The headwaters of the Caleufu Rivers lie in the Lanin National Park and the river runs for roughly 60 miles until it reaches the Alicura Reservoir. In the high elevations, the river cuts through low canyons and pine forest while in the lower portions, the river meanders through the Patagonia steppe with islands and banks lined with tall grasses and willows. Since most of the river is on private ranches, the only way to fish it is by floating for 3 days. This is a very scenic float that begins in the foothills of the Andes, and ends on the dry arid desert of Patagonia.
The ratio of rainbows to browns is about 4:1. Browns averaging 2-4 lbs. tend to be larger then rainbows.
Dry flies and nymph’s all work incredibly well in this river which holds several species of caddis, mayflies and small stoneflies. The river also supports a large population of pancora crabs, making streamer fishing very effective.
Our tent camps include a large wall tent for dining, separate Kelty 6 person tents for 2 people, cots, thermarests, showers, pillows, camp chef, and all of the luxuries of home. This is a fun float with relatively easy fishing, and great scenery.
This is a great escape from Bariloche, or a fantastic add-on to any lodge trip. However the river typically is floatable from November – January 15th. After these dates there is not sufficient water to easily float the river.