiet, while El Mollar has discos and is the place preferred by young people. I stayed at the Huayra Puca hostel (2 stars). It was rather expensive for my taste (some 30 dollars for a single room with cable TV and private bathroom) but those are the prices in that area, especially from March to October, their high season. Summer months can offer an Arizona-type climate, so avoid going in the summer. Here is a list of hotels at Tafi del Valle: http://www.welcomeargentina.com/tafidelvalle/alojamientos.html Within El Mollar is the Menhirs park that has some 220 engraved rock statues (sort of totems), some of which are 2600 years old. They were originally in the river bed where a dam was constructed, since they would disappear under the lake, and concentrated in a random order in this park, without studying their ceremonial aspect. In any case, it is a place worthwhile visiting.Once you arrive at El Mollar and Tafi del Valle, you have left the forest behind. If you have come up on the bus (as I did) you will want to go back to the gulley to take photos. Distance is some 30 miles each way and including a tour of the Menhirs park it should cost you some 40 dollars at today’s prices, but you must bargain the price before you get on to the car, explaining you want time for photos and one hour at the Menhirs park.In the restaurants in Tafi del Valle you can eat trout, dorados, and bogas. Although trout are delicious, I find the other two far more tasty. If you choose bogas, keep in mind that you will have quite a job picking out the spines, but this fish is really delicious. And dorado grilled with lemon juice is a real treat.Of course, you will find dorados in all the restaurants at Rio Hondo. You may spend 10 dollars per person for a good meal, including wine, but you will really enjoy it. Remember that you are pretty near the Cafayate prime wine producing area, so try to find some regional wine or a Michel Torino torrontés (white) or sauvignon (red) for your dinner.There is a small Jesuit museum in Tafi del Valle, and probably one hour will be enough to tour it. I has pottery pieces of the Inca empire and other historical relics.If you are touring the area by sections, you will probably stay overnight at Tafi del Valle and continue the next day to the Quilmes Indian Ruins, the most important archaeological discovery in all Argentina. Will continue in the next Experience. Close
In 1964 while working on my first job as full-time technical translator in the offices of Harza Engineering Company International, I was sent for a couple of weeks to Santiago del Estero with some experts of the company (Leo Polivka, Douglas Strong, and others). The…Read More
In 1964 while working on my first job as full-time technical translator in the offices of Harza Engineering Company International, I was sent for a couple of weeks to Santiago del Estero with some experts of the company (Leo Polivka, Douglas Strong, and others). The reason was the preparation of the Technical and Economical Feasibility study of the Río Hondo dam for the World Bank. This was my first visit to that area, when the dam had not been yet constructed.Santiago del Estero is a fairly arid area that depends heavily on irrigation. Then there was only a diversion dam (Los Quiroga) without any reservoir capacity. Since the rainy season lasts some 3 months (from December to February or March), this obliged the farmers to flood their farms, in order to conserve humidity in the soil. As a result, the water table was nearly outcropping in some parts, causing a strong salt content in the land, transforming it in useless for agriculture. I remember having visited a 25-acre farm where the owner had some ten pigs and only one acre with potatoes.I was really fascinated at the Los Quiroga dam to see the fish shining in the water. Abundance was such that people just threw in a line with a heavy lead and fishing hooks with no bait and just "hooked" the fish and then took them out.Obviously the construction of the dam changed the picture completely, assuring safe water for irrigation, avoiding the flooding of the farms, a more rational use of water, with the plus of power generation.At that time the village of Río Hondo had maybe 6,000 inhabitants. Today it could have nearly ten times that population. Of course, it was always a classical destination for third-age people due to its thermal waters, and even then there were a couple of good hotels. But the artificial lake with its fishing and water sports has added an additional attractive. And the nearby city of Santiago del Estero, capital of the Province, was the very first city founded in what today is Argentina. Actually it was founded many years before Buenos Aires or Cordoba.www.welcomeargentina.com/santiagodelestero/fotografias.html Now Río Hondo has probably hundreds of hotels, there is very good dorado fishing in the artificial lake, and a residential district is developing slowly along the banks of the lake. The Marina del Faro Hotel and Resort, including mini-golf, fishing tours, thermal waters, and many other services is an excellent 4-star superior hotel that you might want to consider if you visit this area.Although dorado fishing is open to tourists all year round, the fishing modalities vary depending on the season of the year. Artificial lures will be fine in August-September, while as the weather warms up fish will be nearer the surface and fishing with natural bait will be the best alternative. All sportive fishing modalities are allowed in this lake; you are required to have a day, week or season fishing license that is not expensive.I went fishing twice during this past year. Once a dorado cut my 30 pound test nylon, while the second time I went weather was far too cold and dorados were probably sleeping or hibernating in the bottom of the lake…From Termas de Río Hondo you can visit the city of Tucuman (one hour and a half away by bus) and Tafi del Valle, and even start your fascinating tour along the scenic road that runs from Tucumán to Salta through Tafi del Valle, the Infiernillo slope, Amaicha del Valle, the Quilmes Indian Ruins and Cafayate.
Welcome to Termas de Rio Hondo.
Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 19 Nov, 2006
I lived three and a half years in Mendoza, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Being an addict to fishing, I explored all the possibilities in this province, and came up with these results, from south to north: RÍO GRANDE (Bardas Blancas). Although it is the most…Read More
I lived three and a half years in Mendoza, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Being an addict to fishing, I explored all the possibilities in this province, and came up with these results, from south to north: RÍO GRANDE (Bardas Blancas). Although it is the most famous and largest river in the Province, it is not the river where I got the best results. It is located South of Malargue, and this means at least 9 hours on the bus from Mendoza, generally changing buses at San Rafael and taking the international bus service that runs from San Rafael to Talca (Chile) along the Paso Pehuenche. I usually got off the bus upstream from Bardas Blancas. An 18 pound trout fished in that river attracted fishermen from all latitudes and even in that solitary area you would find ten to fifteen fishermen in a mile of the river. Obviously, the river was overfished, and the results I got there were one or two pound rainbow trout.
RÍO ATUEL (EL SOSNEADO): This is the same river that goes through the Nihuil Dam, the Atuel Canyon and Valle Grande. Although you can catch nice trout trolling in the Nihuil dam, I found that the area immediately upstream from Highway 40 bridge at El Sosneado was the best spot for fishing. Since there is no dam upstream, water is only clear towards the beginning of the fishing season (October) or towards the end (April). Most times I went there I nearly always caught four to five pound rainbow trout. If you go further up the river, you will still have good fishing, but trout will be far smaller.
LAGUNA DEL SOSNEADO: This is a lagoon where I went only once and caught a beautiful salmon. The problem up there is that there are many reeds and it is difficult to fish in that area. If you have a spinner for fishing in the reeds, you could have excellent results. ATUEL CANYON. I walked the area many years ago. The river has beautiful pools and clear water all the year round, since water settles at El Nihuil. I went at the wrong time of the day for fishing, and came to the conclusion that there were no trout in the area. But I have been told recently that fishing is very good. Even in the area next to the Valle Grande Hotel and Resort (3 stars) you should stand a good chance.
MANZANO HISTÓRICO (TUNUYAN), ARROYO GRANDE This is a nice area where you will normally catch two-pound rainbow trout. There is a fish culture station in the area, that restocks the stream. Again, if you go further up, you will catch more trout, but they will be very small. POTRERILLOS LAKE: This artificial lake in the Mendoza river, very near Mendoza (some 25 miles away) is still in the process of filling, and it will take another ten years before it reaches its maximum level. I have never been there, but have been told that fishing is very good. 3 and 4-pound trout are being fished in the lake. MENDOZA RIVER: This river is nearly always dark-coloured and that makes fishing nearly impossible, unless you use bait, that is not permitted. Some of the streams that run into the river (Arroyo Blanco, Arroyo Picheuta) have clear waters. You can give these streams a try, but you will probably catch small trout, as I did in the Arroyo Blanco at Polvaredas.
HOW TO GET TO THE FISHING SITES:
RÍO GRANDE AND RÍO ATUEL: 9 and 7 hours from Mendoza, or 5 and 3 hours on bus from San Rafael by bus (TAC and probably other companies). MANZANO HISTÓRICO: You will need to take a taxi from the city of Tunuyan. Buses from Mendoza to Tunuyan take some 2 hours. (TAC and Expreso Campo Los Andes; the name of this last company could have changed to Andesmar, since they have the same owners.) I do not remember the distance from Tunuyan to El Manzano (maybe 15 or 20 miles) because I always went with friends that took me there. It is a very nice scenic area for taking photos. VALLE GRANDE: There are local buses from San Rafael (empresa Buitroni). In any case, a taxi there should not cost more than 10 to 12 dollars. Downstream from the Valle Grande dam there should be good fishing. Check if there is any restriction for fishing immediately under the dam. In most parts of Argentina, fishing downstream from a dam is permitted only after the half mile or so downstream. The Valle Grande area resembles the "Far West" we have seen in many films. POTRERILLOS LAKE: Buses of Expreso Uspallata to Uspallata and Las Cuevas pass in front of the lake. Buy the ticket to Potrerillos and tell the driver you want to get off at the lake. Possible fishing restrictions: The same comment is valid regarding fishing downstream from the dam. I trust that this report will give you some insight regarding trout fishing in Mendoza. Enjoy your fishing in Mendoza.
Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 18 Nov, 2006
There are many roads to the Ibera Marshes, but some become real marshes when it rains. Although you can come in from Paso de los Libres or Gobernador Virasoro, the best road is the one that connects Carlos Pellegrini with Mercedes and the paved road…Read More
There are many roads to the Ibera Marshes, but some become real marshes when it rains. Although you can come in from Paso de los Libres or Gobernador Virasoro, the best road is the one that connects Carlos Pellegrini with Mercedes and the paved road from there to Bella Vista, that is located on the paved highway from Parana to Corrientes. Most buses to Mercedes come along that highway.
Bella Vista is a beautiful spot on the Paraná river, where dorados (of the salmon family) and surubis (very similar to pikes) can be fished. Bella Vista is located between Empedrado and Goya, two other excellent fishing destinations. From north to south I may mention the following fishing paradises: Paso de la Patria and Isla del Cerrito (near Corrientes), where the Paraguay river runs into the Paraná. You can go from Paso de la Patria on the regular motorboat service or (if it is not running) on the regular bus services from Resistencia (Chaco) that take about an hour and a half to get there. Buses from Corrientes to Resistencia run about every 20 minutes (one hour travel). You will do better fishing at Isla del Cerrito (and reduce your costs) if you cross the river on the motorboat that runs twice a day to this island, since there you can fish dorados from the shore. The Paraguay river (nearly a mile wide) runs into the Parana (two miles wide at this point) forming a huge whirlpool where dorados are waiting for their food. Live bait is allowed, mainly morenas (morays) or even eals, although the Paraguay river, unlike the Paraná, generally brings clear water, so you could use fly-fishing (not the tiny flies you use for trout, some flies for dorados are six inches long) or large spinners. You will need a steel leader, because those dorados have sharp teeth and otherwise they will cut your nylon. Also, where both rivers meet, there are many submerged trees, so you should always fish with a floating line, and if you use live bait, without any sinker. You will loose many yards of nylon, many leaders, many hooks, so go prepared.
I usually take a small fishing rod for fishing bogas (similar to shads) and found that salami is an excellent bait for bogas (that weigh normally two to four pounds) because it does not rot. You fish them near the shore, and fishing them is pure fun. Then you cut the boga in pieces of 3 to 5 inches long, and use those pieces for fishing the dorados. I have fished dorados weighing 22 pounds from the shore using this modality.
Itati and Ita-Ibate: These have been two traditional fishing places, but after the construction of the Yacyretá dam (the largest hydroelectric project in Argentina) that also has navigation locks, fishing possibilities are unpredictable. There is also intense commercial fishing on the Paraguayan side that has reduced drastically fishing possibilities. And there have been some cases of "pirate" stealing in the river from the Paraguayan side, that in most cases have consisted in stealing the motor of the boat. There is a Coast Guard in the area, but how effective it is, nobody knows. When the cruising ships go up the river from Corrientes to Iguazu, the locks are first opened and then closed, modifying substantially the flow of the river and therefore the fishing possibilities. I would no longer recommend this area. Flow is more steady at Paso de la Patria and Isla del Cerrito, because there are no dams on the Paraguay river, and there will always be a constant flow of water, specially at Isla del Cerrito.
Newspapers always inform the flow of the river and if it is swelling or decreasing its flow. For example, this site will tell you if the level of the river is increasing or dropping: http://18.104.22.168/alturas/. Generally speaking, if the level of the river at Corrientes is under 300 centimeters (10 feet) , fishing possibilities increase. Empedrado: a beautiful fishing spot, but you will need to hire a fishing guide (a normal boat will cost far less than a motorboat). There are very nice riverbanks eroded by wind and water where you can take some photos. I had my first Parana river fishing experience there in 1970, and was really thrilled. There is a very nice hotel for tourists (Hotel de Turismo) overlooking the river. It is not expensive.
Bella Vista and Goya. I have never gone fishing to these two places, but have read fishing reports and fishing is excellent. The Guarapo lodge is reasonably priced, offers an all-inclusive deal including transportation from the airport, navigation to the lodge, sleeping in tents and all meals. Check their site: www.guarapo.com.ar I find their deals interesting. Esquina: the Corrientes river, that comes down from the Iberá Marshes, meets the Paraná at Esquina. There is good surubi fishing in this small river; dorado fishing depends on the time of the year. Normally dorados are up north in the winter (Isla del Cerrito and Paso de la Patria) and will come down the river by September/October. The dorado fishing season ends in October, while surubis can be fished during the summer months. I have gone fishing in Esquina, and my results were poor, but the sons of a friend went at the right time and enjoyed beautiful fishing of dorados up to 30 pounds both in Empedrado and Esquina. Check at the hotel’s front desk who are the best (and affordable) fishing guides in the area. But I feel that the Guarapo deal is interesting, you fish inside a private property, catch and release, and are exposed to less hazards, since they are experts in this.
Another page you might want to consult (if you understand Spanish) is www.tumejorpesca.com. This service belongs to Florida Travel Service of Buenos Aires, they have fairly low prices and visit the main fishing destinations from Concordia, all the way up to the Amazon in Brazil. Just now they are featuring a fishing tour to Esquina for 330 dollars (3 days and 2 nights, including transportation from Buenos Aires, 2 nights at a lodge, all meals, motorboat and gasoline). By what I read, fishing dorados in Esquina is allowed all the year round. As a general rule, fishing is better when the river is shrinking, because the dorados wait at the outlet of lagoons for their prey. The city of Corrientes is another nice place you will want to visit. Fishing possibilities there are minimal, but you are only half an hour away from Paso de la Patria, an hour and a half away from Empedrado, two hours from Bella Vista, and a longer distance from Goya and Esquina.
Corrientes is a provincial capital, and has some 150,000 inhabitants. The pacú is a delicious fish to eat. It may seem curious, but the best bait for this fish is fruit... And bogas can save the day. It is real fun to fish them. They are generally near the coast and I prefer to fish them if possible from a pier. If you use a floater, it will start popping up and down. Do not try to hook them at that time, they are only sucking the bait but they have not swallowed the hook. Once they sink the floater, hook them firmly, remembering that they have a very delicate mouth, that could break and you would loose the fish. If you are fishing with a 3 or 4 ounce sinker, you will feel the bogas if you keep a finger on the nylon. But wait until the line takes a 30 degree inclination before hooking the fish. Keep the line at all times away from the pier. These rascals turn around the beams of the pier and if they are successful, you will hook the pier, not the boga. Average size of bogas is some 2 pounds but 4 to 6 pound bogas are very common in the upper Parana river. I believe you will find this information very interesting.
Fishing from the shore is not what it used to be. Fish used to come near to the shore to eat clams, that were abundant. But people started to gather them, and most beaches do not have any clams left... Fishing from piers can be…Read More
Fishing from the shore is not what it used to be. Fish used to come near to the shore to eat clams, that were abundant. But people started to gather them, and most beaches do not have any clams left... Fishing from piers can be good at some places, like La Lucila del Mar, near San Bernardo, also at Villa Gesell, but very poor in other Atlantic beaches. Shark fishing has two prime places for fishing: one is north of Pinamar, where the sea is pretty deep near the shore, but you have to go into the water with your fishing rod, and you would not like to have a shark biting your bait before you cast it, as once happened in Pinamar. This guy got the fright of his life. Even though no cases of attacks by sharks have ever been reported in Argentina, you could die of a heart attack. You can also fish sharks from the coast at Bahía San Blas, in the southern part of the Province of Buenos Aires, but you need to be an expert in casting your line well into the sea. There is however another alternative, that year after year has more fans: Fishing well inside the sea on a fishing tour boat. These are some places where I know you can do it:
MAR DEL PLATA: Motorboats leave from the Torreón del Monje and take a maximum of 3 fishermen. Live bait is used. I have taken that tour, and fishing is abundant. Four hours in the sea are more than enough, and the cost is moderate. At the Fishermen's Harbor in Mar del Plata you have more sophisticated (and more expensive) tours that take you really into the sea, where you can fish tuna and other fish, and not only meagers, like the tour I mentioned above. These are generally full-day tours, and although I do not know the prices, I would guess that they cost some 50 dollars per person.
PORT OF NECOCHEA: There are also fishing tours here. If you go to Necochea, check with some local travel agency or at the front desk of the hotel.
PEHUEN CO: I know that there are fishing tours here, because I was offered one, nearly next-door to the Casa Barco(an unmistakable place to identify, a house that seems a real ship).
LAS GRUTAS: I was offered a tour here that costs some 50 or 60 dollars, plus a small additional if you have not brought your own fishing rod. In this area, like in Puerto Madryn, you can fish sea salmon. Fortunately there are no nearby seal colonies, or you could have a seal swallowing your hooked fish. That sometimes occurs at Puerto Pirámides (Península Valdez) where in any case tours are far more expensive. The tour at Las Grutas is a full-day tour (something like 12 or 14 hours) so rest well the previous night, and take a good sunscreen... I would say, in this case, go without the children, unless you are sure that they will enjoy fishing so many hours.
Finally, there are many Atlantic beaches where you can fish meagers from the coast. There is very good fishing in Spring in Mar del Plata if you go some 10 miles into the sea. If you are interested in this type of fishing, call Aquafish, phone (54-223) 154-001335/ 4923007. I have never used their services, but have just read an excellent fishing report of a friend who went with them, including the catch of a 35 pound sea salmon. I have just checked their rates via e-mail and a 6 hour trip 3 miles into the sea costs some 67 dollars, while 10 miles into the sea (8 hours) costs some 83 dollars, per person. This includes breakfast and lunch on board, and all required fishing gear. Come with your fishing rod to Argentina. You will have a great time.
I only know of one trout fishing pond in the province of Buenos Aires, at Puerta del Abra, near Mar del Plata. Fishing is allowed there all the year round, and it is located under the foothills of Balcarce, only 30 miles away from the…Read More
I only know of one trout fishing pond in the province of Buenos Aires, at Puerta del Abra, near Mar del Plata. Fishing is allowed there all the year round, and it is located under the foothills of Balcarce, only 30 miles away from the city of Mar del Plata. The Quequén river in Necochea has been stocked with rainbow trout, but the fish culture station has two serious problems: their budget (they are a Municipal agency) and the abundance of herons in the area that eat the little trout if they are placed in the river while they are small. In any case, some 4-pound trout have been fished in the Quequén river, but the chances that you will catch one are minimal. In any case, there is good loach fishing in the Quequén river, and this fish is really a game fish, let me tell you.
People that are acquainted with loach fishing say that if you put something red on the hook or lure, your fishing chances will improve. The Sierra de la Ventana / Villa Ventana / Tornquist / Peralta area has been for many years a prime rainbow trout fishing area. I started fishing trout there in 1958 and went back many years later, really doubting if there were still trout in the area. I found it as good as ever, and I have met fishermen that visited the area during the past five years, and they told me that it is still a good fishing area. The person I spoke to had caught a 4-pound rainbow trout in the Loro river. All these rivers have large pools, fed by a trickle of water. You have to avoid being seen by the trout and this might oblige you to detour from the stream bank and come back down the stream, but it is a good area for fishing.
The main streams where you can fish trout are: RÍO SAUCE GRANDE (it is the largest, but nearly always is a small stream). I have caught trout just upstream from the Balneario Municipal in Sierra de la Ventana, behind the Golf Club, next to where the stream bends nearly against the railway track between Sierra de la Ventana and Saldungaray, but mostly downstream from the Highway 76 bridge over the river. If you want to fish near Sierra de la Ventana, go early in the morning, before the traffic noise starts.
ARROYO SAN BERNARDO: You will have to enter into private property, so check at the hotel front desk if this is still possible. I never requested authorization and never had any problems, but that was years ago. ARROYO NEGRO: Upstream from the fish culture station there are nice pools and good fishing. I used to go on the train to Peralta, come walking down the earth road towards Sierra de la Ventana to the first bridge over a dry stream, went down the dry stream and found the Negro stream after walking about one thousand feet. Then I just went all the way downstream until I reached Sierra de la Ventana (11 miles away on the road, it will take about a full day). In this area there are pit vipers, I never ran into any, but watch your step. Avoid walking through tall grass, it is better to wade the river.
RÍO LORO: Between Villa Ventana and the Highway 76 bridge on the Sauce Grande river. It has some very nice pools. RÍO SAUCE CHICO (Tornquist): Downstream from highway 33, and at Fortin Chaco, that boasts the record of the area with a nine pound trout. ARROYO VENTANA (Tornquist): Estancia La Ventana (or Estancia Chica) is the best place, but you will have to request permission. I once had a wonderful fishing day there at the beginning of the fishing season (October). There are other places, but difficult to get to. Probably the Sauce Grande and Sauce Chico rivers will be the best options, since the traffic vans can leave you fairly near. I will be writing soon a separate report on fishing in the Province of Mendoza. And if you are not patient enough for fishing trout, you will find catfish in abundance in the Sierra de la Ventana area (up to two pounds in weight).
You can also consider the Chasico area north of Tornquist, and the Sauce Grande lagoon in Monte Hermoso for silverside fishing (these are two of the prime silverside fishing areas). Enjoy your fishing.
Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 29 Oct, 2006
I was eleven years old when I fell in love with trout fishing, and that was 55 years ago. The most delightful years of my life I went fishing to the Percy river in Trevelin, where I used to spend 30 to 45 days in…Read More
I was eleven years old when I fell in love with trout fishing, and that was 55 years ago. The most delightful years of my life I went fishing to the Percy river in Trevelin, where I used to spend 30 to 45 days in the farm of my friends, Gueyrid Ial Jones and his family. Those Welsh settlers were a rare blend, they spoke Welsh most of the time, but were more "gauchos" than many Argentinians. There I learnt to enjoy sipping the mate, having mutton for breakfast (I have never seen that in other parts of Argentina), drinking milk at the foot of the cow and going on the sulky to the village... Those were fascinating years.
I went there seven summers in a row... and went back a number of times since then. Year after year my fishing abilities improved. The first year I only fished two trout in fifteen days, but after that I became a real predator. I had no idea that I was literally destroying the possibilities for future fishermen, and there were no fishing regulations at that time outside of the National Parks. Once I came home with 67 brook trout. We had to bring them on bags on horseback and then gave them out to the neighbours. That was a real opportunity for a teenager to brag about his fishing skills. Now that I have grown up, I am no longer interested in quantity but rather in quality. I really enjoyed fishing a nine and a half pound rainbow trout in lake Llanquihue in Chile with a 4 pound nylon (although I was scared to death that I was going to loose it; the timely help of the fishing guide brought it into the boat for that night's dinner).
The largest trout of Argentina are caught in the río Grande (Tierra del Fuego) and in lake Fagnano. Although I never caught trout of more than 5 pounds in that area, I have seen some huge 20 pound brown trout caught by other fishermen. I may give the Río Grande another try before this year ends... What can I add? I have fished trout in Río Grande and Lake Fagnano (Tierra del Fuego), in the Río Negro Valley (Senillosa in the Limay River, Barda del Medio in the Neuquén river, in the Codihue river north of Las Lajas, in the Catan Lil river half way between Zapala and San Martín de los Andes). I have also fished in the Chimehuin river in Junín de los Andes, in Bariloche (Limay river and lake Nahuel Huapi at Puerto Blest), in El Bolsón (Quemquemtreu river and lake Puelo), in Trevelin (Percy and Corinto rivers and lake Futalaufquen, and Nanty Falls and Fontana streams) in Sierra de la Ventana, in the Atuel, Grande and other rivers in Mendoza. I have even fished very small trout in the province of Córdoba. I will be delighted to give you separate reports on each one of these areas.
Trout fishing in Argentina is not what it used to be. On the Chilean side fishing is better because there are trout farms on barges in the lakes (Chile is the third trout and salmon exporter of the world), and each time there is a storm in the lake with large waves, the larger salmon and trout break out of the cages and go up the rivers. Also because there are generally not more than 50 miles from the lakes to the ocean, giving the salmon the opportunity to go down to the sea, fatten and come back up the rivers). But there are still a number of places in Argentina where you can catch huge trout, especially in the lakes that pour their waters into the Pacific Ocean (Lake Mascardi, Guillelmo, Fonk and Hess, and the Manso river in Bariloche; lake Puelo and rivers Quemquemtreu and Azul in El Bolsón), lakes Futalaufquen, Verde, Menéndez, Cisne, Situación, Rosario and others, and rivers Futaleufu and Percy in Esquel... and the list continues).
This Summer I am going back to Ushuaia after twenty two years. And if I have enough money left (Ushuaia is expensive) I intend to go back to do some fishing in the Río Grande, that boasts the largest brown trout in the whole world... Lake Fagnano is a prime place for fishing huge brown trout, especially where the Turbio river runs into the lake. This is now an area reserved for fly-fishing, but if you go 500 feet away you can do spinning. After many years of fishing, my preferred areas are Puerto Blest in Bariloche, Lake Puelo in El Bolsón, Lake Llanquihue in Chile and Río Grande in Tierra del Fuego. I have never been yet to Corcovado (100 miles southwest of Trevelin) and just daydream about catching some huge Pacific Salmon.
Keep tuned, I intend to give you a good insight of sportive fishing in Argentina. Regards from Villa Carlos Paz, in the foothills of Cordoba, Argentina.