known quite yet. Other species of fish in the rivers and lake include: trucha criolla or perca, perjerrey patagonico and puyen. The salmon and indigenous species of fish are not frequently caught; however, a few guests land some salmon and more than a few perca each season.
Trout populations and size in their area depends on the watershed. Most rivers have more rainbows than browns - brook trout exist in several watersheds but rarely in large numbers. Trout range from 10 to 30 inches. The average size in most streams is 16 - 20 inches. Anglers fishing with PRG North land fish over 20 inches on a daily basis and it is not uncommon for fish to exceed 23 inches. Most of the larger fish are caught on streamers but some of their largest fish have been caught on dry flies. Some rivers are numbers fisheries, while others support a smaller population of larger trout. PRG North does a lot more float fishing than wading, but both are certainly options.
Spring: December 1st - January 7th
The fishing season officially opens in Argentine Patagonia on November 1st. Spring is a special time to visit Patagonia as the Andes Mountains still hold a large amount of snow and valleys are covered with spring flowers. Precipitation decreases throughout the month of December and average temperatures rise along with the length of day until the summer solstice on December 21st.
Area fisheries are full of water but almost every stream is fishable after December 1st due to the many river-lake systems in the area. Since the water is higher this time of the year, the largest fish tend to be more aggressive and accessible. Fishing is generally spectacular but flexibility is a must as streamers, dry flies, and nymphs are all used depending on the river levels and daily weather conditions. Large flies normally concocted with rubber legs, long hackles, bunny fur, foam - you name it (Chernobyls, Fat Alberts, Chubby Chernobyls, Mutant's, Gypsy Kings, etc.) - can be thrown and are very effective this time of the year due to the aggressive nature of the fish and the lack of pressure. You can leave your 5X at home but be sure to bring some 0X and even a sink tip to go down and dirty. Your guide will be as anxious as you are as they have been waiting for the start of the season as long as you have. Some smaller creeks are only fishable this time of the year, as they get very low later in the summer.
Normal tourism season begins after Christmas and the New Year so the PRG North area is much more relaxed and the fish are very willing. Imagine a Christmas where it is light until 10:30 pm and you can sit on the deck of your cabin watching fish rise (if you can stand it) while enjoying a glass of malbec wine instead of watching snowflakes and "The Sound of Music". PRG North normally offers a pre-season rate to attract clients during this time, not because it's a slow fishing time, but rather because the holiday season tends to keep most anglers at home. If you're looking for a great place to spend the holidays, imagine long days, great fishing, energetic guides, and a very relaxed atmosphere with few people.
Summer: January 7th - March 15th
Summer is the most popular month for fishing and tourism in Patagonia. The kids are on vacation and tourists abound. The weather is the best this time of the year with decreasing precipitation and the warmest temperatures. Some snow remains on the highest Andes peaks but almost all the spring flowers are already gone. The grass is getting long, and with warmer temperatures--you guessed it—hoppers and terrestrial insects are prolific and you will enjoy dry fly fishing almost exclusively. There are uncountable species of beetles, ants, hoppers, crickets, wasps, and other unidentified flying objects this time of the year and the trout are looking for them. A South American phenomenon: the hottest, brightest, and clearest days are the best dry fly and fishing days! Yes, it's true, a bluebird-fisherman's dream! All the above being said about fish looking to slam dry flies is true, but presentation is key on some streams as fish have seen more than a few Gypsy Kings, Fat Alberts, Chernobyls, ants, hoppers, etc…..and they are as suspicious as they are aggressive this time of the year. You might have to drop down to 3X, 4X, and occasionally even 5X and use a dropper to attract fish in the crystal clear water. You will have more sight fishing opportunities daily and wet wading is more possible than at any other time of the year.
Water levels continue to drop and water temperatures rise this time of the year. Every fishery is open and in perfect shape giving you the most options for the "fish a different river every day" philosophy that PRG North follows throughout the season. This is prime time and getting a spot with PRG North is not easy. Repeat customers reserve most spots year after year. If you can get a spot, you won't be disappointed!
Fall: March 15th - May 1st
Fall is the favorite of many anglers, and it is a great time to visit Patagonia. Summer tourist traffic drops off completely and PRG North once again has a vast wilderness to themselves. Temperature decreases and precipitation rises this time of the year, which normally brings on the fall feeding frenzy of area trout with cooling and rising rivers. Browns and brook trout are getting ready to spawn and many of those larger fish, which swam back into lakes during the middle of summer, are migrating back to the river to feed or spawn. Fall colors in Patagonia are spectacular and if you are lucky enough to be able to come and enjoy the fall, you will probably become addicted to the beauty, the tranquility and the fishing. Although, the days are not as long as the spring and the summer, you still get plenty of time on the water. You will enjoy the coziness of the estancia/lodges, the fall foods, and the fireside conversations with some of the most passionate fishermen in the world. You'll be thrilled to wake up to foggy mornings, fall colors, and snow-capped peaks while getting ready for the ultimate fly fishing adventure that PRG North offers!