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Collon Cura Lodge

Located about one hour from Chapelco or Bariloche Airport, almost in the middle of a high desert, Collon Cura Lodge offers private access to float the best sections of the biggest river in our area, "the Collon Cura".

Not luxurious or fancy but very functional, peaceful and pleasant, it’s simplicity makes it work just perfect.

The Lodge offers 4 comfortable double rooms with private bathroom, sharing a small living room and will accommodate a maximum of 8 guests.

During your stay, enjoy their perfect home made style dinners and the most wonderful river-lunchs, complemented with fresh vegetables from their own garden and selected Argentine red wines.

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Fishing from Collon Cura Lodge

the Malalco stream - a peace of water you will never forget
Floating the collon cura river


More than 25 miles of Collon Cura river, plus channels and lagoons, are accessible through the huge ranch.

The river runs through a dry, flat and wind-water eroded valley. Part of the banks are fully covered by a dense willow forest witch makes a beautiful green / dry contrast that has a unique charm.

The most common and easy way to fish this river is drifting. The water speed and river structure its just ideal to use low profile drift boats, skiffs, rafts and catarafts.

Internal roads lead to different put-in/take out areas allowing us to float a different section every day . For those who prefer just to wade fish, there are several great runs reachable by car or we can always drift straight to them....

The Collon Cura river is probably the river that holds the biggest trout population in all Northern Patagonia.

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the Malalco stream - a peace of water you will never forget
Excelent wade fishing options


Deep and slow pools, shallow and flat runs, long cut banks, riffles, a universe of channels and small lagoons form an amazing habitat for a dense population of rainbows and browns.

Trout between 14 and 22 inches will test your fly rods and reels to the limit, pulling the backing out of your spools ....

f you like the dry fly action and light tackle, late December and January can be amazing, if the green "inch worm hatch" is ON. Also terrestrials and big attractor patterns work very well, specially fishing against cut-banks.

Beautiful mid-morning hatches can be amazing. Small size #16 stoneflies hatch usually during the cooler days during November and a big part of December. Small mayflies y caddices also hatchduring the mornings.

Usually during February, March and April a big migration of minnows floods the river, while big browns and rainbows follow them in schools, attacking them during the entire day. It can be really crazy and trout can be easilly spotted from far away, splashes, big jumps and litteraly explotions can easilly seen. Really its a feeding frenzy.

The Collon Cura is not really known for its hatches, but during most of the afternoons some dense ones can occur and raising trout are easily found surface feeding.

Late season (late march - April) provides also a lot of action on the surface. Like many of the other rivers in the area, some small size baetis haches occur during the warmer hours. Fly fishing for those riser can be technical, but fun all the way!

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side channels - hiding from the wind

This Northern section of Patagonia Argentina offers milder winds compared to other areas in Patagonia, but that does not mean we won't see any of it.

Usually November, December are and the first part January can be windy, and the side channels and lagoons offer the pefect shelter for those days.

Not only shetler, fishing in that secluded habitat can be just amazing. When the hotter days start to show, many willows start to drop some green worms to the water.

Some big browns and rainbows just love such an easy meal cruising usually not too far from the banks, under some willow branches and suddenly speeding up to collect the worms that felt with the wind gusts.

the Malalco stream - a peace of water you will never forget

Sometimes the same pool might hold several good trout and when they are competing for the food it really makes hooking them a lot easier.

When the dragon flies are hatching, casting big terrestrials, foam patterns or the main dragon-flies patterns can be the key for another unique day on The Collon Cura River.

When nothing on the surface seems to work, its time to put a juicy streamer on .... wolly buggers, rabbit patterns, any type of sculpins are a lot of fun to fish with. And many times that's also the key for the monster browns !!!!

This river is a MUST for your fly fishing trip to Argentina

Collon Cura Lodge Overview

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Private access to
Collon Cura River
(25+ miles)
Internal lagoons
Number of Rods
8 rods max
4 double rooms - guest house
easy - small gravel and boulders. Daily Float trips with some wadding.
Suggested tackle
5wt - 7wt rods, WF-F lines + shooting heads or combined lines (Teeny Style)
Waters recommended for any angler.
Beginners will enjoy a lot fishing this river!
Access to river
Very Fast and easy using internal roads (from 5 to 30 minutes)
1 hour 30 minutes hours away from Chapelco airport.
1'hour 50 minutesfrom San Martin de los Andes
1 hour 10 minutes from Bariloche
Suggested Nights
  from 3 to 4 nights
  220 v (generator)
Laundry, telephone, fax, limited internet access (wi-fi and a computer for guests)
Lamb "al asador"
Other Activities
Trekking, bird watching, guided tours to Bariloche or San Martin de los Andes Town, 7 lakes road and more..... (please inquire, not all are included and some have to be programmed before your arrival)
Lla Llao or Chapelco Golf
6 to 12 months ahead !
Busier time is from December 24 until late March
Low season rates Nov-Early December (not every season, please ask!)