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EZE - Argentina

Season

November 15 to May 1st

Capacity

12 anglers a week

Species

Rainbow and Brown Trout

LOCATION
Located at the foot of mount Pailacura, in the northern Patagonian lake district, this old cattle ranch is flanked by the Collón Cura and Caeufu rivers. The Quemquemtreu stream flows through it, giving its name to both the valley and the estancia. Estancia Quem Quem Treu is close to 200,000 acres in size acres and lies right on the midst of the northern Patagonian steppe. It lies roughly 140 miles east of San Martin and 290 miles north of Bariloche.

PRIMARY SPECIES
Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout

SEASON OF OPERATION
Spring : November 15th to January 1st

Summer : January 1st to March 15th

Fall : March 15th to May 1st

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
There are no set arrival and departure days at this lodge, making it an ideal location for part of a customized trip with more than one location.

ACCOMMODATIONS
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.

DESTINATION CAPACITY
12 rods per week

THE FISHING
Guests can fish more than 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. This is a big river where a normal full day drift will cover between 6 and 10 miles. There is approximately 25 miles of the Collon Cura that runs through the Quem Quem Treua Eastancia and it is very rare to see another drift boat on the river fishing the same section that you are. During a normal days drift, guests will fish and cover a wide variety of water, from slow deep pools and back eddies to fast moving shallow water channels and cuts.

Lodging at this ranch also gives exclusive access to the Quemquemtreu Creek. This small creek is fairly technical in nature and will on occasion produce some very large fish, given its small size. A lovely walk and wade stream, this body of water fishes best during the months of November, December, early January, The Quemquemtreu waters flow into Collón Cura, which is one of the most famous Patagonian Rivers, which arises from the confluence of the Aluminé and Chimehuín rivers. The water is cold and crystal-clear as it flows down these mountain rivers, which shelter guanacos, wild boar, deer and birds, and plentiful large trout.

Aside from the traditional hatches that occur on the river, there are two other significant food source occurrences that happen yearly on the Collon Cura. The first is the inch worm “hatch” where 1000’s of worms fall in to the river from the willow trees that line the banks of the river. The second is the minnow run that happens in mid-March and runs through April. When these two events happen and you are lucky enough to be on the river, it can change a good day in to a great day.

While this is principally a river fished while drifting, there are some absolutely superb wading opportunities found throughout the river. Gravel bars and braided channels offer a delightful mixed bag both slow and fast moving water.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
The drift boats are sturdy inflatable’s that offer seating for two guests (front and back) along with the guide seated in the middle. These boats are rock solid and are very comfortable to fish from. Each guide has a modern 4 wheel drive pick-up truck for the numerous off road locations that guests will be fishing from.

GETTING THERE
Guests will fly from Buenos Aires to San Marin de Los Andes and the lodge is about a 90 minute drive from the Chapelco Airport. Guest can also fly from BA to Bariloche and then drive up to the lodge, which takes roughly 4 hours each way.

Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle international airfare, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703 if you’d like assistance.

INCLUDED IN PRICE

American, Canadian, British, EU and Australian guests will need a valid passport and return plane ticket to enter Argentina. Visas for these nationalities are not required

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

RATES FOR 2016-17
December 19 - January 9

$5,950 US
$6,900 US with single room, subject to availability

January 9 - April 2

$7,250 US
$8,200 US with single room, subject to availability