Patagonia River Guides North

Patagonia River Guides operates one of the finest fishing programs in all of South America. Our friend and fellow Montana Outfitter Travis Smith and his partner Rance Rathie are the owners and founders. Travis and Rance grew up in Sheridan, MT and followed their guiding passion to Argentina. When you are on a PRG trip you can be well assured even the finest details are taken care of. Each guide use top of the line equipment and the lodge is well stocked with Simms waders and Winston rods. Trips include just about everything but guide tips. PRG's guide staff is truly first rate and each guide has an assistant. This means that when you are wade fishing you will actually have 2 guides with you! The North operates out of some of the finest private estancias in all of Patagonia. You will spend your time fishing some of South America's most famous private waters with the regions top guides on a PRG North trip.

PRG North Overview
Patagonia River Guides is your full-service outfitter in the San Martin and Junin de los Andes areas! Enjoy great service, new equipment, first class lodges and delicious food. At PRG North we have a philosophy of fishing the best rivers at the best times with the best guides, which is followed closely by program director, Alex Knüll, and his team. Enjoy some of Patagonia's best waters (many of them private) and the Argentine lifestyle and culture at its best. Guests normally stay on large flyfishing ranches (called Estancias), and reservations normally need to be made well in advance to get into the best ones. In addition to visiting area estancias, PRG North also hosts guests in and around the charming town of San Martin de los Andes for those that want to experience a little bit more of the local culture. And for those that are a little more adventurous, PRG North offers multi-day camping trips on wilderness rivers, which is an experience that is hard to beat. Contact us today for more information and to create a custom itinerary for the Argentina flyfishing trip of your dreams. 

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$900-$1100 per night (pricing depends on exact lodging options). We typically customize each itineraries and often blend more than one estancia or the river camping program together. Most trips are a week in length but we can easily build a longer program.

Trevelin, PRG Lodge at Rio Pico, and PRG North (San Martin de los Andes) and based on double occupancy with shared guide.
*This price includes: Accommodations; all meals; drinks including wine, beer, and liquor; local transportation; local airport shuttle; professional guide; fishing license; all flies, leaders, and tippet; and private water fees.
*This price does not include: Gratuity for guides and staff; phone calls; laundry; or personal shopping. It also doesn't include transfers, hotel or food in Buenos
Aires or ground transfers to and from Bariloche airport if applicable (transfers from San Martin de los Andes are included).

Deposit, Final Payment and Cancellation Policy
A 50% deposit is required within 10 days of the booking to secure and hold your reservation. Your reservation cannot be guaranteed without a deposit. The balance of the trip (full payment) is due 90 days prior to your departure. All deposits are nonrefundable unless client is replaced. Full payment is not refundable unless client is replaced. Full payment or deposit may be transferred to another client for the original dates. We the right to charge a minimum handling fee of $500 per person for date changes after the initial reservation has been made. It is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance from your travel agent in the unforeseen event that you have to cancel. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant/angler has read and accepts the DEPOSIT, FINAL PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY written above.


Fishing Program

Why would you choose to fish in San Martin de los Andes? San Martin de los Andes offers some of the best dry fly fishing in the country and that's our specialty! The area is also the most recognized flyfishing destination in all of Argentine Patagonia. Follow in the footsteps of Joe Brooks, Ernie Schwiebert, Roderick Haig Brown, and Mel Kreiger, and fish rivers such as: Chimehuin, Malleo, Collon Cura, Caleufu, Limay, Alumine and Traful. In addition to these amazing rivers, there are many smaller freestone streams, spring creeks, and scenic lakes with interesting fishing. Every river is special and offers a wide variety of water and ability to both wade fish and float fish (from drift boats). When it is possible, we like to to fish a different river daily, and when staying at private estancias, the rivers are broken into "beats" ensuring miles of private water to explore and fish throughout the stay. Guests fishing with PRG North enjoy matching the hatch with dry flies, exciting terrestrial fishing, challenging sight fishing, as well as "prospecting" from a drift boat and stripping steamers for the fish of a lifetime. 


One of the most attractive parts of the San Martin experience is your ability to choose from well known lodges and estancias (large ranches). Unlike fishing from the PRG South exclusive lodges in the Esquel and Rio Pico Regions, guests travel with their guide and stay on estancias and fish their private water. Each estancia is completely unique from the others and staying at at least two or three is recommended. Food, beverage and service is all first class and staying right on the water you are going to fish is certainly a plus. Drives are as short as ten minutes, and because of the lodge's proximity to the fishing, many guests choose to return to the lodge for lunch and a nap before heading back out to hit the evening hatch. For those that like to stay on the water or when float trips are arranged, delicious picnics are provided for guests and guides. See the list below for some offerings and contact us today to put together an unforgettable estancia trip. San Martin is located about 3 hours north of Bariloche and the region resembles the Central Rockies in the US in scenery and climate. When you are fishing with PRG North you can rest assured that you will be fishing with the best guides at the best estancias at the right time!

Tipiliuke Lodge
Tipiliuke Lodge is located on the Estancia Cerro de los Pinos (over 50,000 acres) owned by the Larminat family. This five-star lodge is recognized as being one of the finest in the world. It is distinguished for its all around service, accommodation, and food as well as having over nine-miles of the Chimehuín River. In addition to the Chimehuín, there is also a large stretch of the Quilquihue River running through the ranch. Tipiliuke is one of the best choices for wading since the longest drive to the river from the lodge is less than ten minutes. This lodge takes sixteen guests but only twelve rods are allowed at any time. Tipiliuke is only a twenty-five minute drive away from the town of San Martín de los Andes making a visit into town a very pleasant morning or afternoon trip. Tipiliuke is the best option for the non-fishing guest offering horseback riding, trekking, bird watching and other activities as well as a sauna and masseuse. Its close proximity to the Chapelco Golf Resort makes golfing at one of the best Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in South America possible as well.

San Huberto Lodge
The San Huberto Lodge is the only place to stay when fishing the Malleo River. This beautiful lodge was completely renovated in 1999 and has room for sixteen guests. The service is superb as are the meals. There is also an in-house bar, hot tub, and masseuse. San Huberto is a household name when talking about fishing in Patagonia and space is incredibly limited. Booking in advance is a must. Guests have access to over twenty-miles of incredible wade fishing and private access to some of the best sections of the Malleo River and Huaca Mamuil Creek, which is only accessible if staying at the lodge. 

Estancia Quemquemtreu
Estancia Quemquemtreu is one of the largest ranches in the area encompassing close to two hundred thousand acres. Quemquemtreu is one of the most beautiful and interesting fully working ranches in Patagonia. Your hosts, Paula and Martín Zimmermann, make you feel at home the moment you arrive and their incredible service and laid-back attitudes provide for a very casual and satisfying experience. Their lodge has five spacious and very comfortable double rooms located in a wing off of the dining. The lodge also features a cozy sitting room centered around a rock fireplace. The bar is located in a separate building where you will enjoy wide variety of hour' devours, wine, or the drink of your choice before heading for dinner. From Quemquemtreu, we can fish about twenty miles of the Collón Cura River, one of the most productive fishing rivers in Argentina. Floating is the preferred method to fish this river because of its size, and covering large portions of water is the norm. Lodging at this ranch also gives exclusive access to the Quemquemtreu creek, an incredible walk wading stream. It fishes best in the months of November, December, early January, and also during the month of May. 

Estancia Arroyo Verde
Estancia Arroyo Verde is owned by Memé Lariviere and her family. Lodging is in the main house, which can accommodate up to ten guests. The service here is truly deluxe, the lodging elegant, and the location, we are not afraid to say, is one of the most beautiful in the world. This location is very popular with guests traveling with non-fishing spouses offering additional activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching. The only way to fish the Traful River is to stay on this ranch, which enjoys ten miles of river starting at Traful Lake. Charles Gaines, writer for Forbes magazine probably summed the lodge up best saying, "Since childhood I have visited a truly shocking number of fishing lodges and not one of them was ever as good as Arroyo Verde". 

Estancia Tres Lagos
Estancia Tres Lagos is a privately owned cattle ranch located forty miles southwest of San Martín de los Andes in the Lanín National Park. The estancia offers some of the most spectacular scenery in northern Patagonia, while extending over eighty thousand acres of land. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are first class and are enjoyed at the main house. Three beautiful cabins, which were built about ten years ago, surround the home and overlook the Filo Hua Hum lake making waking up in the morning and looking out the window an unforgettable moment. Three lakes surround the estancia: Lago Falkner, Lago Nuevo and Lago Filo Hua Hum. The Filo Hua Hum River flows from the Lago Nuevo to Lago Filo Hua Hum for about eight miles. 

Collón Cura Lodge
This wonderful Lodge is located on the banks of the Collón Cura River. It is one of the three ranches in Patagonia owned by Ted Turner and managed by former fishing guide Nano Acuña and his wife Malú. The establishment consists of two buildings separated by a beautiful garden. One building contains the dinning room where first class dinners and breakfast are served with bar and sitting area. The other building is the guesthouse, which has four very spacious double rooms and another sitting area. From Collon Cura Lodge, we are able to provide day trips with incredible high-end picnics on the Collón Cura River. It is important to note that we also have the opportunity of making day trips to the Limay River about an hour and a half away from the lodge. It is a good choice for a combo trip to fish both the Collón Cura and the Limay. 

PRG programs are all inclusive and all food and beverages are provided during your stay. Breakfast is hearty and consists of eggs to order, toast, jams, cereals, meats, fruits, juices, tea and coffee. Lunch is culinary delight and is normally served streamside. Our picnic lunches includes a nice combination of area meats, cheeses, vegetables, wine, and dessert making this an experience that you'll be looking forward to daily and one of the highlights of the trip. Dinner is typically served around 9:00 pm and after cocktail hour, giving guests a chance for some downtime and to tell others about their day For those who choose to fish later, a late dinner gives them more time to get back to the lodge for dinner. Dinner is typically three courses and features regional dishes including Patagonia's famous beef, lamb, pork, chicken, rabbit, fish, pasta and vegetables. A different Malbec wine is served nightly with dinner allowing guests to sample several throughout their stay.