2014 marked the opening season for Kooi Noom; the latest and potentially most unique trophy trout fishery in remote Argentina, Patagonia.
The project was started by Alex and Nico Trochine who had been scouting this destination for a number of years and finally felt it was ready for the angling public. The Trochine brothers partnered with Untamed Angling (owners of Tsimane Lodge in Bolivia and Rio Marie' in Brazil). Alex and Nico are the on-site managers of Kooi Noom and the experts at Untamed Angling have helped them design and execute a fabulous fishing program and traditional estancia experience.
Kooi Noom is a special destination. At its core, the operation is a sprawling estancia high in the western Patagonian Steppe. It is blessed with three scud rich lakes, two rugged interconnected freestone rivers, and numerous tributary streams all of which hold large fish at different times of the short summer season. When we speak of trophy trout we are talking
about rainbows, that in some cases can push the scales to well over 20 pounds! The best fish to hand last season was a massive 25 pounds! Double digit size fish are the norm at Kooi Noom. Moreover these fat fast growing wild rainbows are free to move about between the lakes and rivers and streams at will, making this one of the most remarkable moving water trophy trout fisheries we have ever heard of.
At the understated, yet very comfortable estancia, anglers will enjoy double occupancy rooms with private baths, thoughtfully prepared meals and cozy common area for cocktails.
Kooi Noom is a unique trophy rainbow trout fishery, far off the beaten path from anywhere resembling civilization and perfect for anglers wanting to experience wilderness Patagonia and big trout.
Reservations & Rates
The Fly Shop® works closely with the folks at Untamed Angling and Kooi Noom – if you would like to find out more details about the operation, or know what space availability still exists for the upcoming season, please feel free to give us a call at (800) 669-3474, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prime Season - November 1st - January 10th
7 nights/6 days is $5200.00 per person
4 nights/3 days is $2875.00 per person
3 nights/2 days is $2250.00 per person
Regular Season - January 10th - April 20th
7 nights/6 days is $4750.00 per person
4 nights/3 days is $2650.00 per person
3 nights/2 days is $2050.00 per person
Your angling package at Kooi Noom includes - Round trip ground transfer from El Calafate to
the lodge; Fishing License; Meals, all wines, beer and local spirits at the lodge; Professional guide services; Laundry Service; Wi Fi internet.
Not included in your Kooi Noom package are gratuities for guides and house staff, airfares, Buenos Aires transfers and hotels and Special Transfers outside of standard arrival and departure days ($400 per vehicle, up to three anglers in each vehicle. Payable on site).
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Seasons at Kooi Noom
The fishing season at Kooi Noom runs from November to April.
The most predicable weather and fishing are during the mid-season months, December to March. November and April can be colder but also have massive runs of trout from the lake systems migrating up the rivers.
January and February are the warmest months and the windiest as well. Expect around 20°C - 22°C (68°F - 72°F) during the day and 8oC - 10°C (46°F - 50°F) during night-early morning.
November and April are cooler months. Expect around 12oC - 14°C (54°F - 57°F) during the day and 2°C - 5°C (33°F - 41°F) during night-early morning.
The sun is strong during the day, but the wind chill factor makes the use of protective outer gear and layering underneath necessary all season long.
Getting To Kooi Noom
Kooi Noom Lodge is located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina, Patagonia a few hours from the tourist and resort town of El Calafate.
Many clients tag a trip to Kooi Noom onto the front or back end of a sea trout trip to Tierra del Fuego, an itinerary easily achieved via the daily flights between Calafate and Ushuaia. Anglers will fly to Calafate where they will be met by a lodge representative and driven the approximately 5 hours to the lodge, stopping along the way to grab a bite to eat and stretch their legs.
For those who might want an even faster way to transfer to Kooi Noom, the lodge has developed a charter flight option, through the town of Comodoro Rivadavia which is serviced from Buenos Aires with 5 daily flights, and then an excellent twin-Otter 10 passenger plane flying to a 2 kilometers landing strip, 25 minutes from the Lodge. Ask us for prices and details (suited for full groups of 6 anglers).
Lodging at Kooi Noom Lodge
Kooi Noom lodge is located on a beautiful, traditional family-run estancia only a few miles from the fishing grounds.
Argentine hospitality courses through the walls of this stoutly built lodge featuring three double occupancy guest rooms, each with its own private full bathroom. There is a dining room where delicious and traditional meals are served and a cozy living room where anglers gather at the end of the day to relive the fishing, while sipping a whiskey or enjoying a fine Argentine varietal with appetizers. The lodge has two wind generators that provide 24
hours of electricity and Wi-Fi Internet.
Every meal will be prepared by a talented chef with traditional Argentine ingredients and paired with the excellent wines that Argentina is famous for. Though the lodging at Kooi Noom is no fancy by any means, it quite appropriate and functional given the remoteness of the operation; a perfect base location for your week of fishing.
The Fishing at Kooi Noom
During a full week at Kooi Noom, you will be able to fish two of the lakes and the two main rivers, each with miles of untouched water and trophy rainbows that have never seen a fly.
These waters produce a huge amount of food (Hyalella "scuds" and Galaxias Maculatus – a slim minnow). The trout feed on this seemingly endless supply of biomass and grow exponentially to incredible sizes, in an open system of lakes and rivers. (Kooi Noom in the Telhuelche Indian language means – the way of fish).
Kooi Noon's waters are quite numerous and offer good variety. Quiroga Chico Lake, located on top of the plateau, is connected to the Quiroga Lake by a very steep river. The lower lake has a main tributary feeding it with cold, fresh water as well as and many smaller creeks, most of which hold good numbers of large rainbow trout. The largest fish to net last season was an incredible 25 pounds! There is also a smaller lake called Toro that also boasts a very strong population of medium sized rainbows and the outlet creek holds good and consistent numbers of trout.
There are two primary rivers that we fish, both of which drain the lakes and both hold large trout that move in and out throughout the season. Much of the stream fishing we access takes place in intimate pocket water where rainbows average 3 pounds and a trophy will tip the scale at 15 pounds - truly some of the biggest trout in Patagonia. Most of these fish have never seen a fly before, streamers, nymphs, and dry flies are all effective.
You might think that this is a rocky and barren environment but that is not the case. Green is
the primary color of the area, which receives more than 200 mms of precipitation per year. The lodge is located in the shadow of the Andes Mountains and is surrounded my lush meadows and rolling hills accented by natural lakes, rivers and streams. Life here is good and the trout fishing leaves most anglers in awe, not just because of the quality of the fish but just as much for the beauty and ruggedness of the region.
Breakfast is served at 7:00 AM. We leave for the river around 8:00 AM.
You will fish until around 1:00 PM, at which time you will enjoy a gourmet streamside lunch with fine Argentine wines, meats, cheeses, olives, fruits and vegetables. After lunch, it is common to take a siesta. The Patagonian days are long (the sun sets very late), so there is plenty of time to relax in the middle of the day. Depending on the daily beat rotation, anglers may come back to the lodge for lunch and siesta.
We usually fish until approximately 6:00 PM, at which time you will be transferred back to the lodge for a hot shower, cocktails and dinner. Dinner is served late in Argentina; typically around 9:00 PM.
The fishing hours will change slightly depending on the time of the year. The daily fishing times can be rearranged depending on many factors.
Making Reservations to Kooi Noom
To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.