TELLURIDE OUTSIDE HOSTED TRIP to ARGENTINA
Jan 4-12, 2014
Telluride Outside proudly announces our second hosted trip to Argentina, January 4-12, 2014. Here is our itinerary, described by Traful River Outfitters co-owner and guide Lucas Rodriguez:
San Huberto Lodge, Malleo River, Jan 4-7
During our stay we will fish different beats on the Malleo River. This river is an average size trout stream, which we divide in two, upper and lower, due to different characteristics. The upper Malleo is more meadow-like, overhanging grass on the banks, gravel bottom, weed patches and fewer trees making it easier for those who have a hard time wading or need the space to cast. The lower section is faster water, bigger boulders and more versatile fishing due to the fact that the banks are lined with willows, producing a lot of food for the hungry fish that inhabit these waters. All these elements supply the perfect conditions for dry fly fishing.
Our schedule will be as follows: we leave the lodge after breakfast to fish the Malleo river from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm. Lunch will be served at the lodge or as a picnic on the river depending on weather conditions. Usually a rest is in order, then back to the river until about 8 pm. We then return to the lodge for showers, cocktails and dinner.
Estancia Rio Quillen: Jan 7-10
During this part of the week the Quillen valley has a lot of fishing options to offer, such as the Quillen River and Lake, the Malalco, Caballadas and Nahel Mapi streams as well as the spring creek system which runs into the river off the surrounding mountains.
A big plus during this week is the outstanding dragonfly hatch on the Quillen lake, which we fish from a boat after a 30 minute ride to end, where we will find most of the reed lines where you will see rainbows leap 3 feet out of the water trying to catch the dragon flies. We normally do this program in the afternoons.
Some of the streams we fish are not easy to get to, thus the reason we are the only ones to fish them. A one and a half hour drive into the mountains will take us to some of the best, most untouched trout water in the world, where rainbows, browns and rainbows are feeding on the surface all day as long as the weather is clear, which is important in order to be able to see the fish.
Back in the valley we fish the Quillen River and the spring creek system which are classic dry fly fishing waters, lined with weed patches and gravel bottoms which create the right conditions for hatches to come off and fish to rise.
Our schedule will be similar to San Huberto, leaving after breakfast until about 2:30pm with lunch at the Lodge then out again at about 6pm until dark. Those going on the lake will leave right after lunch and those fishing other streams most likely will be gone all day if the weather permits.
Tres Rios Ranch: Jan 10-12
The ranch gets its name from the junction of three of the most important rivers in northern Patagonia which come together right at the ranch, the Alumine, Chimehuin and Collon Cura.
Most of the fishing out of this destination is done from a drift boat, although wading is also a very good option since we have various channels that are created from the Collon Cura river overflowing during the runoff period, as well as a spring creek on the property which is home to a good number of resident brown and rainbow trout.
We float the lower Chimehuin River to the ranch, the lower Alumine River to the Ranch, as well as the upper Collon Cura River both above and below the ranch. The Chimehuin is a very attractive fishery that branches off into small channels and provides great habitat for big fish in small water especially browns that are always willing to take a big attractor patterns in pocket water!
Mayfly hatches in the morning are common and get fish rising but using terrestrials and attractors in the evening is the most productive part of the fishing day.
Our schedule will consist in leaving the lodge after breakfast and fish a full day stopping for a picnic lunch by the river, returning to the house around 7 pm for hot shower, cocktails and dinner.
January 3rd: arrive Buenos Aires
January 4th: depart Buenos Aires, arrive San Martin de los Andes
January 12th: depart San Martin mid-day for Buenos Aires. Depart Buenos Aires late pm for United States
(or wherever home may be)
Our 2014 trip will be hosted by either John Duncan or Ron Solomon, Telluride Outside co-owners and experienced Patagonia anglers. Having visited six times prior, Telluride Outside has ironed out all of our travel logistics in Buenos Aires, including airport transfers and accomodations. Your mandatory layover night in Buenos Airies will be a surprise highlight of the trip!
RATES: $6,100 per person, double occupancy
These rates include:
Lodging, all meals, drinks, 3 bilingual guides, 4wd vehicles, drift boats, motor boats; transfers in the area, liquor, light tackle supply, licenses.
These rates do not include:
Phone calls, laundry, Lodge staff and guide gratuities, and fishing gear.
If arriving and or departing from Bariloche Airport additional charge of U$65 per pax will be charged.
Temuco-SMandes area ground transfer surcharge based on 4-6 pax: U$650 each way.
DEPOSIT, CANCELLATION REFUND:
A deposit of 50% confirms your reservation (dates, rates and locations). Deposits are NON- REFUNDABLE unless client replacement is found. Final payment is required 45 days prior to your departure date.
We strongly recommend purchase of travel insurance.
TELLURIDE OUTSIDE HOSTED TRIP TO CHRISTMAS ISLAND
VILLAGES AT CHRISTMAS ISLAND
APRIL 9-16 & May 14-21, 2013
Telluride Outside is going back to Christmas Island! After our epic trip in 2011, we vowed to return as soon as possible. Our accommodations and guides at The Villages at Christmas Island considerably exceeded expectations. In addition to bonefish, we caught some hefty trevally, including Mel Shook's GT, right. So, who's coming with us?
Telluride Outside will host two trips to the Christmas Island in spring 2013: April 9-16 and May 14-21.
|Here is a brief trip description: |
The Villages at Christmas Island (right)
a) It's small, lodging only 12 guests. The Captain Cook, by comparison, lodges 30 guests.
b) The food is terrific. Some guests report that the food is better than in Honolulu, which is saying something. Jack Nicklaus has stayed at this lodge 5 years in a row.
c) Rooms are air conditioned. This is unique on X-Mas Island.
d) We're on the water, with no drive time to and from the boat ramp. This gives us a full extra hour of fishing time each day. Fishing is timed around the tides, rather than on a set routine.
e) There's a flat right in front of the lodge. Bonus fishing time is just a few steps away!
Fishing: Christmas Island is one of the finest saltwater fly fishing destinations in the world, truly awe-inspiring in remoteness and quality. On our 2011 trip, we caught countless bonefish on classic flats and several species of trevally, including some in the 20-35 lbs range. Offshore fishing is also available for tuna, dorado, wahoo and other big game species. The flats fishing is 100% wading on super hard, shallow flats. For those who seek fly fishing overload, Christmas Island is an unsurpassed destination.
|From our experience, Christmas Island is equally well-suited for beginning and expert saltwater anglers. Since we're wading large, hard flats, everyone is in the game 100% of the time, rather than taking turns from a boat. Each angler may fish at his or her own pace. The guide, who fishes with two anglers, takes turns walking with each guest.|
Here are the cost and logistical details:
April 9 (Tuesday): Charter flight from Honolulu to Christmas Island (3 hours, 1,300 mi. south).
April 9-16: fish Christmas Island, lodging at The Villages
April 16th (Tuesday): morning return flight to Honolulu
May 14 (Tuesday): Charter flight from Honolulu to Christmas Island (3 hours, 1,300 mi. south).
May 14-21: fish Christmas Island, lodging at The Villages
May 21 (Tuesday): morning return flight to Honolulu
Lodge, meals and guides: $2,390pp 7 nights/6 fishing days, all meals included (double occupancy).
Upcharge for single occupancy lodging/double occupancy fishing: + $260.
Charter flight round-trip from Honolulu: $970pp
Alcohol served at The Villages: $3.50/beer, BYO wine and liquor
Call or e-mail Telluride Angler with questions and, of course, to sign up for the trip. We'll provide a complete equipment list and answer all of your questions from first hand experience on prior Christmas Island trips. Telluride Angler: 1-800-831-6230 email@example.com
We are pleased to be a full time booking agent for The Villages at Christmas Island, by far the highest quality guide service and lodge on this legendary fly fishing atoll.
Here are some trip details:
Fishing: Christmas Island is one of the finest saltwater fly fishing destinations in the world. On our 2011 trip to Christmas, we caught countless bonefish and several species of trevally, all in classic sight fishing situations. Offshore fishing is also available. In 2011, Richard Knackendoffel landed a nice Wahoo, which rounded out the table fare. The flats fishing is 100% wade fishing on super hard, shallow flats. For those who seek fly fishing overload, Christmas Island is an unsurpassed destination.
Lodging: The Villages at Christmas Island is a relatively new lodge, located on the lagoon. It has several advantages over the Captain Cook hotel and Mini Hotel, formerly the two preferred lodges: a) It’s small, lodging only 12 guests. The Cook, by comparison, lodges 30 guests. b) The food is good. Guests report that the food is better than in Honolulu, which is saying something. Jack Nicklaus has stayed at this lodge 5 years in a row.c) Rooms are air conditioned. This is unique on X-Mas Island d) You’re on the water, with no drive time to the boat ramp in the morning. This earns us a full extra hour of fishing time each day. e) There’s a flat right in front of the lodge. Bummer, huh?
Example price, dates and logistics: Dates: Tuesday, April 3-Tuesday, April 10 (There is only one flight per week from Honolulu!) 7 nights/6 days fishing $2,195/double occupancy. Single occupancy rates tba. Charter flight from Honolulu $900 (approx.)
Note: the flight to Christmas Island leaves early on Tuesday, April 3th, so it is necessary to arrive in Honolulu April 2th. We’ll get some rooms down on Waikiki for Monday night. On the return trip, you may schedule a late afternoon flight back to the U.S. mainland. Our charter flight from Christmas Island arrives in Honolulu around Noon.
More on The Villages? Click Here for the Fishabout website.