DAY 1 Arrival Day – Fly to Chapelco Airport – Spring Creek Lodge – Casting Clinic at the Lodge ponds – Wine tasting & Welcome Dinner
Upon your arrival at the San Martin de los Andes Chapelco Airport a representative from Andes Drifters will transfer you to Spring Creek Lodge. After check-in lunch will be served followed by a casting clinic at one of the lodge’s ponds. The Andes Drifters guides conducting the demonstration will focus on the basic techniques for casting shooting heads and sinking lines. These tips will be useful for your Limay River float. During this time it’s also the perfect opportunity to check everybody’s gear and to discuss the upcoming days trip details. You will also receive you fishing license and a 50-liter dry bag that you will use to pack your personal effects.
Prior to dinner everyone will meet at the lodge’s dining/bar area for a wine tasting. Your host and Andes Drifters operational manager, Gustavo Hiebaum, will take you on a tasting tour that features the most representative wines of Argentina. A delicious dinner prepared by chef Federico will follow the tasting.
Lodging: Spring Creek Lodge
Meals: Lunch Reception, at the Lodge and Wine Tasting & Dinner, at the Lodge
DAY 2 through DAY 7- Limay Medio River six (6) Days Float Trip
This morning we will check out from Spring Creek Lodge and road transfer to the Limay Medio River. Today will mark the beginning of our six (6) day float trip with five (5) nights camping in an Andes Drifters Deluxe Camp.
We will be floating for a total distance of 49 miles with daily totals between 7 and 9 miles. Each day we will combine fishing from the boats with wading from shore.
Our dedicated camp staff will have camp completely assembled and prepared for our arrival each evening. Hors D’ oeuvres and the beverage of your choice will be served around the campfire soon after we enter camp. Everything that we need will be provided: tents, cots with inflatable mattress, freshly laundered sleeping bags comfortable to 0 degrees, hot water and hot water showers and a chemical toilet with a privacy tent. An electric generator will provide lighting for the entire camp and will be available for you to charge any electronic devices such as cameras, tablets, etc. Dinner will be served nightly in the dining tent and accompanied with fine Argentinean wines. Meals typically includes delicious Argentine beef, Patagonian lamb cook on the iron cross “gaucho style”, fresh sausages, chicken cooked “on the disco” and fresh salads. After dinner we can enjoy the campfire under the star filled sky.
The section of Limay River that we float, the Limay Medio, is large sized tail water. It drains from the bottom of the 700 foot tall Pichi Picun Leufu Dam. As a tail water it provides very stable water temperatures and gin clear water that creates an ideal environment for fish populations.
The Medio section of the Limay is home to several species of minnows and mid size fish that thrive and survive in this environment. These species, such as pueyen, pejerrey, brage aterciopelado (similar to sculpin) and otuno, are the main food source for the trout that inhabit this water. Early each summer the first two species, pejerrey and puyen, have a massive annual spawning migration from the river to a downstream reservoir. After completing their spawn in mid February these minnows return upstream to the main river. During this period migratory trout depart the reservoir to follow and feed on these incredibly large schools of minnows. This rich food source is the reason why the brown and rainbow trout in this stretch of river are extremely healthy and grow to such tremendous size.
When we fish the Limay Medio we are not fishing a traditional spawning situation. We are fishing for very aggressive migratory fish that are heading upstream to feed and take advantage of this incredible source of food. The annual seasonal spawning migration cycle is usually predictable and not dependent on water levels and temperatures.
We will be targeting migratory brown trout that range in size from 6 to 18 pounds and migratory rainbow trout that range in size from 4 to 9 pounds. The resident population of rainbows and browns is another reason to fish this water. These resident fish are healthy and as hard fighting as their migratory cousins with the average size being 18 to 24 inches.
We will be combining two different fishing techniques when we pursue Limay Medio trout. First, we will be covering pools and runs with shooting heads while swinging slim minnows pattern that imitate the migratory minnows. Second, we will be covering drop-offs and riffle edges with floating lines. Here we will be using floating minnow patterns, with a tinny minnow trailer, while popping the surface. This last technique is really visual and is as exciting as its gets.
Lodging: Five (5) nights at Andes Drifters Deluxe Camp on Middle Limay River islands
Meals: Breakfast, at camp; Lunch, at riverside and Dinner, at camp. Dinners will be a combination of traditional Argentine meals cooked primarily on the wood fire. Included will be lamb slow roasted on the cross, Argentinean asados, chicken on the disco, etc. Meals are freshly prepared and accompanied with variety of side dishes, fresh salads, tasty desserts and the best Argentinean Malbec’s.
DAY 7 Last Day of the Limay River Float – Transfer to Neuquén City – Howard Johnson Hotel – Dinner at La Toscana Restaurant
We will have a full day of fishing prior to reaching the take-out. From the take-out you’ll have a 1½ hours drive to Neuquén where you’ll check-in at the Howard Johnson Hotel. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be at the nearby La Toscana Restaurant.
Lodging: at Howard Johnson in Neuquén
Meals: Breakfast, at Camp; Lunch, at riverside and Dinner, at La Toscana Restaurant
DAY 8 Transfer to Neuquén Airport – Fly to Buenos Aires and then back home
This morning after breakfast your guides will privately transfer you to the Neuquén Airport (NQN) for your flight back to Buenos Aires.
Neuquen Airport has daily flights to Buenos Aires on either Aerolineas Argentinas Airlines or LATAM Airlines.
INCLUDED ON THE TRIP
• All of the lodging as describe in the itinerary.
• All meals, beer, wine and a selection fine spirits available at the lodge and camps
• Full time guide, coordinator and transfer drivers for the trips duration
• Full time fishing guides per every two anglers
• All the special services described in the itinerary
• Fishing license
• All flies, tippet material and leaders need it for the trip
• Transportation from/to local airports to lodge, hotel and float trip
NOT INCLUDED ON THE TRIP
• International and local flights
• Airport transfers in Buenos Aires from and to international airport and local airport