The first PRG North guests of the season just enjoyed 6 nights and 5 days of fishing at Estancia Huechahue (“hey-cha-way”) located on the Alumine River near the town of Junin de los Andes. Alex and the PRG North crew are excited to tell everyone about the new possibilities of fishing a different river daily from an unbeatable central location. Huechahue is a new offering for PRG North this season and allows our fishermen to enjoy a variety of great water and excellent fishing on the Alumine, Collon Cura, Chimehuín, and Malleo Rivers. Estancia Huechahue offers 8-double and single rooms with warm comfortable furnishings, in-suite baths, and shared sitting rooms with fireplaces. A sauna, plunge pool, jacuzzi, library, wi-fi, and great outdoor spaces to relax are also included. Fine wines and great meals are served either outside on the deck or in the dining room depending on the weather and guests desires. Dinner features 3-course gourmet Patagonian cuisine showcasing local ingredients or traditional asados with live music. Personal attention and service is an Argentine standard and guests will feel at home the minute the walk through the doors.
Huechahue has private access to three excellent beats on the crystal clear Rio Alumine, which is famous for willow worms and incredible dry fly fishing. Drive times to the river are short and guests last week landed up to twenty powerful rainbows per person and enjoyed sight fishing almost exclusively. Some enjoyed wading and others enjoyed floating from PRG North’s drift boats.
Floats on the Rio Collon Cura are also possible with a short drive of about twenty minutes from Huechahue. The Collon Cura is one of Argentina’s most productive rivers and guests can enjoyed a variety of fishing for both rainbows and browns from our drift boats. Willow worms were also present on the Collon Cura and the river offered exceptional “dry” willow worm fishing just like the Alumine. Alex reports that he’s expecting the incredible minnow run from Embalse Alicura to start moving up stream on the Collon Cura around the middle of February. During this “run” thousands of line ripping hot rainbows and browns from 18 to 23 inches will be exploding on schools of minnows and many guests enjoy the best fishing days of their lives!
Walk-wading trips are also possible from Huechahue on on the Rio Malleo, and our guests enjoyed fishing about twenty miles of spectacular water on the Mapuche Indian Reservation. The Malleo is ideal for those that like wading on small rivers and it is one of Argentina’s most well known and surely the most productive “match the hatch” dry fly streams in the country.
Finally, floats on the Rio Chimehuin are also possible from Huechahue and our guests enjoyed some excellent fishing with several browns over 22-inches landed on the scenic Chimi this past week.
The lodge is comfortable, welcoming, and an ideal base for PRG to enjoy four of Argentina’s best rivers. We expect to be using Huechahue more and more in the coming years but already have about fifty of our guests signed up for fishing from the estancia this season. If you are looking for an exceptional trip in Northern Patagonia, you should consider a stay a Huechahue. You are not too late for 2012 and thanks to the Puyehue Volcano, there are still great dates available. Contact us today for more information and detailed itineraries with PRG North. We’re expecting one of the best willow worm years in the past five due to the warm and dry spring, and we’re happy to report that the volcanic ash is a non-issue.