TOP 100 BEST PLACES TO FLY FISH - THE RIO MANSO, PATAGONIA
Here we go, Whieldon fly fishing top 100 places to fly fish. These are in no particular order but for reasons of fly fishing excellence have made it to our list.
n94 The Rio Manso Patagonia
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Fly fishing in Patagonia is a unique experience. Imagine casting to big, healthy trout in crystal clear water without seeing another person all day. There are miles of still and moving waters throughout Nahuel Huapi National Park with very little fishing pressure.
Their waters offer a complete variety of different types of fishing, from big dry flies and weighted streamers to tiny emergers, nymphs, and spinners. They fish both floating and sinking lines, dry and wet flies at different times of the season and throughout the day.
When fishing the Manso River, much of your fishing will be with streamers and sinking lines, while there are also several sections where nymphs are especially effective, and a tiny spring creek where sight casting to cruising fish can be a delightful change of pace.
The Channels of the river emptying Lago Hess are justly famous for their unique blend of big fish and technical fishing. The Channels’ smooth currents provide a great dry fly challenge for any angler. Similar in nature to a big spring creek, large fish often cruise this area or set up along the banks making this a required stop for any Rio Manso angler. Even though the fish can be selective, for many guests this is their favorite section. For good reason: some of the largest fish in the watershed live in this area.
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One of the jewels at Rio Manso Lodge is Lago Fonck. This four-mile-long lake offers big rainbows, browns, and brook trout. Depending on the time of year, we fish streamers and dry flies on the lake, often both during a typical day. Dragonflies, damsels, and caddisflies all hatch on the lake, and the trout cruise the lakeshore weed beds in search of a meal. We fish the edges from one of our Carolina skiffs, working the structure where rainbow and brook trout lay, with the occasional brown as well. With the added bonus of spotting an Andean Condor circling overhead, and beautiful Mount Tronador in the distance, a day on Fonck is always special.
The fishing season in Argentina runs from the beginning of November until the end of April. It is the exact opposite of the North American season, with our longest day of the year falling on December 21. Rio Manso Lodge is open for the entire season.
The Rio Manso Lodge
Rebuilt in 2004 and uniquely re-designed, every one of our 9 guest rooms at Rio Manso Lodge faces northwest with spectacular views of Lago Hess and the Andes Mountains. Just 15 miles away towers the majestic Mount Tronador located on the border with Chile. Each of our rooms is comfortably appointed with either King Size or two Full-Size beds and private bathrooms, with jacuzzis also available in several of our rooms. The lodge features a full wader room for tackle and waders,
a fly tying area, a small, but well-stocked bar, and a spacious sitting area in front of our river stone fireplace, where we serve cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres each evening.
Should you require assistance at any time of day or night, our front desk staff is always available. The lodge has a sauna available to drive out the chill after a day out on the water. Meals are served in the main dining room and are the fitting conclusion to a day on the water or exploring the wonders
of Patagonia. Our professionally trained chef will concoct delightful dishes that reflect an international flavor made with the freshest of ingredients, with a wide, diverse range available from traditional meat dishes of beef or pork to chicken, pasta, or fish. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. All our meals are served with complimentary Argentinian wines. Should you have any special dietary needs, we are more than happy to develop a special menu for you.
They have not forgotten there roots - and the local custom of the Argentine Asado. One of the highlights of the week, this traditional Argentine grill features such items as beef, lamb, and pork. An Argentine Asado typically has a sequence of meats presented by the asador (the cook). First are the chorizos (sausages), morcillas (black pudding) chinchulines (chitterlings) and mollejas (sweetbread), often accompanied by provoleta, a grilled cheese dish. Then costillas or asado de tira (ribs) are served. Next comes vacío or matambre (flank steak), and possibly chicken and chivito (baby goat). An asado also includes bread, a simple mixed salad of, for instance, lettuce, tomato, and onions, or it could be accompanied with verdurajo (grilled vegetables), a mixture made of potatoes, corn, onion and eggplant cooked on the parrilla and seasoned with olive oil and salt. No matter what you try, it’s all part of the adventure at Rio Manso Lodge. Check them out here
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