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3 Rivers Lodge

3 Rivers Lodge

North Patagonia

Tailor Made Fly-Fishing, Personalized Service – Every fishing trip is individually designed around each client. We specialize in custom itineraries based on your group wishes and budget. This is an amazing option for a first fly fishing trip to Patagonia.






General Information

Season:November 10th thru May 31st 

Capacity: 6 people


Day 1 Arrive to Chapelco Airport – Meet and greet with your personal guide – Welcome Lunch Reception by the Collon Cura River Bank – Afternoon float trip to 3 Rivers Lodge – Evening Argentine Fine Wine Tasting and Welcome Dinner

Day 2 Lower Chimehuin River Float Trip to 3 Rivers Lodge – Evening Local Folk Music Band Concert – Dinner at 3 Rivers Lodge

Day 3 Lake Piedra del Aguila Lake on Motor Boat – 3 Rivers Lodge

Day 4 Lower Collon Cura River two days Float Trip –1st Day- Andes Drifters Deluxe River Camp

Day 5 Lower Collon Cura River two days Float Trip – 2nd Day – Private transfer to Bariloche – Spend the night an dinner at Cacique Inacayla Hotel



Cozy and comfortable

3 Rivers main Lodge is a house with 3 bedrooms in suite. There are two main suites with siting area, good views to the valley and access to a porch with sitting furniture to enjoy the outside. The third bedroom while still has its own private bathroom and same quality of beds than the other two is a smaller room with views to the back of the house. I recommend to offer this for a single guest. All the bedrooms can be prepare on twin or double bed setup according the group needs.

This main part of the Lodge has a living area with bar and a fire place all with great views to Collon Cura River valley and the typical wildlife that habitats the surroundings of this Lodge (red stags, wild boars, choiques, foxes, hares, etc). A fully equipped Dinning room is located next to this living-room and accommodates comfortable 6 people for dinner and breakfasts. Next by there is the kitchen and a service area where all meals are prepared

A second building has three guides/staff rooms which with two bathrooms. There is also located next to this building the parking area, and wading room where we prepare everyday for our fishing journeys

In between this two building there is a straw roofed quincho area where we prepare and if the weather allows we can serve an asado dinner outside.


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Our Meals

Our menu was designed to include the most popular meals that we normally request in any restaurant in the country. We wish to delight our guests with one special meal every evening. We also worked special appetizers for the evenings and we always have duck, perdiz and some dove breast grilled with onion and bacon in our menu. Our Chef works passionately every day to satisfy all our guests. We have delicious local desserts for every meal, and you will enjoy our famous sweet milk caramel or “dulce de leche” in some of our specials.

Great breakfast with eggs and bacon. “Asados” (BBQ), and special requests available. Wine is special every night and, as a suggestion; do not go home without trying mate, the special Gaucho tea.


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The Fishing

The northern Patagonia region around the towns of Junín and San Martin de los Andes has the largest variety of trout streams in Argentina. You can fish 15 rivers and 20 lakes within a two-hour radius of San Martin de los Andes. And although the area conta

Our custom-tailored fishing packages will allow you to fish the very best waters in ways that match your preferences perfectly. From long days fishing to evenings enjoying splendid dinners and relaxation at the lodge, you’ll experience the very best of Patagonia with us. When we talk about Patagonia Norte it is very important to know about the different options you can have to fly fish, so knowing the rivers and their fishing options is critical, from which ones are good for wadeing and which one will be good for floating. There are rivers that are very technical and for dry flies and with higher difficulties for casting, like Malleo and Quillen; to floating rivers like Alumine and Collon Cura. Or a unique calm clear water stream  like Filo Huaum.



The Malleo River (Rio Malleo) is one of the most famous rivers in Patagonia because of its dry fly fishing. This midsize freestone river forms out of Tromen Lake at the base of the Lanín Volcano and flows for 32 miles before joining the Aluminé River. Its meandering course takes it through steep canyons, large meadows and big stands of willows. The Malleo has the best and most predictable hatches throughout the season.

A main road follows this river for most of its length, allowing easy to moderate access. It is not large enough to float, so you will be wade fishing here. While you might encounter a few fishermen on Malleo, it is never crowded.

This river can be divided into two sections, upper and lower. The upper section is characterized by fast flows and large boulders, and it is heavily lined with willows. The lower section flows through the Mapuche Indian Reservation. Here the river slows and becomes a bit more canyon like, featuring large rock outcroppings with willows lining only one bank at a time, making it easier to wade and move around.



Housing the largest trout population in the region, the Chimehuin River is the icon of fly fishing in northern Patagonia. It is a classic large, free-flowing trout stream. You could spend the entire season here and still not have enough time to discover all of its pools, runs and willow-lined banks.

This river starts in Lake Huechulafquen at the base of the Lanín Volcano and runs for about 30 miles until it joins the Collon Cura River.

The Chimehuin flows through the town of Junín, and you’ll find the best fishing between the town and where the river joins the Aluminé to form the Collon Cura. In this lower section, the Chimehuin slows and creates spectacular dry fly fishing, especially during caterpillar season. You can wade or float in this large, gentle-flowing segment of the river.

Although the Chimehuin is very popular, most of the lower section is secluded and accessible only through our negotiations with private ranches. You’ll have these waters largely to yourself with little fishing pressure.



Home to very large trout, The Collon Cura is the largest river system in the region. It is formed by the confluence of the Aluminé, the Chimehuin and Catan-Lil Rivers, and then flows nearly 50 miles until reaching the Piedra del Águila Reservoir.

The Collon Cura is a great dry fly river early in the season, makes a major change to a unique minnow fishery from mid to late summer, and then transitions back to a great dry fly fishery during the fall.

By late January, massive numbers of minnows migrate from the lake upstream to spawn. Once the migration starts, the trout stop feeding on insects and concentrate solely on eating the minnows they find trapped in the riffles. The swarm of migrating minnows is so heavy that the riffles, eddies and shallows turn black.

We float nearly 20 miles on the Collon Cura over three days, camping on islands and fishing parts of the river where you will see no other anglers.



This river is one of the longest rivers in northern Patagonia. Most of its 80 miles is great water for trout fishing and can be floated. It presents countless fishing opportunities.

The Aluminé is a freestone river that forms out of Aluminé Lake and flows until it joins the Catan-Lil and Chimehuin to become the Collon Cura River. Access to many sections of this stream is limited or very difficult, so you won’t find many people around. Fishing pressure is very low.

In addition to daily floats, we take island camping float trips so you can experience the best of what of this great stream offers.

In January and February, the annual inchworm hatch creates spectacular fishing on the Aluminé. Even the large, wily brown trout will get downright stupid during this time of year, allowing you to sight fish for them.



This is probably one of the most beautiful streams in northern Patagonia. Starting from the junction of the Meliquina and Filo Hua-Hum Rivers, the Caleufu River begins as a mountain stream running though a unique Rocky canyon with spectacular rock formations. It becomes a medium-size river and flows for about 60 miles to the Collon Cura River and the Alicurá Reservoir.

Most of our trips on the Caleufu are done by floating. Although the water level drops dramatically each season, this river can be floated until mid to late January. Our multi-day float will take you through spectacular scenery and steep rock formations as Andean Condors soar overhead.

After the water drops too low to float on the Caleufu, we concentrate our fishing on the lower portion of the river, where a minnow migration similar to that of the Collon Cura River takes place.



The Quillen River is a tributary of the upper Aluminé is a great stream for dry fly fishing. It forms from Quillen Lake in the Lanín National Park.

This freestone river flows for about 16 miles until its junction with the Aluminé River. While the upper section of the river runs slowly and winds through a beautiful valley, the gradient on the lower section becomes steeper and presents the angler with classic pocket water.

The Quillen is too small to float and is fished by only a handful of wade fishermen per year.


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Gear and Equipment


At least two rods per angler in the event that one gets broken.

Do not bring a rod smaller than a 4 wt and bring at least one very good 5wt. 

8’6” to 9’6” rods are ideal.

A good 6  or 7wt is very nice if the wind blows, which it often does and if you are planning on fish streamers


Two good reels with working drags; they should balance your rods.

Spare spools for your reels


Weight forward floating lines in good condition and in line weights to match your rods.

If you plan on streamer fishing bring one sink tip 175 grains to 200 grains


Three 9’ 3x

Three 9’ 4x


One spool each 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, fluorocarbon is highly recommended.


The quantity of flies you use will be based on your ability.  Remember we provide flies this list is just a guide and suggestion if you would like to bring your owns


Woolly buggers black, olive, white size 4-8

Clouser Foxee red minnows size 6-10

Near Nuff Sculpin Tan size 6

Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow size 6 (black light)

Weamer Streamer size 4 (olive)


BH Copper John size 14-20 (red, copper, black, olive)

BH Prince Nymph size 12-20

BH Lighting Bug size 12-16 ( silver copper, black)

BH Pheasant Tail size 12-20

BH RL Hares Ear size 12-16

Inchworms size 10-18

Trina’s Carnage Hopper Tan size 8-10


Adams or Para Adams size 12-18

Royal Wulff Size size8-16 Swishers Foam PMX  size 10 (black, gold)

Willy’s Ant size 8-10 (red)

Elk Hair Caddis size 12-16 (yellow, tan)

Gould’s Half Drowned Hopper Size 10

Fire Beetle Size 16

Sparkle Flying Ant #14

Parachute PMD size 14

Parachute Brown Drake size 10


Other supplies to bring:

A shot assortment aaa-6


Fly floatant

Strike indicators

Wader belt


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Recommended Clothing

Waders, good quality and be sure that they do not leak

Wading boots with felt or Vibram soles(no cleats will be allowed in the boats) also felt boots must be cleaned in a solution of Clorox water to kill all foreign stream born insects, mussels, bacteria etc.

Rain coat, gore-tex is recommended

Medium weight wind stopper fleece jacket

Fleece vest

Polarized sun glasses


Hats, one with a full brim, one baseball cap

Thermal underwear

Fleece wading pants

Long sleeve quick dry shirts

Quick dry pants

Personal toiletries


Warm socks for wading

If traveling in December-March you may want wet wading booties.

Small flashlight or Petzel head lamp for around camp

Sun screen the best you can find at least 50 block 

Chap Stick with sunscreen built in at least 15 SPF

Insect repellant

Wading staff

Vest or pack for fishing gear

Day pack for a change of clothes on days we travel away from the lodge in the event you go swimming



Traveling Here

Most international flights leave the US in the evening and land in Buenos Aires (EZE) the following morning. Delta (stop in Atlanta), United (non-stop, the fastest flight of 10 hours), American (connection in Miami) offer daily flights. Also check LAN flights but make sure that the connection is in Miami and not in Santiago de Chile because it takes longer. Prices vary from USD 1500 to USD 1800. 

Once you arrive in Buenos Aires, take a domestic flight to San Martin de Los Andes area. You only have two options: LAN or Aerolineas. We recommend our guests to choose Aerolineas, as this is the only airline flying nearer into this area; the drive to San Martin de Los Andes is 15 minutes. Both Aerolineas and LAN offer daily flights to Bariloche, but the drive from here to San Martin de Los Andes takes 3 hours.

NOTE: Make sure that you have plenty of time (at least 4 hours) in between flights once you reach Buenos Aires. You will have to clear customs and take a trip by taxi or private car to the domestic airport. This trip usually takes 50 minutes but depending on traffic, it can take more than one hour. *

*Our company organize private ground tranfers and hotel reservations in Buenos Aires City in case you will need/request it.


Reciprocity Fee´s Policy

Important change to the Reciprocity Fee´s policy for American, Canadian and Australian passport holders visiting Argentina.

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Argentina. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. The reciprocity fee still apllies to Australian and Canadian passport holders.



Package Cost


The cost of 5 days fly fishing trip at 3 Rivers Lodge package is $3,250 to $3,750 per person + extras.


Terms & Conditions


Accommodations based on double occupancy 

All meals and drinks

Transfer from and to the listed Local Airports – Chapelco San Martin de los Andes

One bilingual fishing guide per every two anglers

One driver/assistant for every two anglers

Camp staff and cook

All vehicles and transportation necessary for the fishing program

Fishing License

Fishing Gear. Including flies, tippets, waders, boots, rods, etc – please specify your needs previous the trip in order to have right size wader and boot available at the time

Meeting and airport reception



Local or International Flights / Land pack insurance

Gratuities to guides and entire staff /optional Insurance / optional Photo and videos, and other extras



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