San Huberto & Collon Cura Lodges, Patagonia
You cannot discuss the world’s best trout fishing without mentioning Patagonia. It has everything a traveling angler could ever want – great fishing on private waters, the best food and accommodations and the some of the world’s most scenic surroundings. Call Trek and book your trip today.
Trek and its client base have been fishing Patagonia since the 70s, and while some things have changed, our philosophy has not: offer the best very best facilities and fishing experience possible. We are very fortunate to again represent Hosteria San Huberto and Collon Cura Lodge as two of our top destinations for trout fishing.
The trip San Huberto starts with a flight arrival from Buenos Aires into Chapelco Airport in San Martin de los Andes, followed by a 45-minute transport to the lodge. After introductions to the staff and meeting your guide, you will be served a hearty lunch and jump in the river for the afternoon hatch. The following five days you and your guide will devise a plan that will make best use of your desires and abilities. The last date you will have time to fish the Malleo one last time before taking your flight back to Buenos Aires. Please note that shorter trips are available with notice.
This two story estancia is located in the shadows of the Lanin Volcano and is near the town of Junin de los Andes. San Huberto’s 40,000 acres are owned by Carlos and Carmen Olsen and has been in their family since before the 20th century. Meandering through the property is the majestic Malleo River. The Malleo’s willow lined banks are the stuff artists dream of when they open their canvas. However, by far the biggest asset of the river is its teeming rainbow and brown trout, and much of this fishing is done using dry flies.
Whether you like wide open areas where the river turns slightly and creates quiet pools, or smaller sections where the water is swifter but the fish are less wary, the Malleo is an angler’s paradise. Your hosts and guides will be none other than Ronnie and Gustavo Olsen, who have fished these rivers all their lives and have a reputation second to none. The food, service and overall experience at San Huberto is superb.
Not too far off the highway heading southeast from San Martin, you will come to an intimate lodge called Collon Cura, located on the river of its namesake. This small lodge has a total capacity of eight anglers, and much of the same amenities as San Huberto. Your hosts will be Nano and Malu Acuna, who have done an excellent job in this capacity for many years. With its long and winding bends and steep banks that drop straight down, the Collon Cura offers a wonderful venue for a float trip.
Using McKenzie boats, the Olsens slowly work sections of the river and numbers of fish can be staggering. These float trips are a great way to cover lots of area, and you will see some of the wildlife like Red Stag and huge boar. Collon Cura is the perfect change of pace from the Malleo River. We suggest the perfect itinerary to be four days at San Huberto and two in Collon Cura.