Fly Fishing in Esquel and


Los Alerces


National Park Area

Inside the basin of the Futaleufú River, short and varied rivers have a stable flow that, in their majority, join the lakes offering areas of scarce sensibility to the fishing pressure. 

The most outstanding rivers are:

  • We cannot forget the well-known Arroyo Pescado Spring Creek, located in private lands where it´s fly fishing only. Quantity and quality is what characterizes this place.  The fishing here is mostly with dry fly and with imitations of terrestrials. Most of the trout here are Rainbows  35 to 60 cm. 
  • The Rivadavia River also has a small and productive Spring Creek El Canal where sight-fishing prevails and the size of the trout must be seen to believe it. This river has difficult access without the use of a raft. Here we find quality Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout, and Landlocked Salmon averaging 40 to 70 cm.
  • The Grande, or Futaleufú River, is well-known for the quantity of Rainbow and Brown Trout, and some Chinook Salmon.   
  • The Carrileufu River is similar to a deep channel due to the clear color of the water. Surrounded by Lengas and Ñires Trees, this river holds many Landlocked Salmon, Rainbows, Browns, and Brooks between 30 and 60 cm. 
  • The Arrayanes River, a short and slow river, lacks runs and it is differentiated by the turquoise color of its waters. It is surrounded by a forest of Arrayanes to compliment the good fishing.
  • The Frey River is a beautiful and great river to sight-fish.  Rainbows, Browns and Brooks all prevail in sizes that oscillate between 35 and 55cm.   
In the Lake Zone: 

  • Verde Lake is known by for good fishing and surrounded by a beautiful landscape. The trout that prevail here are predominately Rainbows with sizes that oscillate between 35 and 50 cm. In smaller quantities we find Browns and Brooks.
  • Larga Lagoon is famous for large trout to 70 cm, although the amount of strikes is variable.       
  • Futalaufquen Lake combines good fishing and easy access  with trout that vary between 30 and 60 cm.    
  • Rivadavia Lake has  rocky coasts and little vegetation. At the beginning of season it can offer trophy fish between 3 and 4 kg.  in the mouths of the rivers Carrileufu and Rivadavia. During the rest of the season, impressive density  of resident trout oscillate between 40 and 60 cm. A good day of fishing is likely here.