Located about 50 miles South of the city of Esquel this vast working sheep ranch encompasses 435,000 acres in beautiful Patagonia. From freestone rivers to spring creeks this ranch offers over 96 miles of private water set at the base of the Andes Mountains. From its inception in 1910, when the British imported Merino wool sheep from Australia, this Estancia continues to produce not only the finest wool but some of the best trout fishing anywhere in the world.
Located in the open pampas, the Estancia utilizes two lodges to maximize the property’s fisheries. Phone, wireless Internet, and laundry service are available at both facilities. You can use cash or personal check for purchases at either lodge.
Located in the open pampas, the Estancia utilizes two lodges to maximize the property’s fisheries. Phone, wireless Internet, and laundry service are available at both facilities. You can use cash or personal check for purchases a either lodge.
Estancia Tecka is home to two lodges situated in different areas of the ranch.
First, Headquarters Lodge is the original house dating back to the 1920’s and has four large bedrooms, granite bathrooms and the traditional estancia character.
You approach Headquarters Lodge over a large set of rolling hills to see beautifully manicured grounds set within towering Poplar trees and large equine and sheep paddocks.
Caridad, the second lodge on the ranch, sits on the banks of the Corcovado River with the snow capped Andes Mountains as a backdrop.
Caridad has six bedrooms, spacious bathrooms and offers beautiful views of the surrounding river and countryside.
This trip typically begins at Esquel Airport (EQS), and there is regular service from Buenos Aires on Monday, Wednesday, Thrusday, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays with Aerolineas Argentinas (www.aerolineas.com.ar). You will meet by a representative of Estancia Tecka after you have collected your baggage at the airport. The drive from the airport to the lodge is about two hours.
Patagonia is known the world over for its incredible fly fishing and this ranch is no exception. Estancia Tecka provides what no other ranch in Argentina can, 96 miles of private trout water. The Corcovado winds through the property on its way to the Pacific Ocean and is home to Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout.
This larger river is fished mainly from drift boats while some wading is done in freestone flats and banks.
The smaller spring creek, Rio Tecka, is fished delicately from the banks with various dry fly patterns and produces exciting strikes and large fish. Additional spring creeks are found throughout the property and provide the ultimate test of skill for any angler. You can find some lagoons with great fish as well. With its varying landscape and diverse rivers this ranch is the ultimate Patagonia trout fishing experience.
PACKING LIST: FISHING EQUIPMENT
Rods: We recommend you bring two rods. Four-piece rods are easier to handle in airports and in charters. We suggest you practice casting regularly in windy conditions prior to the trip. Your nearest Orvis store or dealer can recommend a local instructor who can give you private instruction.
ο One 4 to 5 weight, 9 foot rod – for smaller waters and flies
ο One 6 weight, 9 foot rod - for situations where you will be fishing large flies or a sinking line.
*If you have difficulty casting in windy conditions you may consider bringing a 7-weight
Reels should be high quality, disc-drag models such loaded with a minimum of 150
yards of backing. ο 1 – 2 reels w/1 extra spool rigged for heavier rod, normally your
All should be loaded on spools before your trip, along with adequate backing.
ο WF floating line for each rod
ο 150-250 grain sinking line (matched to rod) or intermediate line to fish streamers and stillwaters
Leader & Tippet:
Take enough leaders for your stay or bring matching tippet spools to repair or lengthen your leaders when necessary.
ο 9’ leaders tapering to 3X and 4X
ο 7.5’ leaders tapering to 0X-2X for fishing streamers on sinking lines (recommend
ο Tippet spools – 0X-2X for streamers; 3X-5X for dry flies and nymphs
ο Poly leader – to turn your floating line into a sink-tip, optional
ο Waders/Boots: Most anglers prefer breathable stockingfoot waders and their favorite
Prevent the spread of invasive species – clean and dry your gear before you travel.
ο Line nippers
ο Fishing vest or pack
ο Hook hone for sharpening, optional ο Fleece under wader pants, optional
Although trout can occasionally be selective in Patagonia, it is not necessary to travel with a wide variety of flies. It is much more effective to have general patterns in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. The following list is a general guideline of the types of flies that you may want to take with you. Your supplemental planner may also suggest a few patterns based on your destination. You do not need to follow these recommendations exactly, and it is certainly possible to fish many variations of the patterns below with equal success. Don’t worry if you can’t find some of these patterns at your local shop. Take a selection similar to the list below and rely on your guides to supplement you assortment with more specific patterns if necessary.
• Dry Flies:
Fat Albert size: 6-8
Chernobyl Ant size: 6-8
Hoppers size: 6-8-10
Tarantula size: 6-8
Stimulators size: 6-8-10
Caddis size: 16-14-12
Parachute Adams size: 18-16-14
Parachute Black Gnat size: 18-16-14
Griffith Gnat size: 20-18-16
Cooper John Black size: 20-18-16
Cooper John Blue size: 20-18-16
Pheasant Tail size: 20-18-16
Hears Ear size: 20-18-16
Zug Bug size: 18-16
Prince size: 18-16-14
Woolly Bugger Olive-Brown-Black size: 4-6-8
Zonker size: 4-6
Leaches size: 6-8
Spring-Early Summer - The trout fishing season opens the first weekend of November. During November and December, the rivers are generally high from snow melt; however, the flow is moderated by the fact that most rivers flow out of lakes. High water may require the use of sinking lines, nymphs and streamer flies, but the fish feed aggressively, making this one of the most productive times of the year. In December anglers may also experience a run of rainbows out of Lago Winter that supplement the resident population in the Rio Corcovado. This period corresponds with the months of May and June in the Western U.S. Expect spring time temperatures, cool to cold mornings and nights. Temperatures range from 32 – 70F.
Mid-Summer From January to early-March water levels stabilize and dry fly fishing is generally consistent, depending upon the weather of the particular season. You shouldn’t need a sinking line, unless you want to fish streamers. Patagonia is known for its wind and this time of year is no exception. These months correspond with July and August in Western U.S. Temperatures range from 50 – 90F.
Late Summer - Early Fall During late-March and into April the air and water temperatures begin to drop and the trout become more active. Some fishing can be done with dry flies, but as you get later into the season more fishing will be done subsurface (primarily with streamers). These months correspond to September and October in the Western U.S. and you should expect autumn temperatures and cool to cold mornings and nights. Temperature range from 32 – 70F.