The Spectacular Sea Trout of the Rio Gallegos
Stephan Gian Dombaj travels the world fly fishing and taking photographs that capture both the spirit of the destinations he visits and also the species of fish he seeks there. In his first of a regular series for Fish&Fly he shares his love for the Rio Gallegos of Patagonia and its spectacular and often giant seatrout.
The Rio Gallegos River is nearly 300kms in length and has its origin in the Southern Andes with two pristine and very beautiful streams, the Penitente and the Ruebens. Winding its way through the wild Patagonian landscape, it emerges into the surprisingly mountainous area that encompasses the unique Las Buitreras beats, some 40kms from the river mouth. The flood plain that lies between these outcrops teems with birdlife, alongside large numbers of rheas, silver foxes, horses, hares, flamingos and guanacos.
A trip to the Rio Gallegos offers the adventurous angler the opportunity to pit his skills against the explosive sea-running trout of Patagonia. These fish can reach sizes of 25lbs and over and will reward the angler with arm-wrenching takes and blistering runs, interspersed with regular acrobatic displays. The Las Buitreras lodge is home to the most prolific beats on the Rio Gallegos, consisting of over 40kms of private water on both banks and comprising over 50 named pools.
The fishing is exciting and varied with pools ranging from deep stony runs to cut banks and streamy shingle flats. Relatively shallow, the river makes for easy wading, obviating the need for fast sinking lines and creating an exciting and challenging fishing environment. It is this variety, in combination with the visually inspiring mountainous outcrops, that makes this part of the Rio Gallegos quite simply one of the most spectacular stretches of fly fishing water in Patagonia. Sometimes explosive, always challenging, fishing for sea trout requires a level of skill, watercraft and understanding that can frustrate the average salmon angler. However, armed with the correct knowledge to unlock these secrets, the fishing on the Rio Gallegos can be immensely rewarding.
Booking Agent: Solid Adventures AB (Sweden) offers limited spaces/rods for 2013.
Images: Stephan Gian Dombaj - www.flyfishingnation.de
Further information (Las Buitreras): www.solidadventures.com