Edging the idyllic Chimehuin River, Northern Patagonia Lodge’s location in the heart of Northern Patagonia makes it a strategic hub for visiting anglers from around the world. In addition to floating and wade-fishing our namesake river, you’ll also find incomparable trout fishing on the nearby Collon Cura and Alumine rivers, as well as on trophy lakes such as Huechulafquen, Paimún, Tromen, and Curruhe.
Off the water, relax in style—enjoying ultimate service, excellent cuisine, and a full selection of Argentina’s renowned wines back at the lodge. Or take advantage of our two-night deluxe tent camp options for a truly one-of-a-kind Patagonia experience.
Location: Northern Patagonia Lodge is conveniently located on the banks of the upper Chimehuin River in Argentina’s Northern Patagonia region.
About your host at Chime Lodge: Team, Chime Lodge. We started our first lodge as something of a family holiday hobby, building a small, 6 angler lodge in Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego. I was one of the guides, we rented tiny cars to fish from, and I brought friends and Doug Larsen as the foreign expert to help us. We had a total of 12 fishermen the entire first season, and 18 the second. At that time the Rio Grande was thought to have the biggest sea run brown trout on earth, a fact that was clearly confirmed that first season, but more frequently in each season that followed as we were able to pass a groundbreaking catch and release law. It took us ten years to do it, but the Rio Grande remains now as the only river in South America run with strict policies, and the fishing has benefited ever since it began.
The view I had back then was to spend a busy summer with our family and friends and save some bucks to buy my first used car. I loved to be around fishing and fishermen, but at the time it wasn’t a priority. Making our guests happy was. I always say that if I had to choose a job in another life I would have liked to have been a butler in a big estate, like those featured in “Downton Abbey” or the movie, “The Remains of the Day,” so maybe those “butler genes” helped align my passions for service and sport. We claim to be the first ever lodge owners to have catered for ladies, and we saw that it was important before many others did. At first we did it because making women comfortable with the amenities they would find at a 5 star hotel, would allow their husbands to come back year after year. Then the ladies started fishing, and more couples kept coming, and looking back I think that was our magic recipe. We have achieved the highest repeat client percentage in the industry and we generate excellent word of mouth. Simply our great clients tell their friends about us, and then their friends come to visit us as well. Word of mouth is still our biggest marketing action today.
Fishing experience at Chime Lodge: People often compare Patagonia trout fishing to what you might find in Montana or Wyoming. Sure, there are ample rivers populated with big browns and bright rainbows on both sides of the hemispherical divide, plus some climactic consistencies, but that’s where most of the comparisons end. Patagonia’s rich trout culture has its own historical origins, its guides serve wine and asado instead of PBR and PB&Js, and everything from the pace of play to the seasonal hatches have distinct flavors.
When you’re ready for a taste, Northern Patagonia Lodge has front-door access to a diverse lineup of Northern Patagonia’s top trout waters. Browns and rainbows, as well as brook trout and landlocked salmon on specific waters, all thrive here. And everyday you’ll fish untouched beats by raft, horseback, or on your own two feet, depending on your preferences.
The picturesque Chimehuin River is a wade and raft-friendly mainstay that meanders and braids for more than 30 miles before it meets another legend: the Collon Cura River. Nearby you’ll find small, technical streams offering dry-fly, streamer, and nymphing opportunities. And in addition to sprawling rivers and intimate streams, this is a land of enchanting lakes. Trophy stillwaters include the Tromen, Huechulafquen, Epulafquen, Verde, and Curruhe—to name a few. Each has its own seasonal intricacies and all are known for sizeable trout. In total, the area is home to more than 20 of these trout-rich lakes. Click here for quick link country guide.
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Accommodation: Our beautifully appointed house can accommodate ten guests in five large bedrooms, each with private bathroom. Each bedroom sleeps two anglers comfortably in single beds. Click here to view your accommodation. To select and book the top suggested hotels and accommodation in the area when fishing at Chime Lodge, click here.
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