JURASSIC LAKE / LAGO STROBEL - PATAGONIA - ARGENTINA
By all accounts this is a very unique place in the world. A place where with a good cast into the waters of this crystal clear lake, you can see yourself with a record Rainbow in your hands.
Lago Strobel, it's original name, is one where time has done something to the rule of nature. It has created the perfect conditions for unlimited supply of shrimp year round for these Rainbows. The lake is roughly 12 miles by 12 miles, has a seasonal tributary and several underwater springs bubbling fresh water into it.
Unlike other many other areas in this latitude of Patagonia, the fishing from November to mid-April presents a stable and productive season. The western winds are common for this area. Our section of the lake has been selected as it is mostly protected from these windy conditions and is usually blowing from behind you. Smaller bays separated by rock formations are full of fish. Sight fishing on calm days with big dry flies is most rewarding. There is more than 6 miles of Strobel's coastline inside the Estancia.
From the beginning of fishing here a just a few years ago, Jurassic has proven excellent in all locations and new, untouched areas are ready to be explored. With the lodge facilities just a short distance from the water, you will spend more time actually fishing rather than getting back and forth to the lodge. And new, starting for the fall '12, even more untouched, never fished before spots will be accessible by boat.
The season at Jurassic is like the rest of Patagonia. Good fishing can generally be found any week of the season which runs from November 1st through April.
Rainbow Trout is the only species in the lake.
In this distant place, there is always unpredictable weather; days of absolute calm will alternate with very windy days ... Climate conditions coupled with the gross average size of these trout dictate the choice of equipment.
While rods from # 6 to # 9 are used, we highly recommend equipment in #7s and #8s that will allow anglers to cast even in the most extreme climatic conditions. The larger rod sizes have the power to deliver the larger, weighted flies that these fish prefer and end the fight in reasonable times.
Floating lines to deliver Chernobyl-type flies and Bombers; intermediate and Type II (or Type 3 depending on the brand) for some of the shallow bays; 24' - 30' aggressively tapered integrated shooting head in fast sinking densities to handle all sorts of streamers. Articulated flies give excellent results. The choice will depend on the weather, water temperature and the taste and expectation of the fisherman, but you should have an ample supply in olive colors.
The usual leaders are 6 - 9 feet and at least 0x tippet / 10 pound test.
Bring all your ideas as this is a place you should try many different techniques and equipment and compare results. This place is wild and untamed - there is still much to explore...
Regarding getting there, the travel is neither short nor easy. And it is largely because of this remoteness that the fishing is so amazing.
Arrival is commercial jet service into the town of Rio Gallegos on the Atlantic coast of Santa Cruz Province in Patagonia via Buenos Aries. Most travelers will find themselves overnighting in Rio Gallegos, getting up early the following day to meet your guide and begin the journey to the Estancia.
It is 6 or so hours of driving North and West to the entrance gate of the ranch. Along the way, the guides will stop for breaks to stretch your legs and to sample some of the amazing coffee & expressos. Then, after an experiencing an interesting river fjord, you will ease along for about 45 minutes to cover the last few miles, picking your way through the ever present boulders on ranch's trail that winds its way through the moonscape-like terrain that composes this incredible region.
The lodging is in the recently built facility inside the Estancia and sits atop the first flat ground on the shoreline of the lake. The structure consists of a large bedroom for the clients with closets, a living & dining area and a large private bathroom. Electricity is provided by a generator, on-demand hot water heaters are propane fueled providing all the hot water desired, and a new a heater as well as a wood stove provides comfort in the building.
The lodge has separate staff housing and kitchen facilities. The staff includes full-time host, well trained chef and fishing guides.
This is a great trip to pair with other great Argentina fishing operations. Golden Dorado in the north, trout fishing in the west, world-class wingshooting in the central region, Sea Run Browns in the south, an Antarctica cruise, Buenos Aries stay, El Calafate and Glacier National Park or maybe a sightseeing venture to Iguazu Falls in the jungle, a tour of wineries out of Mendoza or visit to the city of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.
4-DAYS / 3-NIGHTS: $2,150 per person
Day 1: The flight from Buenos Aires' domestic airport to Rio Gallegos is about 2.5 hrs. You will likely need hotel arrangements for this night in Rio Gallegos.
Day 2: After breakfast, around 8 AM, you will be met by our representative and depart to Jurassic. Driving time is about 6-7 hrs. Lunch at restaurant along the way. Arrival at lodge, unpack and ready fishing gear. Fishing until 9:30 PM. Dinner at lodge.
Day 3 & 4: Breakfast, fishing the Lake, lunch. Afternoon fishing through the evening. Dinner.
Day 5: Breakfast, fishing the Lake until noon. Lunch, then transfer out to Rio Gallegos. Options for late night flight to Buenos Aires or overnight at hotel for morning departure.
Note: All trips are custom itineraries and extra day(s) of fishing can be added for your trip.
Package includes all meals and lodging at the lodge, guided fishing, Wi-Fi, satellite television and transfer from Rio Gallegos in - out of the lake.