Bariloche is located within the continental watershed with its northern rivers flowing towards the Atlantic, while the southern rivers flow to the Pacific. The Limay River is a northeast flowing river that drains the Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche. The crystal clear Rio Limay flows east towards the drier steppe land. Though it can be a difficult river to fish it is known to yield huge fish in the 10 lb. plus category, both rainbows and browns. A day floating and fishing this river with a guide can be worthwhile especially in the fall months of March and April.
The Rio Limay also has a fishable “boca,” or mouth of the river, and one can succumb to “boca fever” as Ernie Schwiebert described it. Many of the truly big fish come out of the headwaters of rivers flowing from lakes in Argentina and these are the “bocas.” They can drive a fisherman crazy as boca fishing is unpredictable, but they can often yield trophy-sized fish for the skillful and lucky angler.
All types of fishing techniques are used throughout the season; however, sinking tip or shooting head lines tend to produce the best results. The ratio of rainbows to browns is about 3:1 and trophy fish are released every year. In the beginning of the season, dry flies can produce numerous fish, while in the fall, angler’s focus on size instead of numbers. Five to 15 pound browns enter the river from the lake around April and can provide anglers with great opportunities at trophy fish. During this time the fishing is very much like steelheading or Sea-Run Brown angling.
The Limay is a great day trip out of Bariloche, and is the primary fishery of the Bariloche area. This is a river for the angler who wants to fish in Argentina, while participating in general tourism in the Bariloche area.