This lodge offer access to more than 14 km of Lake Strobel, including several protected bays from the famous Patagonian wind (fierced by many anglers).
The Lake Strobel is a 65 square kilometres crystal clear waters lake, with incredible biological characteristics and conditions that allow amazing growth of trout, famous worldwide as probably the best wild rainbow trout fishery in the world.
Estancia Laguna Verde, located on the south coast of this incredible place, offers the angler a chance to experience wild Patagonia at its best, surrounded by beautiful untouched landscapes and unparalleled flora and fauna, and the opportunity to battle against huge and strong fish, enjoying also the comfort of its exclusive lodge, one and only in all Strobel area.
In spots such as Monsters bay, Camelot Bay, Finger bay, Tasmania Bay, Sea Bay, Puesto Bay and Dry Fly Bay fly fishers can do outstanding sight fishing even in the hardest of conditions.
Strobel lake lodge is located in the Huiliches department in the Neuquén province, in Patagonia.
How to get here?
Arrive at Buenos Aires, Argentina and then you can take a domestic flight to Neuquen
This Lodge is strategically located just by the beautiful “Laguna Verde” (Green Lake), only a cast away from the fantastic trout fishing you can enjoy there, and from access to a wide variety of fishing programs offered.
The Lodge main building is a typical “Estancia house” accommodating up to 10 anglers per week. It has 7 double bedrooms with comfortable “en suite” bathrooms, provided with hot water 24/7, each with 2 single beds (Single room lodging and guiding can be provided for an additional cost).
Our spacious living room overlooking Laguna Verde is one of the favourite spots in the lodge. Anglers can sip on a cocktail while enjoying, on the 42´ LCD TV set, slide shows of the catches of the day. Satellite TV connection and a DVD player are available for entertainment, as well. For complete relaxation, we provided that room with a fly tying desk and library to enjoy when not fishing.
There is also a newly built changing room / drying facility located just by the entrance door of the lodge to use before and after fishing. We want to make sure anglers have all the fishing gear (such as waders, wading boots, rods, reels, vests, etc) ready and dried day after day.
The Lodge also offers visitors Satellite and IP telephone and free unlimited wireless Internet access. To avoid extra luggage, anglers can use the computer of the lodge. Windmill generators, and fuel generators as back up, guarantee the energy demands of the Lodge, providing electricity (220 volt.) 24 hs a day. Laundry service is provided twice a week if desired by guests, as well as any other special attention needed or wanted.
The staff at the lodge offers friendly and professional attention to create a cosy and hassle-free atmosphere to guarantee our guests have a truly unforgettable experience.
This lodge also offers an excellent cuisine, in charge of its exclusive chef and sous chef. We set ourselves the goal of being ambassadors of the richness of the gastronomic cultural diversity of our immigrant and local history delighting our visitors with typical Argentinean tasty delicacies.
Coffee, tea, fruit juices, dairy products, ham, eggs, toasts, freshly baked bread, butter, patagonic marmalades, honey, cereals, and others are available at the lodge for an excellent and energizing breakfast.
At noon, our anglers enjoy of delicious and varied menus varying according to the fishing programs of the day and spots in the Estancia. Some of those substantial dishes consist of grilled meat or trout with salads, picnic of bread, cold cuts, cheese, fruits, and other tasty options.
Fly fishers can relax for some minutes on sun lounges distributed at the different fishing spots to rest their arms before facing demanding trout in the afternoon.
Comforting warm coffee or tea is available 24/7, as well as other snacks such as cookies, crackers, sandwiches, anglers may want to have between meals or before dinner. Anglers can find regional Liqcours and spirit drinks to recover from the worthy Jurassic contenders of the day.
Once back at the lodge, and after a refreshing shower, our chef and sou chef each night prepare a world class 3-course menu for our guests’ delight to taste after an exciting day.
In a friendly atmosphere, visitors can try different types of local appetizers such as goat or sheep cheese, dried hams, dried pork sausages, among others. As the main course, anglers can taste our famous “asados” (barbecues), our traditional Patagonic lamb or our classic homemade pastas, just to name a few. For dessert, apart from having a great variety of fresh fruits we also offer different delicacies specially prepared by our chef. The wine selection for the evening varies according to the planned menu.
At the lodge we offer a wide range of first-rate beverages varying from our famous wine selection of traditional Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and other white types, to regional homebrewed beers, spirit drinks, whiskies, cognacs, etc. These and other alcohol-free beverages are available daily at the bar in the living room.
Why come to fish at Strobel Lake lodge?
Experienced anglers from all over the globe visit us every season targeting the best fishing in the area for wild chrome silver, torpedo shaped, drag smoking rainbow trout. Strategically located, we have exclusive access to more than 14 kilometres of Strobel lake, more than 10 kilometres of all the best fishing area of Barrancoso river, ten kilometres of the recently discovered Moro Creek, and more than 12 smaller lakes and lagoons chained by this fantastic creek. We are proud to say that Estancia Laguna Verde offers the best and most varied fishing programs in all Santa Cruz province.
Over the years, we’ve learned that what draws the attention and amazes our guests even more are the methods we use to catch these out-of-this-world rainbows: sight fishing in crystal waters to cruising fish using floating lines, slow stripping small to medium size streamers and nymphs, skating big foam flies and mouse patterns, or even hanging scuds and small nymphs from big dries.
Combine the wide variety of programs and the methods with top notch hardcore guides addicted to sight fishing, world class lodging and the chance of catching a trophy Rainbow trout, and the choice stands out.
Estancia Laguna Verde is, unmistakeably, the ultimate flyfishing experience at the remote and wild southern Patagonia, that is why a growing crowd of anglers return year after year for another taste of this amazing fishery and all around trip of a lifetime.
Important Note: We feel that properly outfitted and prepared anglers have the best chance of having a trip of a lifetime. Our main concern is that you have a great trip. This is a guideline to help anglers assemble a successful collection of flies and equipment. It's not necessary you have everything listed in this pamphlet, just a good cross section. One thing that we've all learned from years of fishing Strobel Lake, Barrancoso river, Moro creek and the chained lagoons, is that it is almost impossible to tell what kind of lines and flies are going to be most successful on the river at a given time. Conditions can change without warning and we must be able to adapt to conditions at hand. Guides nomally have a selection of flies on hand in case you don't have the right fly for the situation, and flies are for sale at the Lodge. There is a fly tying desk at the lodge and guests are free to use them. (A great gift for guides is tying materials. They are always running low).
For Lake Strobel and the smaller lakes we suggest strong powerful rods capable of handling strong winds and with enough backbone to land hard fighting double figure fish that could go over 20 pounds. We recommend fast action 9/10 ft. rods, for 8/9 weight lines.
Spey rods perform excellent on the big lake, so if you prefer double handed rods, this is a great place for you to bring that kind of tackle, when conditions are windy. It is important to know that during calm wind days, presentation becomes extremely important, and that is why single rods are recommended on those situations When fishing at Barrancoso river, we suggest 8/9 ft. rods for #6/7 weight lines. This river doesn't require long casts in most cases, presentation is important, and to be able to handle and mend line properly. Reels We strongly suggest for Lake Strobel large arbour reels, with good backing capacity (100 meters) and excellent breaking quality, because even though it's a lake you are fishing, these trout usually make long and explosive runs.
Lines and tippets Our guides suggest guests to bring a floating and an intermediate lines for all the rods guest will use during their stay. We also recommend to bring lines known as "shooting lines, models such as RIO OUTBOND, AIRFLO 40 PLUS, ROYAL WULFF AMBUSH, or SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS DISTANCE, (both floating and intermediate lines) to use at the lake for the rod weight you will be using there (#8 and #9 weight rods are the recommended ones). This type of lines allow anglers to cast further under windy conditions, making it easier to gain distance, cover more water, and accomplish that with less effort.
We suggest the use of heavy tippets (12-15 lbs) in order to be able to land and avoid cuts in rocks underwater, when playing. When fishing at beautiful Barrancoso River, we suggest weight forward floating lines, with 9 ft. leaders (8-10 lbs), although these river receives almost no fishing pressure, due to the clear waters, fish can be very spooky and challenging at times.
Streamers/Wet flies: We suggest all kind of buggers, scuds, zonkers and matukas, weighted and unweighted in assorted colours, especially:
-Bead head Wolly buggers, black, brown and olive are very productive (sizes 6/8/10) (rubber legs perform well on occasions, some popular colours are white or yellow). A favorite is a Woolly Bugger with black chenille, or cactus chenille in size 8 to 10, with bead head.
-Zonker/Rabbit in medium to small sizes, white, black, olive (sizes 6/8/10/12).
It is good to have weighted and unweighted flies. In some of the river pools, it is necesary to go down fast, so heavily weight big streamers are usefull. Same patterns described before.
With regard to dry flies, big and medium size attractor flies work well, such us Chernovyl Ant, Fat Albert, Tarantula, Parachute Madam X, Gypsy King, Stimulator (yellow and green), and Stimulator Rubber legs (sizes 6/8/10/12), among others.
During calm conditions, medium and small nymphs perform well, such as Hare's Ear, Bead head Prince, Scuds (green, orange), Cooper Johns, Bead head Pheasant tail, etc (size 10/12/14).
It is very important that flies are tied in strong heavy wire, to avoid bending or breaking of hooks when playing or landing big fish.