Patagonia River Guides - Rio Pico

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 outfitters.  When you are on a PRG trip you can be well assured even the finest details are taken care of. 

PRG has been refining its remote Rio Pico program for over a dozen years.  Rio Pico is perfectly suited for guests wanting to get away from it all and who might enjoy a lodging program with fewer luxuries.  There is not a paved road in the entire region and anglers often have to ford rivers and open several gates on the way to remote fishing locations. PRG’s professional guides, some of them that grew up fishing the region, are well equipped to fish in the isolated region and all have rugged 4×4 trucks, inflatable rafts with custom-designed fishing frames, and years of experience in negotiating the terrain. The Rio Pico fishing program combines quite possibly the best lake fishing in all of Patagonia with exciting spring creek and small stream fishing.  Both rainbow and brown trout, averaging six pounds and exceeding twenty pounds, can be targeted on one of the area’s many productive lakes, and often times these “hogs” can be landed on large dry flies. 

Unlike other locations such as Jurassic Lake, Rio Pico offers a diverse valley in the Andes with more than a dozen productive lakes, each with its own distinct character.  Guests could fish for an entire week never touching the same lake twice.  What’s more, the area also offers not only trophy rainbows, but also brown trout and brook trout.  No other stillwater destination offers the beauty, variety, or productivity of the Rio Pico. Guests may also choose daily between one of several wade fishing adventures for trout averaging sixteen to twenty inches.  It is necessary to walk or hike to the best sections of area streams, but those willing to explore will encounter some of Argentina’s best-kept secrets. The Rio Pico program can be combined with PRG’s Trevelin (PRG South) program and an extended stay of at least 9 nights / 8 days fishing is recommended for the two-area combo trip.  We advise those that are opposed to fishing lakes and those that cannot hike up to two miles to choose other areas where river fishing is more accessible or where there are more float fishing options on rivers.

Rates

Rates
$7,700 for a 7 night 6 day package Jan-May - contact us for pricing on longer trips
$7,000 for a 7 night 6 day package December - contact us for pricing on longer trips
$6,300 for a 7 night 6 day package November - contact us for pricing on longer trips

*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 (it does include transfer from Esquel).

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 reserve 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

Rio Pico Fishing Program

PRG has been offering exceptional expedition-style trips to the Rio Pico region in combination with other PRG programs for over a dozen years.  Rio Pico is perfectly suited for guests wanting to get away from it all and who might enjoy a lodging program with fewer luxuries.  There is not a paved road in the entire region and anglers often have to ford rivers and open several gates on the way to remote fishing locations. PRG’s professional guides, some of them that grew up fishing the region, are well equipped to fish in the isolated region and all have rugged 4×4 trucks, inflatable rafts with custom-designed fishing frames, and years of experience in negotiating the terrain. The Rio Pico fishing program combines quite possibly the best lake fishing in all of Patagonia with exciting spring creek and small stream fishing.  Both rainbow and brown trout, averaging six pounds and exceeding twenty pounds, can be targeted on one of the area’s many productive lakes, and often times these “hogs” can be landed on large dry flies. 
 
Unlike other locations such as Jurassic Lake, Rio Pico offers a diverse valley in the Andes with more than a dozen productive lakes, each with its own distinct character.  Guests could fish for an entire week never touching the same lake twice.  What’s more, the area also offers not only trophy rainbows, but also brown trout and brook trout.  No other stillwater destination offers the beauty, variety, or productivity of the Rio Pico. Guests may also choose daily between one of several wade fishing adventures for trout averaging sixteen to twenty inches.  It is necessary to walk or hike to the best sections of area streams, but those willing to explore will encounter some of Argentina’s best-kept secrets. The Rio Pico program can also be combined with PRG’s Trevelin (PRG South) program and an extended stay of at least 9 nights / 8 days fishing is recommended for the two-area combo trip.  We advise those that are opposed to fishing lakes and those that cannot hike up to two miles to choose other areas where river fishing is more accessible or where there are more float fishing options on rivers.
Accommodations

Tres Valles Lodge offers guests first-class accommodation, excellent service, and fine meals in the Rio Pico Area. Tres Valles is a beautiful mountain lodge offering four spacious double suites each with private baths and private deck overlooking the spectacular Desnudo Mountain. The six-thousand square foot lodge is intimate but spacious and distributed on two levels with a living room on each level, library, full bar, two dining areas, mudroom, large outside deck, barbeque pit, and two large fireplaces. As remote and private as the lodge is, it still offers guests both fixed phone and wi-fi, a luxury that guests have never enjoyed in Rio Pico before. Tres Valles also offers a professional kitchen preparing delicious gourmet meals along with traditional asados and barbecues showcasing grass-fed estancia beef and lamb. Guillermina and Simon Madero take pride in all aspects of the estancia and lodge management ensuring guests enjoy an amazing lodging and fishing experience while staying in Rio Pico.