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The Best Dates to Fish Rio Manso, Argentina in 2020

We have already locked in our favorite dates at Rio Manso Lodge again in 2020. This year, our adventure to Argentinian Patagonia will be November 29th through December 6th. We have space for 16 anglers in 2020, and ten of these spots are already filled. It may be 10 months away, but it’s already time to reserve your spot on the trip!

“Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time at Rio Manso and it has become my home away from home water,” commented Anglers All travel coordinator, Andrew Pulford. “The crystal clear rivers of Patagonia just feel too right to stay away from.”

We choose the first week in December for a very simple reason – it’s the start of the fishing season in Patagonia. The dry fly fishing in early December is a bit like the early season on our home waters in Colorado…but with a special South American flare.

“Getting hungry, unpressured fish to take an oversized dry fly is fun anywhere,” Andrew continued. “But here, you have ambitious rainbows exploding out of the water after big dragonfly patterns. A suddenly tight line on your 6-weight hooked into one of these oversized trout is something you’ll never forget.”

Rio Manso Lodge is located in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National Park on the banks of Lago Hess. The average time from the lodge to the river is usually no more than 15 minutes. In this part of Patagonia, you’ll find beautifully colored trophy brook trout cruising the banks of Lake Faunk. The area is home to big rainbows and some truly hefty brown trout.

 “This trip is my favorite way to spend those first cold days of December here in Colorado,” Andrew said. “It’s just the beginning of summer in Argentina. The location in the National Park maximizes your time on the water, providing opportunities for the fish of a lifetime on every cast.”

Rio Manso is located about 90 minutes outside the spectacular lake town of Bariloche. Imagine a kind of South American, Lake Tahoe, meets Swiss alpine village. Yes, it really is that beautiful.

“Bariloche is a personal favorite destination of mine,” Andrew added. “We are always more than happy to give any recommendations on the local culture, restaurants, and hotels. Bariloche is a great place to spend some time on the front or back half of your trip.”

In fact, the trip to Rio Manso is an idyllic couples location. It’s perfect for anglers and non-anglers alike. Our guests in 2020 will enjoy six days of guided fishing, meals, alcohol, lodging, and the airport transfer to and from Bariloche. The trip for non-anglers includes hiking, horseback riding, condor watching, waterfall hikes and other lodge activities. 

This year’s trip is priced at $5,200 for anglers and $3,100 for non-anglers, including all of the activities and amenities just mentioned. We’re looking forward to another outstanding week of fishing this coming December at Rio Manso!

If you’d like to learn more, please contact Anglers All travel coordinator, Andrew Pulford. You can reach Andrew at the fly shop at 303-794-1104 or send him an email at andrew@anglersall.com