The Chimehuin River is the most famous of all Patagonia Trout Rivers. In fact, it’s considered to be responsible for putting Argentine trout fishing on the map. The Chimehuin has been ground zero for traveling fly anglers in Patagonia since it was “discovered” in the 1960’s. While all 50-miles of the Chimehuin, from it’s origin at Lago Huechulafquen until it joins the Rio Alumine, offers good fishing, the best place to fish the Chimehuin is the private access water of Tipiliuke Lodge on the Estancia Cerro de los Pinos (also known as Estancia Tipiliuke), especially with dry flies.
Nine miles of the Chimehuin River and seven miles of the Chimehuin’s top tributary, the Quilquihue, create more than 16-miles of private access to ideal trout water that flows though Tipiliuke’s property. The Chimehuin is a moderate grade freestone river that can be compared in size to the Madison or Yellowstone Rivers. The Chimehuin has an amazing variety of waters, most allowing fly fishermen to easily wade the cobblestone riverbed while sight fishing for wild Rainbow and Brown Trout averaging 16 – 20 inches with fish in the 21 – 24 inch range being common. There are trophy trout available, up to 30 inches, that can be specifically targeted with streamers or large attractor style dries. While streamers and nymphs are effective, the Fly Fishing Andes guides’ passion is catching trout on dry flies.
The Quilquihue is a smaller river than the Chimehuin with a steeper gradient creating faster currents, which is more challenging to wade. The Quilquihue offers excellent dry fly fishing, trout of surprising size, and lots of shaded water. In addition to fishing the Quilquihue, there is a man-made spring creek that runs through a pasture on the property and joins the Chimehuin. The creek was created from an underground channel of the Chimehuin, a pond, and an underground spring and has been evolving into an unique and reliable fishery since it was completed in 2006.
Tipiliuke Lodge is one of the premier hosterias in Argentina and is a favorite among trout fisherman staying in Patagonia. The lodge is set in the heart of the 48,000-acre Cerro de los Pinos’ Estancia (ranch) at the foot of the Andes mountain range and conveniently located near the city of San Martín de los
Andes (12 min. drive from Chapelco airport). Tipiliuke’s luxury accommodations, excellent food, and personalized service makes the lodge a great place for non-anglers as well as fishermen.
The Estancia includes a number of buildings: Tipiliuke Lodge, old barns, a chapel and several family houses, which are beautiful and unique in their traditional and rustic Argentine architecture. Tipiliuke Lodge has 9 comfortable bedrooms for 18 guests (each with a private bathroom), a living room, dining room and cozy bar. While the lodge can accommodate 18 guests, they limit the number of anglers to a maximum of 10 anglers at any one time. Tipiliuke Lodge offers 220-volt electricity, domestic and international telephone service, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, authentic refined cuisine and knowledgeable personalized assistance.
Tipiliuke Lodge is surrounded by a 15-acre tree sanctuary with close to 2000 different species of trees from all over the world and miles of the Chimehuin and Quilquihue Rivers. The sanctuary creates an oasis of shade in the barren basalt hills of the surrounding area. Guests will often enjoy their lunch outside, surrounded by the trees’ shade. The closest pool is only 600 yards from Tipiliuke, making fishing during the mid-day break or the evening rise on the Chimehuin an easy walk from the lodge.
Alberto Cordero and the Fly Fishing Andes staff of guides have extensive experience fishing the private-access water of the Chimehuin and the Quilquihue on the Estancia Tipilikue. These professional English-speaking guides are experts taking the rivers browns and rainbows on dry flies, as well utilizing nymphs and streamers for big trout. Combining the fabled rivers and top guides from Fly Fishing Andes with the accommodations, food, wine and setting of Tipiliuke is sure to create a truly unforgettable experience for anglers and non-anglers alike.
Included in the rate: Pick up and return to Chapelco Airport in San Martin; daily guided fishing; accommodations; all meals, wine and non-alcoholic drinks during meals, open bar with assorted national liquor and beverages, use of the lodge’s private access waters, internet access; fishing license and taxes.
Not included in the rate: Airfare; departure taxes; transfers; hotels and meals in Buenos Aires (if required); laundry, tips to guides, tips to lodge staff, phone calls, tackle; flies and waders.
Popular non-fishing activities at Tipiliuke are Guided Horseback Riding; Golfing at Chapelco Golf Club (designed by Jack Nicklaus); Birding (San Martín de los Andes has 189 species); Hiking; Gourmet Food Experience (tasting and cooking); Photography Workshop (Eliseo Miciu); Park and Plant Nursery Visits. Other activities available are Rafting trips with great views of the Aluminé, Collón Curá and Hua-Hum valleys; Climbing the Lanín Volcano; visiting the Lanín National Park Thermal Spa (Termas de Epulafquen); Skiing a wonderful small family oriented ski area in Chapelco; Experimental Learning; Visit Lanín and Nahuel Huapi National Parks.