The Chimehuin is one of the many famed rivers in Argentina. In fact, this is considered the first river that gave northern Patagonia its renowned trout fishing reputation. Years before Joe Brooks’s arrival, legendary Argentine angler Bebe was pulling huge trout from the river. It has produced the largest landlocked brown trout in all of Patagonia, and still today anglers gather at the boca of the Huechulafquen Lake looking to hook into one of its prized browns that migrate from the lake to the river during the fall spawning run. From its source, the Chimehuin runs 53 kilometers through several miles of private estancias, public lands and the town of Junin de los Andes.
Probably the finest and most effective way to fish the Chimehuin River is by floating for 2 days, 1 night and then on your exit from the river you will be at one of the Estancias on the Collon Cura.
We have chosen this method over the usual lodge on the Chimehuin, in order to provide you with the whole river for fishing, as opposed to a few assigned pools. As with all of our choices, we try to put the emphasis on the quality of fishing firstly, without compromising your comfort.
Another classic big freestone river, this river has more of the classic pools and runs. Tightly lined willow banks make the river feel smaller than its true size, and also are home to many of the big browns in the river. The river is very fertile and gives way to great hatches of caddis, PMDs, large mayflies, and of course plenty of hoppers. This is a great addition to any lodge itinerary, to give a break from the typical settings of lodges, and allow you a night on the river, and a comfortable outdoor experience on one of Patagonia’s best trout rivers.