The surrounding countryside is dotted with volcanoes and the nearby valleys and grasslands are criss-crossed with dozens of rivers and streams. Much of it would fit in an old western movie, and most of it is about as far south as Calgary is north. It's a sleepy little town where some people don't lock their doors when they leave for the day.
The gateway to Los Alerces National Park and the best public trout fishing in South America, it's the home base for one of the finest trout fishing lodges and two the best guide services in Argentina.
This sparsley populated province holds some of the most exciting fly fishing in all of Patagonia!
The little town of Esquel (pop. 28,000) nestles up against the eastern slope of
the Andes, in the shadow of a peak so magnificent it's called "the throne in the clouds". The valley was once the refuge for a fierce band of Mapuche Indians notorious for raiding the cattle ranches of nearby Chile, and Esquel is the final stop to La Tronchita, the southernmost railroad in the Americas.
It is better known to serious fly fishermen as the nexus of the best Argentine freestone trout fisheries. It's just a short commute to more than 28 fine streams and rivers and only a few
minutes from Arroyo Pescado, the most famous spring creek in Patagonia. A rifle shot in the other direction is "the other Rio Grande" and headwater of Chile's Futaleufu.
This is Argentina's veriosn of West Yellowstone, circa 1960, positioned at the entrace to fish-rich Los Alerces National Park, a spiderweb of lakes and connected rivers, and the most rigidly enforced catch-and-release regulations south of Hot Creek, California.
They've applied Yankee fly fishing know-how to some of the smaller, off-the-beaten-path rivers and streams of the distant Esquel region of Argentina. Their equipment and work ethics are second to none...
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