Our new PRG Lodge at Trevelin has fixed phone and continuous cell service. In addition, you will pass through cell service in many locations on the way to fishing. Devices like Blackberry, Iphone, etc. work well here and you can download your messages and also send from your device. The phone carrier in our area is mostly Movistar, if you want to check with your carrier. PRG Lodge in Rio Pico doesn’t have a phone or cell service; however, there is sporadic cell service available depending on your location. At these locations you can normally pick up 3G service. You don’t need to waste money on a satellite phone unless you need to call whenever you want to from isolated locations. We have Wi-Fi at our lodge in the Trevelin area but none in Rio Pico. We have computers to lend if you want to check your email and leave yours at home. You can also make phone calls from Skype from our lodge and the connection is normally very good and a cheap way to communicate with the office and loved ones.
We have a fixed phone at our new lodge in Trevelin. The number is 011 54 2945 480407. You can also get an urgent message by emailing Julian Ferman (manager) HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected]” [email protected] hotmail.com; Rance: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected] hotmail.com”[email protected]; or Travis: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected]” [email protected] hotmail.com
Patagonia is much like Montana and it can be more of a guess than a science. You should be prepared in all months throughout the season for any kind of weather. You should always pack a rain jacket, layers of fleece and/or wool, gloves and stocking hat, and also, warm weather clothing like quick dry pants, fishing shirts, sun had, sun gloves, and sunscreen. If you want to have a good idea on average temperatures, check out weather underground for Esquel and the historic weather for the time you are traveling. Follow this link for in depth historical averages in Esquel.
Do I need to buy and bring new boots? The best rod is a 9-foot 6-weight that can easily be packed in your luggage or one that the airline will allow you to carry on (check with your airline if you have questions about carrying on rods.) You should have a new floating weight forward line and also a 200-grain 24-foot sinking tip. We have a large selection of Winston Rods to loan you in case you don’t have what you need or need a spare rod. We also have loaner reels with 6-weight lines and the aforementioned 200-grain sinking tips on them in case you need an extra reel or line. We have Simms waders and boots for those that elect not to bring theirs or don’t have them. We have boots from size 6 to 14 and waders from small to extra large. If you like the way yours fit and perform, it is always better to bring your own! You can buy new boots if you are in the market for some anyway, if not, we have boots to loan you on this trip. If you use our boots, then you won’t have to travel home with wet boots.
Depending on the time of the year, weather, and fishing conditions, you will be fishing any and/or all of the rivers mentioned on the website HYPERLINK “http://www. www.patagoniariverguides.com/press.php”http://www.patagoniariverguides. com/press.php When you arrive, we determine what rivers are fishing best and which rivers suit each particular angler. We make daily decisions for fishing destinations based on weather and clients preferences. It is our philosophy to fish a different river daily, so you will end up fishing spring creeks, small rivers, creeks, large rivers, tail-water rivers, and also some lakes. Each destination is different and some are waded and some are floated. If you prefer wading, then we’ll try to send you on as many wade fishing trips as possible (it is possible on nice days to wet-wade and you should be prepared for that with appropriate footwear or heavy socks to fill your boots). Likewise, if you prefer floating, we’ll send you on float trips. The more flexibility we have in selection your destinations, the more places we can send you, and the more likely you will have the fly fishing trip of a lifetime.
We don’t recommend bringing travelers checks as they are difficult to exchange and the rate of exchange is normally poor. You will need enough cash to pay for some personal shopping in Buenos Aires and Patagonia. If you need a shuttle from Bariloche, you should also have cash for this. Cash is appreciated for PRG guides and staff gratuity (see pre-trip packet for suggested tipping). You can use credit cards in most places in Argentina but it is recommend to have some Argentine pesos for taxis, small shops, tips, etc.
You can get small loads of laundry done from one day to the next for a minimal charge of about $10 to $15 per load. If you leave your laundry in our clothes hamper before going fishing, it is likely that your laundry will be done that evening. If there is a large amount of laundry, it will usually be done by the next morning. There is no laundry service in Rio Pico at this time but stay tuned, there just might be if by the time you get here.
Argentina uses 220 volt electricity. The USA uses 110 volt. We have all the converters you will need to charge your digital camera, your computer, your CPAP Machine, etc; however, you might need one at a hotel in Buenos Aires. In this case, they will probably provide you with one, but taking one might not be a bad idea in this case. Look on the charger, most every electronic produced in the past 10 years takes 100 – 240 volts. It is safe to just plug them in and charge them. We do have one converter from 220 to 110 in case you have something special that can’t take the full 220 volts, which is very unusual. Both lodges have electricity 24 hours per day.